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Nissan NV200 Camper Van Conversions: Pro & DIY

These Nissan NV200 camper conversions will show you what’s possible with these little vans. Whether you are just looking for inspiration for your own DIY van conversion or a professional Nissan NV200 conversion, this post can help.

The Nissan NV200 is a small panel van designed for maximum cargo space packed into a fuel-efficient package. These car-based city-oriented vans are easy to drive and park, but big enough for some sweet van conversions.

Nissan NV200 Camper by @PollyPocketcamper
Photo: @PollyPocketCamper

Compared to full-size vans, they are cheaper to buy, maintain, and get excellent gas mileage. That’s why micro campers are always going to be the popular option for people interested in living mini-vanlife.

Nissan NV200 comes as an empty cargo van or a passenger van with passenger seats and windows in back.

Note: The Nissan NV200 van is no longer produced for the North American market. You will not be able to buy them new anymore, but you can still scoop a great deal on a used Nissan NV200. (Here are some great websites for buying used vans for sale).

And also worth noting is that the Chevrolet City Express (also discontinued) is just a rebadged Nissan NV200. So they are effectively identical and should be on your radar if you are looking to buy one of these vans.

Price For A Nissan NV200 Camper

If you are looking to buy a used Nissan NV200, they have an average cost between $15,000 – $24,000.  Very lightly used ones carry a higher price tag, sometimes nearly $30,000. And vans with over 150,000 miles can cost as little as $5,000 – $10,000.

Converting a Nissan NV200 Van

Most Nissan NV200 campers follow a similar layout with a narrow bed down one side. There is enough height inside the stock van to have the bed raised a little bit. And most people can still sit up in bed without hitting their head.

Some opt for a convertible system of a bed that can convert into a couch. Half of the bed can be used as a cushion for the “back” of the couch. This way it can function as a comfortable place to sit during the day, leaving a corridor of space in the van. But at night it extends to a wider bed, closer to a twin mattress.

Using a smaller bed leaves plenty of space for other parts of your conversion. Raising the bed provides some nice storage space underneath for personal belongings. 

On the opposite wall, it’s common to fit in a small kitchenette with a small countertop, sink, freshwater tank, gray water tank, and portable camp stove.

However some “fair weather” Nissan NV200 campervans may opt for an outdoor kitchen. A popular outdoor kitchen setup is a slide-out kitchenette that comes out of the back doors or sliding doors.

Some other great additions can include a portable cassette toilet, some storage cabinets installed in the upper corners, a small table for eating or working, and a solar panel for off-grid electricity.

A pop-up roof is an expensive but awesome addition to expand the living space. Soft-sided pop tops can greatly increase the interior height of the van when parked, without any of the negatives of a taller vehicle (parking, wind resistance, etc.)

Real People’s Nissan NV200 Campers


Custom Roofnest pop top campervan with tons of solar panels.
Photo: @CamCamBot

This unique Nissan NV200 Campervan by @Camcambot features a super-custom DIY pop-top. He mated a Roofnest rooftop tent to his Nissan NV200 to create a custom pop-top.

Interior view of installing a custom pop-up roof in a Nissan NV200 van conversion.
Photo: @CamCamBot

Additionally, with tons of solar panels and an AC unit, it pushes the limits of what’s possible in a small van.

Tiki Envy

Fun tropical designs on a Recon Envy Nissan NV200.
Photo: @tiki_envy

This Nissan NV200 camper is a professional camper conversion by Recon Campers. The owner of @Tiki_Envy shows how just because you have a professional conversion, doesn’t mean you can’t personalize it!

Their tiki/tropical theme provides a pop of fun color in an ode to their former VW camper.

Interior of a professionally converted Nissan NV200, personalized by @tiki_envy.
Photo: @tiki_envy

The camper features two extra passenger seats in the rear that can fold flat for flexibility.

Polly Pocket

Convertible bed/couch in a NissanNV200 Campervan.
Photo: @PollyPocketCamper

This DIY Nissan NV200 Camper made by @PollyPocketCamper has clean modern craft(wo)manship that looks dang near professional. The conversion layout makes great use of the small space with a convertible bed/couch setup.

And the cabinets on the opposite wall provide storage for leisure batteries and other personal items.

Outdoor campervan kitchen.
Photo: @PollyPocketCamper

To capitalize on outdoor space, there are fold down tables at both the rear and side doors for outdoor cooking. And to carry more stuff, she mounted a gear rack and cargo box on the roof.

Frida Van

A fun and artsy Nissan NV200 van conversion.
Photo: @Car_lala

This Frida Kahlo inspired DIY van conversion by @Car_lala is a very eclectic Nissan NV200 camper van. The artistic decor, fairy lights, and vintage carved wood panels create a fun and cozy campervan with a lot of character. 

Frida Van by @Car_lala has aftermarket windows installed in the Nissan NV200 Camper.
Photo: @Car_lala

And Fridavan also has a custom kitchenette with water pump, and aftermarket windows for more natural light.

Professional Conversions: Nissan NV200 Campervans


Contravans is a Colorado-based campervan conversion company that converts nearly any vehicle you can think of. If you source your own used Nissan NV200, Contravans will convert it for you.

You can choose from several different “small van” conversion setups that are all under $13,000! And they have plenty of customizations and add-ons to choose from to create your ideal van conversion.  You can add things like solar panels, outdoor shower, toilet, extra windows, bike rack, and more.

If you are looking to get into vanlife but don’t have the skills for a DIY van conversion, Contravans is a great choice.

Recon Campers

Recon Envy Nissan NV200 Campervan
Photo: @tiki_envy

[Update: since discontinuation of the Nissan NV200, Recon Campers is in the process of choosing a new van to convert.]

Recon Campers is a Las Vegas based company that specializes in one thing, converting Nissan NV200 campers. Their attention to detail has built a strong reputation of crafting awesome Nissan NV200 Campers. They build beautiful and highly functional Nissan NV200 campers. By incorporating pop top roofs, their campervans offer standing height living space but also can fit in a garage.

They only build two models of Nissan Campervans: Envy and Weekender.

Recon Envy

The Recon Envy is their high-tech Nissan NV200 camper van with all the bells and whistles. With a sink, fridge, and more off-grid electrical options, it’s much better suited to full-time vanlife.

Recon Weekender

As the name suggests, the Recon Weekender is designed as the perfect weekend warrior campervan.  It’s the cheaper option that’s still ready for plenty of van camping adventures. The Weekender is a good jumping off point if you just want the basics and room to DIY your own configurations.

See the full comparison of Envy and Weekender.

Oasis Campervans

This Colorado-based company specializes in minivan camper conversions. But with some custom alterations, their conversions can work for Nissan NV200 camper conversions.


Based in Sebastopol California, GTRV converts a wide variety of new and used vans into multi-use, pop-top, class B RVs. They have converted some beautiful and functional Nissan NV200 campers.

Takeaway | Nissan NV200 Camper Conversions

The Nissan NV200 is still one of the best small vans for a mini camper conversion. With a low roof, it makes for a garage-able campervan that can also function as a practical daily driver. 

The Nissan NV200s small footprint and great fuel economy are perfect for a budget-friendly campervan platform for road trips or full-time vanlife.

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