When it comes to choosing a van for conversion every model offers its own set of benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to consider your specific needs and preferences before making a decision.
At Vanable we’re constantly asked what the right vehicle is for a given customer’s needs. In my experience the badge on the front is far less important than the space in the back, in this case size truly does matter.
To give you a quick overview of, below let’s have a look at Small, Mid, and Large vans, as well as buses as options for your van conversion.
Small vans are great for weekend getaways or short trips. They’re easy to drive and park, with the lower roof heights making access to low-clearance places like carparks easier. Their compact size makes them perfect if you predominantly reside in a city. However, they offer limited interior layout options with little headroom, making them uncomfortable for extended stays. Less of a concern in your 20’s, but as time moves on, the ability to stretch out becomes vastly more appealing.
Mid-size vans are a happy medium for those looking for a little more space without the added bulk of a larger van. They’re perfect for weeks to a month on the road. They offer more interior layout options than small vans with more headroom, making them a comfortable option for longer stays (though – trust us, after a month you’ll with you went larger and higher).
Larger vans are better suited for longer excursions, they offer more interior space and headroom, but they can be difficult to drive and park, and they will definitely consume more fuel.
Finally, buses may seem like an unusual choice, but if you’re considering a large or super large van a bus might be worth your serious consideration. They offer the most interior space and headroom of all available options, parking struggles won’t be too dissimilar from a large van, and while they consume the most fuel of all of the options, they are perfect for those who envision a life on the road.
In conclusion, the right van for your vanlife adventure truly depends on your specific needs and preferences. Consider the size of the van and being realistic about the amount of time you need to spend in it and what your personal needs are regarding comfort and functionality.
Choosing the right van size is the best foundation you can have for the best possible van life adventure.