9 Incredible Box Truck Camper Conversions for Van Life


Considering a Box Truck Conversion for Vanlife?

With their large interior space and easy customization, box trucks are a great option to consider for full-time vanlife.

But what are your build options? And how do different popular models of box trucks like the Mercedes Sprinter, and Ford E-350 stand up against each other?

In this post, we’ll find out.

Here’s everything you’ll learn:

9 Amazing Box Truck Conversions

With a square interior, high-roof, & entirely separate habitat, box trucks provides a great platform for designing a layout… but which is the best?

Here are 10 of the coolest box truck conversions ever:

#9: ‘70s Box Truck Conversion with Wood Stove Heater

  • Highlights: This gorgeous ‘70s Dodge Box Truck has a raised bed in the back with storage underneath. The two-sided kitchen has a DIY sink and some countertop space. The front of the van has an awesome wood stove heater.
  • Van: 1974 Dodge Kary Van
  • Owner: @shortythevan


#8: Converted Ford Box Truck with Full-Sized Kitchen

  • Highlights: This box truck conversion has a large bed in the back with an overhead tv. The star of the show in this conversion is the huge kitchen, which has a full-sized sink, stove, oven, and refrigerator. 
  • Van: Ford E-350
  • Owner: @escapingthemidwest


#7: Blue Box Truck Conversion with Loft Bed and Bathroom

  • Highlights: This Box Truck conversion has a gorgeous wooden door with a porthole window. Inside the truck is a lofted bed above a convertible bed. It also has a large kitchen area and a bathroom with a toilet and shower.
  • Van: 2001 Mercedes Sprinter Luton
  • Owner: @lutoncamper


#6: Ram Box Truck Camper with Rear Floor Bed and Shower

  • Highlights: This Ram 5500 box truck has a rear bed on the ground to make room for overhead storage. The living area contains a couch, and a kitchen with a large sink and tons of storage. The living space is complete with an indoor shower.
  • Van: Ram 5500
  • Owner: @overlanduncharted


#5: All-White Box Truck

  • Highlights: This all-white box truck conversion has a cozy bed in the rear under the large skylight windows. The front of the van has a kitchenette with a stove, sink, and mini-fridge. The box truck is heated with a wood stove.
  • Van: Vauxhall Box Truck
  • Owner: @the_oceanshq


#4: Box Truck Conversion with Private Rear Bedroom and L-Shaped Couch

  • Highlights: This conversion has a semi-private bed in the rear, leaving room for a mostly separate living area. The living area hs a sink, countertop, couch, and some storage space.
  • Van: GMC Savana 3500 Box Truck
  • Owner: @canadianstealth


#3: Modern Box Truck Build with Convertible Dinette

  • Highlights: This modern-design box truck build has a dinette that folds away into a bed. The front of the build has a two-walled kitchen with a large sink and overhead storage.
  • Van: Ford E-350
  • Owner: @harryhods


#2: Converted Sprinter Box Truck with Rear Dinette and Corner Kitchen

  • Highlights: The rear of this box truck has a large dinette that folds into a bed. The kitchen is located at the front of the van, and has a full-sized fridge, oven, stovetop, and sink. Lots of cabinetry in the kitchen makes for tons of storage space.
  • Van: 2004 Mercedes Sprinter Luton
  • Owner: @mightyvanlife


#1: Sprinter Box Truck Conversion with Rear Bed, Toilet, & Shower

  • Highlights:  This simple Sprinter box truck build has a dinette in the front that converts into a bed. The back of the van has a kitchen on one wall, and a shower on the other. The entrance of the van has a gorgeous wood wall and a door.
  • Van: Mercedes Sprinter Box Truck
  • Owner: @theboxtruckcamper


7 Reasons Why Vanlifers Like Box Trucks Campers

Box trucks are spacious, widely available, and easy to build in – but are they the best option for vanlife?

Here are 7 reasons why vanlifers like box trucks:

  1. Lots of Interior Room: The most obvious advantage of the box truck is the amount of room you get inside. Compared to a van, box trucks are taller, and wider, giving you a few feet of extra volume inside to work with.
  2. Separate Cab and Living Space: The “box” in the box truck is completely separated from the driver’s cab. It can be really nice to have a separate driving and living space.
  3. Rear Door: Because of the height and square shape of box trucks, you can install a full-sized custom door on the back that can make the van feel a lot more homey.
  4. You Can Stand up Inside: Most box trucks are around 7 feet tall inside, which means you have plenty of room to stand up and walk around inside.
  5. Enough Room for a Bathroom: The extra room inside a box truck means many owners have enough room to install a small shower and portable toilet.
  6. Square Shape for Easy Builds: A box truck build is relatively simple to plan out because of its shape. 90-degree angles make planning a build pretty simple.
  7. Easy to Install Extra Windows: With typical vans, you have to buy specific aftermarket windows. However, because the walls of a box truck are flat, you can pretty much install any window you want, wherever you want it.

5 Reasons Why Vanlifers Dislike Converted Box Trucks

As with every vehicle, there are downsides to converting box trucks.

Here are 5 reasons why vanlifers dislike box trucks:

  1. Pricey: Box trucks are typically more expensive than vans.
  2. Requires Commercial Insurance: Normal insurance will not cover a box truck, you need to set up special commercial insurance, which can cost more.
  3. Can’t Sit in the Rear of the Vehicle While Driving: The back of a box truck is not meant to safely carry passengers during transit. That means box trucks can only transport a maximum of three people at a time.
  4. Poor Gas Mileage: The box part of the box truck makes for a very non-aerodynamic vehicle. The gas mileage is not great no matter what chassis the box is on.
  5. Not Many Conversion Companies Work on Them: Few if any conversion companies offer conversions for box trucks. Expect to have a totally DIY build if you buy a box truck.


Cost, Dimensions, & Fuel Economy

Now that you know a little more about Box Trucks, let’s see how they stack up against each other.

Box Truck Cost

How much do used box trucks cost?


(chassis only)

Mercedes Sprinter Box Truck$47,300$70,000Check Price
Ford E-350 Box Truck$38,060$36,862Check Price
GMC Savanna 3500 Box Truck$35,000$29,332Check Price


Box Truck Dimensions

What are the interior dimensions of box trucks?

ModelInterior HeightInterior Length (cargo)Interior WidthExt Length
Mercedes Sprinter Box Truck78.7 inches161.4 inches75.4 inches256.7 inches
Ford E-350 Box Truck74 inches119 inches71 inches247.2 inches
GMC Savanna 3500 Box Truck74 inches119 inches71 inches247.2 inches


Box Truck Fuel Economy

What kind of fuel economy can you expect from a box truck?

Mercedes Sprinter Box Truck21 MPG24 MPG22 MPG
Ford E-350 Box Truck12 MPG16 MPG13 MPG
GMC Savanna 3500 Box Truck11 MPG16 MPG12 MPG


Conclusion: Is a Converted Box Truck Right for you?

There are a lot of reasons to like box trucks: They’re versatile, and have a lot of space to work with  – but they may not be for you.

Biggest Factors:

  • Lots of Interior Space
  • Very Customizable
  • Pricey
  • Poor Gas Mileage

So should you get one?

Maybe! Box trucks offer large living space but lack a lot of the mobility that makes van life great. If you prefer to stay for long periods of time in one location while traveling or you don’t mind dealing with a larger vehicle, box trucks are a great option. Alternatively, ambulances & school buses make great builds.

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