ProMaster Camper Van Conversion -- Cost, Labor, Weight Summary

This page provides a summary of the costs, labor and weight for the ProMaster camper van conversion.

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This page shows the cost, weight and labor summary for the whole project. For more details on the cost, weight and labor for each page, see the page for that area -- all here...


The cost of the base ProMaster van is not included -- you can look this up on the RAM (or your brand) site for the particular set of options you want, or, better yet, find a good used one.

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Important Update

The material on these pages describing our camper van conversion has been moved to our new new site dedicated to efficient RVs and camper vans.

The new site covers all the material here and adds a lot of new material on other camper van conversions, camper van design and build, resources for people converting vans, other efficient camping vehicles, new ideas in efficient RVs and camper van travel hints.

The new site is here...

I'm leaving these pages here as you may have bookmarked them and the Comments section has some good suggestions, but I suggest that you go to the new site -- I won't be updating this material anymore.

Thanks to all the people who read these pages and especially to the people who left comments and suggestions! Feedback on the new site is very much appreciated.





Cost, Labor, Weight

The table below gives estimates of cost, labor and weight for each major area of the conversion.

The cost and weight estimates are pretty good -- mostly actuals. The labor estimates are rougher as I did not always keep notes on the labor. The table says total labor hours are 143 hours -- my gut says it was more than that. I can honestly say that I enjoyed just about every minute of it.

I tried to include everything, but may have missed an item or three.

Item Cost ($) Labor (hr) Weight (lb)  
Insulating $360 6 20 Weight is based on what 1 inch of polyiso would weigh
Electrical incl solar $1,507 24 236 batteries, inverter/charger, PV …
Windows 570 12 36 Window weight minus sheet metal removed
Curtains $109 2 6  
Flooring $204 20 96  
Galley (incl stove, fridge, sink) $1,120 24 179 Includes fridge ($630), sink, stove cabinets
Fresh and grey waters systems $270 10 42 Includes fresh and grey tanks, plumbing and pump
Composting toilet/seat $82 12 37 homemade
Beds and storage $349 24 175 Includes platform, mattresses, hinges, propane compartment
Ventilation fan $278 4 12 Fancy fan was $268
Furnace $430 3 23 Just furnace, no supports etc which are incl in galley cabinet
Propane system $60 2 28 This is empty tank and plumbing (cabinet in bed weight)
Total $5,339 143 890  
Running Boards  $519 6 45  


I did not include the running boards in the main table as they are an extra that many would not add.

It would be possible to do a good conversion for far less than this $5,400 by just simplifying some of the elements -- e.g. a simple camper van could just use stove and furnace with the small gas cylinders, no propane system, water system based on jug built into galley cabinet, ... On the other hand, you could easily spend twice this by including things like a bathroom with shower, more expensive components, ...

The nice thing about doing the conversion yourself is that you can make all these decisions to your requirements.

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March 9, 2015