Converting an empty van into a camper rig is one of the easiest ways to launch into mobile living. The Mercedes Sprinter van embodies the #vanlife movement and remains one of the most spacious and versatile choices.
But van conversion processes differ depending on individual needs. While DIY projects are rewarding, some things are best left to professionals. Conversion companies around the country offer a range of camper kits designed to jumpstart the process.
Here’s a look at a few Sprinter van conversion companies that offer everything from full-on remodels to smaller weekend projects.
ZEN VANZ, Portland, Ore.
ZenVanz offers practical and aesthetic conversion options ranging in price from $18,000 for a DIY kit to $164,500 for a complete Sprinter van conversion.
The company’s DIY options include a kitchen/galley kit with bamboo cabinetry and countertops, along with appliance options such as a freezer/fridge combo and a two-burner stove. ZenVanz also offers bedside cabinet and upper cabinet kit components that serve as storage space. Optional LED cabinet lighting is available.
ZenVanz takes a modular approach to its standard bed system, using three removable and stackable panels to create the sleeping space. It also offers bamboo ceiling, door and wall panel designs. To check kit availability and learn more about complete van builds, contact ZenVanz directly.
OUTSIDE VAN, Portland, Ore.
Outside Van offers prebuilt Sprinter vans and complete customization options. While its one-off builds sell fast, the premium-build process includes pairing customers with professional designers and offers a variety of customization options available only as part of a full conversion.
Basic customization options include kitchen appliances, rooftop air conditioning, auxiliary seating, ladders and tire upgrades. For those wanting to embrace a more adventurous lifestyle, amenities like standup paddleboard racks, ski racks and bicycle repair stands are available.
Future van-lifers can check out Outside Van’s conversion gallery from previous customers for inspiration. The company keeps vans in stock and will do conversions on pre-owned Sprinter vans as long as they’re from model year 2007 or newer.
VANLIFE CUSTOMS, Denver
This small, Denver-based company has grown through word of mouth and offers customized van builds for serious adventure seekers. In addition to full builds, Vanlife Customs assists DIY conversion enthusiasts with parts and services including electrical prewiring, solar design and installation, and heater installation. It also offers a suite of available accessories.
Though Vanlife Customs doesn’t keep vans in stock, the company’s homepage features its latest custom Sprinter van builds. Vanlife Customs’ gallery varies widely in floor plan and style, making this company an ideal option for those with unusual customizations in mind.
RB COMPONENTS, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
RB Components serves as a one-stop shop for trailer, shop and garage components in addition to its Sprinter-centric van-conversion options. The company’s adventure van lineup includes builds for the 140, 170 and 170EX models. Each category features more than a dozen different customization options.
RB Components sells individual interior and exterior camper van components including awnings, roof racks, folding furniture, panel beds, water systems, power systems and appliances. Unlike many of the full-build-only companies, RB Components is a great option for those looking for smaller DIY projects or component upgrades.
SYNC VANS, Hailey, Idaho
Sync Vans features custom conversion builds starting at $32,000 and boasts a faster build completion time than many of its competitors. The company offers three basic layouts in the Atlas, Sunstone and Upland, as well as more customizable builds.
The three standard layouts serve as base packages with different stylistic touches, differing in terms of bed location and configuration. The Atlas provides for a rear-located, two- or three-panel bed, while the Sunstone offers a forward-located sofa bed configuration. The Upland is a multipassenger configuration with jump seats and a removable two-panel bed system.
Sync Vans features a comprehensive Idea Lab gallery, providing a variety of interior and exterior build possibilities and individual components. Contact Sync Vans for custom pricing or to inquire about pre-built vans for sale.