The 27 Best Camper Vans for Your Next Adventure

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Camper vans are the ultimate recreational vehicles. They combine the maneuverability of a passenger car with comforts typically reserved for travel trailers and full-blown motorhomes.

Unfortunately, some of the top camper vans in the world never come to the US. The modern equivalent of the classic VW model, tantalizingly named The California, is only sold in Europe. Meanwhile, only Aussies can snag this badass, off-roading Toyota van with Land Cruiser bits.

But #vanlife is alive and well in the US. Stateside drivers still have dozens of excellent options from major manufacturers and independent builders, alike. Here are the brands to know before your next road trip.

Adventure Wagon

adventure wagon camping wagonAdventure Wagon
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Vans: Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter
  • Starting Price: $16,000

Portland-based Adventure Wagon builds modular interior conversion kits for Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit vans.

Its kits come with integrated wiring, ventilation and insulation and can be installed in a matter of days by a professional installer or as a DIY project.

Airstream

airstream camper vanAirstream
  • Location: Jackson Center, OH
  • Vans: Ram ProMaster, Mercedes Sprinter
  • Starting Price: $147,570

Airstream is an iconic name in camping trailers but the company also offers a range of top-of-the-line vans it calls “touring coaches.”

These include the Interstate 19, which fits an entire motorhome of conveniences into a 19-foot van.

In 2022, Airstream debuted a more affordable model called the Rangeline based on the Ram ProMaster.

Antero Adventure Motors

camping vanAntero
  • Location: Colorado
  • Vans: Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter
  • Service: Conversion
  • Starting Price: Contact Dealers

Colorado-based Antero Adventure Motors, formerly known as Summit Adventure Vans, builds off-road-ready adventure vans.

The brand currently offers a Longs Peak model van built with the Mercedes Sprinter, while its Pikes Peak is based on the Ford Transit.

The vans are off-the-grid ready with 180 watts of solar power and offer full-length L-track insets for customizable floor plans.

Benchmark Vehicles

benchmark vehicles camper vanBenchmark Vehicles
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Van: Mercedes Sprinter
  • Service: Conversion
  • Starting Price: Contact Dealers

Oregon-based Benchmark Vehicles promises to build your dream escape vehicle.

It dropped Ford Transit conversions to focus on building custom, off-road-ready Mercedes-Benz Sprinter conversions.

One unique feature is offering French-made Scopema flip and fold van seats.


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