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Dodge Caravan minivan conversion for traveling and camping
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I have designed a new camping conversion for the Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Town & Country (2016 and prior.)
We wanted a comfortable vehicle for traveling, and an economical place to camp at the end of the day. 
The Dodge Caravan was chosen because of the unique Stow-N-Go seats. With the camping conversion in the rear of the van, the second row of seats is still usable, allowing you to have 1,2,3 or 4 people seated in the van.
The bed platform retracts to just behind the second row of seats. It extends to the back of the driver's seat to create a full-size bed just over 6-feet long.
The rear kitchen galley (shown in the photo) occupies the back of the van, under the rear hatch. 

   

This design was copied from the popular teardrop campers - but we didn't want to tow a trailer. And we didn't want to pay over $10,000 for a plywood camper that would self-destruct over time.

The "GoneCamper" has proven to be economical to drive and comfortable for camping. Please see the GoneCamper YouTube channel for several informative videos. Or visit GoneCamper for additional information and more photos.

PS. The GoneCamper conversion package INCLUDES:
full-size retractable bed frame and folding foam mattress
rear kitchen galley with 5-gallon water container and dual fuel 2-burner stove (kitchen utensils not included.)
Reflectix insulating, black-out window covers for the six side windows (three on each side) and rear hatch window
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Very cool! I didn't see a price anywhere on the site?
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(04-13-2017, 07:16 PM)AbuelaLoca Wrote: Very cool! I didn't see a price anywhere on the site?

The full package sells for $2,495.00 complete!

This package will fit any minivan with a 4-foot x 8-foot cargo area. Other brands will require some seats to be removed. Dodge Caravans keep all the seats intact - although they can certainly be unbolted if desired.

Here is a pic of the bed:

   

The bed is level and has room for FOUR storage totes under the front section. The mattress folds in thirds and can also be used as a couch! The rear fixed section also has loads of storage space under for chairs, camping gear, etc.
GoneCamper.com
Minivan conversion packages for Dodge Caravan - and other minivans with seats removed
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Good luck on your business.
Suggestion-
Make the bed a split. Either single or double wide can be extended. Perfect for the single traveler that wants some floor space.
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Kathleen (04-14-2017)
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This reminds me of the Jucy RVs, but more of a CRVL twist
I thought only the Grand Caravan would be suitable for something like this, but your kit works in regular Caravans, too? (I think standard Caravans have been discontinued, but lots of them still our there)
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(04-14-2017, 07:10 PM)DannyB1954 Wrote: Nothing against commercialism, but this thread belongs in the for sale section. Maybe a moderator can move it there.

The GoneCamper design is kind of a community effort since no two are exactly alike. That's why I chose the Conversion section.
I don't really have a stock model to sell. Slight design changes, including colors are incorporated in every package.
Thanks.
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Minivan conversion packages for Dodge Caravan - and other minivans with seats removed
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The full package sells for $2,495.00 complete!

This package will fit any minivan with a 4-foot x 8-foot cargo area. Other brands will require some seats to be removed. Dodge Caravans keep all the seats intact - although they can certainly be unbolted if desired.

You are selling a product or service. You want to post plans here, that would be good. You want to make money, the thread belongs in the for sale section. 
I also have posted a Dodge Caravan build, but I referenced construction photos and did not offer to sell anything. My total cost was around $200. If your materials were even twice that much, you are looking for a $2,000 profit. 
                
The world is not perfect, and neither am I. Get over it already. 
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(04-15-2017, 08:18 PM)DannyB1954 Wrote: You are selling a product or service. You want to post plans here, that would be good. You want to make money, the thread belongs in the for sale section. 
I also have posted a Dodge Caravan build, but I referenced construction photos and did not offer to sell anything. My total cost was around $200. If your materials were even twice that much, you are looking for a $2,000 profit. 
    

Sorry, plywood costs don't mean much. There are lots of incidental costs to building and finishing something commercially. And then you need to add in labor costs.
I am sure you would not sell your kit for $200.
In addition, the GoneCamper conversion kit includes customization for each buyer,
Then you add in the custom window covers, dual-fuel stove, and the custom folding full-size mattress that are also included.
Congratulations on building your own van bed.
But this is a complete package for those who neither have the time, ability or tools to design or build their own camper.
Definitely not the only option available, but a valid choice for many people.
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Minivan conversion packages for Dodge Caravan - and other minivans with seats removed
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(04-16-2017, 08:44 AM)GoneCamper Wrote: Sorry, plywood costs don't mean much. There are lots of incidental costs to building and finishing something commercially. And then you need to add in labor costs.
I am sure you would not sell your kit for $200.
In addition, the GoneCamper conversion kit includes customization for each buyer,
Then you add in the custom window covers, dual-fuel stove, and the custom folding full-size mattress that are also included.
Congratulations on building your own van bed.
But this is a complete package for those who neither have the time, ability or tools to design or build their own camper.
Definitely not the only option available, but a valid choice for many people.

My opinion is your product is not worth what you are charging. Marketing to an audience from a web site called Cheap RV living may not be the best plan.
The world is not perfect, and neither am I. Get over it already. 
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(04-15-2017, 08:18 PM)DannyB1954 Wrote: You are selling a product or service. You want to post plans here, that would be good. You want to make money, the thread belongs in the for sale section. 
I also have posted a Dodge Caravan build, but I referenced construction photos and did not offer to sell anything. My total cost was around $200. If your materials were even twice that much, you are looking for a $2,000 profit. 
    

That is the same Exped Megamat I sleep on inside my S & B. More comfy than any bed because it can be pumped to just the right level of firmness for my back.

I wish they made them in a shorter size. I don't require that much length and those extra inches will take up space in my 2005 T & C. I like the way you have your hinged area propped with a trekking pole! I use those, so that might work for me.

What kind of material did you use to cover the plywood? Is that to protect the Megamat from the hinges? Have you had trouble with moisture at night collecting under your mat? People talk about mold build up due to respiration while sleeping. I wonder if that would happen to my Megamat if I don't drill the swiss cheese holes in the plywood. Any feedback would be appreciated.

I'd love to view your build photos, but have not been able to locate them in the forum. I'm going to take my mat to the van (not parked at my S & B) to see if the interior will permit me to use the mat and still be able to lift the small stow n go seat. Due to a back injury, I don't find that seat comfortable for long, but it's nice to have the option.

Thanks!
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Tracker School, NJ
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