12 Creative Camper Van Business Ideas For 2021

12 Creative Camper Van Business Ideas For 2021

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. Start a food truck ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet over 9 years ago, a food truck.

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

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.

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Jeffrey Mora, on starting Food Fleet ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

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

Bryan and Jen Danger from Portland, Oregon, USA started ZENVANZ over 2 years ago, a campervan conversion business.

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

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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Bryan and Jen Danger, on starting ZENVANZ ($8,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a camper van magazine business

Examples of a successful 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:

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

Examples of a successful camper van rental business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van rental business ➜

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6. Start a camper van pop-up cafe business

Examples of a successful 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 ➜

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7. Start a camper van bar business

Examples of a successful camper van bar business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van bar business ➜

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8. Start a camper van conversion kits sales business

Examples of a successful camper van conversion kits sales business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van conversion kits sales business ➜

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9. Start a camper van conversion business

Examples of a successful camper van conversion business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van conversion business ➜

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10. Start a camper glamping business

Examples of a successful camper glamping business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper glamping business ➜

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11. Start a camper van rental insurance business

Examples of a successful camper van rental insurance business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a camper van rental insurance business ➜

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12. Start a camper van dealership business

Examples of a successful 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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