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Location – San Diego, CA
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We have outgrown our camper. I built this thinking we’d own it forever, but as the kids grow we have realized it’s just a tad too small. I required forward facing seats for the kids that were close enough that we could talk without yelling. We needed sleeping arrangements for 4, preferably with the two kids separated. I’m 6’4” and I wanted to be able to stand up inside. The following is what we came up with. It has worked great for us, we’ve spent well over 200 nights in it over the last 6 years.
Van purchased 7/09. 2008 Dodge Sprinter 3500 170” WB Currently 52,xxx Miles
Suspension seats – air ride, nice!
Reinforced Front Axle
Power heated mirrors
Kenwood DNX 6140 with HD radio module
20 inch fold down screen for movies
Reimo seat swivel passenger side
18 Gallon Aux fuel tank – Upscale Automotive Sprinter Store
Spare Tire Carrier, rear door – Upscale Automotive Sprinter Store
Euro style cable chains for snow/ice. Never used
Dual Captain Chairs. Swivel and recline.
Windows – CR Lawrence all the way around with tint. 4 of them awning type.
Fiamma F65 Awning
Fantastic Fan with thermostatic remote control
Webasto Airtop 2000 heater
Magnum MS 2000 inverter/charger with remote and battery monitor kit (might be 2800)
Sure Power Battery Separator
10 6V Golf Cart batteries
Battery connections and high amp lines ran with appropriate size welding wire
Led lighting in ceiling
2 Littlite reading lights. 3 position OFF-WHITE-RED
2 Hella 2 speed fans
Multiple 12V and 120V outlets. USB outlets
Vitrifrigo 8 cu. Ft. Fridge with separate freezer (ice!).
Sharp Convection Microwave Oven
Maple Butcher-block countertop
Shurflo water pump
Water filter for drinking water
20 Gallon fresh water tank – Appox.
6 Gallon Grey water tank – Appox.
4 Gallon Electric hot water heater – 120V
All water lines are PEX
Exterior shower from Adventure trailers
Thetford Porta Potti
Interior framed with 80/20 Extruded aluminum and skinned with environmentally friendly Plybo
Closed Cell Spray foam insulation
Froli Sleep System
Van walls and ceiling were sprayed with closed cell foam for insulation and sound deadening. The floor got either a layer of roll on sound deadening (Noxudol) or a layer of Dynamat, then a layer of closed cell sound deadening foam and a layer of mass loaded vinyl. This thing is QUIET! Over that in the camper portion in plywood, then cork flooring.
All cabinets are framed using 80/20 aluminum and skinned with Plybo. Very, very strong. Couches have a total of 6 seat belts for taking friends with you, and fold into a very comfortable bed. Kids or very small adults sleep in the fold down beds (similar to a cot), also made of 80/20.
We always set up our Partner stove outside for cooking, using the sink and counter area for prep and clean up. The layout of the camper has worked extremely well for us. The van, while large, is very easy to drive. The turning radius is great so parking isn’t as bad as you’d think. The van is very easy to drive, cruise control works great, you’re up high and can see things out ahead. We have slept in the van parked on city streets in places such as San Francisco, Telluride, Jackson Hole, Bilbao, Spain, Czech Republic, Baltimore, Italy, Holland, France and more, in addition to the front or back yard of friends and family – nobody had ever hassled us. Yes, the van is a world traveler. We shipped it to Europe and back for 2 summers of travel.
Van had most of the common Sprinter issues and all were repaired under warrantee with no further problems. Runs great. Biggest issue is probably the notoriously poor paint quality on these vans. There are 10-15 small dings in the paint, none appear to be rusting. There are a few small scratches in the rear up high where the wind blew a tree branch back and forth in a storm while I was parked. The passenger side door lock does not lock via the key fob, you must physically lock it. We mainly enter exit through the sliding door, this hasn’t been a big deal for us.
In the camper portion, all major systems work great. Batteries are about 4 years old, have been well maintained but do not hold charge like they used to. I’d say they are halfway through their life? The heater has been installed for 4 years or so, but I just got it working a few months ago, so it’s basically new. It works great. The kids captain’s chairs are showing their age and could use new covers.
This is a proven layout that we feel is the best way to travel, camp and explore with 2 adults and 2 kids if you require forward facing seats for your children (a must), headroom to stand without a pop top, and comfortable, quick interior sleeping arrangements for 4 (and don't need 4x4).
Price -- $47,999
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