Cornish, New Hampshire 03745, United States
You are looking at my Bittersweet Beehive. This van is the culmination of all that I have learned from two years living in a van and four years of steady growth in the field of converting vans plus lots of carpentry on the side. This is my 6th van and I can assure you that it is top notch! It's name is Bittersweet Beehive because I put my heart and soul into this rig in order to fulfill a vision. Every piece of exposed wood was milled by me from local rough sawn lumber, each door custom built and cabinets built from scratch. With hundreds of hours put into this van, I feel a heavy toll of bitterness toward it while at the same time now that it is complete, my vision came true and its a really sweet rig suitable for a queen bee!
When I build vans, I always take into account my own experience from living in one full time. For example I constantly think of convenient storage options using every square inch; or having an adequate and functional electrical system that can be easily accessible if it needs a tune up. There was a lot that I learned from living in my vans and I feel that I have worked out many of the kinks and inconveniences associated with the interface of cabinets and the flow of the living space. This van truly has a unique vibe and nifty tricks that don't compromise its comfort of functionality.
This Sprinter as 52,000 miles and will probably have a bit more as I am taking it on a work trip in January (if someone buys it during the work trip I would happily pass it on). The previous owner was a line/tower work company and was fleet maintained. the 4x4 mode works flawlessly, I just drove through the White Mountains of New Hampshire through a white out conditions and high winds. No problem at all. It is diesel and gets about 21mpg on or off 4x4 mode.
- Electrical components and amenities
- 400 watts of solar panels fastened to the roof of the van
- Renogy 12v 200 12v amp hour AGM battery (it could be 240 amp hour but I am finding that that battery might be sulfided up and may no longer be functional)
- Victron solar charge controller MPPT 100|30 amp
- Victron Battery Monitor
- Renogy 2000 watt Pure Sine wave inverter
- Secondary 3000 watt modified inverter which came with the van and is hooked up to the van battery
- Shore power hook up (120v only)
- Progressive Dynamics AC/DC panel converter/smart charger 30 amp
- Go Power Automatic transfer Switch
- Joytutus 42 quart AC/DC chest fridge
- Maxxair Ceiling vent fan.
- LED lights through out
- 4 AC outlets with USB charge ports throughout
- 21 gallon fresh water tank
- 7 gallon grey water
- On demand propane Hot water heater/shower
- Propex HS2000 propane direct vent heater.
- Living quarters/kitchen
- The bed is adjustable. If you are not so tall, you could keep the bed in its tucked back position where it is 68.5" long by 58" wide. But if you are a taller person, the front of the bed can slide forward over the two dressers pressing against the kitchen lattice divider and tall cabinet making the bed a whomping 73" long by 68.5" wide. The only inconvenience with the bed situation is that if you have the bed in its retracted position, you have a large mattress pad to figure out what to do with. If you are fine with keeping the bed small, maybe you just throw it out. or if you are fine keeping the bed extended, just keep the pad in place. Either way, the bed is great for almost all body sizes and in its extended position doesn't take away from the living space much at all.
- The rear window can slide open so on hot summer days you can turn on your ceiling vent fan with the window open and create a really awesome draft to stay cool.
- Camp chef propane oven and stove cooktop
- large bench with a raising a lowering swivel table. This table can lower all the way down and you can create an additional sleeping area behind the drivers seat thats 75 inches long.
- ample storage options above the bench, above and below kitchen counter, in front of the bed, tall cabinet with adjustable shelves. I will say the garage space is slightly limited given the large water tank, shower set up, and small bed. But the floor has a rubber mat to help prevent water damage. I do not have a picture uploaded of the space because it is not complete. If you respond to this add, I will get it to you with exact dimensions.
The not so great parts of the van:
- On the outside of the van, you can still see the outline of the previous owners company logo. I personally don't think it's a big deal, but maybe you do.
- The rooftop real estate is very limited, so if you wanted to invest in a roof rack, you will have to make adjustments
- there are no swivel seats.
- the heater is not currently hooked up. I plan on doing it with a professional plumber for the fixed propane lines. However, I wanted to offer an opportunity to give a discount. If the buyer doesn't want a heater, I would automatically take off $1,200 whatever the agreed upon final price is as that would be the cost of the heater and labor associated with the instal. If you do want the heater but maybe you can find someone to instal it, I would take off $500 and provide the heater for you uninstalled. or if you want the heater in and fully installed, I will do it.
I believe I have covered most of what this van is about! Absolutely reach out with any question! I should let you all know as well, I am not in this business to make a huge splash. I just want to get paid for my work and sell my product at a fair market price. That being said, I am absolutely open for negotiating a fair price for you. Also, if you are on the other side of the country I would be open to delivering the van. I own it outright with the title in hand so transferring ownership should be a breeze!
Cornish, New Hampshire 03745, United States