Rossmönster Turns Humble Camper Vans into Custom Works of Art
Colorado-based Company Does Van Rentals and Truck Campers Too
While camper van renovations have grown into a lucrative cottage industry over the past few years, finding a company that can handle a complete custom remodel can still be a challenge at times. Harder still is locating someone who brings years of design experience and expert craftsmanship to the project. But that is exactly what you’ll find in Rossmönster, a Colorado-based company that can turn any old, outdated camper van into a modern work of art on wheels.
Founder Ross Williamson (the “Ross” in Rossmönster) started the company as a custom woodworking shop in 2010 and later pivoted to renovating camper vans. His team consists of carpenters, electricians, and engineers who also happen to love the outdoors. They’ve taken their passion for travel and adventure and poured it into their work, creating bespoke campers built for exploration.
Before starting the company, Williamson lived in Sweden for some time. It was there that he learned about the concept of “mönster.” In Swedish, that word means “to design and create artistically, simply, and skillfully.” This ideology has become the guiding principle behind all of the effort that Rossmönster puts into creating its custom campers.
When starting a new project, the Rossmönster team has a clearly defined approach for working on a van. That process begins with a 30-45 minute meeting with the owner to discuss their needs and expectations. During that meeting, they’ll pitch some ideas for basic floorplans, create a list of “must-have” features, and talk about a preliminary timeline for the project. A $5000 deposit reserves a spot in the company’s build queue.
After that initial meeting, a designer works with the van owner to finalize the layout, features, and materials that will be used in the build. This leads to a revised estimate of costs and allows the Rossmönster team to source all the materials needed to finish the project. Once construction begins, it typically takes about three weeks for the renovation process to be completed, with the client taking delivery shortly after that.
Signature features of a Rossmönster van include custom-built cabinets, wooden floors and ceilings, and leather upholstery work. Walnut, teak, birch, pine, and other woods are used liberally throughout the cabin, creating a living area that is warm and inviting. Efficiency and functionality are two driving factors as well, with designers finding clever ways to utilize the available space.
The company also installs solar panels, lithium-ion battery packs, and inverters to help keep electronic devices charged while on the road. Onboard kitchenettes come equipped with sinks, a range, and a mini-fridge. Other optional upgrades include full-sized showers, dry flush toilets, dinette seating areas, and queen-sized beds. The most recent renovation projects are available for review on the Rossmönster website.
In addition to overhauling the interiors of vans, the company also offers the Rossmönster Overland Baja truck camper. Designed entirely in-house, the Baja replaces the bed on a half-ton, three-quarter-ton, or one-ton pick-up, transforming the vehicle into a lightweight and compact off-road machine for boondocking at remote campsites.
Inside, the Overland Baja exhibits the same quality craftsmanship found in Rossmönster’s van conversions. The camper includes wood cabinets and countertops, multiple lighting zones, and a queen-sized bed. It also comes equipped with a 30-gallon fresh water tank, an exterior hot shower, and an electrical system powered by lithium-ion batteries. Optional add-ons include air conditioning, a water filtration system, and an air compressor.
The Overland Baja sells for $175,000 directly from Rossmönster, which may induce sticker shock at first glance. But it’s worth noting that the cost includes the pick-up truck, making the price tag a bit more palatable. This is especially true when factoring in the truck’s off-road capabilities, which make it an excellent expedition vehicle when combined with the camper.
For those who want to give the Rossmönster experience a try—but don’t have plans to remodel a van or spend $175k on a truck camper—the company has you covered. The Rossmönster Rentals service has a fleet of vans and overlanding trucks that have already been given a complete makeover and are ready to hit the road. Depending on the model, the vehicles can sleep two to four people and come stocked with everything needed for a four-wheeled adventure.
The rental vehicles include vintage Volkswagen Vanagons and Promaster City models, as well as Mercedes Sprinter vans and Ford F-250 overland trucks. Most offer amenities like refrigerators, sinks, and stoves, along with ample onboard storage, water heaters, an outdoor shower, and solar panels. Each of the rentals include all the gear needed for cooking and sleeping, leaving guests to pack just clothes and food. Rossmönster Rentals does offer additional add-ons, such as a hammock, tent, or stand-up paddle board, should you want to rent something extra for your trip.
Rental prices vary from $125 to $275 per night, depending on the vehicle and reservation dates. The camper vans and trucks are available for pick up at the Rossmönster garage, located in Longmont, CO. All rentals are returned to the same location—which is a short drive north of Denver—at the end of the rental period.
For further information about Rossmönster’s van remodeling services, Overland Baja truck camper, or rental options, visit the company’s website. There, you can find out more about the company’s vehicles and services, along with valuable FAQs, tons of photos, and contact forms.