Vanlife is awesome, but many vans just can’t handle the rugged forest service roads that lead to some of our favorite camping and hiking spots. The solution: A Quigley 4×4 conversion. Just how much does a Quigley 4×4 conversion cost, you might ask?
Most Quigley 4×4 conversions cost between $12,000 and $14,000 based on the size and type of van you own. For optional upgrades, such as an added lift or shocks, you’ll want to budget an additional $1,000 to $6,000.
Up next, we’ll walk you through the basics of converting your van into a 4×4 off-road machine that can tackle any terrain you throw its way.
What Is Quigley?
Quigley is a third-generation veteran and family-owned company based out of Manchester, Pennsylvania.
The company is among the oldest and largest manufacturers in business today that creates high-quality 4WD conversion systems for full-sized vans. They create their own custom driveshafts and they offer a wide range of different conversion options to suit your needs.
One of the things that makes Quigley unique is that their conversion process is approved and recognized by major car manufacturers, including Nissan, GM, and Ford. This means that the vast majority of Quigley conversions don’t void your vehicle’s manufacturer’s warranty, which is a big advantage in the van conversion industry.
What Is A Quigley 4×4 Conversion?
A Quigley 4×4 conversion is a way to turn a full-size van, bus, or RV, into a 4×4 vehicle. Since most vans popular for use as full-time camper vans don’t come standard as a 4×4, Quigley offers one of the best methods for creating the ultimate adventure mobile.
The conversion itself is a true 4WD system, so it can handle off-road adventures in some pretty tough terrain. This makes it possible for you to cruise up those poorly maintained forest service roads that lead to your favorite trailhead and allows you to tackle some fun jeep roads or off-road routes that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible in your standard full-size van.
How A Quigley Conversion Works
Whether you have a van already, or you’re looking to purchase a new van and have it converted at the same time, Quigley has a number of different options for vanlifers.
Here’s what you need to know about the entire Quigley ordering process, including pricing expectations and the types of vans the company can convert.
The Quigley Ordering Process
With Quigley, the majority of van conversions are processed through a local dealership that will help you determine the particulars of your unique conversion. Ordering through a dealership is the most common route for people who are looking to purchase a new van and have it converted at the same time.
However, you can also convert your existing van by contacting Quigley directly. If you choose this process, you’ll work directly with Quigley’s sales associates to determine which conversion options are right for your needs.
Then, you’ll have to arrange to drop off your van or have it shipped to Quigley so they can start the conversion. Once it’s all said and done, you can either arrange for Ship-Thru pick up at a local dealership, freight shipping to your home, or you can go to Quigley top pick up your new van.
Quigley 4×4 Conversion Pricing Expectations
Since every van is unique, Quigley’s pricing is based on the make and model of your vehicle. You can check out their pricing guides online, but, up next, we’ll walk you through a rough estimate of how much you can expect to pay for a conversion and what you get for your money.
It’s important to note that most of Quigley’s listed prices are for conversions on brand new vans. These prices don’t include the price of the vehicle but generally include everything you need to get your van on the road. You can also choose from optional add-ons, such as a higher lift, when you order your conversion.
For a van that you currently own, the prices can vary slightly from the quoted price for a new vehicle. What you’ll end up paying depends on the age of your vehicle and if any other aftermarket repairs are needed to complete your conversion.
In general, however, the pricing is fairly similar between Quigley conversions on new and used vehicles.
Quigley is currently the only company that’s licensed by Ford to do 4×4 conversions on Transit vans through Ford’s Special Vehicle Engineering program (SVE). As a result, they’re able to offer Ship-Thru and Drop-Ship services to Ford dealers around the country.
When you convert a Ford Transit with Quigley, you get the following:
- Manual shifter
- 2-speed Hi/Low transmission
- 2″ ride height lift
- 4×4 indicator lights
- Front hub assembly
- Magna transfer case
The company is able to retain a majority of the vehicle’s original parts, including the front and rear suspension and brake systems to help keep costs down. With that in mind, most Ford Transit Quigley conversions cost about $12,000-$14,000.
However, as of September 2020, the company is not currently offering conversions on the new 2020 Ford Transit because they need to update their 4×4 conversion kit to match the latest Transit design.
When conversions are available on the 2020 Transit and later models, you can check out the prices below.
Quigley is able to convert most G-2500 and G-3500 series cargo and passenger vans, as well as the G-4500 series cutaway. With a Quigley GM conversion, you get the following:
- Manual shifter
- 4×4 indicator light
- Torsion Bar IFS
The company also uses various parts from GM’s own K-series 4×4 vehicles and retains a number of original parts, such as the 4 wheel anti-lock brake system.
Most GM vans conversions with Quigley cost between $12,000 and $13,000, depending on the specifics of your model. However, the Cutaway 139″ WB SRW/DRW 6.0L Gas and the Cutaway 139″ WB SRW/DRW 4.3L Gas conversions cost around $13,500 and $14,100, respectively.
Quigley can convert most Nissan NV-2500 cargo vans and NV-3500 passenger vans into 4×4 adventure machines. For a Nissan van, Quigley retains many of the original Nissan components of your vehicle, but adds the following parts and systems:
- Front axle shafts
- Front hub assembly
- Manual shifter
- Magna transfer case
- Single-speed 2Hi/4Hi
- 4×4 indicator height
However, there’s no increase in ride height unless you opt for the optional 2″ lift LIFS upgrade during the conversion process. Quigley’s Nissan van conversions are among their most affordable, with most conversions costing less than $12,600. They will also convert used pre-2016 vans for around $11,800.
Ford E-Series Cutaway
Although they’re not technically vans, Quigley can also convert Ford E-Series cutaway vehicles. This can be a nice option if you’re looking to fully customize your adventure rig and want more flexibility than what’s afforded with a van.
Quigley can convert E-350 DRW Cutaways, E-350 SRW Cutaways, and E-450 DRW cutaways to 4×4. To make the conversion, they include the following aspects of their 4×4 system:
- 4″ ride height increase
- 4×4 indicator lights
- 31 gallon fuel tank
- Manual shifter
- Manual lockout hubs
Additionally, the company retains many of the E-series components and then adds in an assortment of F-series components. These conversions all cost approximately $13,800, plus any optional add-ons you might choose.
Quigley 4×4 Van Dealers & Shipping Options
Quigley partners with car dealerships around the United States to make it simpler for you to get a van, even if you don’t live near their warehouse in Pennsylvania. You can find a complete list of all of Quigley’s dealers using their dealer locator tool.
Once you have a dealer in mind, you can request a quote to start the ordering process. If you choose Ship-Thru, you can pick up your converted van from an authorized Ford, GM, or Nissan dealer around the country.
Alternatively, if there aren’t any dealerships near you, Quigley can arrange for delivery or pickup via freight. You can check out their estimated shipping prices for a better idea of how much it will cost to get your van to and from Quigley Motorsports in Pennsylvania.
Where To Find A Used Quigley 4×4 Van For Sale
If you’re not interested in waiting for a converted Quigley Van, it is possible to find used models on the market. As you can imagine, however, people usually aren’t too keen to give up their sweet 4×4 vans, so they’re not exactly easy to come by.
You may be able to find a used Quigley 4×4 van for sale at some of the company’s partner GM, Ford, and Nissan dealerships. Alternatively, cars.trovit.com often has listings for Quigley 4×4 vans, as do Autozin.com and eBay. There’s also a Quigley 4×4 Vans Facebook group that often has postings for used vans that you can check out.
Non-Quigley Options For 4×4 Vanlife
For people who aren’t quite sure that a Quigley 4×4 conversion is right for them, there are other options available. Here are some good alternatives to consider.
4×4 Van Conversion Companies Besides Quigley
It turns out that there are a few other companies that do 4×4 van conversions other than Quigley. These include Sportsmobile, Whitefeather 4×4 Conversions, and Advanced 4WD Systems, all of which are able to convert a wide range of different vans.
If you’re looking to convert a Sprinter, Sportsmobile and Whitefeather 4×4 Conversions are two options to consider since Quigley doesn’t currently offer conversions for Mercedes vehicles. Many of these companies will also convert buses, RVs, and other specialty vehicles that you might not be able to covert with Quigley.
Buy A Van That Already Has 4×4
There are very few off-road camper vans in the North American market that come stock from the factory in a 4×4 model. The best option, unless you’re interested in shipping a vehicle from Europe, is likely the Mercedes Benz Sprinter, which is the only true-full sized van available in a 4×4 in North America.
Here are our answers to some of your top questions about 4×4 camper van conversions:
Did Ford Ever Make A 4×4 Van?
Not quite. In 2020, Ford started selling its AWD Ford Transit, but this isn’t quite the same as a 4×4 vehicle.
While the AWD offering on the new Ford Transits is certainly a step up as the 2WD classic model, it’s not quite suitable for the rugged off-road travel that you’d expect to conquer with a standard 4×4. The AWD Transit, while better for use on snowy roads than the 2WD option, also doesn’t quite have the same ground clearance or power that you’d need for true all-terrain use.
Does Chevy Express Come In 4×4?
Not currently. However, Quigley is willing to convert Chevy Express vans to 4×4. That way, you can take your current vanlife adventure mobile and turn it into an off-road machine without the need for a new vehicle.
Can You Convert A Sprinter Van To 4×4?
It is possible to convert a Sprinter Van to 4×4. While Quigley doesn’t currently offer a conversion for a Mercedes Sprinter, other companies, like Whitefeather 4×4 Conversions and Sportsmobile, are happy to help you out.
Also, keep in mind that Mercedes Sprinter cargo vans are available in a 4×4 diesel option. So, if you’re looking to purchase a brand new van, it’s possible to get a 4×4 Sprinter without having to go through the conversion process.
Does Quigly Offer A DIY Kit?
Quigley does not offer a DIY kit for 4×4 conversions. This is because Quigley’s installation process is complex and requires a high level of skill to complete properly. The company does all of their installations at their production facility, where they also design custom driveshafts and engineer their own parts specifically for their conversions
That being said, if you don’t live near Quigley’s facility in Pennsylvania, they offer Ship-Thru service to Ford, Nissan, and GM dealerships around North America to ensure that you can get your 4×4 conversion on the road with minimal hassle.
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