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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DOES VAN LIFE SUCK? 5 Things to Consider Before Living In A Van

Wondering if van life sucks? Here are 5 Things you should consider before living in a van:

  1. Filling up your water tanks

    If you have a sink and/or a shower in your van, you’re going to have to find somewhere to fill up your tanks every week. Where will you fill them up? And how easy is it to access your water tanks?

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VAN BATHROOM TOUR | is having a bathroom in a van really worth it?

Wondering if having a van with a bathroom is really worth it?

Well today we’re sharing some pros and cons of having a bathroom in your conversion van.

If you’re looking for details and what we used for our bathroom in our van, check out this blog post. And if you’re looking for plumbing details you can find them here.

Pros of Having a Bathroom In Your Van:

  1. You can shower any time you want! That means first thing in the morning, late at night or after a hot sweaty day. This was a must for us - we both like to shower every day so we knew we wanted a shower in our van. Outdoor showers are unrealistic to use whenever you want because you have to be OUTSIDE, which likely means you won’t be getting naked and you’ll have a lot of people staring at you.

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Sprinter vs. Promaster | Which van is best for you?

Finding the Right Van for Your Van Conversion Can Be a Challenge.

There are many options when it comes to purchasing a van. However you really only have 3 options that allow you to stand up in your van:

  1. Mercedes Sprinter

  2. Dodge Ram Promaster

  3. Ford Transit

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Where to Park Your Van Overnight | VAN LIFE TIPS

One of the biggest and sometimes the most stressful part of van life is figuring out where to park overnight in your van.

After living van life for over a year and a half, here are our tips and go-to’s for where to sleep overnight in your van…

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Van Conversion Solar, Batteries, Inverter & Electrical Details

One of the coolest things about vanlife is the ability to use solar power to power everything in your van. We upgraded our electrical system from our last van so that we could run our 2.5 gallon water heater without any issues. This system runs everything in our van great! We do turn off our inverter at night so that the hot water heater is not running when we don’t need it, so we highly recommend getting a switch for your inverter so it’s easy to switch off at night!

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VAN CONVERSION CONVERTIBLE BED AREA

One of the first aspects of any van build or van conversion is to decide if you want a full time platform bed with storage underneath or if you want a convertible table bed area. Since our van is a live/work situation we wanted the flexibility to have a table/desk area to sit at during the day while we work. Let’s face it, if we had to sit in bed to get our work done, we wouldn’t be productive at all. That’s why we opted for a convertible table bed area instead of a full time bed.

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