12 Creative Camper Van Business Ideas For 2022

12 Creative Camper Van Business Ideas For 2022

Would you like to start your own camper van business or earn money on the side, but still need to find the right business idea?

There will be countless exciting business ideas again in 2021. While it sounds exciting to start your own business, it's important that you run with the right idea.

Your goal should be to build a business in a niche that is not only profitable but can also ensure your long-term success.

Hopefully, all of the camper van business ideas listed here will give you inspiration and a head start for the 2021 year.

Here they are:



1. ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet over 10 years ago, a business.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

We started the food truck business in 2012.

We kept finding it very difficult to find locations to operate. We had a booker that we used to find our locations but fell short and we let her go. I took over our booking and found that most people did not want to book just one truck, not only that they were upset that most of the time the trucks didn’t show up or were late.

We learned the real need was not only helping the trucks but providing a turnkey service for the corporations. This was a game-changer for us, we were really struggling financially.

2. Start a campervan conversion business ($96K/year)

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Bryan and Jen Danger from Portland, Oregon, USA started ZENVANZ over 3 years ago, a campervan conversion business.

  • Revenue: $8,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

Case Study

As a part of our nomadic lifestyle, we built out a campervan simply to facilitate our own travels, whether it be a summer spent on the coast of Baja or chasing snow from mountain to mountain in the Canadian Rockies.

We really never had the intention of starting a business… In fact, we said no for a couple of years to those asking us to either buy our campervan or for us to build one for them. We loved the process and loved the idea of helping others to get out and enjoy more nature/adventure the way we had, but the idea of giving up some of our own freedom to go back to working in the shop simply wasn’t attractive.

Eventually, friends came to us and convinced us to start the business. To simply show them how to do what we had learned and for us to simply continue “marketing” the business as we already had been (by camping and attending events and simply talking to others who saw the van when we opened the doors). Those friends were also looking to make a transition in life as they wanted out of their 9-5s, and we saw it as an opportunity we couldn’t refuse- both to help them and to help others we had talked to about van builds over the years.

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3. Start a camper van magazine business

Examples of a successful camper van magazine business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a camper van magazine business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van magazine business ➜

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4. Start an antique camper van boutique business

Examples of a successful antique camper van boutique business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a antique camper van boutique business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an antique camper van boutique business ➜

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5. Start a camper van rental business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful camper van rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a camper van rental business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van rental business ➜

Case Study

We are Taylor Hood and Gretchen Bayless, founders of ROAMERICA. A company that specializes in adventure vehicles, including 4wd campervans.

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6. Start a camper van pop-up cafe business

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful camper van pop-up cafe business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a camper van pop-up cafe business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van pop-up cafe business ➜

Case Study

My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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7. Start a camper van bar business

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful camper van bar business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a camper van bar business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van bar business ➜

Case Study

My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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8. Sell camper van conversion kits

How Much Can You Make?
$1,200,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful sell camper van conversion kits:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sell camper van conversion kits:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sell camper van conversion kits ➜

Case Study

My name is Ali Kazemkhani. I have an MSc. Mechanical Engineering, with 20+ years of entrepreneurial experience. I started EBikeBC and ENVO Drive Systems as e-mobility product development and retail companies. My company develops products that can travel on the road, on snow, and in water.

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9. Start a camper van conversion business

Examples of a successful camper van conversion business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a camper van conversion business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van conversion business ➜

10. Start a camper glamping business

Examples of a successful camper glamping business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a camper glamping business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper glamping business ➜

11. Start a camper van rental insurance business

Examples of a successful camper van rental insurance business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a camper van rental insurance business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van rental insurance business ➜

12. Start a camper van dealership business

Examples of a successful camper van dealership business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a camper van dealership business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van dealership business ➜

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