Who wants one these days? For the last ten years the entire conversion van industry has been pretty much niched out of existence. First minivans started becoming the mode of choice for those wanting a big screen and a wide array of entertainment options on the road. Then the mastodon SUV’s came to fore. Offering to tow your camper, pop-up, motorbikes, and pretty much anything else that you seemingly needed to take with you. That was only the beginning
Technology became smaller and cheaper. With each GPS, DVD, MP3, and Smartphone, even the smallest cars can now be outfitted with virtually all the entertainment you would ever want at your fingertips. You don’t need a van to schlepp your TV, game system, radio, deluxe speakers, and fridge. You don’t even need a minivan if you’re smart about it. With $4 gas a daily reality in the US now, and $7 becoming the norm in Europe, it’s easy to predict that conversion vans will pretty much bite the bullet. And you would be right… perhaps…
Google ‘conversion vans’ and you still get the choice of thousands of used GM and Ford full-sized van bodies that have been the standard for decades. Throw in some nice cushy seats. Some overhead lighting. A big screen TV and game system. Shelving and speakers… and a nice carpet with a fold out bed in the back. There. Done.
Except the Lay-Z-Boy approach towards luxury is rapidly going the way of Dodge Aspens and Lincoln Navigators To be brutally blunt about it, some mature folks may still want the tried and true. But they’re going to just buy an RV, SUV or even a minivan these days. Heck maybe even a four-door pickup with a trailer attached to it. All of these things are as common as corn flakes on used car lots and repo sales. Even the most blinged out of offerings can be bought for quarters on the dollar compared to a new conversion van.
So why pop $50k+ on a new one?