The recent #VanLife trend is still gaining in popularity, and for good reason. Living and traveling in a van affords you the ultimate freedom: go wherever and do whatever you want. Your whole house is with you at all times so you don’t have to worry about forgetting critical things at home, and you don’t have to bother with setting up a tent every night.
Many Sprinter van conversions even feature running water, bathrooms, and showers, so it’s like staying in a tiny hotel that also happens to be your vehicle.
There are three main options for pursuing #VanLife: buy a Sprinter and convert it yourself, buy a used pre-converted Sprinter, or buy a Sprinter and have a company convert it for you. Each of these avenues has their pros and cons, but in this article, we’ll take a look at ten of the best Sprinter van conversion companies out there who can get you on the road in the van of your dreams.
Sportsmobile has been converting vans since 1961, making them the oldest conversion company out there. Their conversions are ultra-customizable, so you can choose your favorite option from all sorts of categories, including seats and beds, bath and toilets, refrigeration and cooktops, windows, heating and cooling, electrical and solar, plumbing, and propane appliances.
They also have all their product price sheets available on their website so you can get an idea of how much your dream van conversion will cost.
They offer some of the most unique options available on the market, from windows to pop-tops and more. Another unique option is that you can buy your van directly through Sportsmobile for a discounted price, with freight and PDI included in the upfront cost.
Sportsmobile has offices located in Indiana, Texas, California, and Nevada. In addition to Mercedes Sprinter vans, they also specialize in Ford Transits, Dodge Promasters, Chevrolet Express vans, and Ford E-series vans.
2. SYNC Vans
SYNC Vans specializes in Mercedes Sprinters, and they pride themselves on getting you out on the road faster than their competitors, with a turnaround time of less than four months. They offer three suggested layouts, which can either be installed as-is or customized to your satisfaction in terms of interior design, color scheme, and accessories.
Additionally, they offer a totally custom option if that’s more your style.
Their conversions start at $32,000 and obviously go up from there, depending on the accessories, trim, etc. that you choose. While the company primarily does Sprinter conversions, they also work on Dodge Promasters and Ford Transits.
While these builds are stylish and immaculate, they lean more towards facilitating adventure and outdoors activities than luxury living. The only bathroom options are a cassette toilet and an outdoor shower, which don’t get me wrong, will totally suffice, but they aren’t on the same level of luxury as a Sportsmobile with an interior shower stall and a flushing toilet.
That said, SYNC Vans offers some killer systems including a motorized bed that moves up towards the ceiling when not in use, and storage options for bikes, fly fishing gear, and ski/snowboard equipment. You can even opt to have an air compressor installed in your van!
Based out of Fort Collins, CO, Vanworks has been customizing and converting vans since 1978. Like SYNC Vans, they offer three conversion packages that can be tweaked to perfection, or you can go fully custom. They specialize in conversions for Mercedes Sprinters, Dodge Promasters, and Nissan NV vans, and they offer free estimates for whatever you want to do with your van.
4. Boulder Campervans
Boulder Campervans does it all: they will build you a custom van conversion, rent out one of their fleet of pre-converted vans, or facilitate the process for you to rent out your converted van during the times you aren’t using it. In this way, you can try before you buy, then get your Sprinter (or other van) converted exactly how you want it, and then make back some of your money by renting it out.
It’s a pretty genius business model!
They offer tons of options for customization, and you can either bring them a van you’ve already bought or purchase a van shell through them. Their turnaround time is only about three months according to their website, so you can be out adventuring quickly.
5. Beartooth Vanworks
Beartooth Vanworks offers several conversion packages that you can choose from, or you can opt to go fully custom. This Montana-based company is all about ‘Rugged Liberation’ — allowing you to explore the great outdoors in comfort and style. They have an impressive build gallery, including a van they built for a family of eight to get after it in the outdoors.
CampoVans creates some of the most beautiful and ingenious builds I’ve ever seen (including a Sprinter with a bathtub!), but they don’t come cheap. This company does not provide base vehicles, so after you’ve purchased your van, you’re looking at another $85,000 on average for the CampoVan build.
They also offer consultations for DIY builders, although they warn on their website that DIY consultation appointments are booked out quite far in advance.
Owned and operated by a couple who essentially grew up and raised their own family in adventure vehicles, this company can do almost anything you want. They do not have any stock design options to choose from, instead fully customizing every single build. Whether you have run out of steam as a DIYer or want them to complete the build from start to finish, this company can help.
7. Benchmark Vehicles
Benchmark Vehicles operates similarly to CampoVans in that they do not supply the vans, and they build everything custom for you. However, they can offer assistance with purchasing a van by connecting clients with their partner dealers and providing advice on the exact specifications to choose for the van.
Since everything they build is custom, they don’t have any exact prices listed, saying instead that a conversion with them can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $125,000 depending on the options you choose. They will provide you with an interactive CAD drawing of your dream van so you can do a virtual walkthrough before they’ve even begun building.
Named after the company co-founder’s school bus conversion, Yetibus does more than just buses, including vans, trucks, ambulances, tiny house trailers, and shipping container tiny homes. In true Pacific Northwest fashion, they even offer consulting on biodiesel and vegetable oil fuel conversions.
They are also open to discussing options about shipping or delivering your completed build, or you can pick it up in person at their Sand Point, ID shop.
9. Momentum Vans
Based in Washington, Momentum Vans specializes in Sprinter van builds. They are a small family-owned business and they create incredible vans that range from austerely functional to stylishly comfortable.
You will have to provide your own van with this company, whether it’s a 144-inch or 170-inch wheelbase Sprinter. They have an incredible portfolio of builds on their website that are sure to inspire you when you are choosing your van layout!
10. Freedom Vans
Another Washington-based company, Freedom Vans specializes in conversions Mercedes Sprinters, Ford Transits, and Dodge Promasters, although they do offer single services on other types of vans (things like window installation, solar systems, fans, diesel heaters, and battery system installations).
They do not supply vans, but they can recommend Mercedes dealers on the West Coast and certain van features to include or avoid in your order.
If you are just looking for a single service, Freedom Vans can typically fit you in within a month, but full conversions are often booked out 10-14 months. Small projects typically take 1-2 months while full conversions take 3-5 months to complete. Short wheelbase van conversions cost between $35,000 and $75,000 while a long wheelbase conversion ranges from $45,000 to $100,000.
Smaller projects and single services cost between $18,000 and $25,000 depending on the exact project, material choices, etc. They do not provide consulting services for DIYers, but when you reserve your production space, you will of course go through design and layout consultations with the company before they begin your build.
There are so many incredible van conversion companies out there, and there is certainly one that exists that can meet your needs. Whether you already have a Sprinter to convert or you want to pay a company to acquire the van, convert it, and hand over the keys to the finished product, there is a company on this list for you. Happy adventuring and we hope to see you out on the road!
Van Life As a Solo Female Traveler
Cat is originally from Seattle, WA but has traveled around the US and Canada full-time in a self-converted school bus with her boyfriend Aaron since April of 2018. She enjoys rock climbing, paddleboarding, hiking, and generally being outdoors!
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