Dave Arbogast, the proud owner and operator of Dave Arbogast Conversion Vans, has recently added yet another honor to his long list of stellar career achievements. His company has just been named the #1 Explorer Conversion Van Dealer of the Year. This prestigious award is not handed out lightly to any Johnny come lately who asks for it. Dave Arbogast has a long history of experience and quality customer service in the industry, and is well deserving of this unprecedented recognition.

Conversion Vans At Specially Customized Prices

Dave Arbogast Conversion Vans is located in Troy, Ohio. The company has a longstanding reputation for convenient pricing, top notch quality products and customer care. Mr. Arbogast has owned and operated his conversion van business in the area for over a quarter of a century. The company specializes in selling a wide and comprehensive variety of conversion vans. Interested customers will also find great deals on recreational and sport vehicles such as watercraft, RV, and custom travel trailers.

Being named as the 2013 Explorer Conversion Van Dealer of the Year is a special honor. This recognition from the industry signifies that Dave Arbogast Conversion Vans has been named the single most important custom van dealership in America.

This special certification is given each year to the dealer who best exemplifies the industry ideal of quality merchandise, fair pricing, experienced and knowledgeable staff, and world class customer service. It is an honor which is never earned by newcomers to the field, and is not to be taken lightly.

Explorer: The World’s Top Name In Conversion Vans

The Explorer itself has recently become the world’s top name in custom conversion vans, and for good reason. The Explorer is simply the hottest selling and most reliable custom conversion van currently being produced on the modern international market place.

The fully customized Explorer conversion van is loaded with a full range of features which are designed to enhance your driving experience. Several package options are available for purchase, from budget priced vans to full luxury vehicles. Build your fully customized Explorer conversion van today!

In this video, Conversion Van Specialist Larry Oaks walks you through a 2014 Mobility Conversion Van with an Under the Vehicle (UVL) Lift. Dave Arbogast Van Depot is your number one conversion van dealer, and can help you with all of your Conversion Van needs.

479cac5d0a0a006501db5427347f1fabThe versatile workhorse GMC Savana Cargo has made some improvements for the 2013 in order to make work easier and a little more accommodating. A navigation radio, rear vision camera, and ultrasonic rear park assist are new for 2013. The features are options for both the LS and LT models. The rear vision camera is displayed conveniently right in the rearview mirror. However, if the vehicle is also equipped with the new navigation radio, the rear vision camera will be displayed right on the radio screen.

The GMC Savana Cargo is available in regular 135-inch or extended 155-inch wheelbase lengths. The 1500 Series vans include light-duty models at 7,300 pounds, the 2500 Series includes heavy-duty models at 8,600 pounds, and the 3500 Series includes full-bodied models at 9,600 pounds. Savana Cargo models are also outfitted with a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and an available 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel engine that has a B20 biodiesel capability.

Exterior Design Features:

• Black-painted bumpers are standard, chrome front and rear bumps with a chrome grille is available in the chrome appearance package
• Swing-out 60/40-split passenger and driver side doors, with sliding doors a possibility for the passenger side
• Heated and power-adjustable outside folding mirrors, with available turn signal indicators
• Sixteen-inch steel wheels, or seventeen-inch steel wheels for half-ton models
• Ambulance prep and hotel shuffle packages available for buyers
• Wide selection of exterior colors – sand beige metallic, polo green metallic, onyx black, deep blue metallic, steel gray metallic, fire red, summit white, wheatland yellow, and pure silver metallic

Interior Design Features:

• Standard single-zone air conditioning, with the option of rear air conditioning
• Variety of audio systems, including CD/MP3 capability and a USB port for all electronic desires, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio if opted
• Enhanced interior lighting package that includes three access panel lights and two mounted lights in the roof of the cargo area
• Two auxiliary 12-volt outlets in the interior engine cover
• Remote keyless entry and vehicle starter system available
• Leather steering wheel with wheel audio controls
• Custom vinyl or cloth upholstery in either neutral or medium pewter colors

Furthermore, StabiliTrak stability control is standard for all models, along with a trailer rating of up to a whopping 10,000 pounds on the heavy-duty models. Flat and convex exterior mirrors offer a wider field of vision for the driver. Tire pressuring monitoring systems are standard for all models. Safety features, including lap and shoulder belts for the center seats and front air bags are always in every model.

These new features offer a competitive advantage for this GMC Savana Cargo van, along with the pre-existing wide range of features. Thus, these improvements help push it to being one of the best cargo vans on the market today.

conversionvanConversion vans offer something that other vehicles do not. The conversion allows the owner to use the vehicle as a passenger or cargo van during the week, and a recreational vehicle on the weekends. Many have seats that fold down into beds in the back, are equipped with entertainment centers and have better insulation than other vehicles. This allows travel and camping all year long. There are ways to get the most out of your conversion van and help the environment at the same time.

1. Maintain The Entire Vehicle

Electrical systems, brakes, transmission and the engine should receive regular maintenance. This ensures that everything is in peak working condition. Maintained engines use less fuel than poorly maintained ones; this goes for both gasoline and diesel models. It also reduces the possibility of a breakdown on the road. Ensure the tires are properly inflated; this is one of the most common causes of reduced gas mileage and blowouts.

2. Develop Good Driving Habits (more…)

truck-van-wash-in-actionConversion vans aren’t like standard passenger vehicles. Not only are they larger, but they have many additional features and nooks and crannies. The sheer size and odd angles make it more difficult to wash in your driveway, but it is doable, and you can make the process much easier by using these tips.

Think Twice about Driving Through

Most coin-operated car washes will fit a non-hi-top conversion van and may seem like the simplest solution. In actuality, a drive-through may be more trouble than it’s worth. You’ll need to identify and protect all protruding aspects of the van, and due to the size and angles of the vehicle, you need to be wary of those hard brushes wearing down the finish.

Use a Sectional Approach

Proper cleaning requires drying by hand in a timely manner in order to avoid spots. That can be easier said than done with a conversion van if you try to do it all at once. Instead, do it in sections: top, front end, rear end, one side and then the next.

Use a Step Ladder and Spotter

Don’t use the van’s ladder. Use a six-foot ladder for the top and a four-foot ladder for all other aspects. Ladders can be dangerous when wet, so it’s best to work in pairs and have one person spot the other.

Use Hookable Buckets or Trays

Hand washing can be a real chore if you have to keep going up and down. If you use a hookable utility bucket, however, you’ll only have to make one trip up at each ladder position.

Use Spray Bottles and Long-Handled Squeegees

Squeegees with long handles and spray bottles can eliminate much of the ladder work. Long-handled squeegees simplify windshield cleaning in particular, which is one of the most difficult aspects of cleaning a conversion van well. Ideally, have two people start in the center of the windshield and each work a side.

Consider a Hose Attachment

A hose attachment is a convenient way to put the suds on the ceiling and along the top edge. You’ll still need to clean it by hand, but you won’t have to deal with a heavy bucket of water to do so.

Opt for Spray Wax

Waxing a conversion van can be a real chore, and you’ll have to do it occasionally. Most waxes suggest a recoat once a month, but if you opt for a spray-based wax sealant each time you wash, you can rejuvenate the current coating and reduce the need to wax to four or even less times a year.

Clean the Tires Thoroughly

Those large tires are a focal point of your van, so they’ll require a thorough cleaning. Clean tires also help with traction and handling, and every bit helps with a vehicle of this shape and size. Scrub those tires in a circular motion, and then wash, dry and coat with tire dressing.


Dave Arbogast Conversion Vans is offering new clearance prices on all of their 2013 models! This is the perfect opportunity to purchase a comfortable and convenient conversion van at a special price.

Benefits of Purchasing a Conversion Van 

Conversion vans are the perfect option for providing comfort and convenience when traveling. The van’s interior offers extra room that makes camping, day trips, traveling with pets, long road trips, traveling with large family groups, or assisting individuals with special needs a simpler and less stressful event. With a variety of seating options, styles, colors and arrangements to choose from, Dave Arbogast Conversion Vans makes finding the right vehicle easy and fun!

Conversion Van Models 

• 2013 Chevrolet Conversion Van Majestic SSx Hi-Top – This model features a four-door, hi-top body style with a 5.3 liter, V-8 engine and a 4-Speed automatic transmission. The Majestic SSx comes equipped with premium leather front chairs and middle seat captain chairs. The rear seating comes equipped with power sliding and power recline 2-section sofa/bed. This model also features AM/FM stereo with CD and USB input, rear sunroof, 26-inch rear T.V., DVD player, rear climate control, premium surround sound and LED accent lighting.

• 2013 GMC Conversion Van Explorer Hi-Top – The Explorer is a four-door, hi-top model with a 5.3 liter Vortec, V-8 engine and 4-Speed automatic transmission. It features a GMC 1500 body that seats up to seven passengers. The front row includes premium leather seats with power recline, power lumbar, and heating options while the middle row features premium leather captain chairs. The rear row provides power sliding and power reclining 3-section sofa/bed. The Explorer model also offers amenities such as rear sunroof, rear backup camera, remote start, 26-inch T.V., DVD player, surround sound, wireless headphones, rear climate controls and USB charging stations.

• 2013 GMC Conversion Van Southern Comfort Low-Top – The Southern Comfort is a 4-door, low-top model with a 5.3 liter, V-8 engine and 4-speed automatic transmission. It features a GMC 1500 body that seats up to seven passengers. The premium leather front seating provides power recline, power lumbar and heat options while the middle row seating offers premium leather captain chairs. This model also comes equipped with a front and rear sunroof, rear backup camera, 15-inch flip-down television, DVD player, Premium Kicker Surround Sound system with subwoofer, multi-color LED accent lighting, and rear climate control.

• GMC Conversion Van Explorer 9 Passenger – This vehicle offers the same amenities as the 7 passenger Explorer with a few additional upgrades. It features a 6.0 liter Vortec, V-8 engine with 6-Speed transmission. In addition, it also provides two rows of premium leather captain chair seating, Blu-ray player, and OnStar.

For more information regarding the special clearance pricing provided by David Arbogast Conversion Vans, please call (866) 975-3287.

591032_1It’s pretty typical to regularly drive past bottles, cans, and other recyclables in the road, but it’s not every day that bottle caps are able to slow traffic altogether. In Randy Gilliland’s case, he doesn’t actually aim to slow down passing cars, but that’s just what his bottle cap-engulfed van seems to do, no matter where he goes.

Gilliland, 52, of Florida, is a professional surveyor who is intrigued by mobile artistic designs. Originally, he constructed a queen-sized bed atop a 1969 EZ-go Golf Cart, which he also rebuilt. As he hitched the bed to the back of his 1995 Chevy Astro van, he questioned why he couldn’t turn that vehicle into a piece of art as well. So that’s just what he did. (more…)

These days, the service industry is oriented toward luxury. While it is certainly easy to imagine how luxury is defined in some ways, there are angles you might not have thought of right away. To get started in the luxury driving business, all it takes is a good driving record, a cheerful and helpful attitude, and a conversion van.

Bailing out weddings

Beyond a shadow of the doubt, one of the biggest problems that limousine companies have is running out of transportation options before the big day. It only takes a couple of vehicles breaking down for everything to start unraveling. In addition to utilizing your conversion van for a long list of potential customers, keep in mind that you can be the perfect backup plan for a business that is similar to the services you offer.

Furthermore, scheduling weddings is also helpful to you as a conversion van owner/operator. Since most of your business will happen at night or weekdays, weddings offer you a nice weekend business perk during the afternoons.

Teen formal events need drivers

Even though they cannot drive, teenagers are in constant need of transportation. Of course, they tend to travel in groups and this means that having the option of 8 passengers plus a driver is perfect for them. In addition to the homecoming and prom, there are also special religious events such as Bar Mitzvahs or Bat Mitzvahs. Some Latin Americans also have a special teen event called a Quinceanera.

Each of these special days required that children behave like adults and wear beautiful formal clothing. Without a doubt, they will think that your conversion van with factory installed and customized details is the coolest thing on the planet. For this reason, their parents will continue to hire you because you make things fun for their kids and provide them with a safe driver.

Partying on the weekends and preventing drunk driving

When couples have children, they often follow out of circulation with their friends. Regardless, when kids are old enough to have a baby sitter, they will team up with old chums and go out for a spectacular night on the town. This could include a sports game, an expensive dinner, and dancing.

They are willing to pay top dollar and the only thing they do not want to worry about is how much they are drinking, where to park, and who will drive. In these cases, your conversion van easily bounces around the city and drops them off at the front door without needing special parking like a limousine. It is comfortable for four couples without drawing attention like a mini-bus and is an easy sell as the perfect solution for a group date night.

Transport for special luxury events

Finally, if you like to travel, keep in mind that there are a wealth of opportunity’s associated with special annual events. Good examples are the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl, and the Stanley Cup. There is also the upcoming ultra-riche 2013 America’s Cup Yacht Race in San Francisco.

All of these events need help moving around celebrities, the press, and other organizing groups. Your relaxing adjustable factory installed conversion van seats will easily lure them into hiring your services (at top dollar) for the entire event.

Is a conversion van your new career?

If you still have questions concerning the value of a passenger conversion van as part of your new business investment, take a look online to see how this has been a single-handed success for many. For any other questions, be sure to call Southern Comfort Conversion Vans for a complete run down of expectations. Before long, you will be behind the wheel and saying good-bye to wearing someone else’s uniform forever.

 If you are a conversion van fan and especially like the new Rocky Ridge Conversion Van then this is the time to buy at Dave Arbogast Van Depot. At this time, we are clearing out the 2011 Rocky Ridge Vans for the lowest possible prices around to make the room for the 2012 models so this is the time to get a great deal on a 2011 conversion van.

We are the nation’s largest dealer of conversions vans both new and used. Our friendly staff can help you with any questions that you may have about our vans and the huge selection that we offer in conversion vans. Our staff of experts can help you locate the right van for the needs of your family. No matter what size van you may need from a seven passenger van all the way up to a fifteen passenger or a mobility van we have what you need.

Arbogast Van Depot is conveniently located in the city of Troy, Ohio. It does not matter if you live close by because we have delivery of any van that your choose no matter where you live whether it be all across the United States or Canada we will deliver it right to your home. We are fifteen minutes from the Dayton, Ohio International Airport and can provide accommodations for travel if you would like to come and pick up your new van in person.

You can easily go online to access our entire inventory of new and used conversion vans anytime day or night at www.gmcconversionvans.com. We are stocked with many 2011 Rock Ridge Vans at great prices. Once you decide on the van that meets your needs all you need to do is fill out the online finance application right from your home computer. It will be sent electronically for a fast decision.

For any other questions or information that you will need please contact our friendly staff for the answers. We want to help you with anything that you need when purchasing your new conversion van. You can call one of our team members at (866) 975-3287. We can help you get the conversion van of your dreams and quickly get you behind the wheel of a brand new van.

My friend is looking to buy another vehicle. He really doesn’t have a choice—his current ride breaks down about three times a week!

I have been talking to him about getting a conversion van, but he is being a little bull-headed. Ok, he is being downright obstinate. He says he doesn’t need a van, he doesn’t haul stuff, what does he need a van for?

Well, he has a family…so even though he doesn’t “haul stuff”, he hauls people, which is more important. I explained to the knucklehead that conversion vans are the ultimate in luxury, comfort, entertainment and personalization. His van can be tailored to his exact needs and wants, and conversions are better equipped than any SUV. He stared at me with open mouth amazement!

I told him that conversion vans are one of the most versatile vehicles on the road, offering spacious interiors, luxurious amenities and road going comfort. Van Conversions combine the convenience of RV’s with much better mileage, smoother handling, and much easier parking. Why wouldn’t he want to buy a conversion van?

My friend was speechless, either from the information I had just given him, or maybe he was amazed that I knew all that stuff, I’m not sure which. Anyway, next thing I knew, he was asking “Where, where should I go to see a conversion van?”

That’s the easiest question of all. Dave Arbogast in Troy Ohio has a great selection low top conversion vans, high top conversion vans and mobility vans. Better yet, the entire inventory is online, even better, our van professionals are friendly and knowledgeable, and best of all they can deliver your van to your driveway anywhere in North America. How cool is that?

Conversion Vans, Dave Arbogast and you—a combination that’s hard to beat! Call our van experts today at 1-866-975-3257!