First, for full disclosure, neither of us have any prior experience with van conversions and aren’t exactly professional carpenters or mechanics, so this is definitely a process of trial and error! We tried to educate ourselves as much as possible reading various forums, webpages and other information sources, and tried to come to a conclusion that we thought would suit our needs, budget and skillset best. With that said, we’re sure that we’ve made mistakes. We will try to illustrate and describe the steps we took but would love to hear any comments and questions! The design and building of the van is all part of the overall adventure, and view it as a time to learn about design, mechanics and handy-work.
In 2014, we purchased a used 2008 Sprinter Van 144wb 2500 High Roof Van (NCV3) with about 90k miles. It certainly wasn’t in perfect condition but didn’t require any work other than maintenance before we started the trip. Check out our maintenance page to see what we’ve had to repair over the last 60k miles.
Aside from a lot of google searches, the Sprinter forum has a ton of information and build guides that helped us with our build. We also made extensive use of the Sprinter conversion sourcebook, and highly recommend it. Hopefully you find some of our information helpful in your build as well.
- Electrical System
- Plumbing System
- Radio Aux-in Installation
- Sound dampening, Insulation and Windows
- Bed Frame Construction
- Bedside Cabinets
- Kitchen Counter
- Stove and Overhead Kitchen Storage
- Cedar Paneling
- Heater installation