Looking for Surf Van Ideas

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by SurfVanMan, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. SurfVanMan

    SurfVanMan Member

    Jul 11, 2014
    Hi everyone, I am a surfer/windsurfer and I work for a company that builds custom vans on the RAM ProMaster chassis. Currently, we are only building luxury "conversion vans" and handicap accessible vans, but I am trying to get my boss to build a van specifically designed for surfing. He is not a surfer and does not realize that there is a demand for this type of van.

    I created a page on our website where you can tell us what kind of van you want built and what equipment you would include. My goal is to get surfers everywhere to fill out this form and convince my boss that we NEED to build this van! So follow the link below and lets make this happen. If he sees the demand, he will build the van!

  2. Kahuna Kai

    Kahuna Kai Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Cool concept, I filled out a survey for you guys. How about a drawing where one lucky guy/gal wins a van?

  3. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    There is a user on here named "MY SAVIOR"

    Definitely ask him. He is the resident van guy.
  4. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    "free puppies" sign, as few windows as possible, gotta be fast to outrun the fuzz
  5. Exit98

    Exit98 Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2008
    Cool idea, looks crazy expensive though...
  6. SurfVanMan

    SurfVanMan Member

    Jul 11, 2014
    Hey thanks for taking the time to fill that out. We are working on getting out boss to invest in these "lifestyle vans" (as my other surfing buddy and I dubbed it) that are specifically designed for the surfer, hiker, climber, mountain biker, etc... but he is currently not thinking outside the box and doesn't believe us that there is a big market out there for something like this.

    My goal is to collect as much responses as possible and SHOW him that the market exist. Not only that it exist, but show him that we are passionate about what do and are willing to fork over some cash for something that makes our hobby that much more enjoyable and able to push it too new limits.

    Thanks again man.
  7. SurfVanMan

    SurfVanMan Member

    Jul 11, 2014
    Yes, it won't be cheap. But it will be a helluva lot cheaper than a Spriter van. I think we can offer something awesome for the $40k - $50k range...
  8. SurfVanMan

    SurfVanMan Member

    Jul 11, 2014
    Here is one of our conversion vans. The surf van would not need to be as luxurious, but instead focus on functionality. Therefore would not cost as much. We have this one for $58k

    2014 Sherry Vans ProMaster Conversion
  9. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Wayne's The Insane's dream right here, but every kids worst nightmare! Just don't paint any of them white, and make sure there are plenty of windows (no curtains), no locks on the doors, and no room for a mattress, disco ball, fog machine, and please no 8 Track in the dash.
  10. Kahuna Kai

    Kahuna Kai Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    If he keeps his head in the sand you should branch out and away from him. Just take him down to the beach during a nice swell and see how many surfers are out there and how many have decent rides.
  11. ZombieSurfer

    ZombieSurfer Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    Build me something like the pics below and now we're talking. Perfect surf vehicles, lifted E series vans, 4x4 with plenty of room for gear and sleeping/living space



  12. my name just does not fit

    my name just does not fit Member

    Sep 8, 2012
    I if had 50k id buy a used van and customize it myself for wayyyyyy cheaper and use the rest of the money for travelling and surfing, as would pretty much any other surfer. We aren't looking for luxury vans just something that can sleep 2-3 ppl and with an engine in good shape that wont break down often
  13. sbx

    sbx Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Shame they're discontinuing the E Series. OP should spend his energy on a 4x4 conversion for the Promaster, he could corner that market.
  14. goosemagoo

    goosemagoo Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2011
    Make sure to give it a subtle paint job so the locals don't see you as some agro traveler.

    something like this :cool:
  15. Speed Bump

    Speed Bump Well-Known Member

    Jun 3, 2014

    Your boss is right. Surfers aren't going to spend 40k on a road vehicle. If I had 40k to blow on just surfing, I'd take boat trips in Indo every year for the next 20 years. That'd be WAY better than a tricked out ride to the beach.

    If I had to spend the money on a vehicle, I'd get a boat.

    If I had to spend the money on a road vehicle, I'd buy a solid used 4X4, install roof racks, a solar shower, a cooler, maybe a snorkel kit, and then spend the remaining 20k on trips to Indo. Who takes a brand-new super customized vehicle and parks it in the salt spray?

    Your customer looks to be rich yupsters or trust fund babies who want ultra-specific customized vehicles to show off. If I saw something like that parked at my home break, I'd wax the windows. If I tried to drive something like that to some breaks around here, it would either be a window-smashing-theif magnet, have it's tires slashed, or both.
  16. MrMacdugal

    MrMacdugal Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    My company builds custom Sprinter Vans and buses. I have been trying to get my boss/uncle to build a surf van for years. The sad truth of the matter is that not enough surfers have the dough to shell out $80K plus on a surf van. But by god it would be really cool. I told him I would be happy to drive it around to show potential customers. I would take it to the best spots at the best times of the year. I would sell them from the comfort of my board out in the line up.

    MY SAVIOR Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2014
    Go buy an E350 12 Passenger and throw some racks on top. I can pile my wife and 7 kids in the van. Only put boards on top when I am traveling distance. I can put 8-10 surfboards in the van and 6-8 bodyboards. That is 14-18 boards at a time plus the family + 1 in November. Throw a couple Impacting the coast for Jesus signs on the Van and I am out on the mission field. As a matter of fact camp comes early 2morrow at the beach at 6:30 and 2FT and clean.......
  18. metard

    metard Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2014

    7 kids and you have time to troll this forum?

    be real dog

    MY SAVIOR Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2014
    +1 in November........Not trolling, just fishing if you know what I am saying!
  20. leetymike808

    leetymike808 Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2013
    Zombiesurfer has it right on the money with these. If you are driving a van to a surf destination odds are its gonna be like baja, so it has to be ballsy and able to make it over potholed out "roads", dont think that conversion van would fit the bill.

    Other than that a van is only used as a Hobo mansion and those need to be one thing...cheap.