So, you’re looking to pick up a new camper, and are thinking “what’s the best camper vans for couples”?
Well, you’ve came to the right place! For years now I’ve travelled around many countries with friends, partners and colleagues so I can tell you exactly which ones I think would fit you and your loved ones best!
In this article I will feature a wide number of camper vans, all ranging in different prices, so I hope you find something that fits your needs and your budget.
Some of these camper vans you may not find in your country, as we like to target an international audience here at Tiny Home Hub, but I can assure you, there will be at least one on this last that tickles your fancy.
Firstly, you need to figure out what wheel base camper van is best for you, and that should give you a rough idea about the size of van you want.
So, let’s take a look at the best camper vans for couples in 2021!
1. Mercedes Sprinter
The Mercedes Sprinter is by far one of the most popular vans for conversions across the world. It’s reliable, well-made, can withstand all kinds of weather and it’s easy to find parts for should you break down on the road.
It’s also fairly easy to convert on a budget due to its “boxy” aesthetic which allows this camper van to fit all budgets and needs.
Older Mercedes Sprinters are just as good too, so don’t feel the need to go out and buy the brand new one, because we can assure you the older ones (2010 onwards) are very reliable, and are often found for far less.
Many reasons why new van lifers and adventurers go for the Mercedes Sprinter
Also, this may seem like an odd reason why you’d buy a van, but it’s a very valid reason. There’s a lot of tours, and how to videos across YouTube for those of you that are buying the Mercedes Sprinter for the first time, allowing you to get some inspiration and make the process that little bit easier.
Once kitted out the Mercedes Sprinter has many benefits. It’s modular, allowing you to add thousands of accessories, it’s spacious allowing a double bed to fit easily throughout your build and it comes in a number of size which helps if you live in the city, or want a long wheel base for even more space.
2. VW Caddy Maxi
Here’s one of the best camper vans for couples who are based in Europe. The VW Caddy Maxi is a very small van which is very popular with tradesmen across Europe.
But over the last few years these vehicles have exploded in popularity and many travellers are converting them into micro campers, just like I have.
The main reason why I picked one of these to travel in, is quite simply budget. I lived in the city, had to park in tight spaces and I only had a budget of around £8,000.
I managed to pick up this Caddy Maxi, kit it out with a double bed, add cool hipster decals, and put a slide out mini kitchen in the back, all for a tiny £8,000!
As much as I’d love a brand new Sprinter or Transporter, it’s just not possible, so I compromised and went for something smaller.
It’s very small, just about fits two people in it to sleep, but it does the job. Me and my partner go off for weekends away around the UK and it’s an absolute blast.
But with size comes problems, as it’s very uncomfortable to live in it for longer than a week, just due to the size, so it’s certainly not targeted towards full-time vanlifers, but instead weekend warriors who are on a budget.
It’s now on 100,000+ miles and still kicking strong without any problems, I absolutely love it and highly recommend it for first time camper converters and weekend warriors.
3. Ford Transit
The Ford Transit is another one of our best camper vans for couples, and as you probably know, it’s a very popular van!
Just like the Mercedes Sprinter this van is very popular around America, Europe and the United Kingdom making it a very easy vehicle to source parts for.
Not only that the Ford Transit is also incredibly reliable and will be a vehicle that will last you for years to come if looked after. If you like to pimp out your camper with equipment the Ford Transit has a lot of accessories to chose from example, ladders, surfboard holders, roof racks and more.
The Ford Transit comes in a lot of different shapes and ages, but the vehicles older than 2010 are the ones to go for should you want one that lasts. They can be purchased already kitted out, or second hand from businesses who no longer want them, allowing you to self convert it.
The Transit has a very block interior, making it easier to add your wood rib cage, and roofing. If you’re a beginner and you’re looking to convert your very first cargo van, we recommend taking a look at the Ford Transit.
Once you have kitted it out, you’ll find that it can sleep two and a pet very comfortably, with plenty of space to move around. Like many cargo vans it comes in short, medium and long wheel bases and even high tops too, making it even more customisable for your needs.
This is one of our favourites.
4. VW Transporter
The VW Transporter is by far the most popular camper in the world. It can be used as a daily driver, and transforms into a home on wheels in just a few seconds.
What makes it so popular is due to the versatility. Think of it as a Stanley knife, it’s compact, reliable and can pack a lot in to its minimal structure.
The Transporter like any vehicle comes in a lot of different shapes and sizes depending on the age, but even the older T4’s are still somewhat reliable these days.
The only downfall for wanting a VW Transporter is the price. Everyone wants one, and that drives up the price. Older Transporters can go for anywhere between £5,000 – £15,000, and if you want a brand new VW T6.1 Camper already kitted out, be prepared to pay as high as £70,000!
But putting the price aside, it’s the best camper van for couples who want to use it as a daily driver and for those of you that aren’t too keen on driving large vehicles around the country. Many choose the Transporter because of its size.
It’s easy to park, do three point turns, navigate through busy cities and it can even glide through country lanes with easy.
Conversion wise, it’s also very easy, there’s hundreds if not thousands of videos across the web of other travellers converting their Transporter, so this will help guide you through the process bit by bit!
Perhaps our article on how much does it cost to convert a VW van into a camper will help you with budget ideas.
5. Four Wheels Truck Camper
Here’s one for our friends over the pond in the United States. This is Four Wheel Campers, a company who build builds for the back of trucks that “pop up” into fully fledged home on wheels.
Lucky for me I have had the privilege to travel in one of these for several weeks and I was beyond impressed with the way they’re build, how they attach to a truck and how affordable they are.
If you have a truck that you use as a daily driver, then this could be something you consider. The pod can be left on your drive, or in your garage on stilts, you then reverse your truck under it, attach the metal containers, lower the stilts and you’re ready to drive off!
It’s literally that easy. Once you’re in the back of the camper, pop up the roof and it will reveal a large queen sized bed that goes over the roof of your truck. Not only that, it features a dining room for two, a kitchen, mini fridge and a heater, allowing you to travel in it all year round.
You can also add lots of attachments to the outside of the truck, for example surfboards, roof racks, awnings, heck we’ve even seen someone fit axes and spades to the outside for when they’re chopping wood, or slaying zombies.
Prices range form $10,000 up to $30,000.
6. Sportsmobile Classic 4×4
The Sportsmobile Classic is the like the unicorn of American campers. You see it, you rub your eyes, and it’s gone. Only a small number of road enthusiasts own them, but those who do only have good things to say about them.
American made, and built like a tank, the Sportsmobile Classic is built on a Ford E350 and kitted out with the highest quality camper gear.
The company who build these campers known as Sportsmobile have a huge catalogue of accessories. The image above shows pop tops to extend the roof, light bars, awnings, bumper storage, and even ladders, there’s no end to the add-ons.
The Ford E-350 is also a huge vehicle in itself, allowing two people and pets to fit comfortably. The cooking and seating areas might not be massive, but if you’re smart with the layout, you’ll find plenty of space to play with.
The Ford E-350 is also a very comfortable, safe vehicle to drive, which helps on those long journeys across the country.
We recommend keeping your road trip US based, because across Europe and other countries these vehicles are hard to come by, meaning so are parts!
7. School Bus
You might be thinking this is a camper fit for a family of 6, and you wouldn’t be wrong but it’s featured as one of our best camper vans for couples simply because of how awesome it is to live in one of these for a long period of time.
Oh and technically it’s not a “van” either, but hey! Let it slide?
The American school bus, or any school bus for that matter is classed as the ultimate conversion vehicle for anyone wanting a very big challenge, but nonetheless very rewarding. The cool kids call it the “skoolie conversions“.
With this much space there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to how you want your home on wheels to look. There’s plenty of windows to let in light, enough space for a king bed, an office, a full sized kitchen and even a full sized bathroom should you want that.
You even have the roof to play with too, we’ve seen Skoolies with gardens and even sun loungers on top for when they are parked up for days on end.
Why they’re so popular comes down to bang for your buck, you can find old school buses around the world for fairly cheap, and they come with a lot of potential for van lifers on the road.
The only downfall is that it costs more than normal to convert them due to the amount of materials and you have to do a new driving test for buses because well… they’re huge!
8. Fiat Ducato
The Fiat Ducato is a very underrated van, and very reliable too as they’re built for the long haul trips which make it one of the best camper vans for couples who want reliability.
Throughout our many years of meeting campers on the road and hitting up camping exhibitions around the globe the Fiat Ducato is often missed because it’s not as well known as other panel vans around the world.
But from experience, those who buy a Fiat Ducato, never seem to go back. The easy drive, reliable nature and comfortable seating allows for it to be the perfect companion for long trips around different countries.
If you manage to pick up an empty Ducato, you’ll be please to know that it has a lot of straight lines, which are perfect for those who want an easy canvas to begin their conversion.
The Fiat Ducato, is also slightly longer than most camper vans, giving you even more space. Some van lifers even convert the bed long ways, allowing for a more pleasant sleeping experience compared to the likes of the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter.
9. VW Crafter
The VW Crafter is a very European panel van, so it may be a rare sight over the pond in America and Canada, but it just had to be featured on this best camper vans for couples list.
The VW Crafter is basically a VW Transporter on steroids, it’g bigger, better and… yes, more expensive but look at it! It also has man names throughout Europe, in the UK it’s a VW, but in Germany it’s a Man, but we’ll stick with VW seeing as we’re based in the UK.
Like most VW vehicles, they’re very reliable, and throughout Europe everyone and their uncle knows how to work on them, so if you break down, parts, advice and repairs are easy to come by, and usually “cheap”.
It comes in a wide number of wheel bases too, and it even has a high top edition, so you can really pick one that fits your needs. The SWB will happily fit a couple in comfortably.
It’s the ultimate European Panel van, and competes with the Mercedes Sprinter LWB in many ways, but allows you to keep that VW spirit that everyone loves.
It’s easy to convert and many companies including VanWorx has them pre-made and kitted out ready to take on Europe one country at a time.
10. Roof Tent
By far the most affordable, and easiest to use is the roof tent. It’s a simple yet effective way to turn any vehicle into a camper. With a simple unfold, you’ll have enough space to sleep two and a dog on top of your car.
We here at TIny Home Hub respect all ways of exploring, and one that you may not have thought of is this, and if you are wanting to test the waters of road trips and van life, investing in a roof tent for a couple of months is totally worth it.
This will give you an idea of where to parks, how to navigate roads you’ve never travelled on and the common difficulties of having to live on the go, with no real plan.
Obviously the roof tent comes with lots of disadvantages like no shower, no toilet and no kitchen, but all of these can be solved. Using camp sites to sleep out eliminates the shower and toilet issues, and then all you have to do is kit out the back with a little cooking area and you can go anywhere you want!
It’s cheap, and does the job, albeit not comfortably, but it’s a great place to start, and some times you’ll find the most memorable nights are those in a roof tent in the middle of nowhere!
So there’s a look at our best camper vans for couples, even if two of them aren’t really “camper vans”!