The conversion camper van has a long history in the hearts of Americans. We can even draw an analogy of the covered wagon being the precursor to the modern conversion van; self-contained living spaces that also provided room for gear!
The VW van lead the pack back in the early days. They delivered factory built camper vans to a hungry, hippie nation. Through the 60s Chevy began introducing vans that were strictly for commercial cargo use (no windows)! By the 1970s they had a decent vehicle with plenty of space for the do-it-yourselfers to start adding shag carpet and wooden paneling. The conversion van was born!
The Conversion van grew popularity from the 1970s and into 1980s. The early models were simply vans with additional seats put in them. They were used for travel, and as a means to transport more people all together. The Conversion van went from babyhood in the 70s to adolescence in the 80s, and captured the free spirit of the times; as it matured in the 90s, luxury began to raise its head fashionable head and the vans became more homey and comfy with more interesting, customized features.
In the 1980s car manufacturers began creating vans that lent themselves to conversions, a higher roofline, more safety features, interior lighting, etc. Competition with the minivans of the 1990s led to even more in the way of luxury innovations that we see today.
However, there were changes in society as well as financial markets. Conversion van sales plummeted from 181,000 in 1994 to less than 23,000 in 2004; with the rise of gas prices throughout the 2000s it was feared that the mightiest vehicle on the road in the 1970s and '80s was bound to become an endangered species – replaced by the ‘geeky’ minivan in the 1990s. Added to that was the SUV boom of the late 1990s - the popularity of sport utility vehicles certainly took a chunk out of the van conversion business.
A large portion of van conversion jobs early in the 21st century involved outfitting vans for disabled drivers and passengers; a true blessing. In the mid-2000s custom van enthusiasts were a small but extremely loyal group.
There was hope that, in particular, the retiree crowd would move away from giant gas-hungry RVs and revitalize the market with conversion vans that are loaded with features.
And that was true. But it didn’t stop there. Not only have van conversions for the traveler rebounded spectacularly, high-end luxury limousine van conversions have exploded both domestically and internationally.
While it seems mini-vans and SUVs are more prevalent on the road, when you double-take on a specially tailored, eye-catching Conversion van, its novelty and its styling is unquestionably unique. The Explorer Conversions are the ultimate in features and amenities.
The 7 passenger Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana are the most classic vans of the conversion world. They are the best selling full size vans on the market and offer the best in power and towing. The custom exterior and interior appointments will keep the whole family comfortable and stylish.
Built on the sturdy and safe 2500 Chassis, these vans measure out no larger than a full-size SUV (Chevrolet Suburban for example). But their shorter front end and tighter turning radius make getting around town a pleasure. The interior is uncluttered and spacious; maximizing passenger legroom, move around room and storage room. Perfect for a long trip. Perfect for around town. Perfect for commuting. Seven passengers sit comfortably in plush leather seats with a 29" HDTV for entertainment.
Stepping up to the Extended 9 Passenger Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana you are offered further versatility and luxury. Built for those with the large families, big clubs or tons of friends, you will not find a vehicle out there that seats 9 people, and all their belongings, as comfortably as the Extended 9 Passenger Chevrolet Express or GMC Savana.
It only measures 20" longer than the regular wheelbase of the 7 Passenger Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana. The 2500 Chassis offers the same amount of rear storage space while allowing for that extra row of comfortable captain’s chairs, increasing seating capacity to nine. Imagine, nine happy passengers! And don’t forget your customizations!
Heavy Duty Rear Locking Differential
Dual Frontal, Head Curtain and Side Impact Seat Air Bags
4 wheel anti lock disc brakes with front disc brake wear sensor
Full length boxed frame chassis
Daytime running lights
Keyless entry with panic button and remote start
Dual composite Halogen headlamps
Full size spare tire
4G Onstar™ (limited availability)
MyLink Navigation (limited availability)
Tire Pressure Monitoring SYS
Rear Park Assist
For 88 years, the Wright family has had the honor and privilege of serving residents of the Greater Pittsburgh Area, attending to all their automotive needs. For over 20 years we have been selling and repairing conversion vans, so whether you’re looking for a new conversion van, used conversion van or a Class B motorhome, we can help you get what you need. We carry Explorer conversion based on GMC and Chevrolet vehicles. Come in and explore our inventory or allow us to help you find the vehicle of your dreams!
For more information about conversion vans, stop by Wright Conversion Vans in Wexford, PA. We have customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Wright Conversion Vans specializes in new Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans, with more brands coming soon to our inventory. Located in Wexford, PA, we have customers near Cleveland, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and throughout Pennsylvania like Philadelphia.
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