GMC Safari / Astro Van Interior Measurements for Minivan Camper Conversion

GMC Safari / Astro Van Interior Measurements for Minivan Camper Conversion

A couple of years ago I converted a Plymouth Grand Voyager minivan into a campervan which I drove across Canada.

After being Astro-inspired by some friends I recently bought a 1997 GMC Safari (also known as a Chevrolet Astro van) while on a trip to Victoria. The plan is to leave it in Victoria til the spring, when I will fly down, spend around a week converting it to a camper, and then drive it up to the Yukon. This way I don’t have to worry about winterising it (winter tyres/engine block heater), and we can take our time road tripping/camping up north when the weather is a little warmer.

This means I am not going to have access to the van while I ponder a new design. Because of this, before I departed I took loads of weird and wonderful measurements which I hope will cover most bases when putting a design together. Because I struggled finding measurements online for the dimensions important to those converting vans, I decided to put my measurements up here for all to see.

This is not a complete list of every possible measurement, but I hope that if you are considering converting a Astro van or Safari that you may find them useful.

Note: these measurements should be considered ‘quick and dirty’. I would not recommend anyone building anything using these measurements alone! I am also not a car expert, so some of the measurement use arbitrary descriptions. I hope the photos combined with descriptions will be enough to work it out.

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back-row-up

Floor to bottom of rear seat: 17.5cm / 6.9 inches
Rear door to rear seat bottom bracket: 71cm / 27.9 inches
Rear door to rear seat bottom cushion: 63.5cm / 25 inches
Rear door to rear seat top: 43cm / 16.9 inches
Ceiling to rear seat top: 38cm / 19.9 inches
Ceiling to rear seat headrest: 20cm / 7.9 inches

back-row-down

Ceiling to rear seat folded top: 72.5cm / 28.5 inches
Floor to rear seat folded back: 46cm / 18.5 inches
Rear seat side to wall: 10.5cm / 4.1 inches

back-row-down-2

Floor to rear seat folded front: 49.5cm / 19.5 inches
Rear door to rear seat folded top: 114cm / 44.9 inches
Rear door to rear seat folded headrest: 126cm / 49.6 inches

second-row-up

Rear door to middle seat bottom bracket: 154cm / 60.6 inches
Rear door to middle seat bottom cushion: 151cm / 59.4 inches
Rear door to middle seat top: 126cm / 49.6 inches

second-row-down

Floor to middle seat folded back: 45.5cm / 17.9 inches
Floor to middle seat folded front: 48.5cm / 19.1 inches
Middle seat cushion to front seat: 26.5cm / 10.4 in
Middle seat headrest to front seat: 14.5cm / 5.7 inches
Middle seat folded top to front seat: 28.0cm / 11 inches

second-row-side

Door to middle row bottom bracket: 56cm / 22 inches
Door to middle row bottom: 38cm / 15 inches
Door to middle row seat cushion: 32cm / 12.6 inches
Door to middle row arm rest: 26cm / 10.2 inches
Window to middle row top: 40.5cm / 16 inches

width-back

Rear width bottom: 142cm / 55.9 inches
Rear width middle: 137cm / 53.9 inches
Rear width top: 122cm / 48 inches

width-wheel

Rear wheel wall to wall bottom: 142cm / 55.9 inches
Rear wheel wall to wall middle: 142cm / 55.9 inches
Rear wheel arch to arch: 127cm / 50 inches
Rear window to window: 172.5cm / 67.9 inches

width-door

Middle window to window: 174cm / 68.5 inches
Side door to wall top: 172cm / 67.7 inches
Side door to wall middle: 165.5cm / 65.1 inches
Side door to wall bottom: 145cm / 57 inches

width-front

Front width top: 130cm / 51.2 inches
Front width middle: 156cm / 61.4 inches
Front width bottom: 145cm / 57 inches
Armrest to armrest: 34cm / 13.4 inches
Seat to seat bottom: 42cm / 16.5 inches
Rear door to front seat bracket: 247cm / 97.2 inches

height-side

Floor to ceiling rear door at side: 108cm / 42.5 inches
Floor to ceiling back at side: 117.5cm / 46.3 inches
Floor to ceiling middle at side: 120cm / 47.2 inches
Floor to ceiling front at side: 116cm / 45.7 inches

height-middle

Floor to ceiling rear door at middle: 109cm / 42.9 inches
Floor to ceiling back at middle: 119cm / 46.9 inches
Floor to ceiling middle at middle: 120cm / 47.2 inches
Floor to light middle at middle: 115.5cm / 45.5 inches
Floor to ceiling front at middle: 121cm / 47.6 inches
Floor to rear wheel arch top: 28.5cm / 11.2 inches

12 Comments

Michael Holzfuß

about 1 month ago

Hi Joe , extra large thanx for the measurements and showing up here , wasn't sure if my HD dragbike ( lenght about 2,30 m ) will fit into the Astro . Searched a long time to find some measures . Now i'm sure .... At last i bought an Astro '94 , removed the rear seats , that's all .....
Greetings from Germany , Michael

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Anna

about 5 months ago

This is awesome, thanks! Is this considered a mid-size astro van or full-size?

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Joe

about 5 months ago

Interesting question, I wasn't aware that they did different sizes. Perhaps they are less common in Canada. As far as I know this is just the standard length. I hope that helps.

Joe

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billy bob and peggy sue

about 11 months ago

thank you so much

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Ezekiel Willerson

about 11 months ago

Wow! Searched everywhere for this!! Great!! Thank you so much!

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Cam

about 1 year ago

I love your blog and the measurements were exactly what I needed. After seeing your conversion, I'm looking forward to starting my Astro or Caravan conversion ! Your tiny house is looking great :)

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Bill

about 2 years ago

I just finished converting a 2001 Astro van and thank you very much for all of you great measurements

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Joe

about 2 years ago

I'm really glad you found them useful. Do you have any photos of your conversion online you can link to?

Joe

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travis

about 2 years ago

VERY HELPFUL !

thank a lot for taking the time to do this!!

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Audrey

about 3 years ago

Wow!
I found your post sooo helpful ! I just bought today the same model as you and will be ''camperizing'' it as well.
Maybe our road gonna cross in the futur since the Island is my home base ...
Happy trail !

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Joe

about 3 years ago

Hi Audrey, I'm glad you found the measurements useful. I would definitely be interested in seeing what design you come up with for the van. I have been thinking lots about it myself.

Joe

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MOG

about 3 years ago

Like the idea of you documenting your conversion.
It might also be useful to have the dimensions of the rear side-doors; it seems to me that would allow you to get big stuff in without having to negotiate the rear wheel arches.

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