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.

 

Guatemala
Guatemala

 

Andes
Andes

500 Trees : Per build

 

Our Builds

Basecamp 144

Galley

Silverware
Dishes
Cookware
Stove Storage
  • Teak countertop
  • Birch cabinets
  • Slideout Drawer fridge w/freezer
  • Portable marine alcohol stove
  • Drawers built in with full kitchen
  • Deep stainless steel marine sink
  • 5 gallon fresh water and 5 gallon grey water
  • Marine foot pump
  • Solid brass light above galley

Dinnette/Lower Bed

Dinette
Second Bed
Seat Drop Hatch
  • Teak Tabletop with Teak edge moulding
  • Table drops to convert into second bed
  • Seat Hatches with storage
  • Marine fabric
  • 2 Large canned food or drink dry storage/pantry under table
  • Solid brass hooks
  • Solid brass light above table
  • Built-in Bookshelf with Teak trim

Gear Garage

Rear Garage
Bike Slide
Large Gear Drawers
  • 2 Bike slide out rack
  • 2 Large Baltic Birch Gear Drawers
  • Deep Ski/Snowboard Storage
  • Blue LED lighting

Upper Bed

View from Rear Bed out skylight and two windows facing forward
Drop Hatches
Rear Bed Platform
  • 2 Drop Closets under bed
  • Custom bed cushions
  • 2 lights mounted above bed with brass light switch
  • Watch the stars out the rear skylight at night
  • DC Outlet above bed

Comfort

Insulated Windows
  • Insulated fully opening windows w/built in screen and privacy shade
  • Diesel cabin heater
  • Insulated with Thinsulate and Wool
  • Quiet Fan

Electronics

Custom Electrical Panel
Marine Electrical
Battery Bank Hatch
  • Marine wiring, fuses and connections
  • Custom panel with ampmeter, voltmeter, switches, Webasto heater control and battery shut off.
  • Monitor your battery usage from your smart phone.
  • 200ah AGM Batteries
  • 200 Watts of Solar Panels
  • Battery to Battery Charger
  • DC USB Outlets

Walls

Shiplap Walls
  • Shiplap walls
  • Marine paint
  • Marine plywood lower walls
  • Birch door panels with marine paint

Ceiling

Cedar Ceiling
  • Clear cedar ceiling
  • Custom framed factory skylights

Floors

Teak & Hollie and Rubber Coin
  • Rubber Coin flooring
  • Teak and Hollie flooring

Exterior

Mt. Baker Ski Area
Lopez Is., San Juans
  • Awning
  • Black badges front and rear
  • Sliding Door Stop

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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 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.

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