Vanlife Products and DIY Guidance
By Vanlifers For Vanlifers
Vanlife Outfitters started as a blog that detailed Zach’s journey building DIY camper vans with RAM Promaster vans back in 2016. Now we have a store full of carefully curated products for other both DIY and professional builders. From unique products that you’ll only find here to our favorite appliances and other road tested camper van parts. We only sell products that we’d use on our own vans. We also offer consulting and project support services.
Fast Shipping & World-Class Support
Many of our products ship for free and they all ship out quickly – either from our warehouse in Sarasota, Florida or from one of our trusted distributors. Before your purchase or after, we take pride in our industry-leading customer support. In addition, we are a Victron Energy authorized distributor and work closely with them and other vendors so that we can provide you with both the best products and deep knowledge of those products. But, don’t take it from us only. Check out our customer reviews!
We Love Camper Vans
There is nothing like traveling in a camper van! There is real magic in the alchemy of adventure, discovery, freedom and challenge that you experience living on the road. With a van you can go just about anywhere – from culturally rich cities to wonderfully desolate deserts enjoying both the excitement and novelty of travel along with the comfort and security of home.
Road Tested Products
We’ve done the work of researching (and road testing) the best products for camper vans so you don’t have to. Our catalog of products is carefully curated so you can have confidence you’re getting the best stuff for your van. Learn more here.
As members of the vanlife community ourselves we are passionate about the lifestyle and the freedom and adventure it offers. We are committed to helping the community and maintaining the sustainability of vanlife. A portion of all our net profits is donated to support vanlife groups and advocacy. Learn more about our involvement and support. We also host an awesome event for vanlifers in in Florida each February called Peace Love & Vans!
Keep In Touch
As always, we’re here to help the vanlife community. Please reach out with any questions, ideas or comments. We’d love to hear from you. Please consider signing up for our monthly email newsletter at the bottom of each page. It’s full of great stuff including build tips, featured campsites, giveaways, relevant news and more.
Meet Zach, Co-Founder
Zach has been a camper van enthusiast with a healthy dose of wanderlust ever since he started making “houses on wheels” with his Legos as a child in the early 1980’s. He bought his first actual camper van in 1994 – a cherry red 1971 VW Westfalia that, against any sort of reason or consideration of law enforcement suspicion, had a mural of a large fish and the Mad Hatter tea party. He and his girlfriend lived in that van and traveled across the United States a few times at the top speed of 55 MPH catching some of the last Grateful Dead concerts ever played. Since then he’s traveled extensively in two other VW campers and the three DIY Promaster camper vans. Zach splits his time between Sarasota, Florida and adventuring in his van. You can read more about Zach’s decades long history with camper vans in this post.
Meet Josh, Co-Founder
Technically Josh started sleeping in vehicles in college; when he would drive an hour to the beach in the middle of the night and sleep in his Chevy Blazer just to catch the sunrise a few times a week. Officially Josh started sleeping in vehicles in 2017 when he sold his real estate business, condo, car, most of his other possessions and moved into a self-built 2014 Ram Promaster (The Boondocker). Josh has travelled full-time all over North America for several years and a lot of that time was spent daydreaming of ways to design vans for the best possible vanlife experience. Besides vanlife, Josh is passionate about backpacking, whitewater kayaking, conservation and animal rights.
During the pandemic in 2020 he reached out to Zach to discuss ways they could help the vanlife community of DIY builders. After a few hours of discussion they both agreed that the best way to help the community was to open a store that would make the process of building your own van less painful…and The Vanlife Outfitters Store was born!
Meet Chris, Warehouse Manager
Chris hasn’t had the chance to convert a van just yet, but he hopes his new career with the Vanlife Outfitters will provide him with the chance to do so! A Chicago native, Chris relocated to Florida in search of perpetual sunshine and warm beaches, a decision he hasn’t regretted for a second. In his spare time, Chris is passionate about music (The Grateful Dead being the fan favorite), attending live concerts and music festivals, sampling craft beer and supporting locally owned restaurants. The opportunity to join The Vanlife Outfitters is one he’s extremely excited about, and he can’t wait to help be a behind the scenes part of the company’s growth.
Meet Mike, Tech Support
Mike’s earliest memories of vanlife date back to the late 60’s soon after his parents and siblings immigrated to the States from England. They spent that first summer living in a VW van while his dad worked. His family would go on to have 3 different VW vans over the years. But it wasn’t until 1987, while on tour with the Grateful Dead (yep, another Dead Head), that he happened upon the most gorgeous champagne-colored VW Westfalia at a California campground. It was van love at first sight. Flash forward to 2013 and Mike had recently left his career as a university outdoor educator, sold his house, quit his job as a customer service trainer for a large outdoor retailer, and bought a 2003 VW Euro Van Weekender named Althea. He spent 14 months on the road climbing, skiing, biking, and going to beautiful places and groovy music festivals around the country. His travels eventually landed him in Colorado where he managed a North Face store and spent 9 years renovating a mountain cabin. He finally sold Althea in 2021 after logging over 100,000 miles on her. In 2022 he purchased a 2022 Sprinter 144 4×4 (Willow) and had a professional conversion completed. She’s absolutely stunning. Maybe even “the dream van” that’s ready for adventures.
Meet Austin, Tech Support
Born in colorful Colorado, Austin moved with his parents to Florida when he was 12 years old. Although now resides in Florida, his love for fresh mountain air never left him. He makes trips back to the Rocky Mountains for skiing and hiking as much as possible. Austin has not yet bought his own travel van but holds that as a long-term goal. While not working, he spends his time with his wife and two kids adventuring around Florida enjoying the beautiful beaches and wildlife. Austin is ABYC certified for marine power systems and has 7 years of technical experience in the marine industry building and designing mechanical and electrical systems. He is excited to expand on that knowledge while supporting and growing the vanlife community.