If you’ve been looking to try out #Vanlife but don’t have the budget for a fancy bespoke van, consider the California-based company ModVans. With seating for 5 people and removable RV components, ModVans are billed as “full-featured camper vans, family vans, and work vans all in one.”
Similar to other van conversions, the ModVan CV1 sleeps up to four adults and two kids while also boasting a 2-burner propane stove, an undermount sink, furnace, air conditioner, fridge, and toilet. But all of the cabinets and RV components can be completely removed so that the van can also be used as a cargo van.
The second-row captain’s seats are installed against the driver’s wall to maximize interior space when you’re camping, and installed facing forward when in “transport mode.” The cabinets are bolted to the van with removable fasteners, and even the walled-off toilet area in the back can be unbolted and taken out of the van.
A house battery powers a small refrigerator for days on a single charge—a 300 Watt solar panel is also available—and LED lighting adds extra convenience. And while we still love the high-roof Sprinter vans for standing tall inside, the ModVans’ pop-up roof is a good second choice. Not only does it function as the larger bed area, but also it provides about 6.5 feet of standing room inside the van when in the pop-up position.
The ModVan uses a Ford Transit T350 Chassis and is much more reasonably priced than comparable Sprinters at $65,000. You don’t get all the bells and whistles of some other campers, but that’s a good price for a camper that can do a lot of things.