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What Are the Different Types of Conversion Van Kits?

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Conversion van kits can range from modified interior seating configurations to well-equipped miniature motorhomes. The most common of all conversion van kits replaces the rear passenger bench-type seats with individual captain's-style bucket seating. Typically included with all conversions is a powerful stereo system complete with optional radar detector and citizens-band radio. Some of the more radical conversions include a rear bench seat that is capable of folding into a small bed, along with the addition of a small sink, refrigerator and range with microwave oven. The inclusion of a large generator and roof-mounted air-conditioning unit rounds out the conversion package.

In an effort to produce a more appealing vehicle, many manufacturers of vans offered after-market installed conversion van kits that delivered many options not offered on a stock vehicle. The addition of wood accents, superior seating and creature comforts in the form of televisions and gaming packages made the van a much pleasurable travel vehicle for the family on the go. Customers could choose from packages that ran the gamut from slightly-modified vehicles to mini camper-style vehicles. By adding the modifications to a passenger-sized vehicle, the conversion van kits created a vehicle that was easily driven and controlled.

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One of the most notable options included with the typical conversion van kits was the extended or raised roof line. By cutting the original roof off of the van and replacing it with an extra-tall and sculpted fiberglass replacement, the interior was much more comfortable and easier to move around in due to the passengers having head room to stand. The sculpting of the roof line aided the conversion van kits with fuel consumption issues by giving a more aerodynamic shape to the vehicle. Another notable change geared towards creature comfort was the addition of screened opening windows in the body of the van. The screened windows allowed cool air to enter the vehicle when parked or when moving on the roadways.

Not all conversion van kits are geared toward plush interiors; many conversion kits are used to create well-equipped delivery and work style vehicles. The installation of racks and bulk heads as well as the addition of wall-mounted fastening anchors and tie-down points make it much more convenient for a driver to strap a pallet or package without the chance of the item sliding around inside of the vehicle. Another popular option for these conversion van kits is the elimination of any rear windows, creating a more secure vehicle by lessening the potential for break-ins.

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