Our nautical builds have everything you need and nothing you don’t.

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

We use natural products that are friendly to the environment and to you

Low VOC natural plant based paint and natural oils are used to finish the interior spaces.

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

To offset the carbon emissions from each build we plant 500 trees. 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

2000 Trees : Planted

 

Our Builds

Basecamp 144

Our original design that sleeps 3 and seats up to 3

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Summit 144

Our latest design that sleeps 4 and seats 4

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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 $2500 deposit to get a production spot.

Step 2: Design

Next 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 4-6 months for completion.

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