Kits Can Make Your Camper Van Conversion Easier
Do you want to build your own camper van conversion but don’t know where to start? Then, consider a camper van conversion kit!
Conversion kits are a great way to make camper van conversions faster and easier, providing everything you need to get started. They can help you save money over a professional installation or a from-scratch DIY camper build.
But what comes in a conversion kit? And what are the best ones? Let’s take a look at 5 affordable camper van conversion kits.
What’s a Camper Van Conversion Kit?
A conversion kit provides you with the parts needed for a camper van conversion, which you can install yourself or pay to install. These handy kits take the guesswork out of buying the components for your conversion, making the process quick and easy! If you install the kit yourself, they can save you money too.
Van conversion kits include things like wall paneling and insulation, seating, bed platforms, storage solutions, kitchens, and more. In many cases, conversion kit manufacturers will let you customize your kit to your needs.
In other cases, van conversion kits will only be for some parts of the install. For example, some kits only include the kitchen. Or they’ll include some systems like the paneling, insulation, and L tracks for your walls, and you’ll need to install the furniture and other fixtures.
Conversion kits are typically designed for a specific model of van. So if you have a Mercedes Sprinter 144, you’ll typically need a kit designed specifically for that model.
Top 5 Affordable Conversion Kits for Your Van Build
Let’s look at the top 5 affordable conversion kits, including kits for full and partial van conversions.
1. Wayfarer Vans
Wayfarer Vans offers some of the most affordable conversion kits around. Their conversion kit for the RAM Promaster City starts at only $5,580 and their kits for larger cargo vans start at only $10,630.
Wayfarer Van conversion kits include:
- Paneling with wool insulation
- A kitchen galley with 5-gallon gray and freshwater tanks
- Bed platform
- Privacy paneling
They also offer a variety of add-ons, such as:
- Ventilation fan
- Extra storage
- Dometic cooler
- Goal Zero Yeti power station
Their low price and versatility make Wayfarer Vans conversion kits one of the best options on the market
Cost: Cargo van kits start at $10,630 to $12,280 depending on model; the Ram Promaster City kit starts at $5,580
Supported vans: RAM Promaster 136″ wheelbase, high roof; RAM Promaster 159″ wheelbase, high roof; Ford Transit 148″ wheelbase, high roof; Ford Transit 148″ wheelbase, mid roof; Ram Promaster City Cargo/Tradesman
Esplori makes interior conversion kits for 144 Sprinter vans, that come with:
- Lightweight aluminum wall and ceiling panels
- Ventilation fan
- Reinforced L-track system
- Wiring harness
Esplori can send you this full kit for your DIY installation along with video instructions and phone support.
They also offer a “partial DIY” option, where they do the hard work of drilling holes, running the wiring harness, installing the fan, and reinforcing the walls and ceilings. Then you install the soundproofing, insulation, and panels and hook up the lights.
If DIY isn’t your thing, you can have your Esplori kit installed professionally and have them handle the full installation.
However you install your conversion kit, it will give you all the essentials for a camper van conversion. Then all you’ll have to add are things like the bed platform, seating, and a kitchen.
Cost: $12,999 to DIY; $15,999 partial DIY; $18,999 professional install
Supported vans: Mercedes Benz Sprinter 144
3. Adventure Wagon
Adventure Wagon sells highly customizable and modular conversion kits based around an “A-frame” – a support system of steel bracers throughout the van. Everything else in the van is built from or interacts with the A-frame.
These conversion kits include:
- The A-frame
- L-track system
- Maxxair deluxe fan
- LED lighting
- Upholstered wall and ceiling panels
- Fold-away bed
- Wall and ceiling insulation
- Sound dampening
- Wiring harness
Adventure Wagon’s “build your van” tool lets you customize the conversion to your kit. Add additional seating, upgrade to a platform bed, add a heater or an extra fan, and much more. If the kit includes something you don’t need – for example, insulation – you can remove it from the kit and save some cash.
You’re not alone with the assembly process. They break up the tasks based on the number of days they recommend you take for the installation.
If you’re not up to a DIY install, you can also have your Adventure Wagon kit installed at their factory in Portland, Oregon. You can also find a certified installer near you, with installers available all across the west coast.
Cost: Starting at $13,500
Supported vans: Mercedes Benz Sprinter 144; Mercedes Benz Sprinter 170; Transit HR Long; Transit HR Extended
QUQUQ is a little different from the other conversion kits on this list. Rather than a full conversion kit, QUQUQ creates all-in-one camping modules that instantly turn your vehicle into a camper.
These modules are based around a fold-out kitchen with a 2-burner stove, two 10-gallon jerry cans, and a work surface. QUQUQ modules also include a fold-out bed, which can rest on your van’s rear seats or support itself.
QUQUQ sells its conversion modules for a wide variety of vehicles, including minivans and G-Wagons. If you’re in a cargo van, such as a Sprinter, their BusBox model is the choice for you.
If all you want is a kitchen, they also sell cheaper models without a bed.
While QUQUQ modules won’t give you a full camper van conversion, they’re a great way to have the basics at a great price. Prices are currently only given in Euros (QUQUQ is a European company, but they are sold in the US), but prices start at about $2,675, or $1,870 if you forgo a bed.
Cost: about $1,870 without a bed; about $2,675 with a bed
Supported vans: Models available for over 60 vehicles; the BusBox fits Ford Transit, Ram Promaster, and Mercedes Benz Sprinter
5. Trail Kitchens
As you might be able to guess from the name, Trail Kitchens only makes kits for kitchen and water system installations – not full installs. But given how important these systems are for your camper van (everybody has gotta eat), and the quality Trail Kitchens provides, they’re still worth a mention.
More than just a simple kitchen, Trail Kitchen provides an all-in-one kitchen unit, which doubles as a shower and features a removable cook station. The cook station can be easily taken outside and set up anywhere. You can add on a hot water heater to have hot showers on demand!
Trail Kitchens also offers the camper van kitchen pod, a compact kitchen that includes a 65 qt Dometic fridge. They also offer a combined water system and fridge slide, with 14-gallon water tanks, a water filter and pump, and a slide-out that can fit a variety of DC fridges.
Trail Kitchen sells overhead cabinets and a bed panel system to help round out your conversion.
Cost: starting at $2,925
Supported vans: Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Dodge Promaster, Ford Transit, and more
Conversion Kits Are a Great Way to Build an Affordable Camper Van
With a conversion kit, you convert a camper van easier than ever. No more worrying about designing the layout or sourcing parts yourself. With a conversion kit, everything you’ll need is included.
Whatever your needs, there’s a camper van conversion kit out there for you. With the help of the affordable options on our list, you can get your camper ready for the road without breaking the bank.