We get more than a little excited putting energy into planning our road trips, whether they are for work or play. Thankfully they are often a mixture of both. There is a plethora of information on the web these days on how to convert your van into a camper. As much as we love a building project, if there is one we know for sure, it’s that these things take WAY more time than we ever truly budget. And right now that’s not something we have a lot of. So rather than spending months building out our new van to make it road-worthy and livable, we decided to opt for a different solution. And thankfully, a really creative man in Colorado Springs has created a modular kit for the RAM ProMaster City Cargo Tradesman. The following is a breakdown of why we chose the Wayfarer Van Conversion Kit.
Pros of the Wayfarer Van Kit
The Wayfarer Van kit seems efficient. Ian’s layout is multifunctional and simple. In his own words it’s a ‘plug-n-play’ system. There is no clutter to his design. He uses plywood that is precision-cut, sanded, and clear coated. His kits are pre-assembled, 100% modular and designed specifically for the Ram ProMaster. Installation only takes 2 hours and uses the factory installed framework of the vehicle to bolt to.
What’s so great about a modular system? Well, if you want to use your van to haul firewood or a handful of bikes, you just unbolt the boxes. Your van is then empty and ready for you to pack. If, later down the road, you want to sell your vehicle, you haven’t made any permanent changes to the vehicle itself. You just need to unbolt the boxes, take down the insulated panels on the roof and walls, and all is new again.
Basically, the conversion kit comes with insulated wall and ceiling panels, a wood floor, and a series of boxes that provide a platform for the bed and storage within. The boxes at the rear of the van serve as a kitchen pantry and open from the top as well as the front. The set of boxes along the side wall and behind the seats are for storage and have hinged doors on the top. There is also a very handy table top that folds up on one wall so that when not in use, it’s out of the way with a few swift movements.
The cargo van comes as an empty shell without any insulation or padding to absorb road noise. The Wayfarer Kit has molded open-cell foam panels covered in durable fabric and studded with heavy magnets. All you have to do is pop them in place on the walls, wheel wells, and roof and your van is insulated. These panels will make your van feel like home in an instant.
The cushions Ian provides for the kit are only 2 inches thick; not as plush as we would like for sleeping on. He recommends blow up camping pads for sleeping and his cushions for day/work use and while we think his solution is a good one, we want our one cushion/mattress to serve both purposes.
We’re considering the Exped SIM Comfort Duo 7.5. It completely covers the bed platform which is 48 inches wide. It’s also durable enough to stay inflated for everyday use. The Exped appears to easily fold in half lengthwise and clips together with hooks and loops. This feature is great because we can use the same pad as the bench cushion. Fully inflated, the pad is 3 inches thick. We think we’ll still have plenty of headroom even when sitting up in bed.
Van Life Recap
We’re currently in Flagstaff, Arizona finishing up a press trip for dapperQ and are headed to Colorado Springs next to get our van outfitted with a Wayfarer Van Conversion Kit! We spent a lot of time researching the correct vehicle for us and we’re hoping that the Wayfarer is just as good a fit. We have every reason to believe it will be and are more than a little excited about it!
Follow along with us on Instagram! We’ll be photographing the installation and we’ll be sure to let you know what we think!
Do you have a Wayfarer Van Conversion Kit or an Exped SIM Comfort Duo 7.5 mat? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below as well as any other suggestions or solutions you may have!