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Build Process

Building your dream camper van is as simple as one, two, three… four and five. Here’s how our simple five-step process plays out:

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At Drifter we believe that building your dream camper van should be an adventure; one that is simple, pain-free, collaborative and fun. As such we’ve refined our process to ensure that you enjoy the build almost as much as you enjoy the finished product! 

As any camper van owner can tell you, it’s more about the journey than it is about the destination. What does the Drifter process look like? Let’s take a look.

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1. Initial Consult

The journey begins with a Zoom consultation, which you can book either through our website or over the phone. Someone from our experienced sales staff will ask you a few questions and guide you through your options based on your needs, wants and budget.

Once you’ve settled on your preferred model and design features, it’s time to book in your build. Securing your build date is a simple matter of putting down a $5,000 deposit. (The deposit is refundable if you finance and it is not approved.)


2. Book your build

3. Order your van
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Whether you choose a Dodge Promaster, Ford Transit or Mercedes Sprinter, our network of trusted Detroit auto dealers can supply the latest models at a great price. And we’ll be by your side, guiding you through the whole process. 

The week after we recieve your deposit we’ll sit down with you and go over all the details, ensuring that the build process is crystal clear. 2-3 months before the build date - depending on the build - we take a 50% deposit in order to secure the necessary materials. Once the final build contract is signed, we’ll be ready to create your dream camper van!

4. Contract & Deposit
5. Interior design

Choose one of our interior design packages or work with one one of our interior designers. It’s time to make your van a home! Each of our clients is unique, and our vans reflect that. Send us your inspirations, and our professional interior designer will create mood boards for you.


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The work begins when your van is delivered to us or picked up from the dealer by our team. Depending on the model, the features you choose and the availability of materials, builds generally take six to eight weeks to complete. During that time you can watch your camper van come together through weekly progress reports, complete with photos.

The build begins
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Ready for the road

Build complete, your van is ready for the open road! It's time for the big reveal! pick it up from our shop and meet the team. We will give you a full walkthrough and show you how it all works. The only thing left to do is decide what your first adventure will be!


Create your dream CamperVan.
Tell us about your project today.

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