Frequently Asked Questions
Cool Vans! How much do they cost?!?
Since every van is unique and custom to the owner, It depends on a large variety of designs and options. We have done builds with partial work for 2k and have had them come in over 50k for a complete high end conversion with high end solar package and custom tailored woodwork. We have be seeing, on average, builds coming in around 35-40k for an empty van to a finished camper.
If you have any drawings (bed layout/ kitchen/ seating), specifications (solar/ plumbing) and/ or inspirational builds from our website or others, we should better be able to provide a rough estimate. Fill out the contact form and we can begin the convansation!
If you are interested in consultation, I now offer an 1-hour meeting for $95 where we can discuss all things van and help you decide on a van make, size and layout. This can be done in person or over the phone.
Do you still do woodworking? Furniture? Built-ins? Cabinetry?
Woodworking is the core passion of what we do. It is a blend of van build outs mixed in with furniture, built-ins and cabinetry. We are a small shop however and our schedule tends to fill up fast. We only do one project at at a time and for van builds, they can take a few months to compete. If we are unable to meet your timeframe, we can provide you with referrals to hopefully point you in a good direction.
Do you sell vans? How does it work?
The way it works is the owner purchases a van and we go over budget, design and agree upon a price and sign a contract. Once this is done, the van is delivered to our woodworking shop in Seattle by the owner. Clients come from all over the U.S. to work with us, so it does not have to a localized project. And when the van conversion is ready for pick up, the Pacific Northwest is the perfect place to begin your adventure!
If you are looking at a Mercedes Sprinter, I can recommend Keith Donaldson of MB Seattle. He knows the van life well and had helped hundreds get started. You can contact him here.
How long do your conversions take?
We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and quality. Every new build is different from the last and presents new and exciting challenges. We do one build at a time and and are in constant communication with the owner going over details and updates of the build. Because of all these factors, production times vary but a full conversion generally comes in around 16-20 weeks. Please be aware we do not offer interior shower options currently. However, exterior solar showers are a great alternative. Also, we are limited on a height of 110" due to our woodshop height constraints.
What is your current schedule?
Initially, we go over your project and discuss all the different options, styles and finishes and I provide an estimate. If this works for your budget, we hold projects in queue with a deposit that ensures a spot on our schedule. Currently, we are booked until approximately April for new projects. Please be aware that we get numerous inquiries and may not be able to update this date as timely as we would like. Please contact for an exact schedule.
Who is Rydawell Woodworks?
Hi! My name is Ryan Wells and I am the owner, woodworker and janitor at Rydawell. What is a Rydawell? It my name: RYan DAvid WELLs. I work with every client on every project, from initial email, design, build and delivery. Thanks and I look forward to working with you!