Posts tagged van conversion
2019 PROMASTER VS. 2019 SPRINTER | Which van is best for a van conversion?

One of the first steps to making van life a reality is figuring out which van to build in.

Our top two favorite vans for van conversions are:

  • the 170” wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter

  • the 159” Extended Dodge Ram Promaster

We’re currently building in a 2019 159” extended Promaster for our clients, Michele & David, so we’d figure we would cover some of the differences between the 159” extended Promaster vs the 170” Sprinter. Watch the video below for some of the pros and cons for each van.

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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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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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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 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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Van Conversion Plumbing Details

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.

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Van Conversion Kitchen Details

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.

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