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Old 01-01-2018, 11:23 PM   #1
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I am exhausted from flipping around like a fish out of water with deciding on a very basic camper van. A new camper van that can legally accommodate two child car seats cost well over 80K. My budget is more like 50K . Anyone know of a place in the Mid-Atlantic area that will convert a new van into a basic camper? I have only found ones that specialize in work and mobility van conversions.

I made a list of what my true needs are and how the van will really be used. The van will basically be used for transportation to the destination and sleeping. When visiting relatives or camping we will be using their amenities and eating out.

Please recommend what you think is my best route to have the following added to a new ProMaster...should I start off with a cargo or a passenger van? I love watching the DIY van conversion videos, but I do not have the skills to build one.

Need:
Seats for two child car seats
2 Single Beds that can convert to full
Roof Top AC/Heat in rear
Insulation
Window screens & shades
UHG
RV Awning Windows
Portable Toilet
Ceiling Fan
Remote Start
Airbags for second row passengers

Don't Need:
Kitchen
Bathroom
Water
Propane
Refrigerator
Cabinets
Awning

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated . I researched adding seats to existing camper vans, but I am told by companies they need to do it before the build.
Travato 59 G only has one anchor for a child car seat in the dual seat behind the driver.
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Old 01-02-2018, 12:54 AM   #2
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My budget is more like 50K . Anyone know of a place in the Mid-Atlantic area that will convert a new van into a basic camper? I have only found ones that specialize in work and mobility van conversions.
Sportsmobile will build you whatever you want but they are not on the east coast. Also a new Promaster is going to cost you around 40k so that would not leave much for the conversion. I think with that budget you are in the used market.
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Old 01-02-2018, 01:05 AM   #3
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I think Moorehead Designs is in that area, and he will build whatever you want.

Yep, here it is:

http://www.moreheaddesignlab.com/
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Sportsmobile was closed this past week...I will try calling them this week. From their website it appears there are some items that can't be deleted so I was shying away from them...plus their location is not ideal.

I am not looking to tow or add a lot of weight so I can save with going with the smallest wheelbase and stay with the ProMaster 1500. Do I dare get a low roof if adding a fan and ac unit?
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Thank you for the link...a lot of good design ideas on their website. I will check them out if I don't get any recommendations for places closer to Maryland. They are about 500 miles away from me and the Sportmobile in Indiana is about 550 miles.
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I believe Morehead sold out of the conversion business. The new company is Blue Ridge Adventure vehicles. I spoke with him a couple months ago about a build but I want a full bath/shower which he doesn’t like to do. I think he would be a good person for you to talk with. I have heard very good things about his builds:
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Old 01-02-2018, 03:58 AM   #7
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Or check out this simple van conversion kit at Wayfarevans.com
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https://wayfarervans.com/

The correct link for Wayfarer vans. The link in the post above is no good.
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From their website it appears there are some items that can't be deleted so I was shying away from them...
I was wrong about Sportmoblie...I called today and there is no problem deleting items from the build.
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Come over to promasterforum.com. Lots of good folk, good ideas and recommendations.

You definitely want high roof. I've never seen even a commercial build with airbags for second row passengers.
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