Two custom van build companies are now offering Ram Promaster campers that are more affordable than some other custom builds, which can easily get up over $100,000.
These custom Dodge camper van companies do all the heavy lifting.
They figure out the woodwork, solar power, the electrical system and the campervan kitchen for your Ram Promaster camper so you can buy and start adventuring immediately.
Both are using the new Dodge Ram Promaster, which starts around $27,000.
Then, the builds range from $25,000-$50,000 depending on how many bells and whistles you want for your Dodge camper van conversion.
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Glampervan builds you a custom Ram Promaster camper with a rooftop deck
Glampervan is based out of San Francisco, California, and is the brainchild of Robert Novotny. He used to rent out Dodge Ram Promaster camper vans and then decided to start selling the Dodge Promaster 136 High Roof vans as a custom van build. This is the medium size model in the lineup of Promaster vans.
“One thing I learned from my rental business is that people appreciate small camper vans,” Novotny said. “They care about driveability and stealthiness, not a big RV footprint. I decided on the Dodge Promaster camper van because you can still stand up inside, it has a great turning radius, and you can sleep sideways in it.”
Two cool features of Novotny’s Dodge campervan builds is that they come with a queen-sized memory foam Murphy bed, plus a rooftop “deck” for hanging out.
The Dodge Promaster vans also come with a full campervan kitchen, including a 12-volt fridge, stainless steel sink, cabinets and drawers. There’s no installed camping stove, though, so you’ll have to provide your own.
Also, the Dodge camper van comes with plenty of storage space, including your very own “garage” under the bed, where you can store gear you don’t use on a regular basis.
“We’re not trying to be everything, just to include what you need,” said Novotny. “So many RVs and the bigger, luxury vans are trying to do it all, we’re trying to compete with your car camping days, your tent camping days.”
So how about paying for this Dodge camper van conversion?
“What you can do is finance the Promaster van with the dealership, put the conversion amount on a credit card, then refinance the entire amount and reclassify the van as an RV. That way, you can get a long-term, low-interest loan so it becomes really affordable,” said Novotny.
Off-Grid Adventure Vans builds an eco-friendly Dodge camper van
Off Grid Adventure Vans is located near Washington, DC, and is committed to creating a budget-friendly Dodge Promaster camper van that’s also good to the environment.
On its website, OGAVans says: “All of the wood in our vans is harvested from stable local forests and processed from a Mennonite mill just an hour away from our manufacturing facility. Our vans come standard with 115w of solar power on the roof so you can live comfortably with minimal use of fossil fuels.”
These Dodge camper vans are constructed by a team of experienced outdoor enthusiasts who are carpenters, electricians and designers.
“We strive to maintain the highest environmental standard possible and as such go out of our way to use products that do not give off volatile organic compounds,” said owner Aaron Fensterheim.
Off-Grid Adventure vans offers FOUR different options for standard campervan conversions. Both of these Dodge camper conversions utilize the 159′ wheelbase.
Here’s some of what you’ll get in the base model of their standard conversions:
- Full size Murphy bed
- Storage benches and cabinets
- Removable table
- Solid natural wood walls
- Solar setup
- Full kitchen
Keep in mind that some of the photos and videos of these Dodge camper vans below do contain upgrades.
Upgrades include an outdoor shower, hot water, a composting toilet, spray foam insulation, and much, much more.
You can do more research at Off Grid Adventures Vans.
Here are some of the standard conversions they offer, which are much more affordable than custom Dodge camper vans.
The Rambler Standard Conversion
OGAVans Rambler Dodge camper van conversion starts at $34,000. This van comes with a fold-down Murphy bed to utilize space in the back for things like bikes, surfboards, dog crates, you name it.
The Summit Dodge Promaster Camper
The Summit Dodge camper van conversion starts art $35,000 and is different from the Rambler in that it has a full platform bed.
It includes the same off-grid technology as the Rambler, including solar panels, an inverter, a kitchen, propane tank, etc.
The Vagabond Ram Promaster Camper Conversion
The Vagabond Standard Conversion is built using the 159′ Extended Dodge Ram Promaster.
It includes a platform campervan bed with garage space underneath. You’ll also get lots of storage cabinets, a 26-gallon freshwater tank, a full solar setup and a large 80-liter fridge.
The Sandstone Standard Conversion
The Sandstone Dodge Ram Promaster campervan conversion is a gorgeous build with an extra-large convertible bed. Do your work at the table during the day, then stretch out in comfort at night.
This Dodge camper van build starts at $38,000 and is great for people looking for a little more space in their vans.
You’ll get eight custom cushions, tons of storage space, a removable table, kitchen and solar setup.
Custom Dodge Camper Van Conversions
If you want to go above and beyond a standard conversion, you can also order a custom van from OGAVans.
These vans typically cost $5,000-$10,000 more than a standard conversion. Customers work directly with the team to design and layout a Dodge campervan that suits their every need.
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Why Dodge Ram Promaster camper conversions?
Dodge Promaster campervans are a popular for a couple reasons. One big deciding factor is they are much more affordable than their high-top van cousins.
Here’s why OGAVans started out with Dodge Promaster campers:
“There are two primary reasons we went with the Ram Promaster as our primary vehicle,” said Fensterheim. “The Dodge Promaster is the only front-wheel-drive van on the market; and the Dodge Promaster is a quality van that is considerably less in both the initial purchase price and overall cost of ownership than the Sprinter camper van, the other van we have investigated.”
Still too expensie? It is possible to finance the entire Dodge van conversion from the van dealership OGVans works with, called DARCARS.
Don’t want a full Promaster camper van custom build?
Here’s what you’ll get with the Wayfarer vans Dodge Ram Promaster camper kit, which costs $8,795
- Integrated cargo management tracks
- wall and ceiling paneling with wool insulation
- perimeter shelving
- a kitchen galley with 5-gallon fresh and grey water tanks
- sink and hand pump
- bed platform
- privacy paneling
Get started with your DIY Promaster van build right now
If you’re ready to start building your own DIY Promaster camper van conversion right now, there’s an amazing book that will help you convert your van. And despite the title, this book doesn’t only apply to Sprinter vans. I asked the author this question myself as I bought the book to help me with my Chevy Astro van.
The Sprinter RV Conversion Sourcebook is 378-pages of pure conversion gold, written by Greg Keith, who is currently on his THIRD Sprinter van conversion. I’d say this guy knows what he’s talking about when it comes to camper vans.
Here’s some of what you’ll get from the book:
- An RV plumbing chapter on pipes, fittings, tanks, pumps, water heaters, toilets, you name it
- How to get internet access in your van
- The five criteria to think about when insulating your camper van
- Advice on choosing solar panels
- How to install blackwater, greywater and freshwater tanks
- Fifty pages of information on designing an electrical system and wiring your campervan conversion
- And soooo much more!
Check out the Sprinter RV Conversion Sourcebook and start working on your van right now.
Remember, so much of this info can also be used on a small camper van, or any type of van, really.
Good luck with your build, whether you do it yourself or get a custom van build.
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Kristin Hanes is a journalist who founded The Wayward Home as a place to learn about alternative living. She currently lives on a sailboat and in a Chevy Astro van, and has written articles about alternative living published in Good Housekeeping, Business Insider, Marie Claire and SF Gate. Read more about Kristin here.