Cost And Labor Of DIY Camper Van Conversion

Last Updated: July 13, 2022

Cost And Labor Of DIY Camper Van Conversion

Cost and Labor

How much does it cost to build a DIY Camper Van for vanlife? Well, it varies greatly with the features added and the quality of components used during the conversion. And how much time does it take? Similarly, it varies with the complexity of the build. So it’s hard to tell exactly how much and how long it’s going to take. But to help answer that question, we tracked and categorized the cost and labor of our entire DIY camper van conversion. Hopefully it helps you create an estimate for your own van conversion!

A few notes:
We didn’t track hardware cost precisely, but we added it to the cost of major components.
The hours shown are hands-on time spent building the van; we spent countless hours researching and planning (Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.) which is not accounted here…

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Ford Transit Conversion 2016

Our First Van Conversion

Faroutride Kitchen 3
  • T-250 Cargo Van
  • 3.7L Ti-VCT V6 Engine
  • RWD
  • 148″ Wheelbase, Extended Length (EL)
  • High Roof

Our first labor of love, this Ford Transit camper van conversion took us throughout Canada, USA and Mexico. 4 years of full time Van Life adventures, unreal!

ITEM (click to see installation write-up)COST
($ US)
LABOR
(hour)
Climate Control3,700168
Thinsulate1,05020
Low-E1306
Floor insulation100
Roof fan3608
Webasto gas heater1,30030
Fridge floor vent10015
Insulated window covers50080
Floor vent808
Electrical System4,51586
Solar panels600
Lithium batteries1,900
Solar Charge controller225
System monitor205
Inverter370
Battery charger/converter215
DC-to-DC charger (B2B)400
Others (wiring, switch, fuses, etc)600
Living11,135370
Swivel seat (driver & passenger)9008
Awning1,3008
Floor56530
Platform bed45020
Slide-out-bike-rack2808
Fridge & electrical cabinet23030
12V refrigerator1,275
Overhead storage15040
Bedroom storage15030
Sink & stove cabinet28040
Water system1,10040
Propane system1,00040
Composting toilet1,20020
Wood paneling
Mosquito screens1,2000
Radio upgrade5255
Speakers upgrade1308
Exterior shower10010
Tire inflator1002
Garage20020
Others85015
TOTAL$20,150640 hours*

* To be fair, we most likely spent close to a 1,000 hours total. There is ALWAYS time lost here and there that we did not account for…


Ford Transit Conversion 2022

Our next chapter

FarOutRide-New-Van-2021-Ford-Transit-AWD-Blue
  • T-350 Cargo Van
  • 3.5L EcoBoost (twin-turbocharged) Engine
  • AWD
  • 148″ Wheelbase, Extended Length (EL)
  • High Roof

Life is about project, so here’s an awesome new project to keep us busy for a while! We should start the conversion early January 2022, the cost and labor will be updated as we progress.

ITEMCOST
($ US)
LABOR
(hour)
Exterior
Wheels upgrade1,4000
Larger all-terrain tires upgrade1,2000
Roof rack & ladder2,5904
Awning
Cell phone signal booster
Suspension leveling kit
Mosquito screens
Climate Control
Roof fan
Bunk window
Thinsulate
Low-E
Floor insulation
Air heater
Insulated window covers
Wall fan
Electrical System
Solar panels
Battery bank
Solar charge controller
System monitor
Inverter/charger
DC-to-DC (B2B) alternator charger
Others (wiring, switch, fuses, etc)
Water System
Fresh water tank
Pump & accumulator
Sink
Water heater
Others
Floor
Insulation is covered under “Climate Control”
Subfloor (plywood)
Vinyl flooring
Others (adhesive, etc.)
Walls & Ceiling
Insulation is covered under “Climate Control”
Paneling
Swivel Seats
Driver3991
Passenger3991
Kitchen
Cabinet (driver side)
Cabinet (passenger side)
Overhead storage
12V refrigerator
Others
Living room / Dining room / Office
Table
Composting toilet
Couch / composting toilet’s cabinet
Bedroom
Bed platform
Bedroom storage
Garage
Slide-out-bike-rack
Others
TOTAL (so far)$5,9886 hours

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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine 🙂 In 2017, we sold our house (and everything in it), quit our engineering careers, and moved into our self-built campervan. We’ve been on the road since then, and every day is an opportunity for a new adventure; we’re chasing our dreams, and hopefully it inspires others to do the same!