San Clemente, California 92672, United States
Professionally Built by Vansion in Phoenix, AZ (located now in Southern CA). Our family has loved this van and had some great memories, we are having another baby so we've decided to sell and revisit vanlife when the kids get a bit older.
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From the Builder: My mission at Vansion is to build the highest quality camper vans specifically for skiers and full-time, four-season nomads. This is not an RV. This is what you buy when you sell your house, light out for the open road, and never want to set foot in an RV park. Propane, shore power, and black water tanks are now obsolete. Please visit vansion.life for more information, photos, and videos.
2018 Ram Promaster 2500
159” Wheel Base, 236.1" Length
Rear back-up camera
3” lift (The standard low clearance of Promasters is a problem if you want to go anywhere interesting without destroying your gray tank.)
245/74/R16 Michelin Agilis Cross Climate tires (these along with the Promaster's extra wide wheel base give excellent control in all conditions, I've taken this in the snow many times with no chains)
Available payload after upfit is 1150 lbs (same as an F-150)
1080W solar array
6000W Inverter (you can run the hot water, electric heating, and your hair dryer while baking a turkey)
Victron Charge Controller
3500W Alternator Charger (The solar array is sufficient for 4-5 days in extreme weather conditions, but the alternator is a game changer as a backup power supply for extended travel. This build requires no propane and no shore power.)
800 Ah lithium ion battery bank with Balmar Bluetooth app so you can track your usage
Six-zone dimmable lighting
Four 120V AC outlets
This van is smart. It cuts nonessential loads (heating/stove/water heater) when the battery bank's state of charge drops below 15%, which protects the essential loads (refrigerator, bed outlets for cell phones and medical devices, lights, fans)
4.2 Cu. Ft Fridge
Weboost cell-phone Booster (really helpful offgrid)
2 Burner electric cooktop
Nature's Head Composting toilet
46-gallon fresh water tank
100% heated and insulated water lines (won't freeze during winter)
15-gallon steel-encased gray water tank
4-gallon hot water heater (the water comes out as hot as you want it)
Fixed shower with 4 solid walls, shower fan, and a glass door (consider the logistics of using the restroom on a cold rainy day while your partner is still lying peacefully in bed... yeah, you want that door.)
Reverse osmosis tap (automatically makes good quality drinking water from fresh water tank)
Liquid soap dispenser
200+lbs of 100% Pure Wool insulation throughout
200+ ft^2 of sound deadening mats (This van is quiet, really quiet.
Bulkhead and entry walls (These are not just decorative. You will understand the advantage of the bulkhead when you walk into the cab and feel a 40 degree temperature difference. Every piece of exposed metal is a thermal bridge, so I got rid of all of them. Other builders will claim high R values in the walls, but that won't do you much good if all your heat goes out the front and back of the vehicle! That's like walking out in a blizzard in shorts and an unzipped jacket. It doesn't really matter how good the jacket is if you don't use it right.)
Beware! Most types of wood do not do well in wet conditions (van interiors get exposed to more water than you may realize). I therefore choose only the woods that are rated as “very durable” in terms of moisture resistance: white oak, walnut, and eastern red cedar.
Hand-made eastern red cedar closet and drawer bottoms (yes, it smells wonderful)
Hand-made walnut and white oak cabinetry and trim
Hand-made butcher block countertops and retractable table
Hand made white oak shower floor
Cabinet grade birch plywood walls
No formaldehyde-leaching particle board, no VOC-offgassing lacquer, no asthma-causing polyurethane fumes. The solid wood is finished with pure tung and orange oil. This is a slow and expensive way to go, but my team wants to apply toxic chemicals about as much as you want to live with them.
3rd Jump Seat (folds up and can be used for an additional passenger or kid's carseat)
Ceiling is 72.25” minimum
5-inch memory foam short queen mattress included
Custom stainless steel shower pan
Sliding bike/storage tray on 500lb slides
Benche for seating around table
Three screened windows plus AC ventilation system. The bunk windows invites a cross breeze over the bed platform while the inner entry window allows you to open the outer sliding door and enjoy fresh air without the bugs!
Alternating current 13,000 BTU air conditioner.
3500W Alternator Charger. The solar array is sufficient for 4-5 days in extreme weather conditions, but the alternator is a game changer as a backup power supply for extended travel.
100% heated and insulated water lines and gray tank
Minor interior customizations including custom wood carvings
Building a van that doesn’t look like a house is easy. The trick is to build a house that doesn’t look like a van. These builds have inner stealth. You will forget you’re in a vehicle.
San Clemente, California 92672, United States