As it becomes easier to live and work anywhere, #vanlife is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those with a permanent sense of wanderlust. Van conversion is a great option for living on the road; the vehicles aren’t as big as converted school buses, but they have roomy interiors large enough for the essentials including a bed, kitchen, and an area for a mobile office.
Creating a camper van conversion requires some serious DIY skills. But for those who lack the know-how (and inclination) for transforming a Sprinter van, there are many companies that specialize in these specific redesigns. They do all of the heavy lifting—literally—so that hitting the open road is as easy as just packing a bag.
Are you interested in life on the road? Scroll down for the top five van conversion companies that turn ordinary vehicles into fully liveable mobile homes.
Calling their work “nimble, capable, and comfortable,” Glampervan transforms RAM ProMaster 136wb vans into a two-person camper that can double as a mobile office. Their designs are largely fixed but they do have some options for customization. They do this to minimize costs, which ranges between $20K and $50K depending on what you have done.
Vanlife Customs is dedicated to creating a vehicle that fits your lifestyle—whether you’re a full-time traveler or enjoy the occasional weekend getaway. They work on Sprinter, Transit, and ProMaster vans and create strikingly cool and modern interiors. But if you’re looking to simply test out some of their handiwork, you can do that too with a rental.
Combining the skills of an architectural and interior designer with a licensed general contractor, ZENVANZ prides their designs on being “maximized livability using minimal space.” Their van builds—which include the cost of the van and its upgrades—start at around $100K. If that’s not in your budget, they do offer DIY kits that feature everything you’d need to outfit your own van.
This Moving House
While many companies offer minimalist interiors, This Moving House crafts spaces that truly have a home-like feel. One of their most prominent features is a colorful tile backsplash in the kitchen. Upon entering the camper, you feel like you've stepped into a conventional abode.
Advanture Co. has a diverse offering for a variety of passengers. If you plan on using the van for short jaunts, the base builds start at $36,000. But for longer trips, you’re going to need their upgrade options which include things like a kitchenette.