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Vandoit in the Press

Gear Junkie

A custom GearJunkie van has been years in dreaming. Then, in 2020, we put our plans down in one place and contacted Vandoit to bring our adventure dream vehicle to life.

Pull into a popular trailhead or a ski-resort parking lot on any given weekend and you’re bound to see the silhouette of a tall-roof van. Mercedes Sprinter, Ram ProMaster, Nissan NV, Ford Transit: These oversize models now dominate the adventure market, from weekend warriors to van-lifers who exist fully on the road.

Salvation Army

Due to a generous $70,000 grant from the Ford Motor Company, deeply discounted outfitting by Vandoit Adventure Vans, in-kind equipment donations and private funding, the newest fleet vehicle in the Kansas and Western Missouri Division is ready to assist The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) unit. This group of volunteer amateur radio operators provides emergency communications between Salvation Army posts, and if necessary, can pass messages regarding health and welfare to the public.

Bike Rumor

VanDOit’s original home base gave the room to get their custom camper van business off the ground. But with demand soaring and their modular, production-line approach giving them the ability to make a lot of vans comparatively quickly, they needed more space.

So they moved just down the road into a massive new warehouse, which gives them all the space they need to take a stock Ford Transit passenger van and convert it into a VanLife-ready adventure van…all under one roof!

WRBC 3 News

“Lindsey and I, through some of the trials and tribulations of last year, researched getting a van for ourselves. And it grew into something where we thought we could offer a unique way to explore Chattanooga. And for Chattanoogans to explore other places.”

The vans are built on a Ford chassis. These Vandoit adventure camper vans are easier to navigate through both wilderness and urban environments than most traditional recreational vehicles.

KMBC 9 News

Blue Springs company Vandoit has the right business plan during a pandemic…

 

Fox 4 News

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — After moving into four new facilities in each of the last four years, it’s safe to say the men and women at Vandoit in Blue Springs have been very busy recently.

“RV-ing is, as you’ve read, it’s the biggest it’s ever been and it keeps going up,” said Jared McCauslin, the company’s cofounder. “And the piece of it that we are is the van life piece.”

Vandoit takes Ford Transit vans from the nearby Claycomo plant and custom retrofits the vans to cater to the rapidly growing adventure van industry.

Making Money and Traveling

Vandoit isn’t what you might think of when you’re thinking of van conversion companies. And that might be a good thing! Instead of building permanent, fixed van-builds, they build modular campervans. So what is a modular campervan? Modular vans are totally customizable. You can move around the interior components as you need to. Vandoit really set themselves apart from just about any van building company out there. They are passionate about what they are building and about passing savings on to customers. Their vans are truly built to be lived in.

 

Bike Rumor

“Vandoit has come on the #vanlife scene hard and fast over the past couple years, offering a modular custom camper van built on the Ford Transit. They’re offering great prices, reasonable turnaround times, and a platform that can be upgraded easily by simply adding and subtracting the modules. Part of their secret is building on vans they own, pulling them out of their sister company’s corporate leasing fleet while they’re still low mileage.”

Adventure Van Company Launches New Social Impact Initiative along with Rebrand as Company Experiences Major Growth

Kansas City, MO, October 30, 2020 

Vandoit, an adventure campervan company, announces a rebrand to broaden their reach and further position themselves as an outdoor adventure company with a mission to change lives. 

Today they launch:
● 1-for-1 Social Initiative- BUY A VAN. GIVE A BIKE.
● New logo/design
● New website
● “The Adventur’r,” an adventure-based newsletter

Due to their modular design, efficient building systems, and extreme attention to quality and details, Vandoit grew explosively to become one of America’s largest adventure vanc ompanies. Since Vandoit’s conception three years ago, the company has experienced over 300% YOY growth. A key reason for their success was because of their unique take on what a campervan should be.

“When Vandoit first started, everyone in the market was building what you would consider a traditional campervan; a lot of wood inside, cute, homey, however, not at all functional for the adventurer. We focused on three things, versatility, quality, and durability,” said CEO Brent Kline 

He also added, “We want the adventurers who use our vans to be able to reconfigure and restructure their vans to suit their current adventure. Many people refer to our vans as the Swiss Army Knife of vans, and we like that comparison.” 

New Logo and Design
The most noticeable change will be the Vandoit logo, which retains the retro 70’s vibe. “One thing we made sure to keep was our 70s look. Our first logo was very hippy-inspired, which was awesome, and we loved that look,” said Kline. “Our new look and font is still very 70’s and stays true to our roots and foundations; it’s just not as hippy and more legible on the vans.”

Social Initiative

Giving back has been a pillar of Vandoit’s culture, which is why Vandoit is becoming a social enterprise. Vandoit has a new look but also a new mission. The company is partnering with World Bicycle Relief to create a sustainable 1-for-1 model, where they will donate one heavy-duty bicycle for every van sold. 

“World Bicycle Relief helps to bring sustainable transportation to villages, primarily in Africa, allowing more to access education, healthcare, and work. They have developed an efficient, innovative, and scalable model to empower students, health workers, and entrepreneurs in developing regions with truly life-changing mobility,” said Jared McCauslin, COO. 

“These bikes change and save people’s lives. When companies look to get involved with a social cause, they must evaluate the actual impact. That is why we had yet to officially partner with a company because we hadn’t found one that showed enough feasible and sustainable effects,” added McCauslin. 

McCauslin continued, “for example, when a bike is donated, 88% more patients are cared for by healthcare workers, students’ grades increase by 59%, and income for a family increases by 23%. When we heard about World Bicycle relief and the real impact
they make, right away, we knew this was something we needed to be a part of.”

“At World Bicycle Relief, we are committed to helping people conquer the challenge of distance, achieve independence and thrive. Vandoit shares these core values with us and puts them into practice. We are proud to partner with them to build awareness, reach diverse audiences, and bring those values to bear in changing thousands of lives through mobility and the Power of Bicycles,” added Colin Taylor, Director of Partnerships at World Bicycle Relief.

Website
With the new logo and design, Vandoit also launches a new website redesigned from top to bottom. Vandoit crafted the new look to enhance the user experience and improve functionality.

“The Adventur’r” Newsletter
Vandoit is also launching an adventure news-based newsletter. The Adventur’r is going to bring adventure-based information/entertainment straight to the subscriber’s inbox. “The Adventur’r” will be a great way of us expanding our reach beyond vans and vanthusiasts. We will pack a ton of value, not just for the vanlife crowd but also for other outdoor enthusiasts. We will share adventure tips, stories, and pertinent articles. We are stoked about this and the new demographics it will bring into the Vandoit family,” said McCauslin.

Trail & Summit

“When it comes to #vanlife, it is important to know that not all vans are created equally. Some vans are simply roomier and shaped more appropriately for human habitation. They offer greater reliability, more comfortable seating and have been thoughtfully built to allow potential modifications.One vehicle that ticks all the right boxes is the best-selling Ford Transit Van, and year after year it just keeps on getting better and better. Now in 2020, Ford are offering the Transit in All-Wheel-Drive; meaning further improved handling and capability.”

Business Insider

“This RV is made to order. It’s perfect for the ultimate adventurer. This RV is called vandoit. Vandoit can fit any adventurer’s needs. Here’s what’s inside. The gear slide can be used to store bikes or equipment. The kitchen pod has running water, an electric stove, and plenty of storage. It can be used in or outside the van. T-tracks are what make the van modular. You can set up cabinets, cargo nets, and more. Options also include a hydraulic lift bed, a TV, a portable toilet, and a fridge.” 

Go Van

“When I found out my girlfriend tested positive for COVID-19, we knew she’d need the house to herself to quarantine,” said van owner and part-time van lifer Marshall Mosher

Marshall is part of the growing van life travel community boasting a whopping 6.9 million tags on Instagram. It’s likely you have seen or heard the tale of #vanlife at some point.

FormaCar

“This RV is made to order. It’s perfect for the ultimate adventurer. This RV is called vandoit. Vandoit can fit any adventurer’s needs. Here’s what’s inside. The gear slide can be used to store bikes or equipment. The kitchen pod has running water, an electric stove, and plenty of storage. It can be used in or outside the van. T-tracks are what make the van modular. You can set up cabinets, cargo nets, and more. Options also include a hydraulic lift bed, a TV, a portable toilet, and a fridge.”

Ford Authority

“The company says that the emphasis for the multipurpose van is functionality for adventuring, campaign, hauling passengers, and more. The van has a modular design that allows it to be tweaked to whatever you are doing. The Ford Transit camper van has an off-grid solar system on the roof and perpetual hot water. It features a removable kitchen pod, removable cabinets, and a dry-flush toilet.” 

Vestigo

“Since Brent was a kid, he remembers helping his dad with the family company, Kline Motor, where modifications to Vans and RV’s have always been a part of the family trade. While Kline Van has up-fitted passenger vans for companies for years, Brent started vandoit to meet the demand of the adventure van lifestyle and movement that’s taken off in the past few years.”

Gear Junkie

The entire system was anchored to the vandoit internal skeleton via the two J-hooks, but it can also be attached to the factory passenger seat anchors. Once I set component locations, installation or removal took less than 5 minutes.

The listed setup allowed me to carry any combination of two dirt bikes or adventure bikes, or any motorcycle plus my mountain bike. But either passenger seats or my kitchen pod had to be removed.

Mind's Eye Design

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wedu

“A two-wheel or four-wheel drive adventure-ready van built for cyclists, vandoit is easy to live in at races or on vacations. It’s tall enough to stand up inside, with an adjustable lifted queen-sized bed over a slide that holds four bikes and an integrated bike stand. A mini air compressor, hot shower/bike wash and modular kitchen unit with sink, stove and storage turn the customized hi-top Ford Transit into a house on wheels.”

New Atlas

“The masters of modularity at vandoit become the first Americans to offer a camper van on the all-new Transit AWD, adding the LIV van as the second model in their lineup of super-flexible adventure vans. With a full selection of plug-and-play equipment, the LIV can flex between eight-seat, toy-hauling sleeper van and fully equipped multi-bed camper.”

Gear Junkie

“Vandoit of Missouri takes this a step further. It offers a hydraulic lift that can lower and raise this platform in its Go model. This feature frees up the most vertical space when the bed isn’t in use. It also offers a gear slide underneath this bed to easily move the stored gear in and out of the rear of the van.”

Bike Rumor

“Lovin’ the idea of the #Vanlife but not sure where to start? Vandoit walks us through the entire process of building out your own custom camper van. In this episode, we talk about everything from choosing the right size van, gas vs. diesel, DIY vs. pro, how to get an RV loan on a custom van, where you can park and sleep, what options you need, and more. They even tell us what you need to watch out for if you’re buying a used van as the foundation of your own conversion project.”

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Cycling Tips

Vanlife or REAL Vanlife. Marshall Opel is living the dream and the reality of living in a van, riding his bike all summer.

Motor1

Ford has an all-wheel-drive Transit for the 2020 model year, and that’s good news for the #vanlife crowd who enjoys straying off the beaten path. Its full-time AWD setup isn’t as robust as a traditional 4WD off-road arrangement, but power to all four wheels should still help the popular full-size van reach new areas. Missouri-based upfit company vandoit already has a build for the all-wheel-drive model called the LIV.”

Gear Patrol

“Vandoit’s modular system can offer a wide range of functionality and multipurpose use. The key feature is the bed platform: it’s on a hydraulic lift, allowing it to rise up to carry gear in the cargo area. It can also fold to accommodate a third row of removable seats, raising the potential seating capacity to eight.”

The Drive

“Kline also told us the Transit van is more “upfit friendly.” Fewer modifications are needed to the structure of the van to accommodate his modifications, a common thread I heard all day from owners, meaning the vans are safer and require less custom work. This also means that plumbers, construction workers, shuttle operators, and delivery companies have to worry less about upfit compatibility.”

OutThere Outdoors

“A highlight of the design of vandoit’s vehicles—the base model is the Ford Transit—is how they can be customized to fit purchaser needs. They can seat anywhere from two to eleven people, and all elements, from seats to kitchens to shelving, are removable. Beyond the base setup, customers choose their features—whether they need a kitchen or a bathroom, for instance, or what their electrical or solar system is like.”

Gear Junkie

Vandoit of Missouri takes this a step further. It offers a hydraulic lift that can lower and raise this platform in its Go model. This feature frees up the most vertical space when the bed isn’t in use. It also offers a gear slide underneath this bed to easily move the stored gear in and out of the rear of the van.

Paddling Life

Well, maybe we don’t all fit this stereotype, but we still want to live in a van down by the river. Enter vandoit, the van up-fitter from Kansas City that is changing the landscape and making it easier than ever before for more people to get into #vanlife. We’ve been testing a vandoit “GO” customizable Ford E350 Transit camper van for the past year, and now the van brand is releasing a new configuration they are calling the “LIV.”

Automobile Magazine

“Even though vandoit it is a third-generation business starting in 1947, we didn’t launch the vandoit brand with its extreme-functioning, modular, marine-grade, multipurpose camper van until late 2017,” Kaylee Kline of vandoit tells us. “Until that time, we were and are a van-leasing company, converting vans for lots of other more commercial uses.”

Van Clan

“I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a van that is such a blank canvas before. Looking at the interior makes me feel a little bit like Bob Ross staring at his easel, wondering about all of the different possibilities that I can create just by moving my brush (or in this case by grabbing my gear and getting stuck in). The vandoit range of campers are made for overlanding through the wilderness and built to tackle any terrain, and they do it in an intelligent way that really made sit up and start to take notice. If you’re looking for a conventional camper, then this isn’t it; it’s something far more exciting than that!”

Torque News

“Ford claims that the Ford Transit is the best-selling cargo van in the world and it is encouraging the growth of both the work and recreational side of the cargo vehicles. Just this week, Ford showcased 35 different examples of how the vans can be customized for both work or as recreational vehicles. One company called vandoit specializes in converting the Transit into adventure vans or building them into mobile offices.”

Expedition Portal

“When it comes to building vehicles, there’s always a delicate balance of form versus function, but the best builders can figure out how to put function first and still have it look beautiful. It seems like vandoit has nailed that concept, and managed to make it affordable at the same time. We took a moment to check out their Ford Transit at the show, and their attention to detail was incredible. They start with all marine-grade materials and equipment and construct a solid base from which to build.”

Terrain Magazine

Watch vandoit CEO, Brent Kline, discussing the 2018 Mississippi Valley Bike + Outdoor Expo and all the cool products featured at this expo.

The Manual Magazine

The Swiss Army Knife of vans, vandoit might be the most versatile, spacious, and all-around badass travel vehicle we’ve ever seen. Beyond the solar panel roof, removable seats that make room for an inside kitchen, and mounted platform that turns the back into a karaoke stage, vandoit can also seven people and up to five bicycles. That’s right. Most of us can’t do that with two cars, let alone one.

Inside Hook

“The customizability all traces back to vandoit’s unique track design. Basically, an aluminum track system lining the vehicle (usually a Ford Transit) allows for maximum mounting of additional features and amenities.Wanna include up to seven leather seats? But plan on removing a couple next time you and a buddy hit the woods and need a kitchen along for the trip? Done and done. Need to store five bikes? A few surfboards? Create a stage out the back for a gear show or tailgating? Easy peasy.”

Bike Rumor

“When it comes to upfitting cargo vans, there are a ton of options out there, but few are as full service as vandoit. Based out of Lees Summit, MO, just outside of Kansas City, vandoit is conveniently located a short drive from Ford’s Claycomo, MO assembly plant where the Ford Transit is assembled for the U.S. market. For a number of factors, vandoit is currently focused on the Transit for their complete builds and upfits, though they can work on just about anything. What sets vandoit apart from many other builders is that they can sell you the complete van, help you finance it, and even accept your current vehicle as a trade in.”

 

New Atlas

“Missouri-based vandoit offers some of the most versatile custom vans we’ve seen, using T-track, slide-outs, hydraulic-lift beds and indoor/outdoor kitchen hardware to make for easy transitioning between camping, working, passenger hauling, adventuring and more. Its vans are for those who want to live the van life to the fullest but still need to check in with reality on a regular basis”

Tuning Blog

“The community is happy because Ford is launching an all-wheel drive transit for the 2020 model year. And that’s exactly what the vandoit team based in Missouri (USA) has grabbed and converted into a full-fledged camper.” – translated from German

Trekkin

Vandoit is a Missouri-based camper van conversion company that does things a little differently. These modular-style vans aren’t the wood-based campers you’ve seen in many Instagram photos, but they are still just as functional and even more durable than most wooden-based builds.