Most of us have never cut a big (permanent) hole in the side of a truck to install windows, or wired up a complex and potentially dangerous high amp electrical system.
These things demand close attention to detail, and it’s difficult to know which details matter and which are style points. Peace of mind comes from knowing you got it right the first time.
With Maker Vans we will methodically work with you through the entire design and planning process to make every effort to optimize your final product and real world experience.
Hourly rates starting at $65/hr.
Take your motivation and desire for van freedom and add the experience and insight from years as a general contractor, mechanic and van converter and you have a recipe for success.
Whether you need help in the design stage or the build stage it will be better knowing you have input from an experienced builder. Maker Vans' consultation services will be there for any unknown that arises. Coaching can take many forms including in house clinics, individualized how-to videos and last minute, on demand problem solving.
Based in the the PNW, but serving clients all over the North America remotely. Hourly rate starting at $65/hr.
It's so satisfying to begin with a mental image and have this drawn up in a digital space and see it come to life in front of you. We will use real world dimensions to ensure every inch is used wisely and everything fits where it needs to- using CAD rendering to get the design details dialed. Renderings vary in level of detail based on each clients needs.
Maybe you want to do all the cutting, crimping and heat shrinking yourself, but don't know what components will work together to handle your loads? We'll learn about your build and intended use- then design a detailed system that will keep up. We'll discuss the various approaches to providing the necessary electrical supply for your build. You'll know you approached your electrical system design with a long term, hassle free outlook
Every quality conversion requires a quality chassis to build on. Used or new? Transit or Promaster? And what options do you need? OEM swivel seats? Oversized alternator? OEM windows? If you're stuck wondering what platform is right for you, let's talk. We'll discuss the many factors at place including budget, reliability, intended use, and many more while we narrow down on exactly what chassis will fit your vision for your build.
A complete build-out is an amazing transformation- from dreary cargo van to your dream adventure platform that's comfortable, convenient and reliable.
All of our clients work through a thorough design phase to optimize their vision for their new rig. You'll receive a detailed proposal in addition to a 3D rendering of your build- then the real fun starts. Maker Vans does what it does best and crafts your living space, ready for years of exploration.
Our builds are detail oriented and full featured and as such they cannot be rushed. Our builds typically spend 10-14 weeks in the shop and we only focus on a single full build project at a time. More info about our current schedule/availability and pricing can be found in our FAQs.
Additionally, we offer partial build services on site for those going the DIY route.
Woodworking is where it all started for Maker Vans. We've got the tools and tricks to make sure your cabinets and furniture outlast your chassis and are space efficient and convenient to use day after day. From live edge counters to handcut dovetails- the possibilities are endless
Cutting holes in your van is intimidating. We've installed it all; vent fans, skylights, single and dual pane windows, water and electrical hookups. Leave those high consequence cuts to a pair of experienced hands to make sure you're water tight and rust free long into the future. We are partnered with Fiamma to offer premium exterior accessories for your platform of choice.
Wool? Thinsulate? Spray foam? Fiberglass? They all have pros and cons. The key is to make sure you stay condensation free from day one. Maker Vans can make sure you're warm and cozy in the winter and cool and comfy in the summer. As a Webasto dealer, we are equipped to outfit you with the industry leader in RV heating solutions.
If you need the knowledge or the tools, we have both. We can spend the day wiring, or insulating or any the the other tasks involved in your build. Afterwards, you'll be able to take over and finish things up knowing what details matter most and how to stay safe and cost effective through the rest of the process.
Inverters, chargers, solar panels, lithium or AGM. So many choices. We'll start by figuring out what you need to power, how much sun exposure you'll have where you're traveling and how long you want to go without plugging in. We'll get both your AC and DC systems designed and wired up in a form that fits your budget.
If you plan on using your rig for extended periods, a toilet and shower should be part of the discussion. We have extensive knowledge of the privy options aboard a van, and there are so many great ways to get a shower incorporated into your build. Let's make it happen.
Reach out, let us know where you are in your build and what’s still pending. We're motivated to bring the highest standards of van building to anyone who sees it’s value. We want help you save money and make your investment last as long as your stoke does, so drop us a line and find out how we can work together.