Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Highly functional off-grid adventure vans with Tesla batteries

Traveling with a motor home or RVs (Recreational Vehicles) means freedom and independence. It is these two characteristics that are why many people exchange the comfort of five-star hotels for sleeping in a van for the same money.

Based in Lambertville, New Jersey, the van conversion startup with a modern name Ready.Set.Van has turned Ram ProMasters into camper vans that use Tesla batteries to extend off-grid capabilities. The company specializes in ProMaster conversions.

The base of the camper is not an electric car, but the RAM Pro Master van with a combustion engine. But this is still equipped with more electric power or rather battery power than most other camper vans.

Ready.Set.Van Interior
Ready.Set.Van Interior

Every R.S.V. van gets one or more Tesla battery modules, a 3000-watt inverter, alternator charging, and solar panels. There are three vehicle variants – RSV Standard with one battery module (420 Ah), RSV Upgrade with two (840 Ah), and RSV Maniac with three modules (1260 Ah). The basic version will last up to five hours, while the Maniac owners will not have to worry about recharging for up to 15 hours.

The 840 Ah battery system takes up 57% less space and weighs 140 lbs less than an equally sized 12V lithium battery system. The battery modules are charged with solar panels on the roof or via the alternator while driving. This combination gives the owner almost unlimited freedom while traveling. In short, there is plenty of electricity available in Ready.Set.Van motorhome. Whether you use it for cooking, cooling, heating, reading, or for the built-in music system is, of course, up to you.

The camper van offer enough storage space.
The camper van offer enough storage space.

The camper van is not only technically successful, but it is also visually impressive. In addition to the induction hob, fridge, and solar panels on the roof, there is also a shower, toilet, or comfortable double bed in the rear of the car. Under the spacious bed, there is also storage space with an outdoor shower, which is accessible from the back door of the van. This space can hold two mountain bikes and lots of other equipment and luggage.

The prize depends on the internal layout and starts at $33,750 for the Basecamper. The price includes a 420 Ah Tesla battery, 3000-watt inverter, 400 watts of a solar, induction cooktop, enough space for two-four people to chill in comfort, and other standard system components. And if you are looking for something more, you can upgrade to the $42,250 Basecamper Plus package with a deluxe shower, toilet with retractable shower door, hot water heater in addition to the other standard system components.

Ready.Set.Van also does custom builds on ProMaster, Ford Transit, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter bodies. A Sprinter design layout will reportedly be released in 2021.