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Choosing the Van

It feels like the choice in van styles and options are becoming endless:

· Manufacturer

· Ability to finance a conversion through the dealership

· Length

· Height

· Rear-wheel drive versus 4x4 versus all-wheel drive

· Design style

· Crew versus cargo versus passenger

· Gas versus diesel

· Towing capability

· Payload capacity

As overwhelming as the choices may seem, having a clear design in place prior to the purchase will allow you to determine what you really need – and some of the choice is based on personal preference (e.g., whether you decide you’d like a Mercedes Sprinter High Roof Extended 4x4 Cargo versus a Ford Transit High Roof Extended AWD Cargo likely doesn’t have a huge impact on the design, but it will on your budget). So, what types of vans are there? We’ve put together a summary of the different options on some of the vans on the market – but keep in mind that this is just to provide a really high-level overview – no doubt that the numbers will change with new models.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you have a set budget for both the conversion and the van, it’s important to consider how much you want to be in the conversion versus the van. Full, but fairly basic, conversions typically start at around $35,000 (labor and materials on the conversion itself, not the van) and range to well above $100,000.

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