So, you’re craving off-road and overlanding adventures from the comfort of a decked out campervan?
We get it. Off-road and boondocking adventures take you to unrivaled natural vistas, without the crowds and annoyances of campgrounds.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best 4×4 camper vans for sale.
These are 4×4 camper van conversions you can both buy off a dealership lot or order from a custom van conversion company. But you better act fast: with RV sales exploding, many of these vans are selling out from right beneath our fingertips.
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1) Storyteller Overland “Beast Mode”
- Price: $189,000
- Van: Sprinter 4×4 144″ Chassis
- Features: 21-gallon freshwater tank, murphy-style bed, air conditioner, diesel heater, solar system, cassette toilet
We’re totally in love with Storyteller Overland’s “Beast Mode” 4×4 camper van for sale. This rugged Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 van is ready to go anywhere, with a KC Highlights Extreme Lighting Package, Boost MODE M-Power Extender System and Agile Ride Improvement Package.
All those fancy terms mean you’ll have the lighting, power resources and suspension package to tackle bumpy, rocky dirt roads.
One thing that stands out about the Storyteller Overland 4×4 camper van is the air conditioner and diesel heating system. The solar power and battery bank is powerful enough to keep that air conditioner running all night – super handy if you’re in a hot climate.
Sleep sideways in a modular bed that changes into a work table as you see fit. Store gear beneath the campervan bed, which is also where you’ll find your 21-gallon freshwater tank.
You’ll also get a sink, induction cooktop and fridge in this van build.
A GrooveLounge convertible sofa bed means you can sleep another person in the van, but we wish this was a cozy couch for daytime lounging instead.
If you don’t want to pay big bucks for the Beast, there are also Classic and Stealth vans for a little less.
2. Winnebago Revel 4×4 Camper Van
- Price: $185,000
- Van: Mercedes Benz Sprinter 144″ Chassis
- Features: 21 gallon fresh water tank, hot water heater, two 125-amp hour LiFePO batteries, heater with optional choice for AC unit, cassette toilet
The Winnebago Revel is a close competitor with Storyteller Overland’s vans. The main difference between the two is the Winnebago is a Class B RV with an enclosed toilet and shower.
This van is the clear choice for someone wanting a campervan with a bathroom. However, it does take a lot of space in the Sprinter van, making it not as roomy and open.
Another unique part of the Winnebago Sprinter camper van is the power lift bed. You can totally lift the bed up to the ceiling during the day for an open space and easier access to your van’s “garage.”
Like the Storyteller, the Winnebago Revel comes with a full kitchen with sink, induction cooktop and fridge.
There’s a bench seat behind the driver’s seat with seatbelts and a swivel table for working or dining. Both front chairs also swivel for a hang out space inside the van.
3. Sportsmobile Classic 4×4 Camper Van
- Van: Ford Cutaway
- Features: 10,000 lbs towing capacity, Partial Military Wrap Leaf Shackle System, integrated collapsible “penthouse”, sofa-bed and kitchenette.
This certainly looks like a serious 4×4 Ford van! The Sportsmobile Classic takes the Ford Cutaway body and molds it with a fiberglass shell, all reinforced with steel. Just looking at it transports you to a sandy desert race or mountain lake.
The integrated pop-top is flush with the van in the “down” position, giving you a streamlined look and low center of gravity for tackling those rocky roads. When the pop-top is up, you’ll have lots of living space and incredible views and air flow.
Choose between a variety of floor plans, or create your own new build with the Sportsmobile Classic camper van. You’ll get a full kitchen unit, convertible sofa bed, a bed up in the pop-top, front swivel seats and plenty of storage.
Sportsmobile has been making van conversions for 50 years, and is a trusted, respected company that knows what it’s doing. It’s a safe bet to pick a 4×4 camper van by Sportsmobile.
You can really make this 4×4 van off-road optional ready with optional suspension upgrades, front and rear performance differentials, a full float rear axle, etc.
4. Outside Van’s Custom 4×4 Camper Van for Sale
- Price: $50,000-$175,000, not including the van
- Van: Mercedes Sprinter 4×4
- Features: Custom built to fulfill your specific needs, racks and mounts, rooftop tent options, insulation and sound damping.
If you’re looking for a hybrid between a classic nomadic van with your chosen comforts and a 4×4 camper van, then this Sprinter 4×4 camper is the real deal. It features most of the luxuries you find on a motorhome but is still rugged and easily maneuverable.
Outside Van is a Sprinter van conversion company that custom builds each van, so you can pick your favorite options – from a fully kitted galley with sink and overhead cabinetry, to a 3-panel bed and bunk beds.
You could set this van up just like those you see on YouTube (#VanLife, anyone?), with the added bonus of the four-wheel drive.
You can either give them your own Mercedes Sprinter van or buy one from them; their designers will guide you in deciding on the floorplan and options.
Outside Van 4×4 camper vans for sale are one-off custom conversions, so you can build the campervan of your dreams.
5. Tourig 4×4 camper van custom build
- Price: $30,000-$90,000, not including the van
- Van: Mercedes Sprinter 4×4
- Features: Full kitchen, heat and hot water, water tank, solar system, custom suspension and bumper options
TouRig, based in Golden, Colorado, builds 4×4 camper vans custom for your adventure. TouRig can add external upgrades like roof rack, bumpers, and custom suspension.
Full interior build outs including heat and hot water, a full kitchen, shower, cassette toilet , solar, lithium battery system, huge water tanks and more to allow you to go overlanding long term.
Choose between a variety of interior finishes, luxury seating options and fabrics for your custom campervan build.
Bed configurations come in a variety of heights to accomodate gear. Custom tailored mattresses are also available.
This is definitely a posh 4×4 camper van for sale!
A full conversion with Tourig takes 6-12 weeks.
6. Oasis Campervan Toyota Sienna AWD Van Conversion
- Price: $9,800, not including cost of van
- Van: Toyota Sienna AWD
- Features: Full-size double bed, working kitchen and running water.
If you’re looking for an alternative to expensive 4×4 Sprinter van campers, the Toyota Sienna minivan camper is a great AWD option.
Oasis Campervans transforms minivans into small campers that can seek out boondocking spots down dirt roads. Rest easy knowing this AWD van can also go on sand and snow.
These AWD camper van conversions come with a full kitchen with running water, 4×6 foot bed, built-in chair, dining table and privacy curtains.
Choose between lots of add-ons with these van builds, including AC adaptor plugs, indoor hardwood work table and window screens.
If you want to take this campervan off-grid for longer periods of time, you’ll also have buy your own batteries, solar panelts and inverters. These don’t come with the build.
The Toyota Sienna is currently the only AWD minivan campervan on the market. This is a great camper van for sale for the solo traveler, or a couple who doesn’t mind really small spaces.
7. Sportsmobile Ford Transit 4×4 Quigley Camper Van Conversion
- Price: $35,000-$44,000 for standard build, plus $13,500 for Quigley 4×4 upgrade
- Van: Ford Transit
- Features: Custom options such as full kitchen, pop top with bed, storage, bathroom, etc.
These off-road camping vans cost less than a Mercedes Sprinter, but with Sportsmobile’s premium build-quality.
The Quigley 4×4 conversion is available on both passenger and cargo Ford Transit vans. The system raises the van 2″, making it perfect for overlanding adventures.
Just like the Sportsmobile Sprinters we talked about above, the Ford Transits are custom builds. You can choose all sorts of layouts and equipment to enhance your van.
Standard equipment includes flooring, insulation, full kitchen, electrical and propane system.
If you don’t absolutely need a 4×4, the 2020 Ford Transits come with an AWD option, which is more affordable.
8. VanDoIt Ford Transit Campervan – AWD and Quigley 4×4
- Price: $48,000-$108,000 for standard build on AWD chassis, plus $13,500 for Quigley 4×4 upgrade
- Van: Ford Transit
- Features: Custom options such as full kitchen, pop top with bed, storage, bathroom, etc.
VanDoIt specializes on Ford Transit camper van conversions, which includes both 2020 AWD models and Quigley 4×4 conversions.
This company offers a modular van build system, with an innovative T-track skeleton for optimal flexibility.
You’ll get a hydraulic bed lift, moveable kitchen pod, modular murphy bed, off-grid solar power, shower and removable toilet.
Choose between two packages: the DO Package and the LIV Package.
The DO model transforms to anything you want it to be, from beds set up for camping to a mobile office during the day. The DO can sleep 8, seat 11 and has an open concept.
The LIV model has a queen bed on a hydraulic bed lift, as well as garage space to store all your outdoor equipment. The LIV sleeps 6 and seats 11. This model is easier to use as more of the components are in place, rather than moveable.
VanDoIt chose to focus on Ford Transit campervans due to the dealership warranty, availability, affordable maitenence costs and repairs and quality.
9.Winnebago Boldt Sprinter Camper Van with Optional 4×4 chassis
- Price: $215,092
- Van: Mercedes Sprinter (Optional 4×4 chassis)
- Features: 4-season insulation, twin beds, flex bed kit, wardrobe, wet bathroom, kitchen and sofa.
How luxurious can a 4×4 camper van for sale get? As luxurious as a Winnebago Boldt. Inspired by German explorer and naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt, the Boltd by Winnebago is an up-market option for a bigger 4×4 camper van.
This off-grid beast features the Pure³ Advanced Energy System, which generates up to a staggering 11,600 watt-hours of power. This means you can really go anywhere, for however long, on the Boltd.
With a generous bed, wardrobe, wet bathroom, full campervan kitchen and sofa, you can set up camp in the wilderness without giving up modern comforts.
And while there is plenty of living space in the camper, there’s also a dedicated trunk storage compartment for your gear.
The main issue with this 4×4 van is that it’s pretty low, meaning you won’t want to tackle exceptionally rocky or deeply rutted roads. Better to keep this one in soft sand, dirt or snow.
Keep in mind that the 4×4 chassis is in limited production, so you may have to wait for your model.
10. Sundance Kid 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter by Off Highway Vans
- Price: $64,500 for standard package, not including van
- Van: Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 chassis
Off Highway Vans produces interesting layouts meant for singles, couples and families wanting to travel in off-road in 4×4 camper vans.
The Sundance Kid layout is no exception. This van comes with a house electrical system, a full kitchen, modular bed and bench system, ventilation fan and a swivel seat on the driver’s side. You’ll also get 200-watts of roof mounted solar panels with the option to add 200 more.
Optional upgrades include reading lights, flip-up counter extension, microwave, roof vent, ladder, etc.
These 4×4 Sprinter camper vans for sale have lots of customization options if you want to go that route, or just choose a standard build if you want something easy.
Besides the Sundance Kid, Off Highway Van offers lots of other layouts and designs, including one Sprinter that sleeps a family of five! Great for van life with kids.
11. Budget option: Chevy Astro AWD camper van
- Price: $3,000-$8,000 for AWD Chevy Astro van, lift kit and tires
- Van: Chevy Astro AWD
- Features: Budget-friendly, agile, custom interior and sleeps 2.
If you’re on a tight budget, consider the good old Chevy Astro AWD . You can buy a converted one, or convert your own to fit your needs. We’ve taken our Chevy Astro AWD on overlanding routes such as the Senator Highway and Devil’s Highway in Arizona.
You could go totally minimalistic and choose to have a bed plus storage space, or you can add overhead cabinets and other luxuries.
Some Chevy Astro Vans have been converted with a permanent double bed and a small kitchen with sink. Our 4×4 Chevy Astro van has a 3″ lift kit by Journeys Off Road in Prescott, Arizona.
The benefits of a 4×4 camper van
Buying an off road van is a big commitment, so before you start window shopping for 4×4 camper vans for sale, let’s look at the positives and negatives of these rugged vans.
Here are the key benefits of 4×4 camper vans explained.
You can go further in a 4×4 van
It goes without saying – a 4×4 camper van will allow you to travel further, to wilder and less-traveled places. No need to stick to popular camping spots. If you seek unspoiled nature and solitude, an adventure van will allow you to find them.
High and low gears allow you to climb and descend hills with ease, something you just won’t get with a 2WD van.
You can take your adventure gear with you
4×4 camper vans are often designed for adventurous people, who prefer to get out in the wilderness and go mountain biking, surfing or rock climbing, rather than setting up a comfortable camp to read a book.
If you chose an off road van, you’ll be able to carry your favorite gear with you. Most 4×4 camper vans are designed to be modular and space-efficient.
Some models can even carry a motorbike!
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4×4 camper vans are easier to maintain than a motorhome or trailer
Most 4×4 camper vans for sale are built with fewer comforts than an RV, fifth wheeler or motorhome. While this might put some people off, it is a considerable advantage – a camper with less complicated systems is easier and cheaper to maintain.
Easy to store
Many off road camper van models are rather compact, which makes them easy to store and park, even in towns and cities. Their maneuverability also helps driving them around in tighter spaces.
Easier to stealth camp
Some 4×4 camper vans for sale look similar to mini buses, 8-seaters, transport vans or family vans, so they fit in well in an urban setting. For this reason, you might find it easier to stealth camp in one of these vehicles when you’re back in town – they blend in well in parking lots and residential areas.
When looking for the right camping vehicle, having fun driving isn’t usually a priority, but come on! Driving an off-road camper van on uneven terrain, splashing around in puddles and feeling the gravel move under the wheels is so much fun.
It surely counts for something, right?
The downsides of a 4×4 camper van
While 4×4 camper vans are definitely one of the coolest rides around, there are also some drawbacks to bear in mind when considering a purchase. Let’s look at the main downsides of 4×4 camper vans.
There isn’t a whole load of living space in an off road van – much of the room is dedicated to carrying gear. If you’re expecting large surroundings, you may want to go with an RV.
A pop-top can give you the appearance of more living space with a bedroom up top a convertible couch below.
They can get expensive
Adding all the bells and whistles to a 4×4 camper van to get it rugged and off-grid ready can be quite expensive. The incredibly rugged camper van by We Roll with It cost $300,000!
It also comes with a variety of comforts, including a galley with microwave and fridge, a hidden electric toilet, a solar panel, a sofa and more.
However, if you prefer to dedicate more space to your gear, you can order a model with a different floor plan, or a custom model.
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4×4 conversions for a 2wd van
Finally, if you already have the perfect off-grid camper van, RV, or camper, but you just wish you could take it off-road, why not consider a 4-wheel drive conversion?
This entails replacing the axles, hubs, transmission, driveshafts, wheels, tires and some suspension components of the vehicle. It would be a great solution is you love your current van and can’t face the thought of changing vehicles.
You can employ a company to do the conversion (check out Quigley and Agile Offroad) or you can buy a kit and do it yourself if you have welding experience (check out U-joint Offroad).
Ready to venture further on a 4×4 camper?
If you crave escaping to the wilderness and exploring further, an adventure van may be just right for you. You can set up camp deep into a forest, have fun driving off-road in the mountains or stargaze in the desert.
A 4×4 camper van will let you access wild places to pursue your favorite adventure hobbies – rock climbing, surfing, mountain biking, paragliding, and more. And while not all models are affordable, you can always go for a Chevy Astro AWD, a Land Rover with a rooftop tent, a DIY conversion of a Sprinter van or a Jeep pop-up camper.
We expect the 4 wheel option for vans to become more popular in the future, as more and more people worry about maneuverability and uphill performance. So the options for 4×4 camper vans are bound to increase.
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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.