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Media Kit & Enquiries

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Shane Monks O'Byrne

Welcome 🙏

This media kit contains the following;

  • Photos from Roaming Home; The Comprehensive Guide for Converting Your Van Into a Campervan

  • Results of the 2023 Van Conversion Survey

  • Photos of Shane's van Beans

For media inquiries, review copies, or hilarious and intriguing interviews with Shane, contact us via email.


Shane is an adventurer at heart; when he’s not hanging off
the end of an ice axe, or paragliding through the skies, he travels with an ardent fervour. 

His vanventures began in North America many moons ago, where he endlessly explored the mountains, rivers, and deserts with a minivan. Since then it’s been an obsession.

On returning home to Ireland, Shane promptly quit his corporate job as an engineer and moved into his van ‘beans’ full-time. Adventure was now the full-time job! The first mission was a memorable expedition from Spain to Svalbard (pretty much the North Pole). Shane now lives in Chamonix, France, where he dwells part-time in his van, part-time in the mountains.

For the last few years Shane has been teaching others how to convert their vans into beautiful campervans; it's his passion (and livelihood).

Under his tuition, hundreds of beautiful campervans have been built. And with this book, hopefully many more to come.

Beautiful van conversion photos

The Van

Beans is a 2012 long wheelbase, high roof Ford Transit. After extensive travelling traveling through 15 countries, he has clocked up over 350,000km... What a champ!


The base vehicle cost €7000 and the conversion cost another €7000. It took 4 months to convert. Being predominantly situated in freezing alpine locations, beans was crafted in the style of 'a bohemian chalet'. Shane does a lot of mountain sports - ice & rock climbing, ski mountaineering, paragliding, and mountain running, so the van needed to be a cosy space to come home to when cold, wet and tired. 

Beans is equipped with:

Electrics: 400W solar, 270Ah batteries, Shore power, split charging, 1000W inverter, home cinema, pioneer audio, Roof fan

Insulation: Polyiso foam board

Carpentry: Tongue & groove cladding, adjustable bed, big kitchen area, wardrobe, overhead lockers

Gas: Full LPG installation with 2-burner hob & Propex LP heater

Water: 80L fresh water tanks, chemical toilet

And LOTS of plants

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The book

It’s time to escape the chaos and embrace a life of peace, happiness, and adventure on the open road.

Roaming Home: The Comprehensive Guide for Converting Your Van Into a Campervan takes you step-by-step through the process of transforming a normal van into a stunning, self-built campervan.

Roaming Home is the ultimate DIY campervan book. It will give you expert guidance, theoretical knowledge, and practical instruction, enabling you to design and build the van of your dreams.

But it's not just about building a campervan—it's about embracing a simpler, more fulfilling life. By following the guidance in this van life book, you'll not only save time and money by avoiding common van conversion mistakes, but you'll open the door to endless possibilities for adventure and self-discovery.

Let author Shane, an avid adventurer and experienced van converter, be your trusted companion on this transformative journey. With his infectious passion and wealth of knowledge, he'll guide you every step of the way, ensuring that your campervan becomes more than just a vehicle—it becomes your true home on wheels; your roaming home.

If you're ready to break free from your daily routine, explore breathtaking new places, and live life on your own terms, "Roaming Home" is the book you need. Whether you're a weekend warrior seeking a quick escape or a digital nomad in search of a new home, this campervan conversion book is your roadmap to freedom and endless possibility.

So hit the road! Build your own Roaming Home.

The 2023 Roaming Home Study

In 2023, we conducted a large-scale (350 people) van conversion study covering 31 metrics. The results were heavily leaned upon in the publication of "Roaming Home; The Comprehensive Guide for Converting Your Van Into a Campervan".

Here are a handful of interesting statistics:

  • The most common van for conversion is a 2015 Ford Transit​

  • It usually takes one year to convert a van

  • Most people will purchase a used van for ~€6000 with an average of 150,000km on the dash. Most conversions will cost around €6000

  • There has been a huge increase in the use of lithium batteries - 46% of vans are now using them. Most people install 200Ah of battery power.

  • 78% of people install a solar system, 300W is the most common array installed

  • Recycled plastic is the most common type of insulation used... Nice!

  • 75% of people use a diesel heater, compared to 22% who use an LPG heater... 3% use a woodburning stove!

Roaming Home Study results may not be used without prior consent; unless the study is clearly cited with a link to

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