Bellingham, Washington 98225, United States of America
We are selling our 2014 Sprinter 2500 conversion camper with 95k miles and are looking for $60K. It is rear wheel drive and has the 4 cylinder 2.1L turbo-diesel engine which gave us ~25mpg AVG fuel economy. We are the second owners, before it came to us it was a fleet vehicle for a solar company. We bought it from a 3rd Party in Hartford CT and drove it home. The van was built to take the two of us on a multi-month tour around the united states. We did 8 wonderful months and have settled back home. We are trying to consolidate down to one vehicle for everyday life AND adventuring and sadly a two-seater is not the right fit for us.
General Build info:
A full album of build photos can be seen here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmoJGDqt
First we insulated the floor using ½” R1.9 Insulfoam board. With truss boards in place we topped the whole thing with ½” plywood.
We insulated the entire van using R-19 Denim insulation, stuffing extra denim inside of every cavity we could access as well. We used denim because it is friendly to work with (no masks or suits) and we wouldn’t be introducing noxious odors to small environment of the van. After extensive research we decided to not vapor seal anything. The thought process behind this is in a van, you will not be able to perfectly vapor seal, which means moisture will get in, but if sealed it would stay there much longer. Without any vapor seal the moisture can get in, but it can also more-easily dry out.
After insulation we used 1/8” plywood for sub walls to keep everything together. After that we began to frame all the interior features. We used 80/20 aluminum extrusions to construct all interior features for superior strength to weight ratio, finishing with wood accents, drawers, platforms etc. We finished the inerior with duck canvas for a light-weight summery tent vibe
Two Motion windows were added both on the passenger side. One large door panel window that has a portion that slides open, the other a small SS slider in the rear section level with the bed platform.
We added an electrical system, and then the amenity’s of a house we needed to feel at home (see below for details)
We built the whole electrical system around a Battleborn 100ah LiFePO4 battery for superior weight and cycle life. Everything was scoped so a second battery could be dropped in to bring the whole house to 200ah. The Solar Charge controller could also handle 2 more solar panels on the roof. The 2000w inverter isn’t even close to topped out. I never upgraded the system because we never had issues running low on battery. Another solution would be to use the space I allocated for a second battery to drop in a progressive dynamics LiFePO4 shorepower charger. The system charges well off of solar, but adding the sterling charger off the inverter is a nice boost for those on the move often. Felt good to always be off the grid.
· Battleborn 100Ah 12V LiFePO4 Deep Cycle Batter
· Sterling Power Battery to Battery Charger 12V input to 12V output 30amp DC powered charger
· Two 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel solar charge controller - Rover 40amp MPPT
· 2000W 12V Pure Sine Wave Inverter LED lights throughout (Garage, kitchen, overhead, incognito red, dim outdoor)
· MaxxFan Vent
· Happybuy 2KW Diesel Heater Double Vent 2KW Diesel Air Heater 12V Diesel Parking Heater
· 12v outlet for cooler fridge, we used it for an ARB(not included)
· All dimmable LED lighting including separate lighting options for: over counter lights, overhead main, overhead bed, incognito red cabin lights, garage lights.
Kitchen sink, plumbed directly to 5 gallon jug. Running water provided to sink via a simple on demand pump fed into another 5 gallon jug in the garage of vehicle. Never hasseling with holding tanks was an incredible blessing on our journeys. We threw a spare 5 gallon jug of water in the back and found it was all we needed between refills.
We cooked with a Camp Chef Everest cooking stove and with the vent running have had no issues with fumes (have a Co2 detector mounted). We were running it with a bulk hose to a 4lb propane tank. It worked well but honestly the stove works better with smaller tanks. I have since gotten fuel king refillable canisters that work great
Plenty of room for pots and pans in the main drawers. Dry food room is very good in the pantry above the countertop.
The bed is a tri-fold design. Down it provides a good sitting bench with a table that attaches to the cooking pedestal. Its also cozy to sit on the bed with 4ft of head room. Roomy closet that gave us possibly too much room for clothes.
Expanded the bed is 48”wide and 80” long. We positioned the seems of the three cushions so it wouldn’t be at our hips. The three pillows are independent but stayed together using a fitted sheet. Could also install some Velcro if not using a sheet.
Issues on the road
No known issues with the van, and we did not have any breakdowns in the 8-months we were roaming around. We had a few parts go out and replaced including: A/C fan, Diesel exhaust filter, gas pedal (bad senor in it), new brakes, and a couple normal servicing’s
On the last week of the trip, we did have one of the old(before we owned the van) roof penetrations leak on us. At that time I resealed everything on the roof with lap-sealant (pretty routine RV maintenance) and no issues since then.
Bellingham, Washington 98225, United States of America