How Much Did Our Van Conversion Cost?
Before you start on your van build you want to make sure you have a realistic budget in mind for the van you want to build.
To help with the learning curve we are sharing with you how much it cost to convert our 2014 Mercedes Sprinter Van into our permanent home on wheels.
2014 Mercedes Sprinter 170" Wheelbase, High Roof
Purchase Price: $31,000
Wondering how much a van conversion costs if you want to have it professionally done?
Check out this blog post where we break down how much a van costs if you are paying someone else to do the work for you.
Framing, Materials & Lumber:
Wood Materials for Cabinets, Walls & Ceiling = $4,250
Butcher bloc Countertops = $100
Flooring = $200
Insulation = $250
Hardware (knobs, latches, hinges, drawer slides etc) = $460
Misc (Screws, nails, adhesive, tools) = $1000
Primer, Paint & Caulk = $300
LED Lights, Switches, Fuses, Outlets & Wiring = $662
3, Battle Born LiFePO4 Batteries = $3,000
Victron Battery Monitor = $179
Victron 3000Watt Inverter/Charger = $1,600
Inverter Switch = $173
Renogy 400 Watt Solar Starter Kit (Panels & Solar Controller) = $800
Dometic Fridge = $572
Vent Fan & Windows:
5 Windows = $2221
Window Install = $750
Fantastic Vent Fan = $200
Bathroom, Shower & Plumbing:
2.5 Gallon Hot Water Heater = $250
Plumbing materials (pumps, tanks, hose, PEX etc) = $670
Shower Pan = $150
Urine Diverting Toilet = $200
Nautilus Self Cleaning Shower Door = $290
Foam Backerboard, Waterproofing paint, mortar, tile, grout & fixtures = $900
SensaTank Monitoring System = $150
Table, Bed, Seating:
Lagun Swivel Table Base = $180
Passenger Seat Swivel = $300
Cushion Materials & Sewing Cost = $1,150
Espar Heater = $982
Materials Total = $25,564
Van + Materials = $56,564
Note that this total DOES NOT factor in labor at all.
We worked full time (40 hours per week) with the help of Sara’s dad for 9 weeks. Total man hours are 1,080 hours. If you are paying someone to do your van conversion, add on these labor hours with the hourly rate they charge.
Example = 1,080 hours x $50 = $54,000 + the materials cost = your full van conversion cost
Looking for help on your van build? Check out our Van Layout Guide
For full details on our second build click here.