Virginia, United States of America
Selling our 2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Cargo Van converted into a recreational vehicle.
Starting in the driving area, the pilot seats have easily washable covers with a locking glove box and additional locking storage under the passenger seat. There’s an upgraded stereo, which will connect via Bluetooth or USB outlet using Android Auto and Apple Carplay, and shows the backup camera. Above this is a storage area where we’ve kept all vehicle records and user manuals for house items. Behind the seats, the countertop pivots up for easy use of the sink and access between the driving and house areas.
Six drawers have push-to-lock/unlock buttons which extend to pull open towards the center of the aisle. A larger cabinet next to the sink has an additional three large drawers and cabinet above with three shelves, where the microwave and toaster oven sit. Above the large cabinet is another smaller shelf space where the signal amplifier sits; this will help you to get better phone signal or hot spot Wi-Fi when you’re in low signal areas.
On the other side of the van from the large cabinet is the sliding door entrance where there’s a large window. On either side of this entrance is a slim space for holding trash bags and a control area for lights, thermostat, and viewing the house batteries’ status. There are two benches with removable cushions (each with machine-washable covers) over wooden tops which open to expose storage areas. Within the passenger-side bench is a Nature Head compostable toilet and a separated area for additional storage. The driver’s side bench hides the chest fridge and a smaller amount of storage space. From this bench, you can access a tall hidden area behind the large cabinet, where the table-top lives when not in use. The table-top connects to a Laguna stand between the benches and is easily rotated over either bench, out of the way.
Above each bench and continuing back along walls around the bed is netting for pocket storage. We use these spaces primarily for clothes in “packing cubes” and for towels. These storage spaces will only take up as much space as the items they hold and hitting your head on them feels more like laying your head against a pillow. The ceiling is well-insulated and padded behind the vinyl surface so getting out of bed quickly doesn’t hurt either. On the sides of the bed there are spacers to keep a little extra handy storage space next to the bed and there’s a window on each side which slides open with or without a screen.
Going around to the back of the van, there’s an outlet to charge the van house batteries through an extension cord, when needed. On top of the van, are three solar panels which will charge the van house batteries throughout the day and a small antenna for the signal amplifier. The back doors open out and can either sit open 90deg or fold around to sit on the outside of the van. There is a white box just behind the back passenger door with hot and cold water knobs and hose quick-connect to spray things or shower behind the van. On the far right in the “garage”, under the bed, is a row of batteries against the wall and the electrical system above. Next to the batteries is the water tank, which has a PVC pipe coming up and to the front for easy filling via hose, and on the left from that is a box for the water heater/furnace. There is a lot of room for storage, tough wooden floors throughout, except in the driving area where original vehicle flooring is easily removeble for extra cleaning. We’re willing to part with a large portion of items we’ve used to live here for the past year, if you’re interested.
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Electrical uses three 200aH house batteries, which can be charged via solar, vehicle alternator when the van is running, or outside electrical source. There are various house outlets (120V) and car-type outlets (12V – think cigarette lighter), which is more efficient, throughout the van. When not in use, there are shut off switches from the batteries on top of the water tank and from the alternator behind the emergency brake.
The water system uses a 44-gallon holding tank, which can be filled via hose. We generally use a filter before the hose, just in case, but you should be fine without one if you’re getting good potable water. The water heater can be turned on at the thermostat and works well at the sink and back hose. Water from the sink drains via gravity under the fridge to the gray water tank, under the van. This tank has a spigot to drain water as well as air holes, from which the water will drain if the tank gets too full.
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Virginia, United States of America
Mercedes Benz, Dodge Ram
Sprinter, Van, SUV