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We searched all over Canada for a vehicle that fit our budget and needs.
Mid-Roof, Medium Length
148” long wheelbase high roof. We plan to convert our van into an camper van / adventure rig for camping, mountain biking, road trips, etc.
A 2003 Ford Econoline E-150 van with DIY conversion, meant to house us for the next few months as we travel through western Canada and United-States.
She is a base 2.5i model of the 2015 Subaru Outback with upgraded tires, weather deflectors, and other new features.
Full Video Tour:
2017 Ford Transit High Roof 3.5L Ecoboost
Birdie is a retired school bus - 24 feet long with a diesel engine.
Salvador is an ambulance bought through EBay from a charity called "Wings of Hope" then converted into a homey adventure machine.
2008 Dodge Sprinter
2001 Mercedes Library Bus, 4.4L turbo engine
I lived in my 1990 Chevy G20 van for a solid three consecutive years. I bought it and began fixing it up in 2012, preparing for the unknown.
Read about our conversion below. Check the YouTube video for a tour.
'88 e250 class B and I love it. 351 Windsor engine with the C6 transmission. Easy to work on. No computer. Parts are plentiful and cheap.
Rhino-lined with fiberglass hi-top. 300K miles on motor and chassis.
Medium wheel base, high roof. She was a completely empty van when we got her and it has taken us 8 months to convert, amongst many mini adventures, before we took her to Europe on our first big trip.
2016 Mercedes Benz Sprinter with 144 WB
Ultimately I decided upon a school bus because I thought "Hey, there's already for walls and a roof. Throw some wood and some light bulbs in there and call it a day." How foolish of me.
7.3L Diesel w/ 230k miles; Collins Bus Body 23pax w/ Wheelchair lift. Short bus van conversion in 6 weeks with no experience. Purchased for $4500.
2003 Chevy Express, formerly owned by an electrician in Vermont. Bought for $4k, spent $3k on repairs and $5k onbuild.
2017 Mercedes SPrinter 4x4 144" Wheelbase
A quick and cheap stealth camper out of my 2010 Honda CR-V. Removed rear seats and levelled area with plywood. Added single bed platform.
Wrangler JK 2Doors Soft Top 2015 Red Firecracker
We converted a 2001 Ford Econoline cargo van into a camper for our family of 3 (plus one sausage-shaped dog). Learned a lot along the way! 165 hours of work and $2,600 in materials.
Chevrolet 4x4 truck with Leer 122 shell
Brought in a fire truck from Germany
Our Truck is a 2008 Ford F450 4×4. It started life as a pickup, but was converted to a box truck. The frame was stretch 36″ and an all aluminum box was installed.
A 2008 Ford e350 with 400,000 miles that somehow runs incredibly; designed for me to work on the road, and bring my Ducati and a Guitar/amp.
Long wheel base, high-roof van.
148" wheelbase and high-roof. I decided to prioritize just two things: Park-anywhere (look like a standard cargo van outside, be of a standard size). True tiny-home (cozy interior, have good amenities, allow me to do work).
Volkswagen T5 Transporter 2.5L 4motion
2007 Subaru Outback Station Wagon
The Sprinter surf bus is finally finished and ready for the next adventure! Take a tour now:
A converted ambulance from a Mercedes Benz Sprinter
Two month build out by a young teacher with no previous electrical, woodworking or car experience.
Couple of rock climbers in a self-converted Dodge Promaster named Daisy.
2015 Transit Connect Campervan for camping and climbing adventures in Texas.
We wanted a modern looking van; more small apartment than a caravan. Build took about 6 months.
Standard Kia Sedona with middle seats removed and a ply bed/table system installed.
1996 Chevy Express 1500 high-top conversion van. Bought for $1500 from Craigslist with 101k miles on the clock.
Protected by German Shepherd, taser defense products, proximity alarm w/ remote triggered UV dye & exterior oc/tear gas fog, and the second amendment.
LWB High Roof
The project took me about 1.5 years to complete and is now my full-time living situation. The chassis is a long bed 1977 Toyota Pickup (also know as Hilux) with a fiberglass shell attached.
Medium roof and 130 wheelbase.
Mercedes Sprinter 216CDI (diesel). Bought with 237,000km on the clock.
We bought our 1994 model for AUD $6,000 (US $4,750) in Australia with 180,000kms on the clock.
2004 Chevy Express 3500 15 Passenger - Decided I wanted a Chevy Express van, primarily for the better fuel economy but also for the design. I elected for the extended too since the two extra feet could come in handy.
The van is a VW transporter T5 TDI400 Diesel with a 1100kg payload. 4motion which is VW’s answer to all wheel drive provides much better traction on loose road surfaces. The mid roof raises the inside height to about 1.6 m.
170"WB 2008 Dodge Sprinter.
High top medium wheel base , 2.5td Transit
2000 Chevy Express 3500. Formerly a handicap van. Build cost us $5600 including the van, tires, fridge.. everything
We recently converted our 1997 Toyota Coaster into our home on the road! Complete with kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and office!
Mercedes Benz Sprinter with a 170" wheelbase. Bought in 2017.
2017 Ford Transit Med-Roof 130" wheelbase
A 25' shuttle bus from a retirement village in California, gutted and quickly renovated over a few days in carparks.