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Old 03-16-2015, 06:20 AM   #1
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Building YASB - (Yet Another Sprinter Build) - Adventure Van

So... after doing much research and following great threads on this forum such as Geek's awesome Sprinter Build (found here), we (the "Boss" and I) took the plunge and pulled the trigger on our own 2015 Sprinter 3500 170 EXT (Tenorite Grey).















Here is the specifics on my configuration/order details (more on the why's later). BTW.. I have to give a HUGE shoutout to Dave "The Sprinter Guy" Graham. If your thinking of actually buying a Sprinter, this guy is someone you should talk to. He Treated me right, answered my questions, and gave me a great deal. I can't say enough as he made the whole experience and final decision much easier and enjoyable as it is easy to get very overwhelmed with all of the possibilities when trying to figure out what, which, and where!




Ok... for my Top 11 "To Do" List, we are doing the following:

1) Plasti-Dip the Rims (Black) - DONE
2) Sound and Thermal Bearer - DONE
3) Front Driver and Passenger Swivel Seat Mod
4) HappiJac Bed Lift - ARRIVED-IN-PROGRESS
5) Internal Network & Wifi System (Because, like Geek... I'm one too!)
6) Stereo System Upgrade using Sonos and iPad - In Progress
7) Roof Rack - (Aluminess)
8) Ladder - DONE
9) Paddleboard/Surfboard Side Carrier (Aluminess)
10) Awning
11) House Power System (Inverter/Batteries/Generator/Solar)
12) No-Idle Aux/Roof AC System (Kingtec K20D1)
13) Water Heater (Kingtec Snugger)
14) Removable Rear Seats - (Captain Chairs)
15) White-Out the top
16) Modular Cabinets and Storage - by the time we get the other's complete we should have some sort of idea on the layout...maybe.
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:28 AM   #2
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That is a very nice blank slate.
What are your plans?
Good luck with the build!
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:49 AM   #3
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That is a very nice blank slate.
What are your plans?
Good luck with the build!

Thanks OhBoy. As for the plans... I will be noting my Top 10 and state the purpose shortly..
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:00 AM   #4
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Looking forward to the build...
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:40 PM   #5
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Scratch #1 off my list...






















I love's me some Plasti-Dip...Mmm... mmm

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Old 03-17-2015, 09:29 AM   #6
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:51 AM   #7
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Very nice color and lot's of room in there. Let me know if ya got any questions. I followed Geeks build as a rough template as well. Fan, rear view cam, seats, insulation.... I got about 90% done in 6 weeks. Hardest part was cuttin in the windows, the rest has been a real fun process.

Went from this: Basic windowless cargo.




To this: Luxomoto hauler.




The addition of sound deadening, insulation and paneling completely transforms the driving experience!


Lookin forward to following along!
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Old 03-17-2015, 06:47 PM   #8
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Lookin forward to following along!
Thanks.... Been following your build too. Very nice!

6 Weeks? That might a bit aggressive for me but we will see...
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:02 AM   #9
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Good looking piece of hardware!
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:09 PM   #10
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Good looking piece of hardware!
Thanks! I think so and more importantly the "BOSS" does too!
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:27 AM   #11
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Starting the Sound Deadening and Insulation

So this weekend I started the sound deadening and insulation. To bad it ended up being almost 90 and even hotter inside the van.


I decided to go with Dynamat Extreme for the Sound Deadening with marginal Thermal Protection properties.




And for the high-side(s)... the "Good-Stuff" (12 cans of the large expanding version - Black Can Good Stuff)

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Yes..yes... Dynamat might seem expensive but it is a superior product and you can find some good deals in bulk as I did... You get what you pay for here (trust me!)... less mils, and/or non-butyl rubber variants which you DO NOT want in your living space. Additionally the cold weather can null out any of the sound deadening properties with the "cheap" stuff.

I decided on the spray foam because again it is superior and provides the best insulative properties overall....

The drawbacks:

1) It's a pain in the arse
2) Can be messy (advise to take your time and go slow) I did mine is steps building upon layers which can save you making a mess and from excessive OVER-expansion... AGAIN...use caution here.
3) BE CAREFUL from OVER-EXPANSION - the stuff in the Black Can can expand 3 and even 4 times its size.


For the top (between the ribs) I will be using the 1/2" Dynaliner Foam for enhanced heat and overall temperature insulation.

Again its a superior proven product.


Needed a little help with the heat... the fan did a good job of pushing the AC in the Garage into the van...




This is the finished top... I will be going over this area with the Dynaliner...

Here is the spray foam... after shaving some of the High areas flush with the interior body I will go over with Dynamat as well.


Notice how I go in stages and layer the foam.. NOTE: Use Packaging tape and run along the areas being foamed to help contain the foam as it sets.


Completed and next step will be shaving it down/flush...


Shaved down and flush... (Doesn't need to be pretty, just flush so the Dynamat will cover evenly)


Tool of choice... (When trimming, use so that the blade curves ever so slightly inward towards the foam) Using this hacksaw blade also minimizes overall mess. BTW... I found it humorous to include the "Busted Knuckle" stool in this shot as if you get to overzealous you can rack your knuckles on the sides of the van... OUCH!



Back out to the Van build...
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Sound Deadening and insulation - Continued

Starting on the floor and sides...







To my surprise, there is velcro holding down a portion of the sub-flooring...



A little piece of the Forward cab insulation just behind the seats comes right up... that was easy...



Ok... Rant...
These little fasteners are a pain in the ARSE! Not that they are that difficult to get out but there are so many of them!!!

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Old 03-26-2015, 04:35 PM   #14
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Sound Deadening and insulation - Continued - Rain Delay...

So, had to stop due some nasty Thunder-boomer's and rain here... Lights flickered and my pool's water level went up 4+" in the last 40min...





This is a nice (sarcasm) indication of what's to come.... A VERY WET SUMMER!!!


Guess I have to take a Kegerator Break!!!
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:59 PM   #15
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Side Topic - Performance Upgrade

So I took the Sprinter in for it's PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection) which is kind of funny as if you remember that I picked it up directly from the plant in Charleston, SC, so it's really a Post Delivery Inspection.

Anyway... while I am waiting, my service guy/dude whatever... is checking out the van and he starts telling me about the performance upgrade for the Sprinter by Renntech. He mentioned that they could remove the MPH limiter of 82MPH...

In addition to the obvious noted HP and Torque gains, it supposedly will improve the overall gas mileage and so forth. Makes sense and my research of the them thus far is that are reputable but I always move forward on the side of caution.

Additionally, I am going to check this out more and evidently it will not VOID the warranty as they use them for all of their performance mods.

I will keep everyone posted as I dig a little deeper as they have a location about 15min from my house.
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