About FVG

The FVG Crew

We have the best team around! Our goal is to make epic vans and happy customers, but we can’t do any of that without our crew.  Our team is filled with innovators, dreamers, creatives, hard workers, and just all around amazing people.

Grant Wilson

Founding Partner

“I pride the company on our willingness to help people in our unique way. Communication, transparency, and wanting the best for the customer are our top priorities. We make dreams come true!”

A true rennaissance man. Grant spent time in the US Air Force where his main job was maintaining aircraft and learned valuable skills in mechanics which gave him the bug for suping up awesome vehicles. His love for tinkering and building led to many cars and rigs suited for drifting, racing, and off roading from Japan to Saudi Arabia.  Once back state side, he spent his time overlanding, taking the leap from an off road Subaru, built out Tacoma, tear drop camper, then finally adventure van. In 2016 Grant founded VanGo Outdoors in St. Augustine Florida where he built epic vans from scratch. He’s learned all the tricks of the trade which has made him an expert in not just van life, but the overland community as a whole. This well rounded knowledge makes him essential to the business where he helps not only our customers, but the rest of us understand the ins and outs of this life style. 

Chad Perce

Partner & Operations

“Our culture here is a meaningful part of our company because we do meaningful work! Everyone has each others back and that extends to every client. Real relationships make working here a blast!”

Business man extraordinaire! Chad comes from the health care IT world where he started his first busniess “iMethods” in 2004 with his business partner, Clint Drawdy. In 2013, Clints wife went through multiple life saving surgeries, taking out most of her large intestine, that unfortunately left her with symptoms similar to those with Chrones and Colitis. With limited freedom, Chad and Clint were in search of a solution that would allow her to take on day to day tasks without worry of a restroom. After months of searching, they decided to take matters into their own hands and build a van that was comfortable as a daily driver but had a bathroom in the back! This van allowed her to normally move about the world with new found freedom and less worry.  They built a new company “Freedom Conversions” that specialized in bathroom builds to help others with similar problems. Chad’s business savvy mind and care for others is a driving force in our company. 

Worlds Collide

As Freedom Conversions grew, more people came to them asking about adventure vans! Knowing very little about that industry, Chad met Grant through a mutual vendor. Chad would send customers Grant’s way and would rely on him for advice in the building process and camper van know-how. In 2019, Grant’s desire to expand his work and Chad’s business mindset collided and the two became one! They merged the companies into who we are now, FreedomVanGo.  They started taking the van life by storm, building camper vans, installing parts, and helping people find new freedom with bathroom vans.  Over the years we have grown from two men with a dream to a team of 17 awesome people who share the same dream of elevating the van life experience and upgrading customers’ adventures!

the FVG Crew

Chris Burgos

Production Manager
“This community has surprised me in the best ways. I thought it would be the same situation all the time, but the opposite is true! I’ve heard the coolest stories from our unique community. Customers, other builders, and our own team help teach me something new everyday.”

AVERIE PIEPER

Marketing Manager
“This industry has a way of bringing out the best in people. Not only do we as a company try to be the best for our people, but the community has proven time and time again to have our backs as well. These are more than business transactions, they are true friendships formed between customers, coworkers, and vendors alike!”

Caleb Carrico

ECommerce Manager
“Working here has been a fantastic opportunity for personal and professional growth. The fast paced nature has lead to constant learning. I’ve learned so much and am constantly seeking new ways to improve customer experience”

Lisa Weber

Finances and Operations
“We are FAMILY! We love and care about each other even when not at work. All the laughs, comerardery, honesty, and our awesome customers are the best part about working here.”

Elora Hahn

Purchasing Manager
“The best part about working here is the family we’ve created. We have not only created one within FVG, but one in the van life community with our fellow builders, vendors, and customers. To have this bond amongst ourselves and beyond is something special.”

Hannah Hawthorne

Customer Accounts Admin
“Never have I worked for a company that both the customers and employees can interact in a way that builds a relationship. Even more so when going to events and meeting the people you’ve only spoken to via email or on the phone. It is so fun to have a real connection to this community!”

ANNA KESSENGER

Operations
“I love seeing all the awesome vans and people. We get to help make their visions come to life! We have amazing customers and an epic team. We’re a big, vivacious, hardworking family!”

CJ WILSON

Ecommerce
“I love the people I get to work with! We are a family and I’ve gotten to learn so much from them. Working here has given me new technical and relational skills that translate into everyday life.”

Regan Higgins

Finance
FVG has such a fun environment where I've met some of my best friends! The shop dogs are also a huge bonus.

AVa Baumgardner

Photographer

Max Messner

Shop Manager
“The best part about working here is the people! It is refreshing to work with others who care and have a passion for what they do. It really makes this place special.”

Forrest Andrews

Lead Tech
“Working here has brought a sense of belonging and community. From bombing down trails in my Land Cruiser with the boys to meeting more of our friendly and easy-going van life community!”

Nick Brooks

Lead Tech
The best part about working here is the people! We're a cool group doing cool stuff.

Tyler Long

Shop Tech

Mark Losco

Shop Tech

Adam Grahm

Shop Tech

Nate Hawthorne

Electrical Specialist
“It's fulfilling and enjoyable to work with amazing workers and awesome customers! We are accepting, hardworking, and it feels like a big family. Our customers are some of the best people as well, the best surprise has been the person bold enough to rock 35″ tires on his van!”

Fisher Teague

Shop Tech

The FVG Petting Zoo

Indy
Elske
babies
Kiah & Walker
sunny
Sunny
Watson
Bo
Moses
Nelli

Where the Magic Happens

Our shop fits up to 5 vans at a time! The inside bays are reserved for our long term projects while the others rotate vans weekly and sometimes daily! We accommodate all types of work from simple rack mounting, intense interior work, cutting holes, and suspension work! Our shop is safe and stocked with the best equipment that ensures your van and our techs are safe and happy.  

One Stop Shop

Electrical – Exterior Modifications – Interior Fabrication – Suspension Upgrades – Lights and Switches – Technology – Fans and AC – Windows – and More!

The Vans

We specialize in Mercedes Sprinters, Ford Transits, Ram Promasters, RV Style Vans (Revel, Storytellers, Thors, Etc) and Winnebago Ekkos! We personally have a 170″ Mercedes Sprinter and Winnebago Ekko both of which are suited up to the max. We’re not just installing your parts, we’re living the life! This means we will never come at you guys with poor quality products or unreliable info. We work to understand the van life ourselves so that we can offer you the best advice, gear, and service possible.