​​BUDGET EXAMPLES FOR FULL BUILDS

You don't have to spend a fortune to get the campervan of your dreams, but it isn't inexpensive either . The most important part is to start with the right base (van), with the right options, and by adding a few key modifications you can keep costs down. Cargo vans take a lot more work and $, our favorite van is to start off with is a Sprinter or Transit Crew Trim van for weekenders. You save a fortune as this interior is 80% done, you have walls, headliner, floor, and seating. Compared to a kit or custom solution its 1/2 the cost if not less compared to starting with a cargo van if you are fine with the looks.  You can also start with a passenger van and just add a bed, or install a Colorado Campervan pop top, then you have a modern Westy that is more reliable, safer, and has more room.  Go to the next level and add a house battery and solar, and you have a simple independent campervan.  Unfortunately there is not a "cheap" way to build a van right, but we certainly help you to get the best ROI on your investment. Most of our builds are between 18-25k for interior and electrical work. Most importantly, its the quality not the cost you should focus on. You have an expensive van, build it right. Check your builders reviews (or lack thereof). You generally get what you pay for as with anything else.

 

 

 

Typical  Weekender Build

Everything you need and MORE at a reasonable cost making your van fully functional

(Sprinter  High Roof Crew Trim Example; has seating already installed and most interior panels)

  • Upper rear quarter interior wall panels

  • Insulation and  sound proofing-walls, doors, roof

    • We use superior products; 3M Thinsulate and Dynamat Extreme on all of our builds now. Unlike other builders we use products that are 2-3 times more than other builders and up to 2 times more product...because they are superior with superior results the way we use and install them.  No asphalt based deadeners, no spray foam or wool, that stuff belongs on our roof or house or in your moms sweater. One of the most neglected areas of a van. Doing just your walls is not enough to get a good result.

  • Three-panel rear bed with cubbies and mattress

  • Fully automatic Maxx air roof fan

  • House battery, 224ah AGM battery and fuse panel

  • 200 watt solar; never run out of power

  • 12V/USB Outlets

  • Interior LED lighting

  • Two AMA or CRL vented windows

  • Cardiff Campervan lagun table system with front seat swivels

    Cost:

     ~$18,000-27k, typically + price of van  

    *Two to three -week turn around 

Beds

  • 3 Panel Basic with mattress $2600

  • 3 Panel with simple cubbies and mattress $3200

  • 3 Panel above 30" with mattress $3900

  • 3 Panel above 30" with cubbies and shelf, mattress $4200

  • Flatline Bed $3000-4000 installed

  • MOAB Bed - install $500-$800. We are not an authorized installer/retailer; you supply bed and wall kit. We install more Adventure Wagon beds and bags than all California dealers combined.

  • Custom 3 section Mattress for MOAB $900; 3 " foam, automotive grade microfiber zip off covers

Other Services

  • Solar- 200w typically $1400-2200

  • Aux Battery Bank with fuse panel $2200-3200

  • Large inverters-$1600-3000

  • Insulation and Sound deadening $2300-2800- with other services

  • Windows $900-1300 each

  • Espar D2L Heater with Pro Controller $2900

  • Seating $4000-8000

  • Hourly Rate $150 hour

  • Consulting $150 hour -review of van specs, type of van to purchase, advice. (sorry no DIY How To)

*prices are very general assuming van is in stock OEM state with no modifications include parts and and do  include sales tax. In general we do not install most customer supplied parts due to quality control purposes

Consulting Services/Designing your build

Have questions and don't know where to start? We offer free initial consultation to answer some of your basic questions for your potential build. Beyond that we offer services and basic technical advice (no DIY)  in doing a build with us  for an hourly fee taking advantage of our expertise in helping you with your research or what type of van to consider for your build.  You can spend hundreds of hours trying to break down the basics, we can reduce much of this research down to a fraction of that time focusing you in the right direction using our consulting services.