About Us

Hi! we're Becca and Cade. We can generally be found playing outside with our dog Tala: hiking, biking, paddleboarding or paragliding.... or making burritos in our Sprinter Van. We are committed to getting outside, having fun, making sustainable choices easy and accessible, and reducing our impact on the planet. Follow us on Instagram for updates about life on the road!

 

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Our DIY Sprinter Campervan Conversion

May 27, 2018

We get *a lot* of questions about our van build. From the options we got from Mercedes on our 2018 Sprinter to the components and materials we are using in our latest build. We decided to bring all of those answers together in one place for easy reference! This is a master list of the features and components of our second Sprinter Van, aka Pancho II.

 

As we have time, we will also be writing up detailed installation instructions, tips, and reviews about our build and its components, and we will link to those instructional blog posts here as well. Check back and follow us on Instagram for the latest updates!

 

If you find this blog post helpful, please feel free to visit our Thank You page to leave us a note or send us a Paypal contribution that will allow us to continue producing useful content. You can also use the Amazon affiliate links throughout our posts to help us earn commissions on your purchases. You pay the same price, we earn a small fee. Thanks for helping us help you!

 

 

 

The Van

 

Our choice of a blank canvas was a new 2018 short wheelbase Sprinter. We ordered it with custom options from the factory. See this post for more details on the options we ordered on this van, the changes we made from our first Sprinter, and why.

 

2018 Mercedes Benz 2500 Sprinter Van

144" Wheelbase

High Roof

Cargo Model

 

6 Cylinder Diesel Engine

5 Speed Automatic Transmission

RWD

 

Stone Grey Exterior

Factory-Painted Black Wheels

Black Leatherette Interior

 

Factory-Included Upgrades/Packages:

Cruise Control

Heated Seats

Factory Swivel Seats

Roof Rails

Driver Comfort Seats

Instrument Panel Storage Bin

2 Extra (4 total) Master Key FOBs

Backup Camera

Tow Package (includes Receiver Hitch with Electronic Stability Control)

Multi-Function Steering Wheel/Display Package

Power Heated Mirrors

Auxiliary alternator bracket

Heavy duty front and rear stabilizers

 

The Conversion

 

 

 

Exterior Upgrades:

 

All Terrain Tires

 

RB Components Roof Rack

 

Light bar

 

Aluminess Side Ladder

 

 

 

Ventilation/ Windows

 

Roof Vent/Fan

Window (large sliding door with vent)

Windows (small panel bed with vent)

Butyl Tape (to seal)

Lap Sealant (to seal)

 

 

 

Interior Components:

 

Storage/Organization

Overhead Cab Shelf

Ikea Kitchen Rails

Linen Shoe Organizer

 

Shower

Portable Pressure Shower

Cactus Print Shower Curtain

 

Insect Control

Mosquito Net

 

Communications

Phone Mount

 

Sound Dampening + Insulation:

Kilmat Sound Dampening

Havelock Wool Insulation

 

 

Window Shades:

Bubble Insulation

Fabric

 Magnets 

 

 

 

 

Climate Control

Webasto Diesel Heater

 

Electrical System:

Long Solar Panels

Short Solar Panel

Batteries

Battery Monitor

Inverter

Battery to Battery charger

Charge controller

2/0 Gauge Battery Cable

6 Gauge Battery Cable

Wire

Fuse box

Master Switch

Big Fuses

Other Big Fuses

Small Fuses

Circuit breakers

Bus Bars

Lights

12v Outlets

 

 

 

Cooking:

Dometic Refrigerator

Dometic (Atwood) Cooktop/Stove & Oven

Propane Tank

Propane/Carbon Monoxide Alarm

 

Water System:

External Water Tank

Shurflo Water Pumps

Shurflo Filter

Glass Drinking Water Jug

Water Jug Handle

Sink

Faucet

Portable Shower

 

Cabinetry

80/20 (Extruded Aluminum Framing)

Baltic Birch 3/4 and 1/2 inch

Plusnuts (aka Rivnuts aka Nutserts aka Crossnuts)

Plusnut Installation Tool

Drawer Slides

Flip up Table/Countertop Hinges

Heavy Duty Fridge Drawer Slides

Countertops

Fridge Drawer Latches

 

Finishes: Oil, Paint, 'Stains'

Real Milk Paint (Cabinet Faces)

Pure Tung Oil (Bed Panels, etc)

Dark Half (countertops)

Finishing Cream (trim)

Rubio Monocoat (Floor, Cabinets, Lower Walls, Wheel Well Boxes, Electrical Box)

Homemade Beeswax/Walnut Oil Recipe (great for wooden spoons and cutting boards, etc)

 

Walls

FSC Certified Hardboard/ (Masonite)

Topo Map ‘Wallpaper’

Plusnuts (aka Rivnuts aka Nutserts aka Crossnuts)

Plusnut Installation Tool

 

 

Bed

Bed Rails

Plusnuts (aka Rivnuts aka Nutserts aka Crossnuts)

Plusnut Installation Tool

80/20 (Extruded Aluminum Framing)

Baltic Birch Plywood Panels

Spindle Mattress

Coyuchi 100% Organic Cotton Bedding

 

Flooring

Reclaimed White Oak Barn Wood

 

 

 

Barnwood Trim
Reclaimed Fence and Barnwood

 

 

 

If you find this blog post helpful, please feel free to visit our Thank You page to leave us a note or send us a Paypal contribution that will allow us to continue producing useful content. You can also use the Amazon affiliate links throughout our posts to help us earn commissions on your purchases. You pay the same price, we earn a small fee. Thanks for helping us help you!

 

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