Building an Adventure Van

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Geek, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. CaveDave

    CaveDave Underground

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    I'm toying around with the idea of using a 3" memory foam topper. We put one of these on our mattress at home and it helped add some lifespan to it.

    It got me to thinking it might work well in the van, and would be easy to cut to size.
  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    We are now out in the desert miles from anyone (I have better signal than at home... Go figure) and we just laid down in the new bed for the first time...

    This setup is awesome!
    I believe the exact sentence I just heard was "I wish we could get our bedroom at home setup this well" :rofl

    The overhanging counter tops that go over our feet are great! My glass of wine is resting safely in arms reach yet the counter ends to where it doesn't interfere with me at all. I can also sit up and I have 3 inches of head clearance from the overhead cabinet I've smacked my head on so many times :-)

    Overall we are loving the huge counter tops... It is such useful space. Everything about this new layout is so much more ergonomic.

    Initial impression is that we made the right choice to re-design based on our comfort and put the gear we carry second; and so far it seems well worth all of the extra work.... We will see how it shakes out over the next few days.

    :lurk


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  3. ian408

    ian408 Oh? Administrator

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    Now get off the Interwebs and have a great time :lol3
  4. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Perfect Sprinter Morning

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  5. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    It's been said before....you suck :D
  6. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Been here awhile

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    I'd like to second this.




    Sell me your van!
  7. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    I third. :lol3
  8. Trixie

    Trixie No, not that Trixie

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    It's unanimous. Geek Sucks.:D

    We're trapped at home, because he has used up all the available free time on himself.
  9. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    I love the build, love the details. But this thread is so long, it's quite difficult to find particular parts that I remember reading months ago. This thread needs an index. But then of course, Geek will change the design/layout and screw it all up.
  10. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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  11. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    The cows think the sprinter is cool

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  12. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    1 out of 4 cows tends to disagree with other cows, but nothing to do with sprinters.
  13. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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    speaking of how is your rig coming?
  14. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Not just of this build but many references from it. Last car I bought was 1998, a Yota still serving me very well. Been rolling change and waiting patiently 4 the Stateside 4wd......


    Overview - http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11512

    Shade : http://www.fiammausa.com/products/awnings.asp?Fam=F01

    Pics: http://sprinterlife.com/our-home

    ADV Adventure Van: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=715683

    Version 2 http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19823025#post19823025

    Heater http://www.esparparts.com/index.php

    Lighting Post - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18555959&postcount=1949

    Special latches and hinges http://www.southco.com/

    Awning http://busdepot.com/details/awning.jsp

    8020 Aluminum Stock from Geek http://www.8020.net/

    Onboard Air Compressor http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4720

    Electrics Manual

    www.sprinter-engineeringcompliance.com

    Fridge Thread - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=749798

    Fridge geek http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18604885&postcount=1967

    Solar Info - http://www.wanderthewest.com/forum/index.php?/topic/3887/

    Electrics - http://bluesea.com/category/2/productline/388

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19369177&postcount=2137

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=17869583&postcount=1505

    Trailer Lights

    http://www.etrailer.com/Custom-Fit-...rinter/2012/119176KIT.html?vehicleid=20129900

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5NBFeEhaGQ

    Expedition vans forum http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/64302-Yet-another-E350-build

    Van Ideas

    http://www.outsidevan.com

    http://zenseeker.net/Kid/AdventureVan.htm

    Diesel Appliances http://www.badgertrek.com/sportsmobile/appliances.shtml

    Parts - geuninemercedesparts.com

    Ideas http://www.reisevan.de/pages/konzept.php

    Battery to battery charger http://sterling-power-usa.com/12volt-12volt45ampbatterytobatterycharger.aspx

    Wiring size by length and amp - http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/amps-wire-gauge-d_730.html

    http://sprinterstore.com/sprinter_store.htm
  15. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Two things to think about on this subject.

    Consider having the upholstery shop include zippers to , so you can remove & wash the fabric. Many years ago I bought an '82 Chevy van w/ a bed in the back. Ended up having zippers retrofit because of recurrent... uh..... stains. :lol3




    Also, you might want to specify the "flame retardant polyurethane" for this application.
    Pro's & Con's; Regular urethane burns in a very nasty manner (remember that big Night Club fire from a couple of years ago?), but the flame retardant stuff has some iffy chemicals in it and there are questions as to whether some of the formulas even work that well. (shrug)
    Better Idea? Just mount a smoke detector on the ceiling (next to the CO detector :evil).



    Otis
    AKA "Otis the Safety Geek" :D
  16. TooFast

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    Geek, So which motel are you staying at ?
  17. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    :rofl
  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    :flip tonight's campsite :

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    ...that said, I sure am kicking myself for not getting the Espar D2 installed before the trip; it was 5 degrees below freezing in the van when we woke up this morning :rofl

    Needless to say it'll be my first priority when I get time to work on the van again

    We had some great riding today near Canyonlands... I sure am getting to like the 500xcw.. It is like cheating. To give scale the bikes are top right

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  19. TooFast

    TooFast Long timer

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    Very nice parking lot you chose :evil

    Don't want to get those Sprinters any farther off the road than you want to tow them, eh?

    My T1N needed a new tranny at 67k miles and threw #1 rod out the block at 123K...tranny had a new shudder too...I felt lucky my harmonic balancer never fell off, never to been seen again...turbo pipe and radio antanae did fall off though...not to mention leaving my house, hit the brakes to stop and the snow slid off the roof, down the winshield ripping off both wipers when it did...guess it never snows in Germany, still cost $400 to wipe my winshield again :huh

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  20. papaduc

    papaduc Been here awhile

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    Holy Crap!!!
    Almost two day to read the whole thing.
    The build is amazing and I will use this thread as something to achieve in my own van build.
    Thank you so much for sharing all of the details.

    Oh, you suck.