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.
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.
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.
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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. His first actual camper van was 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 Sam, Operations Manager
Having traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America, Sam has always had a passion for adventure. After having spent 2 years working abroad in the Philippines, Sam decided to temporarily retire his travelling pants and embark on a new adventure with Vanlife Outfitters. When not hard at work ensuring your orders are diligently being tended to, Sam can be found either at the beach with his dog Elliot, fishing along the coasts of Miami, playing tennis, or enjoying a scoop of pistachio flavored ice cream.
Meet Kenny, Warehouse Manager
Kenny is a lifelong Floridian and motorcycle enthusiast. He’s the man when it comes to getting your orders packaged securely and shipped quickly. He also continually amazes us with his creative ways to improve our warehouse efficiency. Outside of work he likes to take long bike rides with his “Ol’ Lady” (whom he’s been married to for decades) or cruising with his motorcycle club “The Crusty Crew”. Kenny also spends his free time “wrenching” on his 11 different motorcycles, taking his dog to the Naughty Dog Marina Cafe and spending time with his two brothers drinking ice cold Budweiser. We think Kenny is warming up to vans.