El Kapitan FAQ

It’s always best to talk with us first about what you want in a conversion van – whether you want it for business or personal use (or both), for executive transport, camping or hauling motocross bikes, or if you need a wheelchair van for increased mobility, for example. We will advise you which van may be best for your requirements. We secure the van for you at our prices, or refer you to a number of quality dealers we work with. For more details, please see our Van Conversion Process page.

In addition to the manufacturers’ warranties on the vehicle chassis, components and electronics, your custom van comes with a three-year, 36,000 mile warranty covering materials and craftsmanship on upfitting work done by El Kapitan.

No. No part of the van conversion process will degrade or invalidate the manufacturer’s warranties on the components, electronics and chassis.

El Kapitan will be glad to help you arrange financing on new conversion vans, usually through the dealer who sells you your van chassis. Van manufacturers offer attractive financing rates, not only for the chassis, but for custom van conversion work, as well, so you can roll everything up into one payment.

You may purchase the van chassis from a dealer, or we can convert a van you already own. El Kapitan can help arrange purchase Daimler/Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, Ford Transit, Dodge Promaster, Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans.

El Kapitan opened for business in 1984, and immediately established itself for quality conversion vans for work, sport and family fun. As conversion vans have surged again in popularity, many of our customers have told us how much our van conversions recall for them fond memories of vans and good times they had years ago.

When we have agreed on all design specifications, features, equipment and options we will provide a not-to-exceed price you can count on. Price always depends of the type of van conversion you want and what special features or capabilities you want it to include. Please call us and we will be glad to provide general guidelines for you.

We complete most van conversions and upfitting in 6-8 weeks from the time the chassis arrives at our facility. Especially complex projects may take a little longer, adjusted for the scope of work to be done and availability of selected components. Our goal always is to deliver your conversion van as quickly as possible, commensurate with our high standards for quality and safety.

Give El Kapitan a call at 714-896-8267 or visit our facility at 15602 Container Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. We would love to show you examples of our work so you can see the high quality for yourself. We will discuss with you the type of vehicle you are considering and the types of custom features you want, and then determine the best course of action. We will be glad to procure a van chassis for you, or introduce you to trusted dealers who will arrange purchase and financing of the vehicle and custom upfitting, all in one financial package.

This is entirely your choice. Many people pick up their conversion vans at our Huntington Beach, California, facility, while others ask us to arrange delivery to their homes or offices. El Kapitan delivers to all the contiguous 48 states, plus Alaska, as well as to Russia, China, Japan, Europe and the Middle East.

El Kapitan is proud to be among an elite group of conversion van upfitters to have the gold standard certification in our industry – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Master Upfitter.

We specialize in Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, as well as Ford Transit, Dodge Promaster, Chevy Express and GMC Savana van conversions, but also work on other makes and models. Please call us to discuss, 714-896-8267.

El Kapitan will be pleased to work with you on your van conversion project. Please call us at 714-896-8267 to discuss. We are experts in van seats, custom van window installation, lighting, electronics and entertainment systems.

Absolutely! Whether you are hitting the open road in a camper van or taking your 4×4 van off-roading, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort, or even luxury. You can include caesarstone counter tops, reclining captain’s chairs and state of the art entertainment systems along with auxiliary power systems, refrigerators, pop-up tables and much more.

El Kapitan allows you the freedom to call the shots on your conversion van design, so we don’t limit your choices to set floor plans. On the other hand, after completing more than 15,000 van conversion projects we have a pretty good idea of what works best and what most people tend to prefer and we will share that knowledge with you to ensure your van will be everything you want it to be.

No. El Kapitan does all work in-house with our experienced and highly skilled staff.

El Kapitan employees are the finest in the industry. We have specialists in wood work and cabinet making, upholstery, van seats, engineering, electrical systems, custom van window installation, computers, lighting and more who have been with us 20+ years. Some have been with us nearly since we opened our doors in 1984 and have helped build an industry with every completed van. We challenge and reward our people with exciting work and a great work environment and have been rewarded with exceptionally low employee turnover.

Please come to our conversion van facility headquarters at 15602 Container Lane, Huntington Beach, CA. We will be thrilled to give you a tour and show you some finished vans, as well as work in progress.

If so, please call El Kapitan at 714-896-8267

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