VW T5 How To

How to Make Your Own Campervan Furniture

VW T5 Camper Furniture Design

UPDATED - Making Your Own Camper Furniture

In this article I am going to share with you how I made my own campervan furniture for my VW T5 camper conversion. This article looks specifically at how to do this for a VW T5 self-build van conversion, but the principles herein can be used for any sort of van.


How to Change Your Gear Knob & Gaiter

It's really easy to change your gear stick knob and gaiter in a VW T5 camper van or panel van and we will take a closer look at this in this very quick article.

Basically all you need to do is flip off the current cap (where the gear pattern is) to reveal a torx head screw. Once you have unscrewed this with the correct size torx bit, the gear knob just pulls off easily:


Fitting USB Sockets to a VW T5

In this video, I show you some different options for fitting USB sockets to your VW T5 camper van.

Basically, you can hook into the rear of your stereo to pick up power and I utilised this to fit a USB point inside my glove box that I will use to charge my power bank and/or power a dash cam. I also show you how to use a similar method to fit a USB point to one of the dash blanks near the heating controls in your T5.

The parts I used can be bought here:


Upgrading to LED Daytime Running & Sidelights

Recently, I upgraded the daytime running lights and the sidelights in my van to LED aftermarket replacements. I have a VW T5.1 and the stock bulbs not only give quite poor illumination but they are also an 'orange-yellow' filament old-fashioned light. The new bulbs give a nice modern white light.


Upgrading Rear Tail Lights to LEDs

Recently, I have upgraded the rear lights on my VW T5 campervan from the stock lights to a brand new set of LED lights. The front end of my T5.1 looks really nice with the updated styling and body kit, but I felt the rear was starting to look very slightly dated. Upgrading the rear tail lights to a LED cluster has really freshened up the back end of the van and once I add a rear spoiler I think it will look just as good as the front.


VW T5 Buying Guide

In this 5 minute video I look at the basic fundamental things to check for when you are buying a used VW T5 campervan. Watch this video in conjunction with my written article on 'common problems' for even more tips..... this can be found here


How to Change the Oil & Filters in a T5

In this video I show you how to change your oil and filters in a 2.0 TDI VW T5.1

I also show you how to reset the service indicator. Hopefully once you have watched this video a couple of times, you will feel confident in having ago at changing the oil and filter in your own VW T5. Essentially this is the main task that a dealership undertakes when they service your transporter - but they charge a small fortune!

Total cost for me to do this myself in my own T5 van was around £68 and that is only because the T5 2.0 TDI takes 7 litres of a high spec oil.


How to Make Cables & Wire Switches & LED Lights

A quick video tutorial about what you will need to make up your own cabling and how to wire switches and LED lights.



To buy the parts shown in my articles at the very best prices possible, please visit the T5iver shop here