7 Must-See Ford Econoline Camper Vans: E150, E250, & E350 Builds

By Carrie Wilder | Last Updated: July 13, 2024 

Are you looking for epic Ford Econoline camper van conversions? You’re in luck! I’ve compiled some of the best E150, E250, and E350 Ford conversion camper vans. 

I personally have a Ford E350 camper van that I built myself, and I have really grown to love these vans!

In this article, I put together some of my favorite Ford Econoline camper van builds. Some are great for those on a budget, and some are just epic examples of what you can really do with an Econoline. Let’s get into it!

What is a Ford Econoline Camper Van? 

A Ford Econoline Camper Van is a van camper built from the Ford Econoline Van series. You can find Ford Econoline conversion vans in many years from many types of vans. 

Personally, I own and am converting my own 2013 Ford E350. So finding epic Ford Econoline camper van interior builds is right up my alley! I happen to have an epic YouTube playlist saved with inspiration for my build, and today I’m sharing some of my favorites. 

In this article, you’ll find Ford Econoline van conversions for the Ford E150 camper van, the Ford E250 camper van, the Ford E350 camper van, and extras. 

Want to see other types of camper vans? Check out these Chevy Astro van camper conversions too!

Yup, that's my face. Building stuff for the first time is empowering!

Does Ford Make a Camper Van? 

Ford makes a custom camper van on a Ford Transit chassis called the Ford Nugget camper. As far as I can tell, the Nugget campers are only available in European markets. 

But what you can buy in the US is a Ford van – a cargo van or passenger van, and convert it yourself! This is what tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of people just like myself have done all over the country. Let’s take a look at some of their builds!

Feel free to judge me for this one 😂 I'm judging myself tbh. I just love my van!

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7 Must-See Ford Econoline Camper Van Conversions

Here are some of the most epic Ford Econoline camper van conversions. I have included extravagant and luxury builds, but I was sure to include camper van conversions for those on a budget, too. And even a “no-build” build for those of you without a construction bone in your body!

I currently have a Ford Econoline E350 Super Duty camper van, but this isn't my first foray into van life. I previously lived and traveled in a Dodge Promaster, and that had it's own pros and cons! Check out my post on what it's really like living in a van here.

1: Ford E150 Camper Van Conversion Under $10k

In this 2009 Ford E150 camper van conversion, we get a tour of Chase Christopher’s standard-length Ford E150 camper van. This van was built out for under $10k. 

Chase really wanted a high-top lifted Sprinter van, but opted for the cheaper Ford Econoline instead. This way, he could build out a van and find out his likes and dislikes before doing it again on a more expensive model. I think this is a smart move! It only took him 3 weeks to build this awesome Ford E150 campervan. 

Features of this camper van include a vent fan, a lifted rear bed with storage underneath, overhead cabinets, a kitchen area, solar, refrigerator, and much more. 

2: Rugged Ford E250 Camper Van Conversion

This rugged Ford E250 camper van conversion featured on the Vancity Vanlife channel is a BEAST. This van is the extended 250 cargo van and it’s absolutely loaded with features.

It’s an adventurers dream! This Ford E250 van conversion is a pretty simple setup on the interior as far as cooking and water go. But it’s super functional and ready for any adventure. 

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3: Incredible Log Cabin Ford E350 Camper Van Interior

This Ford E350 camper van interior conversion is honestly one of the most incredible camper van conversions I’ve ever seen. 

If my van could even look remotely similar to this one, I’d be in heaven. 

This Ford e350 camper van looks like a log cabin on the inside, and it looks way bigger than a low-roof camper van. It actually blows my mind and I’m willing to bet it’s blowing yours too. 

The owner and builder has built two other campers in the past, so he’d had a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t by the time he got to this van. The DIY van roof rack is a really cool part of this camper van build!

Don't want to build a van yourself? Check out the best van conversion companies here.

4: Incredible Ford Econoline Camper Van Interior on a Budget

This functional Ford Econoline camper van was built on a meager budget – $3,000 to be exact! 

Let me preface this by saying you can definitely build a camper van for a lot cheaper. Honestly, you could throw a $20 air mattress in the back of a van and call it a camper van. This can really be done on any budget. 

$3,000 might seem like a lot to some people, but in the world of campervan builds, it’s really not a lot. For just $3,000, this couple has plenty of storage, cabinets, a bed, a functioning kitchen, a nice floor, a vent fan, a ladder, batteries, inverter, and much more. 

Not only can you enhance the interior of the camper, but you can also create a personalized exterior with decals. Customsticker.com offers a wide range of custom sticker options, allowing you to turn your ideas into unique stickers. Plus, this comes with entirely free design and complimentary shipping. Embrace the theme and bring your camper to life with creative sticker designs!

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5: Epic Ford Econoline Conversion Van 

Honestly, it’s hard to believe this camper van was built in a Ford E150 van. There is so much going on in here, and it’s such a functional space.

This Ford Econoline camper van features a tri-fold bed, a sink and built-in stove, tons of storage, beautiful textiles, and much more. 

With smart design like the design of this camper van, you can access everything from a seated position on the tri-fold bed that turns into a couch during the day. 

6: Light and Airy Ford Econoline Camper Van from Passenger Van

I couldn’t complete this list without including this camper van. IT. IS. GORGEOUS. In fact, this van was (and still is) at the top of my list for how to base my van build. I loved this van so much that I found the person who bought it and we are now friends on social media. 

I’m not crazy. I swear. It’s just so pretty! 

I love the light woods and the use of white and all the open windows and natural lighting in this van. 

If I had to guess, this van probably isn’t super practical for full-time van life, because it does lack storage. And, I’m willing to bet it doesn’t do great in extreme temperatures either with all the windows… but isn’t it pretty?!

7: “No Build” Camper Van Interior Build

So – this isn’t a Ford Econoline camper van, but it IS a “no build” van build. 

I couldn’t find a great video on a no-build econoline, but this GMC camper van should give you some ideas! 

So, what is a no-build build exactly? It’s essentially just what it sounds like: a camper van build that wasn’t assembled using tools or traditional construction. 

Many people choose the “no-build” route so that they don’t damage the van interior if they plan to resell it later, or are leasing it. 

Other times, people will put together a no-build conversion because they don’t have the tools, time, or skills required to build a more extensive van.

You can build a no-build campervan build with a simple bed frame, storage chests and drawers, and water jugs! Basically, anything you can fit and use in the van (that you can also secure while driving) is fair game. 

Low Roof Camper Vans Deserve Some Credit

Yes, there are high-top and high-roof Ford Econoline vans. And there are ways you can get a high top added to your van, too! 

But low roof vans deserve some credit. They’re not what typical influencers live and travel in, but they are a great option for stealth campers, those who want a lower profile, and those who are on a smaller budget. 

You can do a LOT with a low roof camper van. I think they deserve just as much credit and love as expensive sprinters and transit vans do! 

Ford Econoline Vans Make Great Camper Vans

Ford Econoline vans are rugged, reliable, and long lasting. These vans make a great choice for a camper van! They have lots of interior space once the seats are removed, and have a really pleasant driving experience. 

In my experience, you don’t see people talking a lot about Ford Econoline camper van conversions. I hope that changes soon, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoyed these epic DIY van conversions. 

Carrie Wilder

Carrie has a passion for location independence and nomadic lifestyles. After traveling full-time in an RV and living the van life, she created Making Money and Traveling to help others make the switch to a remote lifestyle. Learn more about Carrie on the About page or connect on social media below.