2017-06-11: Research, planning and insulation
Something of a slow grind since we got back from our first trip. We’ve both been very busy with work, so not much time to spend on the van. Amy has been insulating the rear and side doors. Since these cavities hold loose wires that connect to the central locking and door catches, we don’t want…
Sizing batteries and solar panels
One of the first steps in planning the electrical system is figuring out what size battery and solar panels we need. That depends on a few key factors, which will vary for everyone. In our case, they are: Price: we are price-sensitive! Level of luxury / number of appliances: we don’t want a TV, microwave,…
Wood selection for framing and cladding: do the math
I’m evaluating different materials for cladding the walls of the van, and for building frames and panels for furniture (bed, kitchen units, etc.) Commercial outfitters here in the UK use materials I find unappealing, whereas DIY convertors often stick to what they can find in the out-of-town DIY store. I’d like to weigh up –…
Great design and build tour
There are many good van build videos on YouTube. But this is an exceptional one. It’s comprehensive (close to one hour long), and Lee, the van designer and builder, has clearly thought deeply about so many aspects of the design. It’s a great watch; he seems like a lovely guy, and his design philosophy, which…
A one-week trial of vanlife. The good, the bad and the ugly.
This Easter, Amy and I hired a camper van to get a taste of vanlife. We recorded our throughts about what worked and what didn’t, and I’m sharing them here. I should stress that this focuses on the bad and the ugly (we were trying to learn lessons), but the trip was good.
I found on the Yahoo Groups Sprinter forum some files with internal dimensions for Sprinter vans. This is the one I’m interested in: Also here as a vector PDF: C2500SHC-159-16 (Cargo 2500 High Roof 158 wheelbase)