Build Costs

The following is a complete breakdown of the materials and cost for building out the van from scratch. The first table is an overview. Any item in bold in the first table has a more detailed table below covering individual items and associated costs. We spent a total of $7,354 purchasing the van and outfitting it entirely. These numbers do not include any mechanical repairs that were done to the van prior to leaving. We spent close to 5k more replacing the head gasket and having the transmission rebuilt among other things bringing the grand total of the van to approximately 12k.

van purchase 2200
registration 150
sockets 70
grinder discs 7.5
liquid rubber 10
cordless drill 100
work gloves 10
rust reform 18
liquid rubber 20
seam sealer 80
bondo/resin/fiberglass 40
discs and brushes 10
paint 191.43
mechanical 939.08
fantastic fan 135
metal jigsaw blades 15
floor 250.6
insulation 101.68
walls 136.55
electrical components 1190.61
wiring 172.26
boxes and rack 147.03
furniture 190
kitchen 714
canopy 188.17
bed 228.03
curtains 40
TOTAL 7354.94
 

paint job

Quantity Price Total
Tape 1 2.97 2.97
Paper 1 3.97 3.97
Primer 14 3.98 55.72
Big brush 2 0.77 1.54
Small brush 2 0.67 1.34
Roller handle 2 4.97 9.94
Additonal Rollers (2pack) 3 4.97 14.91
Acetone (1 gallon) 2 16.96 33.92
Rustoleum Gloss White (quart) 6 9.48 56.88
Paint pans 2 3.94 7.88
Paint bucket 1 2.36 2.36
 total 191.43
 

Floor

Vapor barrier 1 25
Carpet pad 1 15
15/32″ Plywood sheets 2 39.94
Shim/Thin strips 19 6.65
2X1 8′ Strips 5 5.2
Liquid nails 2 3.66
1″ Screws 1 6.99
Jigsaw Blades (5) 1 6.97
vinyl 1 47.97
knife, spreader, roller 1 24.77
vinyl adhesive 1 11.87
trim 2 15.5
stall mat 1 41.08
  total 250.6
 

Insulation

Pink stuff 2 11.2 22.4
Foil Stuff 4 15.88 63.52
Ducting Tape 2 7.88 15.76
  total 101.68
 

Walls

batons 6 1.08 6.48
hard board 7 8.98 62.86
screws 2 6 12
board 1 20.37 20.37
brackets 4 1.47 5.88
Bolts, washers, nuts 2 5 10
saw horse 2 6 12
tie plates 12 0.58 6.96
  total 136.55
 

Wall finishing

spray adhesive 2 5.77 11.54
 

Furniture

Vanities 2 35 70
Futon 1 50 50
Cushion 1 70 70
  total 190
 

Electrical Components

batteries 206.95
voltage sensative relay 88
solar charger 28
new solar charger 95
inverter/charger 199
solar panel 354
solar panel mounting hardware 14.66
fuse bus 42
lcd volt meter 8
solar cable 20
roof connector 10
low voltage disconnect 25
wire and connectors 100
  total 1190.61
 

BatteryBox, Propane box, Roof rack

Brackets, bolts, hinges, chain, locks, etc 89.32
1/2 ply 20.37
Slotted angle iron 2 13.78 27.56
Battery vent cover & hose 1 9.78 9.78
  total 147.03
 

Wiring Materials

14AWG wire 50′ 3 11.95 35.85
ATC Fuse Pack 1 14.48 14.48
Liquid Tape 1 5.99 5.99
Ring terminal pack 2 1.98 3.96
Butt Splice pack 3 2.39 7.17
Wire crimper/stripper tool 1 19.96 19.96
Speaker wire, 14 guage, 50′ 2 14.97 29.94
Momentary push-button switch 1 4.49 4.49
10AWG wire, 44′ 1 29.36 29.36
10AWG wire, 14′ + fuses and holders 21.06
  total 172.26
 

Kitchen

counter top ply 23
faucet 38
pump 33
Stainless Sink 55
Drain Fixture 15
Fridge 550
  total 714
Canopy
Bag Style Awning 140
Awning rail 18.27
Angle bar 29.9
  total 188.17
 

Bed

3/4″ Sanded Ply 3 43.97 131.91
6′ Square tube metal 4 21.64 86.56
8′ 2X3s 4 2.39 9.56
  total 228.03

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