5 Tips For Planning Your Van Layout

Planning the layout for your van build can be overwhelming. There are so many factors to consider decisions to make and not that much space to work with!

Here are our top 5 tips to help you in planning your Van Layout.

1. Make A List of Your Top Priorities

You won’t be able to fit EVERYTHING into your van that you want so it’s important to understand what are your top priorities, especially if you’re going to be living in a van with your partner.

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HOUSE TOUR & DETAILS: What's In Our House

We just shared our house and shop tour on YouTube, and we’d figure we would do another blog post sharing about how we designed and picked out stuff for our house.

It was important to us to keep things simple and minimal, and we still don’t have or plan to do much decorating. We didn’t skimp when it came to buying furniture - we wanted high quality pieces that will last for years to come. We feel like we’re past our days of buying cheap IKEA furniture, so we invested quite a bit of money buying things we absolutely love for our house.

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Tour our new House and Shop!

If you missed the big news, we bought a house and a shop in Boise, Idaho! For the first part of this year, we were renting a shop in San Diego to build out custom van conversions. With our little boy on the way, we knew that we wanted to settle down and buy our own property with a house and shop to have a home base for us and our business.

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2019 PROMASTER VS. 2019 SPRINTER | Which van is best for a van conversion?

One of the first steps to making van life a reality is figuring out which van to build in.

Our top two favorite vans for van conversions are:

  • the 170” wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter

  • the 159” Extended Dodge Ram Promaster

We’re currently building in a 2019 159” extended Promaster for our clients, Michele & David, so we’d figure we would cover some of the differences between the 159” extended Promaster vs the 170” Sprinter. Watch the video below for some of the pros and cons for each van.

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144" Sprinter Van with Bathroom | OUR LATEST VAN BUILD

Welcome to our latest van tour! We just finished this van conversion with a bathroom in a 2018 144" Mercedes Sprinter Van.

When Edward came to us wanting to build a van with a bathroom in a 144” Sprinter, we knew it was going to be a challenge. We got creative to be able to give him a full bathroom with a toilet and shower, a convertible table/bed area, a closet for storage and a full kitchen.

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HOW MUCH DOES A VAN CONVERSION COST | What Our Custom Van Builds Cost For Materials & Labor

Hands down, the #1 question we get is:

How much does a van conversion cost?

This is such a hard question to answer because it varies based on so many factors - what components are involved, what materials are used, what size van, etc.

However, we wanted to give you a range of cost based on our experience professionally building vans. We do not skimp when it comes to materials, quality and the overall finish of our vans so you may be surprised at the total cost of a van conversion… we know we were when we first started researching van life!

Each van we build is completely custom - that means nothing is prefabbed and we don’t cut any corners.

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4x4 SPRINTER VAN TOUR | 170" Extended Sprinter Van Conversion for Family of Four

Wow, we are both SO excited to share this Sprinter Van conversion for a family of four!

When Cal and Cindy came to us with the challenge of incorporating in another bed for their two kids to sleep, we knew we had to get creative.

They loved the convertible bed/table area that we incorporate into our builds as well as the full bathroom with a toilet and shower. Since we had to install a bench seat for the kids to ride in while driving, we knew that this van build was all about maximum storage and functionality!

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Mercedes Sprinter vs Ford Transit | BEST VAN FOR VAN LIFE

f you’re thinking about doing full-time van life or building a conversion van, the first step is to figure out which van will be best for your van conversion. For the purpose of this blog we will be comparing the high roof versions of the Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit van.

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Sprinter 144 vs 170 wheelbase | Which one is best for a Van Conversion?

Debating a Mercedes Sprinter 144 vs 170 wheelbase? Not sure if you’ll need the extra length the Sprinter 170” wheelbase provides? Or maybe you think the 144 Sprinter will be too short for your needs…

We’re breaking down the differences between the 144” Sprinter Van vs the 170” Sprinter Van and which one is best for a van conversion.

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OUR VAN BUILD WORK | Mercedes Sprinter Van Conversion with Bathroom & Mini Garage

Another van build is complete! We are so happy with the way Ethan’s 2016 170” Mercedes Sprinter Van conversion turned out.

Here are a few features of his van build with the “Outdoorsman” layout:

  • Mini Garage for bike storage

  • Convertible table/bed area allows for a place to work and eat

  • Full bathroom with shower and toilet

  • Ample storage in custom built cabinetry

  • Fully powered by 300 watts of solar, a 300ah lithium ion battery bank and 3000 watt inverter

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VAN TOUR: Ultimate DIY Off-Grid Van Conversion with Bathroom | Comes with A View

Come in for a van tour of Scott's (aka Comes with a View) 2016 170” Sprinter Van Conversion with a bathroom.

One of the things we love most about #vanlife is connect with other people who live in a van! Scott was one of our first van life friends, and we finally got around to filming a tour of his DIY van conversion. It took him 6 months to complete this off-grid camper van into his home on wheels.

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10 Remote Van Life Jobs | Make Money On the Road

Looking for a van life job? Making money on the road is one of the biggest challenges for those looking to travel full time or for those who want to jump into van life. The truth is, it’s easier than it ever has been before to make a remote income thanks to the internet.

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One Stop Van Shop | Everything You Need for Your Van Conversion

We know how overwhelming it can be to make sure you’re getting everything you need for you van conversion, so we put together this one stop shop for your van life needs. We added in a few extras that we love in our van!

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VAN TOUR | Sprinter 170" Extended Van Conversion with Bathroom & Mini Garage

We just finished our client’s van! Ryan came to us with a 2016 Mercedes Sprinter 170” Extended with a partial build out that he did himself. After attempting his own build, he quickly released it was a lot harder than he thought.

After demoing what he built, we started from square one to build out his dream van with a bathroom and room for bike storage.

He still wanted a convertible table bench bed area like our van conversion to be able to comfortably work in his van instead of having a full-time bed platform. We got creative and built an elevated platform to create a mini garage to give him the best of both worlds - storage for his bike and a convertible bed area.

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