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.
Roof Rails = $400
Aluminess Roof Rack = $3,300
Aluminess Ladder = $725
Aluminess Front Bumper = $2,750
Aluminess Rear Bumper = $3,100
Thule Cargo Box = $550
Electrical = $8,000 - $10,000
3000 Watt Victron Inverter = $1,500
Wiring, fuses, switches, etc
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.
Espar Diesel Heater = $1,300
Fantastic Vent Fan = $150
Air Conditioner = $3,000
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
80/20 bed framing = $800
HappiJac bed lift = $1,800
Table Pedestal = $300
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