Hello, being a reasonably active member of this forum in the past I decided to give you an update of my RV vehicle endeavor.
We sold our 21 Bigfoot
in 2012 heading towards something smaller like a Van camper or a small trailer.
After looking at the market we decided to do a DIY conversion on the short wheel base, high roof Mercedes Sprinter and in February of 2013 we picked up a new passenger Sprinter- 2500, 144 wheel base. The actual conversion took about one year and it is about 95% completed.
Our objective was to build a van with similar + functionalities of our 1977 and 1985 VW Westfalias. Good for 2 people, windows
all around and lasting quality.
I decided to use aluminum extrusions (80/20) for all cabinets framing filled with panels from the marine grade HDPE (High density polyethylene). Practically all extrusions were machined in the 8020 factory and most of HDPE panels were CNCed. Most of the components including wiring were marine grade.
There is no LPG on board, everything is either electrically or diesel powered. The main remaining items to do are adding diesel water heater (Espar D5), floor and replacing one window with MB style matching RV one.
DIY projects are never ending but we got to point of being ready for the first trip.
We were very close to get a small fiberglass trailer with a small towing vehicle but decided to go with the Sprinter, for us this was a very good decision.
Here is the spec:
o Seating for 5
o Sleeping 2 (54 x 76 bed) + 1 child (passenger seat rotated and ottoman)
o Swivel driver and passenger seat
o Passenger seat in the swivel position can use toilet/ottoman combo called by the Sprinter forum friend - The Pottoman.
o Single burner alcohol/electric stove by Origo
o Diesel Espar heater 0.85/1.2/1/8/2.2 kW
o 4 Gal 750W/(Diesel to be installed) Isotemp water heater
o Transom shower
o 3 CF Danfoss pump refrigerator
o 650W Microwave
o 2x115 amphr AGM batteries
o 30 A 120 V electrical
o 1000W Sine Wave Inverter/charger 50ADC Magnum MMS
o 120VAC outlets
o 300W solar
o MPPT Morningstar 45 charge controller
o MaxxAir fan with remote
o Blue Sea system CBs control panel
o 2 GPM Water pump
o 12VDC and USB outlet
o Magnum electrical
o Morningstar solar
o Fresh and grey water tank level Wema monitor
o All lights
are warm white LEDs
o 12 gal fresh water tank. Fresh water fill is by connected water house under pressure electrically controlled
o 14 gal grey water tank
o 4 gal hot water tank
o 4 gal Thetford 402C flush water tank
o 5 gal Thetford black water tank
Here is the link with picture: https://plus.google.com/photos/11537...Kf-kbHy152X9wE
Here is the link to my thread on the Sprinter forum: Layout plan. - Sprinter-Forum