2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Camper Van
3.0L V6 Turbocharged CRD (Common Rail Diesel - custom tuned)
Materials list for conversion:
Dynamat (driver/passenger area, front half of floor in living area)
R Tech Insulfoam (roof of living area)
Reflectix (double reflective insulation, roof and walls of living area)
UltraTouch (recycled denim insulation, vapor barrier wrapped, walls of living area)
Pergo Laminate (wood flooring, entire living area from driver/passenger area to rear of van)
Tongue and Groove Bark Beetle Kill Pine (walls, roof, overhead storage in living area, trim around ceiling fans)
1/4 - 3/4 inch plywood (shelving, driver/passenger overhead storage, kitchenette, closet, shelves, storage area drawers, bike tray, boot storage, desk/office space, ice chest area, and most anything else that's wood
Build (front to back):
Driver/Passenger area has an overhead storage area (a nice addition that adds a lot of convenient storage and also doubles as a mount for the cabin curtains), a bulkhead behind the driver, storage behind driver seat and under passenger seat, and cabin curtains. Front area also has Heatshield window shades for windshield, and passenger/driver windows.
Moving back, I went with a Canyon (same as YETI) ice chest instead of a fridge (was planning to install solar and battery bank later but never got around to it. I've camped in the vehicle for long periods and been fine with 2 blocks of ice. BUT the vehicle is ready for solar/fridge/electrical system and has a factory auxiliary battery which charges off the alternator, but won't drain back, perfect for building a solar system and bank). The ice chest storage area doubles as a seat for relaxing or as a desk for working. I build a table and foot rest so you can set up your laptop and stay connected for work when you're miles from civilization. That said, there is a AC/DC converter which I plug in, allowing you to charge your laptop/tablet/phone without drawing down the starter battery. At the foot of the desk is a stacked set of 4 drawers from IKEA. They open and close with a push, and are great for added storage..plus they have a clean look.
Across from the office is the kitchenette, which has a cutting board, a Houzer Club Series Medium Bar Sink, storage for pots, pans, silverware, knives, etc., and a small garbage bin. It also stores the Manchester 5 lb. propane tank (I've camped for a month, cooking meals every day and the propane has lasted that long. Bonus - they often don't charge me for filling it because it's so small!). For water, I went with 15 gallons, using 3 five gallon glass carboys (used for brewing) as I didn't want to store water in a plastic container. The water delivery system is a hand pump at the sink, which I've always found works great. Water from the sink drains straight out, as I didn't feel the need for a grey water tank as all I do is rinse dishes and use Bronner's, and never use it in urban areas. The stove is a CampChef Everest 2 Burner.
Next to the kitchenette there is shelving for food storage. Think chips, bread, fruits and veggies...stuff like that. You can also store additional stuff like mugs and coffee cups, knives, cooking stuff like oils and spices, and there's a paper towel rack. The back of this area is the forward wall of the closet...which is exactly what it sounds like it is, a closet - my thought was, even if you're camping in the van for a month, you don't need to look like it - so I built a nice area to hang your pants, tech jackets, collared shirts, fleeces, etc. The back wall of the closet offers 3 shelves, which I use for books, my laptop (watch some Netflix in the evening, or a movie), and to set drinks on while sitting on the bed. (With the back doors open, the bed makes for a really nice place to sit/lay, and enjoy the views).
Adjacent to the closet, and a small part of the kitchenette is the bed. It sleeps 2 comfortably. I've been using 2 sleeping pads from Costco as a mattress, with down bedding on top. If I was going to keep it, I would purchase a mattress from IKEA and custom fit it at some point down the road as another upgrade. That said, I sleep awesome with the current set up.
Below the bed, and looking into the van with the back two doors open, there is a slide out bike tray (2 bikes, any axle type and spacing), 3 large slide out storage bins (think climbing gear, packs, toiletries, anything like that), boot storage (2 pair), a place to hang some gear, a helmet storage area, 6 small trays for parts, tools, snacks, tire chain storage (included, the good kind), a fire extinguisher (included), and a tool tray for a chain saw or other stuff (I build trails, so chain saw storage was important, plus you never know when you're going to encounter a downed tree while you're exploring mountain roads. This extra storage tray can be removed easily if not wanted)
Some other details: There are 2 MaxxFan ceiling fans - one above the bed, and one above the kitchen area - both with remote controls and programmable temp sensors. 8 LED IKEA lights on two separate circuits. The windows behind the driver and passenger doors (front quarter panels) are custom aftermarket installs from C.R. Lawrence. These flipper type windows offer the ability to open the lower half of the window, allowing lots of air flow to keep things cool without letting in bugs (the windows have screens), or vent the place really well while cooking. This addition makes things sooooo much nicer than a setup without.
Maintenance and Mechanical/Performance Upgrades:
BF Goodrich T/A All Terrain tires (30,000 miles left - awesome tires)
Green Diesel Engineering Custom Tune (3 programs: original, w/ DPF, w/o DPF. This was an awesome upgrade to the vehicle. This custom tune offers better fuel economy, more power, better shifting, and more throttle responsiveness) The tune allows you to bypass the DPF if you would like, which will further increase the power (I'm currently using the w/DPF setting)
New EGR Valve
New Turbo Boost Silencer
(~ $5,000 worth of work, all installed within the last 3,000 miles by a certified Mercedes Benz dealer, I have the paperwork).
|VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):||WD0PE745685236933||Mileage:||141,000|
|Body Type:||Van Camper||Model:||Sprinter|
|Vehicle Title:||Clear||Engine:||Turbo Diesel|
|Options:||CD Player||Drive Type:||RWD|
|Safety Features:||Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag||Power Options:||Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows|
|Sub Model:||2500||Fuel Type:||Diesel|
|Exterior Color:||Silver||For Sale By:||Private Seller|
|Interior Color:||Black||Disability Equipped:||No|
|Number of Cylinders:||6||Drive Side:||Left-hand drive|