Wondering which conversion van manufacturer is best? Learn about them all in this comprehensive list.
Full-size conversion vans have so much versatility. They offer space, luxury, safety, style and customizable features. Conversion vans can be used as family vehicles, company cars, for commercial limousine services, camping and road trip vehicles, utility and storage purposes, mobility vehicles for those with disabilities requiring wheelchair equipment and much more.
Conversion vans were extremely popular in the 1980’s, with many dozens of companies taking standard van chassis and converting them with features and finishes far beyond the basic vehicle. GMC Savanas, Chevrolet Express, Ford Econolines, Dodge Ram’s and other models were popular for building upon.
Today, there are fewer conversion van companies out there; however, these manufacturers continue to change the industry drastically. Modern conversion van companies take chassis such as the Ford Transit, Mercedes Metris and Sprinter, and transform them into state-of-the-art vehicles for everything from work to luxury travel.
Below is an alphabetical list of mainstream conversion van builders that take the everyday full-sized van and build upon it.
Customizers Conversion Vans
Since 1979, Customizers, Inc. has been manufacturing conversion vans and trucks in the Maryland metropolitan area. The company, based in Hagerstown, Maryland, specializes in commercial, wheelchair and specialty conversions. They use the Nissan NV, Chevrolet City Express, Ford and GM chassis. The builders also convert high occupancy vans for schools, churches, universities and other organizations specializing in safety features.
Their commercial van conversions are built on Chevrolet City Express, Ford and GM chassis, and they use a variety of industry-leading work van materials. Customizers uses Adrian Steel® bin packages in their commercial vans. Adrian Steel produces high quality storage systems for work vans.
El Kapitan Vans
Located in sunny Huntington Beach, California, El Kapitan has been producing quality conversion vans for over thirty years. They have produced over 15,000 executive and luxury vans, making them one of the largest producers on the market. They build upon Mercedes Benz Sprinter, GMC Savana, Chevy Express, Ford Transit and Dodge ProMaster chassis.
El Kapitan specializes in commuter vans, extremely high end executive limousine vans, and vans that are specifically built for carrying gear such as bicycles, snowboard/skiing equipment, camping gear, etc. All of their finishes are in-house, meaning everything from the fabric, the wood grain detailing and flooring are all custom made.
Explorer Van Conversions
Explorer Vans build upon Ford Transit, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana and Mercedes Metris chassis. The family-owned and operated company has been producing quality conversion vans in Warsaw, Indiana for over thirty years.
Explorer Vans are perfect for everyday use, business use and luxury travel. You can have your van built from scratch in about three weeks! No worries, they never sacrifice quality for time. Many of their employees have been with them for over twenty years.
Southern Comfort Automotive Custom Vans USA/MCM Vehicles
Southern Comfort Conversions was more recently sold to MCM Vehicles, an Alabama manufacturer that specializes in performance trucks, vans and other converted vehicles. While new Southern Comfort Conversions are no longer being produced, there are many high quality used ones available on the market.
Since 1979, Sherrod Vans of Jacksonville, Florida has been manufacturing high-end, luxury designed conversion vans. They create mobility vans as well as specialty muscle cars and pickup trucks. They build upon GMC/Chevy, Dodge Ram ProMaster, Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit Chassis.
Some of the most popular features in their vans include:
- On-Dash Command Center with At-a-Glance Full Controls of all main cabin features
- Full Face Leather Seating with Multi Position Recliners, Headrest, Armrests and Storage Pockets
- Door Panels with Built-In Storage and Refreshment Holders
- Power Recline Couch with Easily-Accessed Dual Controls
- 12-volt Standard Plug Power Outlets throughout Passenger Area
Tuscany Vans is another producer of conversion vans that has moved more into the truck and SUV market. They were originally producing vans on Ford Chassis in Indiana, and have since moved to Fort Worth, Texas. There are many quality, used Tuscany vans still to be found on the market.
Van Works USA
Van Works builds conversion vans on Dodge Promaster and Mercedes Sprinter chassis to suit a variety of needs. They specialize in manufacturing vans for those who love extreme sports such as climbing, cycling, motocross, snowboarding, skiing and more. They are located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Waldoch Custom Vans
Forty years ago, David Waldoch founded Waldoch Custom Vans out of his garage in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Today, the company builds luxury, shuttle, limousine, and mobility vans on Ford Transit and Dodge Ram Promaster chassis.
The company is known for its Galaxy Ford Transit 9-15 passenger conversion van which features:
- 8″ LCD GPS screen
- Steering wheel hand controls
- 10-way power seats
- Lumbar, heated seats dual power
- Dual air bags
- High intensity sound system
- USB charging ports
- Plenty of overhead storage
Some of the other features that can be added to the Waldoch Galaxy Ford Transit are motorized roller shades, 6-way adjustable captain’s chairs, luxury carpet and hardwood flooring upgrades.
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