Installing solar panels, CTEK D250S charge controller and Xantrex LinkLite on a Sprinter camper van conversion

Posted on Tuesday, Aug. 09, 2016 in Van Building • Tagged with sprinter, build, build-log


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Installing a battery charged by the alternator in a Sprinter camper van conversion

Posted on Friday, Aug. 05, 2016 in Van Building • Tagged with sprinter, build, build-log

The electrical side of a van build is something that should be tailored your power requirements. Some people require little more than a few LED lights and obviously don’t spend much time worrying about batteries, solar panels and the like. Others want a mega-system that allows them to plug in laptops, kettles, induction stoves, etc.


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Building cabinets in a Sprinter camper van conversion

Posted on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 in Van Building • Tagged with sprinter, build, build-log

As my van build progressed, I kept putting off the ceiling cabinets as I knew they were going to be a daunting task. I had no idea how I was going to accommodate the two different roof rib structures all the while keeping things in perfect alignment.


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Building a bed in a Sprinter camper van conversion

Posted on Tuesday, Feb. 09, 2016 in Van Building • Tagged with sprinter, build, build-log

Prepare yourself, because my bed-building process winds a path through experimentation. I clock in at around 5‘9” tall. If I owned a NCV3 Sprinter van, I would orient my bed cross-ways, no question. However, since I owned an older T1N van, my height is almost exactly the width I have to work with inside the van.


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Building the walls and ceiling in a Sprinter camper van conversion

Posted on Friday, Feb. 05, 2016 in Van Building • Tagged with sprinter, build, build-log

When planning out the walls, I had a couple big decisions stump me for awhile: color & material. I settled on color first, white. I wanted to keep the inside of the van very clean and bright. As for material, I initially thought I would install some sort of plastic-based layer – I had even purchased some thin plastic sheeting from Home Depot with the intention of glueing it over a wood surface.


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Installing the flooring in a Sprinter camper van conversion

Posted on Monday, Feb. 01, 2016 in Van Building • Tagged with sprinter, build, build-log

The floor was one of the most gratifying parts of the install, going from bare cargo van floor to something I’d expect to see in my home. I had one minor hiccup in the flooring install, but once I realized my mistake, I completed my floor install and am still happy with it 10 months later.


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Insulating a Sprinter camper van conversion

Posted on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 in Van Building • Tagged with sprinter, build, build-log

The most difficult part of insulating was deciding on the materials to use. Once that was done, it was a matter of measure, cut, glue, repeat.


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Installing a Fantastic Fan roof vent in a Sprinter camper van conversion

Posted on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 in Van Building • Tagged with sprinter, build, build-log

Back home in Las Vegas with my new van, it was time to get down to business. It was March 22nd and by the 1st of June, I’d be heading to British Columbia. The first task on my list was probably one of the scariest: cut a hole in the roof.


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Cleaning out the Sprinter van and prepping for the camper conversion

Posted on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 in Van Building • Tagged with sprinter, build, build-log

The van was in great shape when I purchased it. However, it still needed a bit of work to strip it down and ready it for the construction process.


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Purchasing a Sprinter van for a camper van conversion

Posted on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 in Van Building • Tagged with sprinter, build, build-log

At the beginning of my search for a van, the average price tag on the Craigslist listing I saw left me pretty disenchanted with the idea. I expected the prices to be higher than your average Astro van, but seeing old, rusted out, 300k mileage vans still listed for $20,000 was a shock. Luckily, these price tags only reflects the sellers hopes and dreams, not necessarily reality.


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