Converting our Metris into a camper cost us just over $5,000. We primarily worked on the van on weekends and weekday evenings, as both of us were working full-time. Within about 2 months of starting the project, we went on our first trip in the van. At this point, the van had the bare essentials: a bed, insulation, and heat.
After about 5 months, the van was essentially complete – storage compartments, walls, and running water. All that remained were the finishing touches: building the storage racks, lining the drawers, staining the walls etc. We finished these smaller projects at a fairly leisurely pace, enjoying the lack of pressure and the natural flow of creativity. Eight months in, and our to-do list had all but disappeared.
|$820||Propex HS2000 heater|
|$700||Swivel seat adapters|
|$600||Building materials (wood, hardware, etc.)|
|$350||Roof rack cross bars|
|$339||CTEK battery chargers|
|$325||Bike rack drawer slides|
|$223||Renogy 100 Ah Battery|
|$130||Cedar wall paneling|
|$64||Noico sound deadening mats|
|$36||Water sprayer & hose|
|$28||Plastic drawer liner material|
|$20||Propane hose & gauge|
|$5,340||Approximate Total Cost|