A very clever DIY VW Caddy camper conversion / camping box (boot jump)

VW Caddy is itself one of the best medium cars (small camper vans) for car camping. It’s #1 on our list of best medium cars for car camping. This post will show you a very clever and simple DIY camping box you can create for your Caddy. This solution will give you good storage room underneath the bed and is easily reversible, which we value here a lot! (Meaning you can switch between Caddy camper/bed and Caddy a standard car with back seats easily. From all the solutions I’ve seen, I find this is one of the simplest solutions out there – everyone can do it. It’s as simple as my VW Sharan car camping conversion here dare I say! 🙂

The solution comes from Reiner Beck @ Tramposito.com – just a single post about this DIY Caddy car camping conversionhome made camping box / boot jump, that is easily lost amongst the multitude of their travel and outdoors posts.


All the author needed was this:

  • 3pcs wooden boards (blockboards), 58×112 cm, 22mm thick
  • 3pcs plywood 120×40 cm, 16mm thick
  • hinges/fittings (7 hinges 42x80mm, 6pcs screw-on brackets, 1m cord)
  • M8 x 60 or 8x40mm screws for wood at the top (bed)

The resulting bed surface is 179cm long, which is just about the right length for a comfortable sleep (if you’re about 180cm tall).

You’ll need some standard DIY tools – electric screwdriver, drill, a saw.

The rest you can gather from the authors gallery below.

What I love about the setup:

  • very easy to hide away + can stay in the car (so you have both – a camper and a normal car always ready when needed)
  • no need to remove middle seats (again, it’s always ready for camping, as well as driving the family around)
  • it’s not as tall as typical camping boxes – which I find great as most camping boxes have too much storage leaving not enough room for your head… and cost 15x as much too.
  • not expensive at all – just wooden boards and a few hinges, very likely under 70 EUR
  • simple enough to build
  • you can turn it around and make a sofa out of it 🙂

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