Polaris XPEDITION Customs creates a Vanlife Side-x-Side

polaris Xpedition custom camper van side by side by Draco UTV

There’s no doubt that side-by-sides can get to a lot of places cars, trucks, and vans can’t. But full-size vehicles provide a lot of creature comforts that side-by-sides can’t.

But what if you combined them?

That’s what Polaris did, partnering with custom outfitter Draco UTV to turn their Xpedition SxS into a camper van…with a long travel suspension and 35″ tires!

It’s a project for adventure photographer Quin Schrock, who takes it to the San Juan mountains in southwest Colorado. Here’s the video walk-through with some epic scenery, followed by pics and details. Full build list at the bottom.

closeup details of polaris Xpedition custom camper van side by side by Draco UTV

The exterior gets a full strip down and fresh paint, then panels are reattached. Clear sparkly vinyl is used for the graphics and logos, giving it a stealth look that hits different in sunlight.

closeup details of polaris Xpedition custom camper van side by side by Draco UTV

Draco makes racks specifically for UTVs, and for Polaris models in particular. This one has a full-length roof rack.

fold out bed inside polaris Xpedition custom camper van side by side by Draco UTV

The bed folds out onto the tailgate, with a zip-up waterproof shell extending the sleeping area to an appropriate length. The only catch with this setup is that…

slide out camp kitchen in polaris Xpedition custom camper van side by side by Draco UTV

…you’ll need to slide the kitchen out to make the bed fully flat. And the only catch with this is…

closeup details of polaris Xpedition custom camper van side by side by Draco UTV

…you’ll want to leave that awning opened through the night to cover the kitchen area. It won’t protect against dew (or critters and bugs), but at least the Dometic cooler won’t get rained on.

The rooftop solar shower has an electric pump, and storage cases up front provide more room for gear. Solar panels on top of those keep an auxiliary battery power pack topped off.

KC hilites on polaris Xpedition custom camper van side by side by Draco UTV

KC Hilites covers the lighting with a roof rack setup, pillar lights, and ground lighting.

interior of polaris Xpedition custom camper van side by side by Draco UTV

The custom finished interior adds some elegance to the already well-equipped dash, which comes stock with a GPS/map-enabled touchscreen display for off-grid use that doesn’t require cellular data to show your position and find trails.

polaris Xpedition custom camper van side by side by Draco UTV

Full Build List 

  • Draco Roof Top Rack 
  • Draco Custom Interior
  • Draco Custom rear tent and snap in doors 
  • Draco Custom Green Paint 
  • Custom Interior includes headliner, seats, steering wheel, dash, door handles and mattress
  • Draco Custom Bed 
  • HCR 72-inch (wide) long-travel suspension¬†
  • Powder-coated suspension 
  • 35-inch EFX tires 
  • 15-inch KMC Beadlock wheels 
  • Kchilites PRO 6 Roof rack light
  • Kchilites Flex Era A pillar lights 
  • Kchilites chase light 
  • Kchilites rock lights 
  • Pro Eagle Jack and mount 
  • Solar power panel with power pack 
  • Roof Rack Storage boxes 
  • Roof Rack Shower 
  • Roof Rack Awning 
  • Slide out kitchen 
  • Sink 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Switch pros 
polaris Xpedition custom camper van side by side by Draco UTV

Stock Polaris Xpedition ADV models with the rear cargo cover and side panels come in two- and four-door platforms and start at $32,999. It comes with Fox suspension, 14″ of ground clearance with full-coverage skid plate, 114hp engine, 32″ tires, and optional air conditioning, racks, and other accessories. Or take it to Draco UTV and go nuts.

Polaris.com

About Tyler 74 Articles
I'm a serial traveller and road trip lover who's crisscrossed the US so many times I've lost count. I've owned cars, SUVs, wagons, vans and a 37' class A toy hauler RV, and I've customized them all! I love the open road and getting off the beaten path to find new adventures, mainly traveling with Kristi and the kids to explore the world on our own two feet (and, usually, two to four wheels)!

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