Camper Van Conversions – Compatible Van Kits
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Want to speed up your van conversion timeline? We offer installation services on The Ultimate Installed Bundles at our shop in Arvada, CO. This bundle includes a set of Flares and Trim Rings, a Bed System of your choice with a mattress, plus our organic sheets and bedding! This option allows you to drop your van off for 5 business days then pick it up with your bundle fully installed! Get yourself a bundle and you’ll be road-ready in no time.
Regardless of your speed or budget, the van build process remains the same – you begin with the basics and go from there. Whether you're going the DIY route or hiring a professional installer, get your adventure van built right on the first try with Flarespace’s extensive roster of compatible van life equipment! This article features all of the products you’ll need to build your adventure van from start to finish. And to make this article even more informative, the products below are listed by order of installation – So all you need to do is set a purchase date and an install date for each item, and just like that, you’ll have a timeline for your camper van.
Step 1: Flares
Some people call them van bump-out panels and, in the UK, we’ve heard them referred to as ‘van side pods,' but we call them Flares… because we invented them. This cost-efficient & stealthy van mod maximizes your van's interiors and allows you to reconfigure your van's floor plans to place your bed widthwise rather than lengthwise. Once installed, you’ll have around 80 inches of space to sleep sideways and 20 inches of free space added back into your floorplan. That’s why Flares are the first puzzle piece of all the best adventure vans builds! When you install Flares on your adventure van, you'll notice a gap between the edge of the Flares and the wall of your van. This brings us to the next puzzle piece:
Step 2: Trim Rings
Flarespace Trim Rings
Trim Rings are ready to install windowsills for placement around the inside of the Flare. This clever finishing solution fills the space between the inside wall of the van and the inside wall of the Flares. It’s made of molded fiberglass, meaning it’s durable, lightweight, and easier to install than any DIY sill solution. Trim Rings are installed by simply attaching them to the backside of your van's wall panels and, once in place, are entirely compatible with the rest of Flarespace's products. You also have the option of going high-tech with convenient mods on the passenger side – two USB 3.0 charging ports and two reading lights overhead. And though Trim Rings are an easy finishing solution, your van isn’t ready for adventure without proper wall panels to cover the stock steel. We’ve got just the solution!
Step 3: Interior Panel Kit
Flarespace Wall Panel Kit
Our easy-to-install van wall panel system features lightweight birch panels that are precut to fit your van - taking the guesswork out of finishing the interior of your adventure van build. Most van wall solutions on the market lack rigidity, but the Flarespace Interior Panel Kit includes a structural steel component for a solid mounting surface that ensures a tight fit between ceiling and wall panels. That means cost-efficient, warp-free van interiors that'll last for years. And of course, our Interior Panel Kit is completely compatible with Flares – So much so that the rear side panels are precut with holes to accommodate your Flares and Trim Rings. They're also designed to work seamlessly with our Bed System! This brings us to our next step.
Step 4: Bed System
Flarespace Bed System
Before hitting the road for a multi-day trip, you’ll need to add a bed to your camper van conversion. Look no further than Flarespace's Flyweight Bed System! This easy-to-install van bed kit is designed to pair with our Flares & Trim Rings and create a flush sleeping surface along the width of your van. That means more room for sleeping and everything else, too. The Flyweight bed panels are just 1.25" thick, fully customizable to fit your van, and boast some of the best strength-to-weight ratios on the market! What differentiates this Bed System from the rest is the combination of lightweight, space-age materials with a super-strong structural support system. With each panel weighing just 15 pounds each, the Flyweight Bed System is particularly ideal for those who need to frequently move or remove the Bed System to make room for other gear! Once you've got the Bed System in place, you should check out our tailor-made mattress and bedding!
Step 5: Mattress and Bedding
Flarespace Sheets and Bedding
Custom-fit for your Flarespace Bed System, the dimensions of Flarespace's hinged mattress are contoured to sit perfectly between our regular or extended depth Flares. Our 5" thick memory foam mattress has a zip-off organic cotton cover and is a soy-based product that meets all known state and federal guidelines. We researched and tested to find the most comfortable yet durable material for van life, and these are the final products. We’ve also designed both the mattress and sheets to be toxin-free and breathable to ensure that you're recovering from adventure on a fresh surface without having to worry about mold or mildew. And in the spirit of preventing any moisture accumulation, your next necessary step prevents just that!
Step 6: Ventilation
Flarespace Rear Window Vent
Say goodbye to a lack of air circulation, and broken rear windows in your camper van build! Flarespace’s Rear Window Vents are designed to fit exactly like factory windows, except they offer optimized ventilation and durability! This fiberglass alternative to the usual glass windows has screened sliders that open for air circulation in your van – preventing mold, mildew, and rust from ruining your van build. If you're a two-wheeled adventurer using rear bike mounts, you'll never have to worry about a misplaced pedal breaking your rear glass windows. What’s more, this van ventilation kit includes two finish options – A window cover with built-in storage or a black powder-coated trim panel.
Flarespace is on a mission to make your van build easier. Whether hiring a professional or going the DIY route, Flarespace's van life products are a fully compatible solution that get you on your way to completing the
perfect adventure van build. Explore each of our products above or shop by your specific van type below!