Van Build Process

Interested in a van conversion? Because our van conversions are specially tailored for each of our clients, the process and experience are also customized. Here is a general idea of how it works and what you can expect.


Step 1: Meet and Greet

Contact us! Email us, call us, or fill out the van conversion inquiry form on our “contact” page to tell us about your current situation and ask us any questions that you may have about Freedom Vans. Are you looking for a van or do you already have one? What type of van are you interested in? Have you seen other vans that inspire you? In this first stage, we want to get to know you and the ideas you have for your project. Any information you have to share with us is helpful for us in the next stage, design.



Full conversions – Spring 2024

Phase 1 conversions – June 2023

Single services – August 2022

Shop Tours


Our shop is closed to drop ins, as we are hard at work building our client’s dream vans. We would love to meet with you at a scheduled time when we can give you our full, undivided attention. If you are ready to put down a deposit for a conversion with us, we can offer private shop tours at a time of your convenience.



Step 2: Reserve your spot

Production Reservations: We will schedule a phone call to review details of your project and decide if we are the outfitters for you. If it is a fit, then you will make a $1,500 deposit to reserve our next production spot (nonrefundable). About 3 months before the project is set to begin is when we will get started on your design and itemized estimate.


Full conversions – Spring 2024
Phase 1 conversions – June 2023
Single services – August 2022

Phase 1

Phase 1 projects (Insulation, paneling, solar power system, bed platform, and lighting) typically cost between $40k-$80k depending on material choices and wheel base.


Short wheel bases

Short wheel bases (144″ Sprinter or the Short Ford Transit) generally range between $100k-$180k for a full conversion. (*depending on the materials and wheelbase)


Long wheel bases

Long wheel bases (170 Sprinter or Long / Extended Ford Transit) between $120k-$300k for a full conversion. (*depending on the materials and wheelbase)



Estimating & Customization
Of course, because the work is so custom, pricing for your conversion will really depend on the materials and features that you are interested in. Once we hear more about your ideas, needs, wants, and desires, we can give you a rough ballpark estimate. 


Full conversions – Spring 2024
Phase 1 conversions – June 2023
Single services – August 2022


Step 3: Design Layout

By Step 3, you have reserved the production spot, and it’s time to get to work creating your layout and working out the specifics. Some of our clients have specific layouts in mind, or choose from previous layouts that we have built. Others have a wish list, and we work with this list to design a layout option that works best for their needs.

Once we have formulated a layout and list of items/services for your conversion, we will send you a detailed estimate and design for your project. By the time you drop your van off to us, we should have all details finalized. Design typically starts 3 months before the project start date.


Step 4: Production Begins

Give us your van! This is when the magic happens! Drop off your van before your production date, and we will get to work. You will pay a 50% deposit at the start of your project, and final payment when you pick up your van. Projects over $100,000 will require the 50% deposit at the beginning, 25% after the first half of the project and the remaining 25% upon pickup. Since our work is custom, we cannot guarantee deadlines*, but will work with you to schedule a pickup date as the project gets closer to completion.

*Projects under $30,000 will typically take up to 4 weeks, projects in the $30,000-$50,000 range will be about 8 weeks, projects in the $50,000-$75,000 range will be about 3 months, projects in the $75,000-$100,000 range will be about 4 months, projects in the $100,000-$150,000 range will be about 5 months,  and projects that are $150,000+ will be about 6 months. Pickup date estimates may be affected due to current long lead times with receiving materials. 

When all is said and done, we will send you home with your dream van.

We want you to experience the full FREEDOM of van life. That feeling of comfort when you need a break from skiing, and you have hot chocolate and a warm van waiting for you in the parking lot. Maybe you rest for a minute, and that turns into a power nap before hitting the slopes again. For us, it’s that cold beer and sound system after riding a new bike trail. What does your freedom van look like?

Freedom Vans was founded on the  f r e e d o m  of the off grid lifestyle