Swamper styling on custom VW van


Before our kids were born we spent a long time on the road, including a year long, 20000 mile trip around and through Australia! Van life is just awesome, there’s no better way to get out there and see the world.

Now, with two teenage kids, our van is used for day trips, kayaking, paddle boarding, mountain biking, surfing, dog walking, weekends away, longer holidays and much more.

You’ll often see me or all 4 of us at Owner’s Club or Forum meets and also group camping trips, making great memories with like minded people.

VW swamper van conversion in South Somerset


I’m Chris, owner and day to day manager of The Van Cave. I spent almost 20 years in the Aerospace Engineering industry, designing, developing and managing projects for the manufacture of aircraft parts, assemblies and structures.

Those 2 decades in Aerospace honed my eye for detail and dedication to quality. Just good enough simply isn’t good enough. It has to be perfect, it has to be exactly as you want it and it has to be done properly. I now apply that same approach to my true passion: VW vans and the Van Life.

There are no half measures at The Van Cave. I want to go through your ideas in detail, offer the right advice about the right products for you and build the van that suits every aspect of your own van life.

I guarantee to never needlessly upsell, but to offer what will work best for you, delivered to the absolute highest quality possible.

Caravelle van conversions by The Van Cave in South Petherton, Somerset


Whether it’s bagging a van on air for those ultimate lows, building an off road swamper, building a day van conversion or anything else that we do here, we just love working with these vans. Perhaps most importantly, we love building your vans, built for your needs, built for your van life.

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