Building an Adventure Van

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

  1. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Nice looking place! Looks like that garage door will fit the sprinter? Or is that just an illusion due to the angle?

    Also, thanks to the guys with the tire info. Planning on replacing my sprinter tires this week, fronts are worn badly on the outside edges. A smart man would have been rotating them to get even wear. Either way, been wanting something with more mud/snow traction and sounds like those goodyears are just the thing.

    Looking like an alignment check is in order as well given the wear.
  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    My Sprinter with awning and big tires is about 9'6". The workshop behind the Sprinter has an 11 foot door. There is room inside for a few sprinters :) The garage off camera only has a regular 2-car-sized garage door

    BTW, you likely do NOT need an alignment.

    Mine wear like that too - I asked about it and they told me that it is normal. The camber of the vehicle is designed in such a way to deal with the side loads of crosswinds and stuff - a byproduct of this is the outsides of the front wheels wear.

    There "official solution" is "rotate your tires more". :rofl

    :freaky
  3. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    I wondered if that might be the case since left and right look like they wore identically.

    I have some serious garage envy now.

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  4. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Building an Adventure garage thread now!!!!!

    :lol3
  5. SR75

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    Curious, how much does MB charge for the 50K service?
  6. James Adams

    James Adams ɹǝsn uʍop ǝpᴉsdn Administrator

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    $50k? :lol3
  7. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    The full price is something like $470.
    I told them not to fill the DEF and not to fill the Washerfluid as I'd just done both.
    That reduced the cost to something like $390.

    There were a few little things that I also had them do so the total bill ended up being something like $490.

    This was the cheaper of the service schedules... it goes on an A -> B -> A -> B schedule
    10k = A
    20k = B
    30k = A
    40k = B
    50k = A

    The B schedule is a few hundred more :patch
  8. SR75

    SR75 Adventurer

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    Thanks, that's cheaper than a Ducati service!
  9. KrustyKustom

    KrustyKustom Lets Go....

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    No to go tire crazy but I wanted to second the experience wit front tire outside wear, particular to the drivers side. I just replaced my originals on my 2012 model which were the Cotinental Vancos, got 43k out of them to the bitter end. I rotate really like clockwork at 5k. But the camber affect definitely is there.

    Replaced with standard fare Michelins LTX MS2. Got three sets on my last sprinter through its life with me and 75 to 77k miles was attainable. My opinion on Sprinters off pavement is they get stuck in wet grass so I avoid it. That is until you are in Moab in back country on a red dirt road....and it starts raining!
  10. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    ...or snowing :rofl

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  11. Geek

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    Sprinter went in again for warranty service of the EGR valve.
    They did a replacement of the valve and a full cleaning of the chamber that comes after the valve.

    I have to say that Nathan at MB Westminster has been a pleasure to work with.

    They loaned me a GLK for a couple of days during the service (very nice SUV)... the only problem therein is that now my wife wants one :rofl

    The rust on the back doors of the van is progressing rapidly :patch

    I've put in a request with Mercedes Benz for consideration on fixing this issue as a defect. The "rust warranty" expired in March - but obviously the issue has been getting worse and worse for the past 30,000 miles.

    I'm still waiting to hear back on their decision.
  12. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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  13. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    It looks like Rustoleum is trying to jump in on this "dip your car" fad...

    Has anyone tried this stuff yet? I'm wondering how it compares to plastidip

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    They made their target audience definitive with the image on the can :D

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  14. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    Speaking of which, how have your "winter" wheels held up?
  15. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    They've held up well! I'll clean them up and take some pics after we get moved.
    On the dip your car you tube channel there is a video on how to repair the covering if you rip a piece out on a curb or whatnot...

    You basically feather the edges with some laquer thinner and just spray over.

    I'm seriously considering dipping the entire van.


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  16. Rafiki

    Rafiki Some Dude

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    <deep grovely="" voice=""> DOOOO IT!!!! </deep>
  17. Giggity

    Giggity ..........

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    I wonder how much weight that would add?

    When are you moving? Don't we have more windows to put in that van?
    Better take advantage of the free labor while you can! :D
  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Gig: we close next Thursday.

    I think I'm going to pay a glass company to put the back windows in but you and I definitely need to get together and smash that driver's side front window :D

    ...of course if I wait and do it in the new workshop I don't have to worry about the rain :lol3

    :freaky
  19. Big Bird 928

    Big Bird 928 Long timer

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    You had months of no rain... I have never seen a Canadian who was afraid of snow...

    sent from the heart of God's country where internet choices are slim.
  20. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Yeah but murphy's law dictated every time we cut a big hole or removed a window the afternoon rainshowers came in.

    One of the cool things about the indoor space for the sprinter is that I do have the option to spray the van if I want to now..