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, what floor plan, 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 shocked 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.

Our van conversions range from $40,000 - $89,500

A typical van build has about 600 - 1,000 hours of labor involved.

If you do simple math on that, a skilled carpenter charges at least $40/hour as a minimum, so the labor cost alone is about $24,000 - $40,000.

Labor = 600 - 1000 hours x $40/hour = $24,000 - $40,000


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Now let’s take a closer look broken down by the major categories that go into a van conversion….

NOTE: All of the category totals below include the labor associated with install/building/etc

Outside Features = $4,000 - $20,000

Outside features include things like a roof rack, ladder, front bumper, rear bumper, cargo box, etc.

Electrical = $8,000 - $10,000

Windows = $2,000 - $4,000

Insulation & Framing = $3,000 - $4,000

This is the part of the van that no one is likely to ever see, but one of the most important parts of a van since it lays the foundation for the rest of the build

Exterior Paint = $850 - $6,000

One thing we recommend to all of our van build clients is to get the roof of the van sprayed with truck bed liner. This helps ensure your roof will hold up over time and not be susceptible to damage from the sun/elements and rust.

We’ve also done full custom paint jobs on the entire exterior of the van, which cost about $5,000.

Plumbing/Bathroom = $6,000 - $10,000

This category includes the water heater, fresh water tank, grey water tanks, water pumps, water filtration, plumbing lines, toilet, shower fixtures, waterproofing, wall material, etc.

Kitchen = $1,000 - $4,000

This does not include the cabinetry itself. This category includes your fridge, stove, sink, faucet, and countertops.

  • 12 volt Fridge = $1,200

  • Stove = $300

  • Sink = $200

  • Faucet = $100

  • Countertops = $300

Climate Control = $1,500 - $5,000

Every van build should have a vent fan. Optional things include a heater and air conditioner.

Cabinetry = $7,000 - $10,000

All of our cabinetry is custom built and tailored to the client. We use the highest quality materials for a long lasting finish.

Remember, this includes the labor cost associated with building completely custom cabinetry for your van build.

Walls, Ceilings, Flooring, Trim = $2,000 - $4,000

There are so many options when it comes to what material to use for the walls, ceiling and flooring. Each client we work with likes to pick out their own materials when it comes to this category.

Misc = $5,000 - $10,000

This category is all the extra stuff! This includes things like:

  • glue, screws, nails

  • paint, stain, varnish, sandpaper

  • hinges, cabinet hardware, pneumatic door lifts, etc

  • Extra components like seat swivels, headliner shelfs, etc

  • Other extras:

    • 80/20 bed framing = $800

    • HappiJac bed lift = $1,800

    • Table Pedestal = $300


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