Our minimalistic vans have everything you need and nothing you don’t.

We are a van conversion company based out of Woodinville, Washington in the Seattle area that outfits Sprinters into custom built adventure campervans based on your needs.  We use quality marine wood, materials and equipment in our builds that create cozy warm interiors that are built to last.

We plant trees in Guatemala or the Andes for each build to make a positive impact for nature, wildlife and people.

We’ve spent time traveling in these beautiful regions and want to give back to the planet we love so much.

 

Guatemala
Guatemala

 

Andes
Andes

500 Trees : Per build

 

Our Builds

2019 Basecamp I – North Cascades (Sold)

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2020 Basecamp II – Glacier (Sold)

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2021 Basecamp III – Rocky Mountain (Sold)

2021 Basecamp IV – Cabo Pulmo (Sold)

2022 Basecamp V – Crater Lake (Sold)

2022 Basecamp or Summit – (Available Start Jan 22′)

Our Story

Our Name

van 

“a multipurpose enclosed motor vehicle having a boxlike shape, rear or side doors, and side panels often with windows.”

base

“situate as the center of operations.”

Our Motivation

To build a simple cabin for people to travel in and use as a base camp for whatever gets them outside.

Our Owner/Architect/Builder

Shaun Kelly is a PNW native and adventurer.  He grew up on a sailboat built by his father in Seattle and in the San Juan Islands.   His father Mike Kelly later became a well known wooden houseboat builder in the Seattle area.  Following in his father’s footsteps of entrepreneurship taking what he has learned from building houseboats with his father and designing user experiences for tech industry he started VANBASE.  When he isn’t designing or building vans he is traveling, snowboarding, backpacking or mountain biking with his wife and two boys.

Our Process

Step 1: Reach Out

Contact us when you’re ready by clicking Start Build in the nav or give us a call/shoot us an email

We’ll setup a time to get together and chat more about what you’re looking for.

Once you’re ready to commit to a build we ask for a $1500 deposit to get a production spot.

Step 2: Design

Once we get about 3-4 months before your build start date we will work with you to put together your needs and provide an itemized estimate for your build.

Step 3: Build

6 weeks before your start date we will ask for a 50% deposit and start ordering parts.

Then it’s build day! Bring your van on your start date. Full builds take anywhere from 3-6 months for completion.

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