Although embracing minimalism is at the core of van life, it’s fair to ask the question: what is the largest cargo van?
When shopping for a cargo van to convert into a camper, use the wheelbase measurement to estimate the amount of livable cargo volume. The wheelbase, commonly abbreviated WB, is simply the distance between the front and rear wheel axle. In general, a longer wheelbase will yield more space.
Ultimately though, the interior length, width, and height of the van will tell you how much livable space you’ll have. Even still, the interior width and interior height of the cargo van are just estimates because obstructions, such as the wheel well, interfere with the cargo space being a true rectangular box.
So whether you’re a tall human being or you want to fit two beds, a stove, and a shower in your converted cargo van, here are the top 3 largest cargo vans with the most livable cargo space available.
1. Dodge Ram ProMaster Cargo Van
Cost: Starting at $29,995
Dodge manufactures four different sizes of the Ram ProMaster cargo vans. The shortest Dodge Ram ProMaster van has a wheelbase of 118 inches while the longest has a 159 inch wheelbase. The Ram ProMaster 3500 Cargo High Roof 159 Wheelbase Extended is the largest cargo van from Dodge with 462.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
Dodge Ram ProMaster Cargo Van Comparison
|Low||118 in||105.1 in||75.6 in||65.4 in||259.2 cu ft|
|High||136 in||122.8 in||75.6 in||76.0 in||352.9 cu ft|
|High||159 in||145.9 in||75.6 in||76.0 in||420.2 cu ft|
|High Extended||159 in||160.2 in||75.6 in||76.0 in||462.8 cu ft|
2. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van
Cost: Starting at $38,420
Mercedes-Benz manufactures four different sizes of the Sprinter cargo van. The shortest Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van has a wheelbase of 144.3 inches while the longest has a 170 inch wheelbase. The Sprinter 2500 High Roof 170 Extended Wheelbase is the largest cargo van from Mercedes-Benz with 530 cubic feet of cargo space.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Comparison
|Standard||144.3 in||137.4 in||70.1 in||66.5 in||319.1 cu ft|
|High||144.3 in||137.4 in||70.1 in||77.8 in||373.7 cu ft|
|High||170 in||178.2 in||70.1 in||77.8 in||486.5 cu ft|
|High Extended||170 in||193.9 in||70.1 in||77.8 in||530.0 cu ft|
3. Ford Transit Cargo Van
Cost: Starting at $32,380
Ford manufactures six different sizes of the Transit cargo van. The shortest Ford Transit van has a wheelbase of 129.9 inches while the longest has a 147.6 inch wheelbase. The Ford Transit High Roof Extended is the largest cargo van from Ford with 487.2 cubic feet of cargo space.
Ford Transit Cargo Van Comparison
|Low||129.9 in||126.0 in||70.2 in||56.9 in||246.7 cu ft|
|Medium||129.9 in||126.0 in||70.2 in||72.0 in||315.2 cu ft|
|Low||147.6 in||143.7 in||70.2 in||56.9 in||277.7 cu ft|
|Medium||147.6 in||143.7 in||70.2 in||72.0 in||357.1 cu ft|
|High||147.6 in||143.7 in||70.2 in||81.5 in||404.3 cu ft|
|High Extended||147.6 in||172.2 in||70.2 in||81.5 in||487.2 cu ft|
What Is the Largest Cargo Van?
The largest cargo van is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 High Roof 170 Extended Wheelbase. The interior cargo dimension are 16′ 1.9″ long by 5′ 10.1″ wide by 6′ 5.8″ high (193.9″ x 70.1″ x 77.8″). As a result, this van has a whopping 530 cubic feet of livable cargo space
Thanks to its impressively long interior and above average height, the cargo volume of the Sprinter 2500 High Roof 170 Extended is huge. This is the only cargo van available with over 500 cubic feet of cargo space.
What Is the Tallest Cargo Van?
The tallest cargo van is the Ford Transit High Roof. There are two Transit models with a high roof: the Ford Transit High Roof and Ford Transit High Roof Extended. The interior cargo height for both high roof models is a towering 81.5 inches (6 feet 9.5 inches).
If you’re shorter than 6 feet 4 inches, the high roof models of the Ram ProMaster (6′ 4″) and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (6′ 5.8″) should suit your needs. But for you giants out there, a Ford Transit High Roof cargo van is your best bet if you want to stand up inside your converted camper van.
What Is the Longest Cargo Van?
The longest cargo van is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 High Roof 170 Extended Wheelbase. The interior cargo length of this van is an impressive 193.9 inches (16 feet 1.9 inches).
The second longest cargo van is actually the non-extended version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500. This is just 1 foot 3.7 inches shorter.
What Is the Widest Cargo Van?
The widest cargo van is the Dodge Ram ProMaster. All ProMaster models measure in at 6 feet 3.6 inches (75.6″) wide.
If your cargo van bed plans have you sleeping widthwise, the Dodge Ram ProMaster is your best bet. When considering the curvature of the van walls and added insulation, the Dodge Ram ProMaster can sleep a relatively tall person with their head and feet at opposite sides of the van.
All Transit and Sprinter models are only 70.2″ and 70.1″ wide respectively. Therefore, unless you’re shorter than 5 feet 10 inches, you won’t be able to sleep widthwise in these cargo vans.
Although I don’t have a camper van of my own, I recently got back from Australia where I rented a FREE camper van for a week. Perhaps, if you aren’t ready to commit to buying a cargo van just yet, you can rent one like I did to get a better feel for what #vanlife is all about.