Originally Posted by Hopperdropper
Yes storage seems like it will be an issue. I was thinking of having the whole rear couch/ ottoman raised a foot off the floor and then putting big sliding storage boxes to the rear of the van. I also will have a rear box and roof rack with thule box or something similar. I'm concerned about storage but I can't come up with any alternative floorplans that work. Any ideas?
I do agree that all the storage you think you're going to have with any given floor plan mostly goes away when all the small bits are put in place, however, you can work around this. Have your batteries mounted under the van instead of inside where SMB often mounts them. If you won't be in cold climates have your water tank installed underneath. You already said you're going to put a roof box and rear box on it for all your big, dirty stuff to be stored. Add a rear spare carrier and then you can put a nice underfloor storage box where the spare was. I think
this will work on a Sprinter but I don't know a lot about them. Also, much storage for small things can be found inside the door cavities (once again, I've only seen it done on Fords, but I'm sure Sprinters are similar), and then you can just fine space everywhere after you take delivery. Every van I've had I have found places to store an infinite number of small items. I even geeked out enough to make a list of where stuff was on my old Sportsmobile because I had stuff packed in every crevice. This was an RB Ford that my family of four did 3-4 week trips in. It was necessary. It will probably be about the same for you.
There's always this, too. Pack lighter. Most of it you won't need. If your family are the hair dryer types you may be in for a lot of arguments.