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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
Wondering if van life sucks? Here are 5 Things you should consider before living in a van:
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?
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.
Pros of Having a Bathroom In Your Van:
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.
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:
Dodge Ram Promaster
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…Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
If you’re looking for details on our Sprinter Van’s plumbing, look no further. We got ya covered! As you probably already know, we opted for a “wet” bathroom (meaning the toilet is in the shower area so it will get wet). We wanted to save on space, so we cantilevered the toilet over the shower pan using steel studs.Read More
Wondering how and why we built a bathroom into our Sprinter van? We’ll share the details about how we fit a shower and toilet in our van in this blog post.Read More
Looking for details on a van conversion kitchen? Look no further! Get all the details for our converted Sprinter Van kitchen, including a farmhouse sink. We share our tips for converting your own van, living in a van, and more on this van life blog.Read More