This blog recounts my experiences of building a DIY converted 2014 Ram ProMaster 3500 Extended High Roof cargo van into a camper van for use by me and my family.
My journey actually started several years ago when I was getting ready to retire from the military. I wanted a project, a big project, that would challenge me. I initially planned to build an off-grid cabin near a lake for my family to camp and relax. After several years of kicking the can and landing a job that would give me the flexibility I needed, I started to look at property in earnest. But with children in middle and high school, it quickly became apparent that I had missed my window of opportunity and the 3-4 years I would spend building a cabin would be the very years I wanted to spend creating memories.
Several weeks after abandoning my campaign to build a cabin, I was walking through a local car dealership lot and saw a low mileage Ram ProMaster 2500 High Roof. I was amazed at the head room and useable space. That evening I started to research Ram ProMasters and other cargo vans. Several weeks went by and the idea of converting a cargo van really began to grow on me. It would challenge me. The result would be something my family and I could enjoy. It was (relatively) affordable. It just sounded fun. It was also a good excuse to buy more tools.
I purchased my Promaster 3500 Extended High Roof van in May 2015 and “finished” converting it in April 2016. I now refer to the product of this 11 months of enjoyable effort as VanCave1. It is known as VanCave1 because, you guessed it, there is a VanCave2. Approximately 18 months after finishing VanCave1, I decided to start over and rebuild my 2014 Promaster 3500 Extended High Roof van into a more outdoor activity oriented camper. In Oct 2017 I began dismantling VanCave1 down to the frame and within 6 short months VanCave2 emerged.
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