Field Van Custom Van Conversions – Episode 12 RVing with Joe & Kait

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In this episode of the RVing with Joe & Kait podcast, we sit down with Jonny Feld of Field Van custom van conversions to discuss the pros and cons of building a custom camper van along with choosing the right chassis, common regrets and must-have features in a custom camper van. Jonny also shares some unique and interesting custom van builds along with questions to ask and things to consider when choosing a custom van builder.

“One mistake that most people make is trying to make this van perfect for every possible scenario.”

Jonny Feld, CEO of Field Van

Field Van Custom Van Conversions

Field Van Custom Van Conversions

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Episode Guest

Jonny Feld has been in the adventure van industry since he was nine years old. His parents Alan and Liz started Sportsmobile West in 1989. As a child he was always around the factory and started working in sales at trade shows at age 14. In 2003 he went to work full time at Sportsmobile West in the sales department. Jonny was later promoted to Sales manager and then became President in 2014. In 2020 Jonny left Sportsmobile and started Field Van. Field Van has locations in Fresno, CA and Reno, NV. He is married with two daughters and enjoys traveling, the outdoors, spending time with friends and family and long walks on the beach.

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Key Highlights

  • Customization Focus: Start the van-building process by identifying the primary goal for the van. This personalized approach ensures the van fits the owner’s lifestyle and needs.
  • Design for Common Use: A common mistake is trying to design a van that is perfect for every possible scenario. Instead, focus on making the van perfect for its primary use and be willing to adapt for less common situations.
  • Choosing the Right Chassis: The choice of van chassis is influenced by the intended interior design and personal preferences, such as proximity to dealership service centers. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution; it’s about finding the right van for each individual.
  • Common Regrets and Must-Haves: Custom camper van customers often have regrets about certain features they thought they needed, like a large bathroom or indoor kitchen, and realize they value space or other amenities more.
  • Resale Value and Versatility: Custom van builds should consider future resale value.
  • Choosing an Experienced and Certified Builder: Selecting a reputable and certified builder ensures safety, quality, and the likelihood of having a supportive warranty and insurance options.

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