Methuen, Massachusetts 01844, United States of America
VAN HISTORY AND CONDITION
This van has had 2 owners: Jackson Acura in Roswell, GA (2006-2018) and myself (2018-present). It is completely rust free because it spent most of its life in Georgia (no road salt). It has extensive maintenance records dating back to 2007 because Jackson Acura had their technicians maintain it consistently. Thus, even though the van has 313,000 miles on it, it is in excellent condition both internally and externally. This is one of those Sprinter vans that is primed to go 1,000,000 miles. Clean CarFax with no accidents or incidents of any kind.
See the slideshow for photos showing how clean and rust free it is. Although the van is rust free it does show stains from the Jackson Acura decals that used to be on it.
The drivetrain is excellent with no problems. When I bought the van from a representative at Jackson Acura, it had a mysterious intermittent stalling problem. I spent close to $10K chasing down that problem until I finally delivered the van to the legendary Doktor A (mechanic active on The Sprinter Source) who identified the problem to be a bent tooth on the tone wheel ring which was causing a timing problem. That tooth probably bent when Jackson Acura replaced the transmission in 2017. Doktor A simply unbent the tooth and the problem was solved. But not before I put in a brand new: AC system, injectors, alternator, battery, ground cables, turbo resonator and much more at Mercedes Benz of Burlington. The drive train is loaded with brand new OEM parts and the van drives great.
This is my second conversion. Any mistakes I made in the first one are fixed here. The primary design priorities were: stealth, modularity, and minimalism.
The van is completely blackout due to the custom-sewn magnetic window coverings and partition. From the outside, the van looks like a typical white cargo work truck. The Espar heater allows the van to heated without running it. The floor vent and MaxxFan allow for ventilation without opening windows.
All furniture shown can be easily removed. The painted UniStrut rails provide modularity. Furniture can easily be taken on and off of the rails. The bed hinges up easily against the wall making the van into a wide-open cargo hauler.
A 300W solar panel charges an 8D Lifeline marine battery. All wiring is marine-grade. All connections are crimped with heat shrink tubing. All lights, receptacles and appliances are wired in parallel to prevent voltage drop along the circuit. Electrical equipment is accessible via a compact, water-tight, ventilated cabinet. There are 5 duplex receptacles and 5 12V cigarette sockets spread throughout. A charging station that contains 1 Lightning, 2 USB-C and 1 micro-USB cable is built into the electric sit-stand desk. The black 12V socket is 10AWG wire and is meant to power the fridge. The 120V power comes from a 1000W inverter.
There are 3 layers of lighting: 10 overhead recessed cans on a dimmer, 3 wall sconces on a dimmer, and a long run of remote-controlled LED strip lights for accents and mood. The cans and sconces are wired in parallel so that there is no voltage loss from fixture to fixture.
HEAT AND INSULATION
This is 4-season camper due to the Espar heater. That heater is complemented by 2 inch thick Armaflex soft foam sheets on the walls, ceiling and partition.
Tough gym-grade foam tiles that have a very high R-value and durability for their thickness. They are the ideal material for providing insulation and comfort without losing excessive headspace. Replacement tiles can be easily purchased at Home Depot.
A MaxxFan Deluxe ceiling van/vent is paired with a small, latched floor vent to provide airflow throughout the van even if all doors and windows are closed. There is also a Caframo Cirocco II fan above the bed. 12V and 120V power sockets allow for additional fans to be added during summer months. There are also two Caframo Ultimate 757 fans in the cockpit: one for the driver and one for the passenger. Together with the brand new AC and the insulated partition, these two fans make for a very cool, comfortable cockpit during the hot summer months.
The twin-sized bed is extremely rigid, made out of 3/4 plywood with straps running underneath it to prevent sagging. The folding bed legs can support a tremendous amount of weight and are placed at the corners so that large objects can be stored under the bed. When you need more space, the bed can be folded up against the wall in about 30 seconds.
Afraid of driving a Sprinter? Have no fear–the 140WB model is no longer than a large pickup truck (it fits in normal parking spaces), and the two backup cameras make it easy to drive in reverse. One camera points directly down at the bumper so you can park very precisely. The other points out behind the van so you can see pedestrians, vehicles and other objects off in the distance. There are two monitors on the dash in front of the driver: one for each camera.
This desk has an electric motor and goes up and down as needed. It provides an excellent surface for computer work, placing a TV, cooking, reading, writing or anything else that a desk might be used for. An excellent feature for the digital nomad or online student. It can be easily removed.
An ultra-efficient, 12V TruckFridge TB18 Indel B 18L refrigerator is included. I added a high power circuit (10 AWG marine wire) specifically for a fridge. The fridge can be placed in a variety of positions and attached to the UniStrut.
Methuen, Massachusetts 01844, United States of America