One of the very few minivans still on the market in 2023 is the Toyota Sienna, making it a somewhat uncommon bird on the US market. However, it is much more than just a family hauler; it is useful, cozy, and versatile in many ways. So much so that it is easily capable of being converted into a camper.
This is what Justin, who owns the Just-in-a-Van YouTube channel, did with his 2023 Sienna. But unlike camper conversions based on mass-produced vehicles, his build has a unique twist. He calls his design a “no-build” minivan, meaning the complete camper equipment can be removed without causing any damage to the vehicle.
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This isn’t exactly a stealth camper. Yes, the exterior is largely stock, so the Sienna keeps its svelte appearance. The solar panels on the roof are a clear giveaway that this vehicle is actually a camper. Additionally, there is a cargo box and a roof rack for kayaks and other gear.
Under the hood, there is a hybrid all-wheel-drive powertrain with an on-demand AWD system that activates the electric motors as more traction is required. The minivan has performed excellent so far in the Michigan winters, as the car’s owner claims in the video.
Nothing on this camper, as previously said, is permanently mounted or has changed how the car originally appeared. Although the interior of the minivan doesn’t exactly appear opulent, everything seems to be very cozy. Furthermore, the living room is really clever—for instance, the bed may be converted into a couch that can face either forward or back. There is a tiny kitchen as well.
With this Sienna minivan, Justin can even spend some time off the grid. One kilowatt-hour of battery power is available powers the microwave and other smaller appliances. If Justin wants heating or cooling, the hybrid system comes in handy by turning on the combustion engine only for a few minutes every 10 or 15 minutes.