How much does a camper van cost?

5,000 – 225,000

That’s a big range but there are many factors to consider here and it all adds up.

And some money.

The van itself (Ford and Mercedes are the most popular choices) generally costs between 12,000 and 85,000 dollars depending on size (high top, extended, etc), engine choices (diesel vs gas), drivetrain (AWD/4WD, or 2WD) and whether you buy new or used. A sweet spot is a used 144” length high top 2WD sprinter (or its Ford Transit equivalent) which can be had for 30,000-45,000 depending on condition. If you are on budget, resist trying for a AWD version as the premiums are hard to justify.

A DIY build out generally cost between $10,000 and 165,000 to build depending on the van chassis and the complexity of your build. This does not include the cost of your labor. Building or buying a van for less than 30,00A sweet spot for a budget build is $25,000 to 35,000 for materials and $30,000 to $45,000 for a used van for a total of 55,000-80,000.

The major factors are the van choice (age, size, 4×4, brand), build options (AC, electrical system, custom components, suspension, etc), and how much of the work you do yourself (if any).

Vans range from 1,000 dollars for an old used GMC low roof van, to 85,000 for a Sprinter 170” High Roof 4×4.

Labor is anywhere between 2,000 dollars to 50,000 dollars.

We believe the sweet spot for value on the top end is around 110,000-150,000. This nets you a well built custom camper. If you want a large rolling 4×4 house on wheels built with premium materials by top quality craftsman expect to pay north of 150,000. You can even top 225,000. (Or you can spend north of 1 million dollars if you want a Earth Roamer!)

This may seem egregious (it can be), but it all adds up and whether or not its worth it to spend X dollars on a camper van is mostly a function of what a dollar is worth to you, what features you “need” and how bad you want it.

But you don’t need to spend that much. You can get a very functional used camper van for around $40,000 – 50,000. (Or you can even spend 1,500 on a bike and saddle bags and bike around the world!).