Climate

There are two types of climate control essential for #vanlife: staying warm and staying cool.

What are the options for heating and cooling so you stay comfortable in your van? Read this info sheet to find out. Then complete our Climate Checklist

A Hidden Necessity: Insulation & Flooring

When you’re sleeping in a metal box, the temperature inside the van will amplify the temperature outside the van. If it’s hot out, for example, it will be even hotter in the van.

Think of your uninsulated van like a cold-blooded animal.  If you’re at the Grand Canyon in December, your van will feel like an icebox (true story!). At noon in the desert, you’ll bake.

The solution? Insulation. 

Insulation and flooring come standard with all our van conversions because you need them for basic comfort. We cover the insulation with upholstered side panels—you pick the color. For flooring, we use 3/4″ marine grade plywood finished with a vinyl floor covering.

Insulation and Interior Panels

Turn your van into a liveable, usable adventure vehicle by providing your van with climate control. 

Insulation keeps your van cooler in the heat and warmer in the cold

Upholstered panels keep insulation protected (plus they make your van look pretty)

Flooring

Vinyl flooring comes standard. We offer wood and cork floor upgrades.

Deaden sound so your van feels more like a room than a metal box

A basic floor protects your feet and your van from damage

Cooling Features: Sleep Comfortably in the Heat

Full sun is great for your solar panels but can quickly interrupt your afternoon nap without the right cooling features. And sleeping in a hot, stuffy van at night? 😰Forget it!

 The necessity of vent fans + windows

Vent fans circulate air through your vehicle by either blowing cool, outside air into your van or sucking warm air out of your van. Most Levity Vans utilize one vent fan installed in the roof of the van. The fan is controlled wirelessly by a remote that also has a built in thermostat.

With a window open at night, your vent fan gently pulls air through your open window into the cabin, keeping you cool and comfortable. If your van doesn’t come with a vented window, we’ll install one for you. All our windows come with screens because no one wants bugs in their van.

How do you know if you need extra windows? If you intend to sleep in your van, you’ll want at least one vented window in the cargo area of your van, ideally near the head of your bed. This provides the airflow you need at night to sleep comfortably. 

 

Van Fants

If you’re planning on sleeping or camping in your van, a vent fan is an essential component. We install Maxxair fans. 

The vent fan pulls fresh air through your cabin

Pull fresh, cool air in or blow hot, stale air out

Vented Windows

We recommend at least one vented window near where you’ll be sleeping for airflow. 

Windows come in many sizes and shapes

We'll install the right sized windows for your needs.

Air Conditioning: Comfort—but with Limitations

Adding air conditioning to a van offers you ice-cold air inside your van. However, there are major limitations: you must be plugged into power (for example, at a campground or a friend’s house) for your AC to run. For this reason, we don’t offer AC in our standard packages.

Do you plan on spending lots of time in humid, hot areas and want AC while out in the wilderness? We can install an upgraded power system, including an extra alternator, to power your AC anywhere. Please ask us about it if you’re interested. 

“Who let the bugs in?” 🐜🐞

We love being outside in nature! But there’s little worse than throwing open your sliding door to watch a beautiful sunset—and being swarmed by mosquitoes.

We offer many styles of screens to protect you from the bugs: screens that use magnets, velcro, or snaps to attach to the frame of the van. Personally, we view these as essential for warm weather living. They dramatically increase our happiness on the road.

Air Conditioning

You can stay extra cool in any weather with installed AC, but you’ll need to make accommodations that may or may not be worth the effort. 

Basic AC's downside: you must be plugged into power

AC in the wilderness is possible at an additional expense

Screens & Nets

Throw that sliding door open and admire the view—WITHOUT the bugs. 

Screens magnet, clip, or velcro to your van

Screen the back doors and side slider

Heating Features: Stay Warm Anywhere

Fully exploring the wilderness means you don’t always know where you’ll end up. High mountain or desert air gets COLD at night. You can be prepared for anything with the right heater.

Run a heater off your gas tank

We install special heaters that run directly off the gas in your tank when your van is on or off. They are whisper quiet both inside and outside the van and regulated by a thermostat mounted inside your van.

These heaters are efficient and don’t take much fuel. They also come with a regulation switch and automatic shutoff if your fuel levels happen to get low, so you can leave the heater on without worry of running out of gas.

Heating safety 

Whenever you’re heating an enclosed space, it’s important to monitor for carbon monoxide. That’s why we include smoke and CO detectors with all of our heater installs.

Diesel/Gas Heaters

Will your wanderlust take you to altitude? Do you have a family to keep warm? Adding a heater will keep you comfortable.

Gas/diesel heaters run on the fuel in your gas tank

They are quiet and efficient, and won't drain your tank

Levity Vans prefers:  

Climate Checklist

Help us create a customized design and an accurate quote by knowing your options

🔥Do you need a heater on board?

  • Diesel heater
  • Gas heater
  • No heater

💨Do you want a vent fan?

  • Yes
  • No

Do you need extra windows?

  • Yes, vented windows
  • Yes, fixed windows
  • No extra windows

❄️Do you want AC?

  • Yes
  • No

🐝Do you want screens to keep bugs out?

  • For the sliding side door
  • For the back doors
  • No screens

❓What other climate features are you considering?

  • We want to hear about them!

How do you decide what’s right for you?

Our three biggest tips as you’re dreaming and designing:

  • do your research,
  • know what you want, and
  • know your budget.

Then you’re ready to go!  ⛰🚐✨

Van conversions are like home sales: you want the best your money can afford. (How is a van sale different than a home sale? With your van, you can always change your location! 😉)

Similar to buying a home, it helps to know your price range. Levity Van conversions range from $30K for basic essentials to $150K for luxury models, excluding the van. We’ll help you get as many features as you can for a price you can afford.  

Choose your features

Your price depends on the features, components, and systems you need. 

  • Stick with these basics if you want to keep your conversion costs low.
  • If your budget allows, we can suggest modest upgrades to increase your comfort and enjoyment.
  • If you want the total vanlife experience, you’ll need a bigger budget. Just remember you’re investing in a tiny home: it’s worth it!
  • Are you a go big or go home person? Turn your van into a truly unique pleasure, sport, or full-time vanlife vehicle. We’ll help.

Once you know your options and are 75%+ certain about what you want in your van, fill out our Conversion Worksheet. We’ll set up a time to talk on the phone about design ideas and price estimates. We look forward to hearing about your project!

Not yet sure what you want? Tell us about your project ideas and we’ll send you relevent suggestions and resources. 

Meet Our Team

My love of building and mechanics began decades ago with brake jobs at age 10. I wired my first house at 13 with my dad, then became the high schooler who upgraded everyone’s stereo systems. Levity Vans was born 4 years ago when I saw my uncle’s empty Transit van and thought: “I could do so many customizations to make that truly unique!” I’m happy to help people’s travel dreams come true.

Jimmy Grey

Our first two-week road trip in a converted ProMaster got me hooked on vanlife travel with kids. The freedom, sense of opportunity, and comfort of being able to go anywhere, anytime inspire me to support Jimmy’s vision of Levity Vans. Follow us on Instagram to see my handiwork and to share your travel photos. One step closer to adventure!

Bez Stone

Full Service Van Conversions

Serving Santa Cruz and Beyond

Call us today

(831) 531-4151