So you're looking to convert a van into a camper van? We dive deep into what to keep an eye out for when starting this everlasting journey.
Here's what we'll cover in this article:
- Dimensions of a Mercedes Sprinter
- Pros and Cons of a Mercedes Sprinter van conversion
- Dimensions of a Ford Transit
- Pros and Cons of a Ford Transit van conversion
- Dimensions of a Dodge Promaster
- Pros and cons of a Dodge Promaster van conversion
- A recap of the comparison between the three main conversion vans
- What to look for when ordering/buying a factory conversion van for #vanlife.
- 4x4 VS 2WD
- Gas vs Diesel
We’ve compiled information about the most common van chassis for van conversions into one area so you don’t need to sift through 5 different sites to find which is perfect for your van life. I’m sure by now you’ve realized that the digital world of van conversions is a black hole of amazing content, you may have even lost track of time (again) and it’s 3 am while you're read this.
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This list will go through the main vans that are used for camper van conversions and what we like about each from our past van builds and from other people's experiences in the industry.
Each 3 of the main high roof vans have 3 wheelbase conversions, each van different having pros, cons, and van interior dimensions. So it’s important to have an idea of what you’re looking for in a van conversion in terms of layout, sleeping arrangements, power systems, water systems, appliances, will you be hauling mountain bikes or other gear and more.
Are you a weekend warrior? A full-time van lifer? Summer trips with the family?
All of these will present different layout needs that may dictate the minimum WB (wheelbase) size you’ll need for your van conversion.
A few quick key points before we dive a little deeper.:
Sprinter:Longest van conversion space & 4x4
Promaster: Widest van interior
Transit: Highest van interior (came out with an AWD van option for 2020)
So what is the best van for van conversions?