The Contra Van Camper Van Conversion Kit capitalizes on a renewed trend of van camping. Van camping has been around almost as long as automobiles, but it was the VW Campervan that really got people thinking about how to turn their vans into campers. That was 60 years ago, and we’re seeing a resurgence in people turning their vans into campers. But those aren’t easy projects to complete—especially if you’ve never attempted something like that before.
Fortunately, there are companies out there with plenty of experience, not only in production but van camping. Vanlife customs and Native Campervans are two such companies. Based out of Denver, the two have paired up to bring conversion kits to the market. These prefabricated kits are designed for the Ram ProMaster City chassis and feature a two-person full-sized memory foam mattress. Under the mattress platform, there are two sliding drawers that you can access from the rear doors. The first drawer pulls out to reveal a kitchenette that includes a five-gallon water jug, a single burner propane stove, and a cooler. The other drawer is for storage. With 6.75 cubic feet of space, the storage drawer has plenty of room for clothes, gear, camping supplies, and anything you might need on your next camping adventure. The kit also includes wall panels with cubbies, a slatted ceiling, and a battery system. Contra Van will build and install the kit for only $13,500—and that’s a steal considering all the material and labor.