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Vanspace 3D Software: Design Your Dream #VanLife Build

Dial in Your Perfect Camper Van Design With Ease on Your Computer

Vanspace 3D software review

Whether you are transitioning into a life on the road or perfecting your weekend warrior getaway vehicle, camper van build-outs are tedious and time-consuming from the moment you turn down that road. Luckily, Vanspace 3D software is here to help you visualize before you build.

Vanspace 3D Review

Once a road less traveled, #vanlife has become increasingly popular and is now supported by a big industry with endless options, lifestyles, and an ever-expanding product catalog to choose from. The skyrocketing popularity of the vanlife lifestyle has also provided a platform for community and shared ideas around ingenious space-saving hacks and tips on how to live your best life on the road.

A vanlife build-out is a game of Tetris. How do you fit your 1,500 square-foot life into a delivery van? You don’t. But with patience, precision, and the Vanspace 3D build-out software, you can simulate build-outs until you find the one that is perfect for you.

With Vanspace 3D, users can access 100+ pre-designed layouts and/or get super creative and design their own ideal van build, all for less than $20.

Choose Your Vehicle

Vanspace 3D review

In my opinion, the best thing about the Vanspace3D software is the variety of makes and models users can choose from for the simulated build-out. The library has 15+ van chassis companies, each offering various models available in different lengths and heights, ranging from the iconic Mercedes Sprinter to the mighty Iveco (which we sadly can’t have here in the U.S.).

You can use the software to make a few vans that fit your dimensional criteria and what you’re looking for in a conversion, but Vanspace3D software shouldn’t replace separate research into the vehicles: gas mileage, drivetrain, reliability, general maintenances, and the dreaded price tag. And don’t forget to reflect on what terrain you and your van plan to cover before pulling the trigger, as you’ll want to weigh 2WD, AWD, and 4WD options.

The Simulated Build-Out

Vanspace 3D review

I never played The Sims game much, but the Vanspace3D software evokes nostalgia for the simulated world game.

Once I chose my Ford Transit, I took the time to familiarize myself with the user controls. Along the bottom of the screen, I scrolled through all sorts of options: accessories, windows, furniture, bed frames, faucets, and Dometic refrigerators. Select items like fridges, taps, sinks, pillows, and more had links to corresponding Amazon pages and a small blurb about the product.

A moveable panel controlled the on-screen view of the van, and an additional control board appeared that allowed me to measure and place items around the van. In the top left of the screen, I had a control bar with options to rotate and scale items, orbit the van, take screenshots, and toggle the van’s walls and bulkhead. Following the settings to “Van Options,” I was able to change the material and color of the interior wall, ceiling, and floor, along with the exterior paint.

After the first few fumbles and some initial practice, it was plug and play.

When an item is selected, along with the control panel, a material and color palette appears. Materials include tile, wood, fabric, and more in different patterns, colors, and finishes. Each component of the item, for example, the cabinets, can be altered: the doors, countertops, and the cabinet itself.

I chose to first complete the build-out before changing the color and material of anything. It made sense that way to me. I wouldn’t paint each individual cabinet immediately after installation; I’d wait until they were all installed.

Vanspace 3D software review

Additional Perks

Accessing the Vanspace3D software was a cakewalk, although the software itself does kill my laptop battery life. It is available for both Mac and Windows, with three different editions based on skill level and bonus features.

Once I followed the prompts through purchasing, I received three emails: a receipt, my username and password, and directions for accessing my online account and the van-build design software. In the days following my purchase, Michelle and Will, the founders of Vanspace3D, sent a few emails checking-in, sending tips, and asking budget questions.

And if you’re not the DIY type but want to assess different van makes and models and various materials and design layouts that others have already built out, users can download the included 100+ pre-designed build-outs through the online account.

Additionally, the software tutorials and three sets of bonus material I received were thoughtful and easy-to-follow. The “Ultimate Budget Tracker Calculator,” “The $4,984 Van Build Revealed,” and “14 Odd Tips From a Full-time Vanlifer” eBooks gave me an inside look at the lifestyle — illuminating both the potential and reality.

Vanspace 3D View

Sure, armed with a notebook, pencil, and ruler, I have drawn up copious rough drafts and vans designs that never came to fruition. But never before could I look inside and imagine what my life would actually look like beyond two dimensions.

With Vanspace 3D software, users can toggle the view to inside the build and look around. You can get a feel for what the space you’ve built offers and what you might still need.

Vanspace 3D is an intuitive van build-out visualization/planning tool. It offers simple controls, vast vehicle and build-out options, an impressive immersive 3D all-around view, and will only cost you $19.

Chloe Matthews
About Chloe Matthews

Chloe is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Her automotive journey started with the purchase of a 1995 6.5L Turbodiesel Chevrolet K2500 named Boone. The road trip home from Arizona proved Boone unroadworthy and lead to months of repairs in the driveway and remains a continuous project. Since then, she and her partner have acquired a mint 1996 Toyota Tacoma, a project 1986 Toyota 4Runner, a gorgeous 1967 Volvo 122S, and spend their free Saturdays turning wrenches. Otherwise, you can find Chloe at her local rock climbing crag, running with her dog, Guts, or out camping.