Custom Van Conversions Miami
The idea of being able to travel virtually anywhere you want to go and have a place to call home is something that is of great interest to most individuals. It’s easy to understand why. A camper van gives individuals the luxury of traveling to virtually any place connected by land, while still being in the comfort of your own home.
However, trying to convert a regular van into a camper van can prove to be not only expensive, but extremely frustrating when you don’t know what you’re doing. That is precisely why your best bet is to hire a professional van conversion company, like Never Too Tiny, company to do the work on your behalf.
How much does it cost to convert a van by yourself?
The truth is, you can spend as much or as little as you want when it comes to converting your van, especially if you plan to do the conversion yourself. As such, some people spend as little as $2,000 on a conversion that is bare bones.
Keep in mind, that $2,000 conversion is probably not going to allow you to feel especially comfortable like you would feel if you were inside your own home. Unless you’re a pro at finding high-quality reclaimed materials, a van at this cost may not be the most aesthetically pleasing.
On the other hand, converting your van into something more “home-y” can cost upwards of $15,000. If you’re interested in doing a high-tech conversion that allows you to have all of the modern-day amenities that you probably enjoy in your home, that cost could go all the way up to $45,000.
The biggest issue is that if you don’t know what you’re doing, trying to convert a van on your home may cost you a great deal amount of stress when things don’t work properly.
How hard is it to convert a van into a campervan?
For those with construction experience or an architecture background, building a van isn’t too difficult. Though, it requires extensive knowledge that is specific to building a tiny home on wheels. You need to know which materials are too heavy, or which are prone to breakage in a moving vehicle (such as tile). You also need to know how to efficiently maximize space.
It’s also important to be aware of which materials emit dangerous fumes (certain types of insulation) and should not be used in a confined space.
You also have to worry about things like vehicle electrical systems and other moving parts that you don’t have to worry about when you decide to refurbish a room inside your home. If you’re making the decision to go high-tech, there are all kinds of additional worries as well.
Remember, all of this has to be wired into some type of power system that will allow you to control things like the television, the refrigerator and heating and air conditioning. Obviously, you will want to have wall outlets that will allow you to plug in small appliances like a coffee maker or a toaster, as well as giving you an avenue to recharge all of your electronic devices.
Unless you know how to make these types of adjustments in a vehicle, you are setting yourself up for some serious issues by trying to do it all yourself. Furthermore, you could be spending even more money because you may have to do the same project over and over before you figure out what you’re doing wrong in order to get it right.
In the long run, you’re looking at something that could cost you a great deal of money and time, not to mention your sanity.
How long does it take to convert a van?
When you hire someone to convert a van for you, the length of time it will take depends on a number of factors, not the least of which include the complexity of the conversion that you are requesting.
Of course, it also depends on things like that particular company’s workload at the time. Typically, a fairly routine conversion can be completed in a couple of months. More complex conversions may take longer.
Most people can typically expect to have their converted van ready for use within three to six months, no matter how complex that conversion might be. If you plan on converting the van yourself, it will take as long as it takes you to make the conversion successful.
If you know what you’re doing, you may be able to do it in a matter of months but otherwise, you’re probably looking at a van that is going to end up sitting in your driveway in a constant state of flux that is never ready.
A lot of people that have tried to do conversions on their own in an attempt to save money have ended up in exactly this type of situation. Those individuals eventually give up on the idea altogether or they hire someone to do it for them.
Is converting a camper van a good investment?
In reality, it depends on the amount of time that you plan on spending in the camper van. Is it something that you plan to use for frequent trips or are you planning on living in it full time? Either way, the investment can definitely pay off.
If you plan on taking a number of trips, it can definitely be a more economical investment than paying for a hotel room.
In addition, some people prefer it because it simply feels more familiar to them.
Those individuals who plan on living in the camper van full-time can definitely save a lot of money, especially when you consider the fact that your payments on that van can be as low as $500 a month. If you pay rent at $1,200 per month, that can easily save you nearly $10,000 per YEAR.
Or if you own a home, you could rent that out at $1,500 per month and pocket the difference.
On the other hand, spending the money to convert a van that you only use once or twice a year is probably not the best investment that you will ever make. If you’re not going to use it on a regular basis, you could easily end up spending more on it than you could ever get out of it.
Benefits of hiring a camper van conversion company
There are a lot of benefits associated with hiring a company to do a camper van conversion as opposed to trying to do it yourself.
1. You don’t go through the stress of building it yourself
For one thing, you don’t have to deal with potentially getting in over your head and trying to do a conversion that you really have no idea how to do. If you don’t have previous experience in this type of thing, you can run into a lot of problems very quickly.
2. You end up with a safer build
In addition, failing to wire something correctly might mean that nothing works when you’re ready to use the van. You could also mean that you short out a large portion of the van electrical system or even cause a fire.
3. You typically get a warranty
In addition to the benefit of being able to use your camper van that has been properly converted, you have the benefit of being able to get your camper van back from the company in a decent amount of time as opposed to spending a year or more trying to do one conversion kit after another.
4. You save money in the long run
Seeing the giant price tag that comes with custom van builds might be off-putting to some. But trust me, as someone who has built their own van – it’s worth it.
Even if you think you’re going to save money by using conversion kits and putting in all the labor yourself, that isn’t how it always works out. Many individuals have started out believing this, only to be shocked at how much money they’ve actually spent after purchasing one conversion kit after another in order to try and get the project just right.
5. When you hire a professional, you can take advantage of their skills
Last but not least, a lot of options available to you when you hire a company that you may not have available when you try to do the project yourself. Some camper vans offer virtually every amenity that you would have inside your home, including a full kitchen, a hot shower and a bathroom.
Unless you are an expert at things like plumbing and electrical wiring, it’s not likely that you would be able to include all those amenities. As a result, it’s far better to leave the conversion to the professionals and then enjoy their handiwork as opposed to creating your own experiment by trying to do the project yourself.
It’s really better to talk to the professionals about what you are looking for in a conversion van and then let them work out the details as opposed to jumping into a project on your own when you have little idea of what you want and virtually no idea of how to get it done.
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