Camper Conversion: 1996 Chevrolet G20 – Sold?

Jul 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Truckin Tuesday

August 2, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

July 15, 2021 Update – Just three days after we first featured this Chevy conversion van, the seller dropped their asking price from $16,250 to $15,500.

It may seem hard to believe, but Chevrolet was still building the old-school G20 van way into 1996, using the same basic design and appearance that you’d find on a van 20 years it’s senior. Depending on your love of conversion vans, this could be a good or bad thing, but there’s no denying this sharp G20 camper van originally listed in July 2021 on Craigslist in Melbourne Beach, Florida with a nicely executed camper conversion inside is deeply appealing for any van lifers reading. The seller is now asking $15,500 (down from the original ask of $16,250) for the van which has just under 150,000 miles on the clock. Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide isn’t a perfect science as your average G20 is in pretty sorry shape by now, with the “High Retail” pegged at $4,550.

Your typical G20 van owner is likely doing a few different things with this venerable GM model: running a contracting business; running an automotive chop shop; or simply running, from someone, most likely the long arm of the law. That’s an old joke about these eminently practical and cheap to run workhorses, but it doesn’t help that seemingly every movie from the 1980s and 1990s showed the villain driving a G20 with no side windows (thank you, Home Alone and the Wet Bandits.) The G20 was also used extensively by the conversion van industry, making it the vehicle of choice for road trips with children and drive-in movie theaters, as the convertible rear bench and window coverings made it a great choice for long-haul trips and venues where your average passenger sedan seemed entirely outclassed by the truck with a couch.

The G20 seen here is not only one of the desirable conversion-style vans, but it’s also been further updated by its owner for life on the open road. The G20 is a high-top model that’s seemingly been built as a response to the roaring van life movement, which sees DIYers and van 0wners inspired by other builders to grab a hacksaw and some paint and begin fashioning their version of “glamping” on four wheels. The seller notes that his van benefits from numerous improvements, from a custom kitchen setup with hand pump water and reservoir to an overhead fan and a total of three batteries to ensure you always have the necessary amperage to run cooking equipment and any other auxiliary features when the main car battery is powered down. There’s even a bed with a double mattress, a five-gallon cooler/storage compartment, and exterior power hookups. The drivetrain will live forever if properly maintained, and can be serviced by the closest NAPA store should a break-down occur. Get into this van, and then get out there!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Maintenance/Repair: Five (5) years maintenance & repair records available: Includes: Brakes, radiator, shocks, tires.
In Excellent Condition: (Note: Year 1993) High Top Chevy G20 Van V6 (Camper): Well maintained with attention to every detail, this converted G20 Chevy Van to high top camper has: Inverter, two (2) AGM batteries, plus main car battery, kitchen setup with hand pump water & reservoir, overhead fan, swivel passenger seat (all seats replaced and in like-new condition), new carpet, new Garmin GPS, new tires, off-road high intensity running lights front and back. New Paint. Two-inch ball for towing. Overheat fan for extra ventilation (see in pictures).

Brightlight low amp heater; New Igloo 5 gallon cooler/storage; 12V one-gallon cooler; Portable table (new)

Four (4) inch high-quality foam double bed mattress at 5 ft 10 inches side to side. Front to back at 6 ft 2 inches

Exterior 20 amp/110 Volt connection (left side of van) for direct power to van.

The Chevy V6 engine was used in a number of Chevrolet van-type vehicles late 1960’s to 2000. Very reliable-Easy to maintain. Seller will pay vehicle inspection buyer report at local Chevy dealer to validate condition.”

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