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 adventure campervans built with off-grid solar and custom layouts based on your needs. We use 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.
500 Trees Planted: Full build
250 Trees Planted: Half build
Available for rent on Outdoorsy for $240/night here or for purchase at $99K. Try before you buy. Full rental fee will be reimbursed if the renter buys a van or build from Vanbase.
Complete build on 2017 Sprinter with only 2,000mi on van from showing build at Northwest Overland Rally in Leavenworth and Adventure Van Expo at Mt. Hood over this past summer.
Solid Teak custom countertop with teak edge moulding
European Birch exposed edge custom cabinets with high pressure white laminate
The Isotherm Drawer 49 Stainless Steel (INOX) 12v fridge/freezer combo only draws an average of .9amps per hour
Marine alcohol stove stores away in custom drawer under fridge. This Swedish design has made for 50 years and has long had a track record as a safe cooking option aboard boats and overland vehicles
Baltic birch drawers built in with included utensils, dishes and cookware. 1 Chefs Knife, 2 Knifes, 2 Forks, 2 Spoons, 2 Plates, 2 Bowls, 2 Cups, 1 Pot Holder, 1 Towel, 1 Cast Iron Pan, 1 All-Clad Pot and 1 Le Creuset French Press.
Deep 7″ Stainless Steel Marine Sink is installed with undermount below the Teak counter making it even deeper
5 gallon portable army tank fresh water tank has CPC quick-release push button release hose connectors. Stores under the sink for 4 season reliability with no worries of freezing tanks or lines. Easy take out, carry and fill just about anywhere.
5 gallon grey water tank equals fresh water tank can be easily removed to empty and clean regularly
Marine foot pump gives you optimum water usage control, one less system to use your power and is a very reliable simple system.
2 Bike slide out rack that holds 2 bikes and slides out on 500lb lock out sliders that stay out even on a hill. Hooks store your helmets and gloves
2 Large Baltic Birch Gear Drawers with Compression Locks 14″x12″x48″ deep drawers hold a lot of gear (2 sleeping bags, 2 tents, 2 hammocks, 2 hammock straps, 2 hammock fly, 2 backpacking packs, backpacking stove/kitchen items, 2 backpacking boots,2 backpacking chairs and more)
Deep 7′ Ski/Snowboard Storage fits your ski/snowboard gear with room to hang your helmet/gloves and put your boots.
High intensity blue LED lighting with Davey & Co. solid brass switch keeps your night vision.
2 Drop Closets under bed with compression latches and nylon hinges
Custom bed cushions with premium high density foam and water resistant marine fabric from Friendly Foam in Seattle
2 Davey & Co. Solid Brass Cabin Lights mounted above bed with brass light switch
Watch the stars out the rear skylight at night
DC Outlet above bed keeps your devices charged overnight
European S4 Insulated fully opening windows w/built in screen and privacy shade
Webasto diesel cabin heater installed under passenger seat directed to the rear with a filter on the side of the seat base
Insulated with Thinsulate(doors/cab) and Wool(ceiling/walls)
Fantastic Fan with 3 settings pulls fresh air from the large opening windows
Marine wiring, fuses and connections
Blue Sea 360 panel custom built by blue sea in Bellingham with ampmeter, voltmeter, switches, Webasto heater control and battery shut off.
Victron Energy Bluetooth lets you monitor your battery usage from your smart phone. This let’s you see how much the solar is pulling down, how much power your using over time and even setup things like alarms if your voltage or amp hours are too low. Also monitors the vehicles battery so you don’t get stranded.
200ah AGM Batteries store your power for fridge, lights, fan, heater and dc outlets. Batteries are stored in a battery cabinet built into slider door step under the galley keeping a low center of gravity and is accessed though hatch behind slider door.
200 Watts of Solar Panels mounted together and on factory rails with adapters allowing for awning
Sterling Power Battery to Battery Charger charges battery bank while driving
DC Outlets by rear bed and below dinette table
Shiplap walls screwed and glued wood-to-wood with Marine plywood framing bolted to van with rivets.
Walls are sunken into the ribs of the van to maximize interior space
Finished with a marine semi gloss paint
Lower walls are constructed of marine plywood
Baltic birch door panels with marine paint and poly coated exposed edges
Clear Sauna Cedar Tongue and Groove boards glued and nailed wood to wood to custom curved marine plywood framing riveted to vans ceiling ribs.
2 Skylights and Fan are custom framed in and finished in same clear sauna cedar and finished with trim.
Rubber Coin flooring in garage, on bike slide out, in drop hatches, below galley, and in main cabin.
Teak and Hollie flooring below table and on step to rear bed
Fiamma f65 Awning shades your van so you can use solar and extends your living space outside of the van
Black badges front and rear
Sliding Door Stop allows the door to have two stage opening allowing you to only have the door partially open.
Just had it weighed in after the complete build and it came in at 6600lbs with a 1700lb payload still available for your adventure buddy, family and gear.
Try before you buy. Full rental fee will be reimbursed if the renter buys a van or build from Vanbase.
Including 2017 2WD Van with Heated Seats, Rear Camera, Bi Xenon Headlights, Alloys and more.
“a multipurpose enclosed motor vehicle having a boxlike shape, rear or side doors, and side panels often with windows.”
“situate as the center of operations.”
To build a simple cabin for people to travel in and use as a base camp for whatever gets them outside.
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.
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 your looking for.
Once you’re ready to commit we ask for a $1500 deposit to get a production spot.
Step 2: Design
Once we have your deposit we start the design on your new custom layout or use a previous layout.
We will provide a 2d paper and 3d digital mockup of design and an itemized estimate for your build by the time your van is ready to start its build
Step 3: Build
It’s build day! Bring your van on your production date and we will get going on your build. Pay 50% up front and the rest when you pick it up. Full builds take anywhere from 3-6 months for completion.