Products We Use And Trust
At Contravans, we use the highest quality products in order to deliver the best, most reliable Contra Systems to our customers. We share that information so you can see what we do, learn more about the products, and even buy them for yourself if you’re working on a DIY project. Follow the links below to learn more.
Our owner used the Sprinter RV Conversion Sourcebook for his own van conversion. This 378-page e-book is excellent and extremely comprehensive! The information contained within applies to more that just the Mercedes Sprinter. It contains conversion product reviews, plumbing how-to info, planning advice, insulation info and much more. It’s the best sourcebook we’ve seen. For $37 how could you go wrong?
From simple two-person units to overland units with annexes, the options for rooftop tents are endless. We use a couple of the smaller units on our minivan conversions and 4-seater, 4-sleeper cargovan conversions. Check out these two great suppliers to find what you need.
Yakima Slim Shady Awning
This awning mounts quickly and easily to the side of almost any roof rack and only takes up six inches of bar space so it won't crowd your kayaks, cargo boxes, or bikes. It's super easy to use and delivers 42 square feet of shady coverage on summer days. A locking mechanism prevents theft.
Rhino Rack 270 Degree Batwing Awning
The Batwing Awning is easy use, provides 270 degrees of shade and 11sqm of coverage. It is made from a heavy-duty, water and mold resistant material that has been tested and rated to UPF 50 +, offering maximum sun protection. All existing awning accessories including side walls, extension pieces and tents are still compatible, increasing your coverage even more.
Single Burner Stove
This type of stove is simple, easy-to-use and provides enough power for all your cooking needs. Cleaning and maintaining the burner is easy, just wipe clean and store. It uses and 8 oz butane canister or 16.4 oz propane tank. Both fuels are cost effective and easy to find at any local retailer or on Amazon.
Whether you’re out for a day, a week, or a lifestyle, carrying enough water is key. Depending upon which Contravans System we’re working on, we use all different sizes and brand of these water jugs.
Renogy Solar Panel Kits
Specifically designed for mobile applications, Renogy solar kits allow for aesthetically clean flush mounting on walls and are negative-grounded for battery compatibility. They also feature an LCD screen for displaying system operation information and allow for full control of parameter settings. The controller comes equipped with a fully comprehensive self-diagnostic system and electronic protection functions to prevent damage from installation mistakes or system faults.
MaxxAir Vent Fans
MaxxAir makes the best, quietest fans on the market. At Contravans, we install the 4500k or the 7500k models. When the lid is closed, the MAXXFAN will still operate to circulate air inside your van.
High-powered 10-speed intake and exhaust fan
Manual opening or remote control electric opening models available
Rain Sensor closes lid if it rains
Insulation - 3M Thinsulate
Delivers more acoustic absorption per unit weight vs. competitive products
Non-woven sound absorbing fibers create a quieter vehicle environment
Hydrophobic fibers resist moisture, mold and mildew. Install just the insulation — there's no need for an additional waterproof layer during application. Thinsulate acoustic insulation is resistant to mildew growth, reducing the risk of offensive odors.
AIMS Pure Sine Inverter
Not all of our customers require 1500 Watts of AC power, but when they do we use this reliable pure sine wave inverter. This inverter provides 1500W continuous power in pure sine wave form, so all of your electronics will be safely charged. It has a USB Port, triple AC receptacles, an over temperature indicator, overload protection and a low battery voltage warning/shutdown.
Recessed LED Puck Lights
These recessed mount LEDs with spring clips provide a clean and neat finish after installation. Add a dimmer switch to set the mood in your van just right. Best of all, they’re designed for use in vehicles, so they’re shock and vibration resistant.
Available in various sizes and lengths, here are links to some of the wire that we use.
Dicor Self Leveling Lap Sealant
Installing a vent fan or solar panels? Dicor is a must-use product. Don’t skimp on this step, use the best product on the market and keep your van dry on the inside.
Spray Contact Adhesives - 3M 80 and 3M 90
Fast-setting, high strength contact adhesive for attaching insulation or bonding rubber and vinyl inside your van
Features exceptional heat resistance for long-term durability
Dewalt Step Bit Set
Step bits are very useful because they can be used to drill a range of different sized holes with a single bit. They also help prevent you from drilling too far through interior body panels thereby denting and damaging the exterior panels of your van.
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