What Are the Best Vans To Convert Into Campers?
Some people choose to live the van life to avoid the hardships of living in a city. Others choose it for the freedom and fun of traveling across the country. Whatever your reason, opting for the van life takes patience, dedication, and, of course, the right van. Keep reading to discover which vans are best to convert into campers.
With four current LWB models ranging from 102” to 185” in length, 70” in width, and 68.5” to 88.9” in height, you’ll find this model can fit your cross-country travel needs perfectly. The Cargo and Crew Van trim have standard and high roof options with wheelbases ranging from 144” to 170”. It also has off-road potential with either 2WD or 4WD.
The Ram ProMaster is another popular choice. You’ll notice an exceptional interior with an infotainment center and 10.1” touchscreen. This 1500 Cargo Van has a low roof measuring 118” or 136,” whereas the 2500 Cargo Van High Roof and the 3500 Window Van High Roof offer a 159” roof each. The small chassis makes it easy to drive in urban environments, and the ProMaster averages around 20mpg making it a more fuel-efficient vehicle than its competitors.
Like the other vehicles on this list, the Ford Transit is truly an exceptional camper. It ranks as one of the best vans to convert into a camper for many reasons. It’s affordable, whether new or used, and it offers a taller and wider platform than other campers. The 2020 and newer models offer AWD making it off-road compliant—although investing in off-road tires may be necessary. Though the gas mileage is less than some of its competitors, the Ford Transit is capable of solar power integration with the right equipment. If you want to install a solar panel on your roof rack, make sure to read our layout guide.