Frequently Asked Questions
Is shipping available to the USA?
We are still working on export procedure and for now, the kit is only available in Canada. But we are working very hard to make that possible as soon as possible. Depending on the situation, we think it will be available by next spring.
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What is the production lead time?
The delay varies according to the demand and your position in our order book. Since we operate in order of order priority, the sooner you make your reservation, the sooner you will be able to receive your kit. The best way to find out the current lead time is to contact us, as it can vary from day to day.
Where is your manufacturing facility located?
We are located in Quebec City, 10 minutes from downtown, in the industrial district of Charlesbourg. We accept visits by appointment only. Here is the link to make an appointment. The address of our workshop is the following: 695 rue du carbone, Québec,Qc, G2N 2K7.
Is your product made in Quebec?
Yes, our product is made in Quebec and by hand!
Which vehicle model is the most optimal?
We have a kit for each model of van. See the list of models. Since each model has different interior curves and elevations and since we always prioritize ergonomics and upper body comfort, storage space may vary from one vehicle model to another. In addition, some vehicles will have a second-row floor-mounted floor mat, while others offer a completely flat floor. You can therefore see the differences in dimensions and images for each model on our online store.
The biggest difference between models is the ‘Stow and Go’ option in the middle row. This feature is interesting for conversion to a camper, as it allows four people to travel. Only the Dodge Grand Caravan and the non-hybrid Chrysler Pacifica have this very practical feature.
Do you have a kit adapted for SUVs?
Currently, we specialize in kit design for minivan only, as this vehicle has interesting dimensions for conversion into a camper. Its dimensions are similar to those of a westfalia, which means that there is a lot of storage space as well as unequalled comfort inside (table and bench, extra-long bed, etc).
We are, however, constantly developing, so SUVs remain a possibility for the future.
However, it’s certain that you won’t have all the features and comfort of a minivan! Many of our customers change vehicles, to have an everyday vehicle that also serves as a camper.
Do I have to remove the seats from the vehicle to use my kit?
Second row of seats:
The space in the second row must be freed up to use the kit. If you have the Stow and Go option (benches that go into the floor) you can leave them in the vehicle and store them in the floor when you are in “camper” mode. You will be able to keep your seats at all times with this model.
However, if your second row bench does not fit in the floor, you must remove it when you go on a trip. Fortunately, our kit always allows you to free up the space in the second row by moving the table and bench section backwards. So those who don’t have the Stow and Go and want to have the passenger functionality outside of their getaways can quickly put the benches back in place while keeping the kit in the car. Here is a video to discover this feature.
Third row of seats:
You don’t have to remove the third row in order to use the RoadLoft kit. Your kit will be compatible with or without this bench seat. However, it will have to be stored in the floor to accommodate the RoadLoft kit. Personally, we remove the third bench seat to use the extra space to store food, water and the refrigerator.
Which model of vehicle allows 4 people to travel?
Our kit is designed to free up bench space by moving the bench and table section of the kit to the rear of the vehicle when you want to move the seats out of the floor. Only vehicles with the Stow and Go option in the middle row therefore allow you to store the benches in the floor when you want to deploy the kit and use it. Only the Dodge Grand Caravan and the non-hybrid Chrysler Pacifica have the Stow and Go feature in the middle row.
The other vehicle models will allow you to have the passenger-carrying feature outside of your getaways, since our kit allows you to free up the middle row section for seating. Often, the seats have a “clip” system to easily remove and replace the benches.
Is it possible to travel as a family with the RoadLoft kit?
To travel as a family, you must select a vehicle that has the ”Stow and Go” option (seats that fit into the floor) in the middle row. Only the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica (non-hybrid) have this option.
When you’re on the road, you can easily move the bench and table section of the kit to free up space for the seats. When you arrive at your destination, you can stow the seats in seconds and put the kit back in place for use.
For the night, the bed in the Roadloft is large enough to accommodate 2 adults and a young child if needed. Depending on the size of your child, there are different solutions. You will find several ideas on Pinterest – for example a bed in the front of the vehicle (hammock or mattress) that occupies the width of the vehicle. Alternatively, there are several tents that can be connected to the car or you can opt for a roof tent.
Is a kit for one vehicle model compatible with another?
No, each model has unique interior curves that require us to design a kit that is optimized for optimum ergonomics and comfort.
Is it possible to try your kit in person?
You can discover the RoadLoft kit at exhibiting dealerships, at events or during a private visit to our manufacturing workshop. Discover the possibilities at this link.
Can I have a toilet inside my van with my RoadLoft kit?
We have provided enough space at the end of the bed for a camping toilet. All you have to do is move the front benches completely forward. Some models will be compatible with the space, from the ultra-compact toilet to the more comfortable “cassette” toilet. For the last option, we recommend the Porta-Potti 135 portable toilet or the Dometic 972 or 975 which will be compatible with the dimensions of the kit. At night, the toilet can be placed at the end of the bed and during the day, when travelling, it can be placed under the table.
Is it too hot in a minivan in the summer / Are there mosquito netting solutions?
With different solutions, it is possible to be very comfortable in a van, even on hot nights.
The first solution is ventilation through the windows. You can enjoy ventilation without worrying about mosquitoes with different mosquito net solutions. You can discover different solutions to make yourself or to buy on our blog article on this subject. You should know that most of the time, the rear windows allow you to have a ventilation that is pleasant and sufficient. On very hot nights, you will be comfortable by opening all the windows of your van.
You can also keep your vehicle cool thanks to the insulating front curtains. They help block the sun’s rays and keep your vehicle cooler. This means your vehicle will absorb less heat and be cooler at night to accommodate you.
Finally, some of our customers have also added a small USB fan for added ventilation, although we’ve never had the need for this ourselves. Be sure to choose one that consumes little energy and connect it to an auxiliary battery (do not use the vehicle battery as this will discharge it).
What do you do for showers?
There are several solutions! Discover them on our blog article on this subject.
Can I travel independently with a minivan?
We invite you to read the article: How to adapt your Roadloft to travel independently.
What is the difference between a refrigerator and an electric cooler?
An electric cooler consumes much more energy than a refrigerator and generally has a temperature difference of 20°C with the outside. Therefore, you often need to add ice on summer days, unlike a refrigerator where you can determine the exact temperature you want. The cooler runs continuously, which quickly discharges your battery. A refrigerator, on the other hand, will run for a few minutes every hour, since it is much better insulated and has a compressor. For example, if it is programmed at 5°C, it will run only when it notices a temperature variation and will stop as soon as the desired temperature is reached. For example, at an outside temperature of 25°C, the refrigerator will run for as little as 15 minutes per hour, while the cooler will run for the entire hour since it never stops.
For the same auxiliary battery, you will therefore have much more autonomy with a refrigerator. We provide an interesting model on our online store at this link.
Prices, dimensions and delivery
Do I need special insurance or registration to convert my minivan into a camper?
The RoadLoft kit offers a non-permanent modification of your vehicle in a camper, allowing you to save on insurance and registration fees. You won’t have to pay for RV insurance and you will save a lot! Discover all our advantages here.
What are the dimensions of the kit?
Installed in the vehicle: 83″ L x 47″ l x 11″ h
Stored at home: 47″L x 26″ l x 20.5″ h
Weight: 56 kg
I invite you to visit our product sheets in the online shop. Some kits have different dimensions in order to adapt precisely to the unevenness and curves of the different vehicle models, so as to make them totally optimal.
How thick is your mattress?
Mattress comfort is determined by its quality and density. Although our mattress is 6 cm thick, it has a density of 27 kg/m³, which places it in the top quality of mattresses – it will provide good lumbar support and will remain comfortable over time.
Our design is made to optimize space and make it as ergonomic as possible. The thickness of our mattress is therefore carefully considered. A thicker mattress would take up too much living space and would result in less clearance above your head when sitting on the bench.
How much does a RoadLoft kit cost?
The RoadLoft conversion kit is priced at 4490$+taxes. It includes the high density mattress, the 5 back curtains, the retractable sink and the cutting board. You can also find on our online store other interesting items such as solar panels, insulating curtains, lithium batteries etc. Here is the link to the shop.
How is the kit attached to the vehicle?
Our fastening system is super simple and very solid. You can see the handling of the kit in this video.
The Roadloft module is fixed to the vehicle by a system of external pressure on the walls of the vehicle as well as by velcro tabs for friction. The fixing does not require any modification to be made to your vehicle and no screws or holes to be made. It is very solid. Here is also the link for a virtual visit where you can also see the manipulations of the sections
Do I have to pay the full amount when I order?
We ask for a $1500 deposit to guarantee the reservation and to be added to the order book. The balance on your invoice must be paid when your kit is ready, 24 to 48 hours before the installation or shipping date.
What justifies this price?
The price is largely justified by the quality of the design and the materials selected. We have designed a kit made to last over time and to withstand the vibrations of the road. We have chosen quality materials, made to last over time, healthy and environmentally friendly. In addition to coming from sustainable forest management, our wood is of marine quality and used for sailboat furniture due to its resistance to humidity and its strength/flexibility/lightness ratio. It is protected by an ecological varnish without any volatile organic compound emanation which protects it 100% from humidity. Our kits are made here in Quebec and our finishing requires a lot of work from our team. Discover all our advantages here.
Do you offer financing?
We do not offer financing. The full amount must be paid before the day of your delivery/pick-up.
What type of payment do you accept?
We accept bank transfers, Interac, Visa and Mastercard credit cards. The only constraint is that you must use the same payment method when depositing and paying the final balance.
When I choose to pick up at your shop, do you do the installation?
We offer the first installation free of charge and we take care to show you every step, although the installation of RoadLoft is very simple. You will also receive a user guide with your purchase.