Full Tour of my 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter Van Conversion

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My 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter Van Conversion

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know that I recently moved full-time into a 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter Van. I bought the van as an empty cargo van with big plans to convert it into the ultimate tiny home on wheels.

I live full-time in a 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Camper Van. Get a full video tour of my Sprinter Van conversion & details of the components in this blog post.

When I was coming up with the concept for my Sprinter van conversion, I knew I wanted not just an adventure mobile to haul my gear, but a comfortable place to live and work. With this in mind, I had a few priorities when I was designing the van:

I wanted the van to feel open and airy maintaining the walkway to the back door.
I wanted the bed to run vertically down the van rather than across, so I would have more leg room while sleeping
I needed a table where I could sit and do my computer work
I needed ample storage space to store gear, clothes, food, and other neccesities for living on the road
I wanted a toilet and shower
I wanted a permanent galley and a sink to do dishes in

My conversion took four months later and during that time my Sprinter went turned from cargo van to a fully custom camper van.

Now that my custom Sprinter Van conversion is complete and I’m all settled in, I wanted to share the details of my buildout with you.

First, watch this video and get the full inside tour of my 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter camper van.

Sprinter Van Model

I got the 144″ Sprinter, which is the shorter model of the two currently available. The 144″ Sprinter fits in a normal parking spot and is slightly more maneuverable in cities and in back roads.

I opted for the high roof, Cargo style van and added sliding door and back door windows. I added the 4×4 option (which currently has a significant waiting list) which has a 3.0 L, v6 diesel engine.

Sprinter Van Bed

Fitting all of my desired components into a 144” Sprinter (the smallest version of new Sprinters) was going to be a challenge. When I was coming up with the concept for the layout, there were a few different options for the bed.

The first option was a dinette. This would maintain the walkway and give me a place to work, but it would be near impossible to have a bathroom. Plus sleeping vertically meant that the entire back half of the van would be devoted to the bed. Considering I’m often by myself, I didn’t think it made sense to waste two full walls on a bed and a 6 seater dining table.

The next option was a platform bed, where the bed is built on a large platform with a bunch of storage underneath. This option would provide the most storage space but would again eliminate the option for a bathroom. The walkway also wouldn’t be maintained, and my work space would be an afterthought.

After doing a lot of research and looking at a ton of cool camper vans on Pinterest, I had the idea for a convertible couch/bed with a pop out table that faced the large side door. This would maintain the walkway and the open feel of the van, giving me space for a bathroom and galley along the back wall, and I could enjoy the views as I sat and worked on my blog inside the van.

With the couch and the passenger swivel seat, my van can comfortably seat 4-5 people. When it’s time to eat or do my work, I simply place the two table legs into pegs built into the floor and then set the table right on top.

I live full-time in a 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Camper Van. Get a full video tour of my Sprinter Van conversion & details of the components in this blog post.

The table in my 4x4 Merecdes Sprinter Camper Van

I live full-time in a 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Camper Van. Get a full video tour of my Sprinter Van conversion & details of the components in this blog post.

If I was going to have to make the bed everyday, I wanted it to be super easy so I’d actually put it away every morning. So at bed time, all I have to do is remove and store the table, unhook the bed, and the bed slides right out in one swoop. Then the memory foam cushions from the back of the couch separate and lay flat resulting in a near queen sized bed at 60” wide x 76” long – meaning it can sleep two tall people very comfortably.

The bed in my 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Camper Van

For more details on how my convertible bed works in my Sprinter Van, watch this video:

Sprinter Van Galley

I didn’t want to have to set up a Coleman stove every time I cooked, so I opted for a permanent two burner galley. My stove is made by Ramblewood Green (Model GC2-43P). It’s a little large for the space, but it’s plenty powerful, cleans easily, and runs off of propane. The 1-gallon propane is stored in a cabinet under the sink and is enough for a week or longer depending on how much I use it.

The Kitchen in my 4x4 Sprinter Van Conversion

The two-burner stove in my 4x4 sprinter van runs off this 1 gallon propane tank stored under the sink. Get more info in this detailed blog post.

I also wanted a place to do dishes (as well as brush my teeth, wash my hands, etc). The sink is stainless steel and made by Dawn USA (Model BS121307). It’s not too big, but big enough to throw some dirty dishes in. In order to do dishes without water getting everywhere, I chose the Kohler Simplice faucet (Model K-596-CP) with a pull-down spout, so I can direct the water as I’m scrubbing and rinsing.

The faucet in my 4x4 Sprinter Camper Van Conversion. Get more info in this detailed blog post.

Since the galley is on the back wall, it had to be built right over the wheel well. This reduced my options for a fridge, since the space wasn’t too big. The Isotherm CRUISE 65 Elegance is a medium-sized marine fridge that fit perfectly. At 2.3 cubic feet, it’s compact…but if you shop smart you can fit 4-5 days of food in there, plus a few beers. It’s also really quiet, and you can’t hear the motor.

The Isoterm fridge in my 4x4 Sprinter Camper Van Buildout. Get more info in this detailed blog post.

The galley has enough counter top space to cut and prep food and has a set of 4 drawers and a deep storage space for pots and pans underneath.

Galley storage in my 4x4 merecdes sprinter van

Galley storage in my 4x4 merecdes sprinter van

Finally, on the back-end of the galley, there is a small fold down bar/counter where I can put food and drinks if I’m grilling or eating outside.

Pull down tray in a 4x4 merecdes sprinter van

Sprinter Van Bathroom

I wanted a bathroom for a couple of reasons. I normally don’t mind going outside, but waking up in the middle of the night, getting dressed, and putting shoes on – just to go pee – is the WORST. Second, as solo female, I wanted to be completely self-contained for safety reasons. If I’m somewhere where I’m not super comfortable, I wanted to be able to close the curtains, lock myself in, and not have to go outside for anything. That way, no one has to even know that I’m in here by myself. Alternatively, if I’m parked in a city or outside a friend’s house, I can be totally out of their hair. So that was my reasoning behind having a toilet. Finally, having a hot water shower inside the van would make living in the van year round a more sustainable and enjoyable. Showering outside in the summer is fine, but in the winter without a shower, I’d be spending too many nights at friend’s houses or RV parks.

The bathroom is completely enclosed in the back corner of the van.  It’s a little tight to sit on the toilet and have the doors shut, but even with my long legs, I fit in there ok.

My Sprinter Van conversion has a full custom bathroom with a shower and porta-potti. Get the details in this blog post.

The toilet is a Thetford Curve Portable Toliet (Model 92360 Porta Potti 550E). This means there is no plumbing associated with the toilet. You sit on it just like a normal toilet, do your business, close the lid, open the flusher, press the water button, and close the flusher. I’ve only gone #1 in it so far, but the deodorizer seems to neutralize all smells really well.

When the holding tank is full, there is an indicator letting you know it’s time to dump it. To clean it out, you simply separate the bowl from the holding tank, you unscrew the lid, and pour it down into the dump, just like you would for a black water tank. Then rinse, reassemble, and you are good to go.

My Sprinter Van conversion has a full custom bathroom with a shower and porta-potti. Get the details in this blog post.

The advantage of the porta potti vs a permanent toilet  is that when I want to take a shower, I can take the entire toilet out so I don’t have to maneuver around it. Also if I want to go on a trip and need the bathroom to store large pieces of gear, I can leave the toilet behind.

The shower head is made by Camco (Model 43712) in chrome. I chose this shower head because it has an on-off switch on the handle. Paired with a 6 foot long shower hose, I can also use the shower to hose down gear or my feet outside. The shower floor consists of teak slats which are removable in case the drain to the grey water tank needs to be accessed.

Finally, I had a small fan installed in the bathroom to help dry it out after showering.

Read Next: The Pros & Cons of my Sprinter Van Bathroom

My 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Van conversion has a full custom bathroom with a shower and porta-potti. Get the details in this blog post.

Water Tanks in my Sprinter Van

I have a 10 gallon water tank inside the van and another 15 gallon tank underneath the van outside. I need to find a solution to insulate the exterior tank for the winter so water in it doesn’t freeze, expand, and crack the tank. If anyone has ideas, I’m all ears!

Water tanks in my Sprinter Van Conversion

I also have a 15 gallon gray water tank underneath the van where the shower and sink drain into.

Storage space in my Sprinter Van

The floorplan afforded quite a bit of storage space. I have a large floor to ceiling cabinet where I store all of my clothes, another big closet for gear, and a couple of drawers for my toiletries and electronic equipment. The galley has storage for kitchen items, and then overhead cabinets run along one entire side of the van. This is where I store food, books, and other random things. Underneath the bed you’ll find my systems and another large drawer where I store outdoor gear like camp chairs, my tent, sleeping pad, etc.

 

 

Storage in my 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Van

Storage in my 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Van

Storage in my 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Van

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All of the drawers lock using these push buttons that prevent the drawers from sliding out while I’m driving.

 

I recently installed the raised headliner shelf by RB Components which fits right in the headspace above the driver and passenger seats. I was a little hesitant to give up the ample headspace in the drivers area, but this shelf has turned out to be a great compromise. It still gives access to the storage pockets above the visor and you only have to duck down a little bit when walking around up front….a worthy trade-off for the storage space I’ve gained. I’ve been storing bulky items like my pillows and blankets up there and it also makes it much easier when I’m making my bed every night.

For a full video on how the RB Components raised headliner shelf works, check out this video on my YouTube channel.  

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••• Sprinter Van Solar System •••

In my van, I have a variety of electronics that need charging, and I wanted to be able to power all of my gear with solar. On the roof, I have 2 Grape 160 watt remote solar panels (MODEL GS-S-160-Fab8) that power up 3 Vmax SLR 125 Amp Hour batteries ( (MODEL VMAXSLR125) – for a total of 375 Amp Hours. This should be enough to keep me off the grid and charge my basic electronics for 4-5 days in cloudy weather…Stay tuned for an update on that.

***UPDATE: I swapped out my solar panels for two smaller panels made by Zamp. Stay tuned for an updated post***

Solar panels on my 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Van. Get the details in this blog post.

The solar controller is the Midnite Solar Kid with a temperature sensor. This has a screen that tells me the status of the batteries and how many watts are being taken in by the panels.

In order to use any of the stored power, you also need an inverter. I use a Magnum continuous inverter/charger (MODEL MS2012).
The solar system on my roof powers my electronics in my 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Van. Get the details in this blog post.

The lights are all LED and powered by a few different switches. There is also track LED lighting that runs along the floor and ceiling that is really nice for evenings when I want some mellow mood lighting.

Ceiling Fan

My ceiling fan is a Fantastic Fan (Model 2250). It is super powerful and can either pull air in on a hot day or blow smoke and smells out when I’m cooking.

Fantastic fan in my Mercedes Sprinter Camper Van

Wood

The front of all of the cabinets is reclaimed barn wood, floors are dark bamboo, and the shower floor is made of teak. If you are looking for a source of reclaimed barn wood, there are lots of sites on the web that you can source it from.

I live full-time in a 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Camper Van. Get a full video tour of my Sprinter Van conversion & details of the components in this blog post.

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  1. This is amazing! I’m very impressed I’ve been in commercial construction for 34 years and have an incredible itch to “Caddilac Camp” my way around the country in retirement (and be a ski bum once again!) like I did back in the 70’s! I’m interested in knowing the “bottom line” if you don’t mind sharing. And did you do the design yourself or was it a team effort with the builder? I love following you, I have two daughters and encourage them often to thing outside the box. Best of luck to you…

    Mike

      Hey Mike you sound like me, wanting a mobile retirement with loads of recreational activities during retirement. I’ve been courting this camper/van idea now for a few years; just sold the house and downsized into an apartment in prep for much smaller and active retirement living in 5 years. So I also want to know how Kristen went about the design and how much it cost. I would want to be able to package all costs into a “mortgage” since I’m fairly cash poor and want to be able to deduct costs/loans for tax purposes. Any further info would be great and thanks Kristen, you’re my hero!!!

      Susan in Oregon.

        hey Susan – That’s great news that you are thinking about van life. The cost…I’ll be posting more info about what to budget soon on my new website http://sprintercampervans.com . Please keep an eye there once it launches! Thanks for your patience.

    This is so awesome! I’m super jealous of your new living arrangements! Enjoy!

    So, altogether how much did it cost for the van and everything inside? I love this idea.

      I’ll be sharing some cost information soon. Please stay tuned!

        Thank you. That would be great. Congrats on your Journey.

        Wonderful stuff! Did you share the cost info? If so could you supply the link?

        Charles Boisseau
        Gainesville, FL

    An amazing dream come true! Your van looks great looking forward to some cool trips and adventures 🙂

    What company did you conversion? It’s amazing!

      All the info and their website is listed at the bottom of the post.

        I’ve looked several times for the info and website you say are listed at the bottom of the post, but for some reason I still can’t find it anywhere?

      I don’t see the conversion company information either. Also, can you tell us more about cost, please.

        The conversion company is located in Santa Barbara, and I do NOT recommend them, which is why I didn’t mention them. More info on cost coming soon!

    for the roof solar power, did you set this up yourself? friend? or you use company to set it up for you?

      I used the company listed at the end of the post.

        ????? where

          This is above Park City, UT

            There is no link. What’s the name of the company?

            I used a small company in Santa Barbara and unfortunately I don’t recommend them

    This is absolutely amazing, congratulations! #LifeGoals

    What are the dimensions of your galley?

    I find this amazing and found you through the matador network. But I was curious how much did all of this cost? I have been playing with the idea of a camper van, rv, or remodeling a mini school bus so I could take an epic road trip across all of the North American Continent to fulfill some Bucket List Items since I have a gap year or two but keep struggling with costs of build out.

      A professional conversion will be pricey and whether or not it’s worth it depends on your budget, time, current skill set, and interest. I’m going to share this info in an upcoming post so please stay tuned.

    Your Sprinter looks great! Love the nice and cozy living space with views out the back and side doors. Can’t wait to hear about new and exciting places you’ll explore with this baby.

    Would it be possible for you to share your buildout specs? I’d love one just like yours; we’ve very similar wants & needs.
    Love it.
    Thanks
    Jan

      What kind of additional specs are you looking for?

        I’m also very interested in a floor plan of the interior space, mainly considering
        – complete floor space (I’m especially curious about the usable interior width as this is always the limiting factor in a van)
        – size of the couch/bed
        – size of the kitchen unit
        – size of the bathroom
        – actually: the more measurements the better 😉

        This is one of my favorite camper van designs and by now I must have seen hundreds of them. Good job on the design 🙂

          Agreed. One of the best designs I’ve seen thus far! All dimensions would be lovely. A few additional questions as well:
          – Do you also have a water heater?
          – How often do you use A/C or heat and what’s the power source if so?
          > Thinking about taking my pooch on the road w/ me, and would need to ensure Benny Franklin is comfortable at all times. 🙂

            I have the Webasto Dual Top EVO that heats my water and the air. This runs of diesel and a little electric. My batteries are charged by solar and my alternator.

            I dont have AC.

          I would also be interested in this as I am looking for land to live on right now and once I find it I plan to sell my car and buy a sprinter to convert and so far how yours looks I like the most. I’d like to know the measurements on everything if possible

            I agree with the positive comments about the layout. I would love to get the dimensions of things as well. It’s possible to guess at most of it based on the pics, but more information would be nice. Thanks for sharing!

    Amazing conversion! I have a new 4×4 on order that I plan on converting as well. For the exterior tanks you can get a 12v heating mat that sticks to the bottom of the tank and heats just enough to keep the liquid inside from freezing. With your solar setup you should have no problem running them.

      Jacob – Thanks so much for that tip. I’m going to look into that for sure.

      Hi Jacob – I am having trouble finding a good source for these 12v heating mats you mentioned – can you link to where you are finding them? Also, think they might work for radiant floor heat? I\’ve got 990W solar on my 170ext, mid-conversion & thinking that could be a nice addition for cold temps at Ouray ice fest, etc.

    Great job, looks wonderful! Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see anything in your article about heating. I’m assuming there’s no AC since you describe a fan.

      Hey Jim, That’s correct. There is no AC. I am getting a heater installed, but I’m not sure which one yet. I’ll be sure to share some info about that soon!

        Great site and great build. Any update on the heater?

          I went with the Webasto Dual Top EVO. It’s still in the shop but I should have an update on how it works very soon!

            Thanks, that looks like a great solution for heat and hot water. On my short list now!

    Hi Kristen,
    I just watched you youtube video of the 4×4 sprinter.
    What a beautiful design you did. I love how bright and open the van looks.
    I look forward to seeing more of your youtube videos.

    Cheers from Melbourne, Australia

    Glen 🙂

    Hi there

    Love the van” but for me the best part has to be the way you have the bed setup.

    I built one camper van and now I would to do a Sprinter van and like to use your idea on the bet set up do you have any plans on the bed setup.

    Thank you.

    Brian

      I don’t have plans to share, but I can definitely do another post on the bed. Please stay tuned!

        Awaiting your post anxiously 😉

        I think I see the basic design, but wondering what size of sliders they used & what the weight capacity is on them. Regardless, very cool!

        Definitely looking forward to seeing how the bed is designed as well. Thanks

        We would LOVE more information on how the mechanics of the bed work, too!

          Thanks Alexandra! Bed video is coming! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified when it’s live:
          https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCao1w-o4Z7NUMyUIAn2kjnw

            Thanks Kristen, I have subscribed and am excited to see more about the van and journey! My husband and I have a 4×4 Sprinter going into production this December. We are leaning towards doing a conversion layout similar to yours! 🙂 we will blog once we get our Sprinter in March/April.

    Can you please explain how your bed works? The video doesn’t really show exactly how it was made and how to open it. Thanks

      Sure. I’ll make sure to add some details on the bed. Please stay tuned!

        Yes!!! Would love to see how the bed works

    Would you mind providing the cost of the van and conversion?

      Hi Maureen, I’m working on a FAQ where I will talk about cost. Please stay tuned. -=Kristen

        Can’t wait for the FAQ, thanks!

    Can you give a ballpark estimate of what your conversion cost? It looks amazing!

      I’m working on a FAQ where I will answer that question. Please stay tuned. Thanks!

        Awesome! Looking forward to the FAQ, putting pennies in my piggy bank!

    I really love your open concept with your Sprinter Van. The bed really has caught my attention. I’m 6′ 7″ tall and being comfortable when I sleep is very important to me. You have all the necessities and yet off the grid. I’m sorta a detail oriented person, I’d love to see your design plans. I’d even be willing to pay for a copy, if they were available. Looking at your pictures, I suppose I could back engineer them, if I had to.

    A 4×4 Sprinter is way to go. Being warm and safe are keys to my happiness. Your decor is warm and inviting. Also, with the way you have this laid-out, I wouldn’t feel claustrophobic.

    Thanks again for sharing this wonderful idea. You have inspired me to think in a different direction.

    All the best in the future.

    Sincerely,
    Mike Sweney

      Hi Mike! Yeah the bed would be perfect for someone of your height. Have you considered a van with a pop top? The sprinter is amazing, but at 6’7″ you won’t be able to stand up straight. I’m sure you’ve thought about all that, but just wanted to add that point. Thanks for the thoughtful comments!

    I have seen probably every van tour on YouTube trying to get ideas for my build. They all have one big problem…they feel too confined. I think I would lose my mind in them. I LOVE your ideas and your checklist is the same as mine. I would love to use your design concepts in my van design. It\\\’s perfect for me! I probably won\\\’t be using a Sprinter van for mine bit it would definitely be a high top.

    Enjoy your home, it\\\’s gorgeous!

    super cool conversion design, well done! What outfit helped with the build out?

    A van is cool. I did it back in the 80’s on a Harley with a tuff stoff storage bin on wheels…a pop up tent and self-inflating air mattress and thought that was good! Indy to Key West, to Sturgis. And don’t forget to work for a carnival for a week…that was great too, up in Flagstaff, AZ

    Wow this is really fantastic!

    Wish you all the best.

    Truly lovely! I am currently working on a bus conversion. Where did you find the knobs for your drawers and cupboards? They do not seem too small, and I like the securing of the drawers without having to add any additional latches. Any info on the manufacturer or store would be appreciated.
    Thank you for sharing and Enjoy!!

    I have an idea for your roof rack that might work. They make roof basket racks for small cars that might be able to be mounted on the driver’s rear behind your solar panels next to the shower vent. You could access it from the back easily and put up various sizes things and secure with a bungee net. I have friends who have the hard shell storage and even if they can be locked they aren’t all that secure (they have had it broken into) plus they permanently added the height for the entire trip whereas with the basket you’re only adding a few inches and could unload it if you’re going through a tight space.

    Totally awesome!!
    What a life!!
    Guess what??…I’m not going to ask you the cost for the tenth time, why?? Well because I read what you’d already informed us of. That you were going to put it up soon & to stay tuned…haha ✌️

    I had not thought of keeping the isleway! Love your open floor plan. Certainly worth making the bed each morning 🙂

    Such a great space. I love that you can sit inside but can enjoy the views and feeling of outdoor space with the doors open. I find so many campers feel enclosed, but you seem to have solved that problem. Enjoy!

    I appreciate your giving me more info of how you set up your bed and where to buy the material.

    Thanks Kristen,

    Absolutely beautiful Kristen. Do you know what material was used for the galley countertop?

    That looks awesome! Curious about the dimensions of the washroom? Thanks!

    Ty

    So, how much did the conversion cost? haha…only joking. 😉 Look forward to that post. More generally, you are awesome. If the world only had more outdoor-recreation advocates like you, I think our collectively-shared home would face many fewer threats. Thanks for the smile. 🙂

    saw your vid on youtube.from all the different arrangements yours is by far the best i\’ve seen so far. great use of space. just wondering is your sprinter a super high roof model? you seem to have to much room even as your stand. i\’m wondering if mercedes has different roof heights. can\’t wait to see and update video or faq on the build. lots of great questions posted here. please advise! i\’m sure alot of people are wanting to know more details.! awesome rig!

    Your van is fantastic! We currently have a Sportsmobile but we love your openness in the van. Who did the woodwork and cabinets? Thanks!

    Kristen, Great Job!! congrats!
    Regarding who did your van conversion, you mentioned that “All the info and their website is listed at the bottom of the post.”
    I am not sure if it is there…i could not find it…
    Thank you so Much
    Serge

    Love the shower/ toilet concept, perfect. Do you need to hook up for hot water or heat or do you have a solar option?

      I am getting a hot water heater/air heater installed called the Webasto Dual Top EVO

    Very well thought out with great design features. All so practical and in sich a small space.
    Have you considered heated tanks for the winter with black electrical heating pads attached under and on 2 sides of the each tank exterior tank? Hope this helps. Let us know what you decide.
    Also you have convinced me my next RV will be a Class B of my own design.
    Once again beautiful RV. Amazing design. And you have several great blog posts. Well done all around! Looking forward to exploring and reading more of your posts.

    Hey Kristen, I looked through the article twice, but for the life of me can’t find the company that did the conversion! would you be able to link me? thanks!

    Amazing setup!

    Looking forward to the cost breakdown post

    Hey Kristen! Amazing. Is the best sprinter van design I ever saw. I’m looking forward to flour plans and calculation of costs. Thank you for this nice vision of your cosy camping bus.

    Regards from Germany!

    This is so amazing! What company did you use to design the inside?

    Constantly checking back for your grand total on the build out and interior (bed, closet, galley, walkway, bathroom) dimensions!!!

    I have seen many van conversion videos but yours is the best.

    Hello, I’ve been searching conversions for 6 months trying to find my favorite that would be a perfect fit for me and this one by far fits the bill! I’m embarrassed to say i’ve read and searched all over this site (including the bottom of post and still do not see the company name who did it) if possible to post it again or send to me directly that would be awesome!

      My conversion was done by a small company in Santa Barbara and sadly I don’t recommend them.

    Hi Kristen!
    Congrats, think you hit the nail with the design, no doubt it is already a reference for many of us in the van living brainstorming with more open space feeling. I’m working on my 2013 VW T5 high roof conversion and I’ve changed designs towards your layout, hope not author’s rights claims. Yosemite & Torres del Paine awesome places visited for me too, love your website & photos, keep going.

    Cheers and big hug from Chile, Jaime

      Cool! Looking forward to checking out your van!

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful project. It certainly awakened the possibilities of what is possible. You’ve done a great job. Any details of the design and floor plan would be greatly appreciated.
    I shall start my search for a similar van & help from a cabinet maker.

    May you always be blessed with abundance

    Nashir

    So much thought going into your van conversion! Great job. My husband thinks you could use heater tape on your exterior tanks and attach them to your solar supply for insulating. Also, not to pry, but how do you support this lifestyle? Always seems like a dream, but when it comes down to $$, suddenly reality hits.

      Hey Patti – Thanks for the tip on the heater tape! And you’re definitely not prying. I’ve worked really hard to turn my blog into a business. I make my full-time income through my blog, freelance writing/photography, and consulting.

    Hey there, you are an amazing person, really fresh clutter free design….Love it.
    Question…Is the white surface on the walls and ceiling white PVC sheeting?

      The walls are made of aluminum that were painted white

    I would really like to see plans for the bed. Did you buy the bed cushions direct, or were they custom made?

    Hi, I’m not seeing the info on you builder anywhere. Did you ever get around to the FAQ page to answer a bunch of these questions on your original post?

    You asked a question about your exterior water tanks freezing..if you put in some RV anti-freeze, the pink stuff, your water will not freeze and then you do not have to worry about trying to insulate that tank.

      Thanks Bob! Antifreeze is a great solution if the van is going to be sitting parked for a while during the winter. But I’ll actually be using it

    Dig the openness. Spring/summer in Ontario is soooo buggy …. and they take chunks out of you … I would need screens … was leaving the out a conscious design choice out are they not available?

      You can get an aftermarket screen that installs with velcro. Bugs haven’t been a problem for me, but it’s something I’m considering for next summer.

    Can you share the outfitter that did the dinnette/bed conversion? It says it is posted in the post but I can’t seem to find it?

    Would love to hear about the overall cost. Or even a rough estimate.
    Also, would love to get the dimensions. ALL the dimensions! Bed, closets, bathroom, galley, walk way, table, etc.!!

    Kristen,
    I watched your youtube video and am still absolutely amazed by your layout.

    I had a question regarding your electrical:
    Do you charge your batteries from BOTH solar & alternator?
    If so do they charge the batteries at the same time?

    Thanks so much for sharing a tour of the van already!!

      I’m in the process of getting a starter relay installed that hooks up my batteries to the alternator. I think this is a necessity if you don’t want to be plugged in that frequently. I think it depends on your set up on whether the solar also charges at the same time. I think the verdict with my system is no. it’s only the alternator or the solar, not both at the same time.

    Love your blog and Lifestyle— How do you handle laundry?

      Ah laundry. Well, I try to only have clothes that I can re-wear several times and don’t get wrinkled. Then there’s always friend’s houses and laundromats. I’ve also heard about that Scrubba bag which looks pretty cool.

    OMG! This is an Awesome build out. You’ve really done a great job and those solar panels on the roof are perfect. Maybe the EV makers can learn a little bit from harnessing the sun from a panel on a car/van that is always facing the sun 🙂
    Great Job!

    Hello Kristen, I absolutely love your van, it is exactly what I want. I had no idea it was possible to fit so much into such a small space and it is so open too. Looking forward to any future information you might post on galley and shower dimensions, bed details etc. I would also be more than happy to purchase plans if available. Best wishes!

    I also did not find the company that did the build-out.
    Another question for you, where is the table top when not on it’s legs? Please, when you answer the bed questions, also show where you put the table for “storage”.

    You CRUSHED it, sister-sledge!

    Love your smile, enthusiasm, and committment to living the dream that’s yours!

    Cheers,

    Jack

    Hi Kirsten….as someone who has lived in tiny places (toyota prius, now a sailboat),….I’m wondering,….where you park this van? Parking was a hard thing for me. I LOVE your van and totally want one. I think it’s great people are thinking about the box, living smaller, and bucking consumerism and big houses. Great job for spreading the word!

      This is why I am looking for land, I could not find many things for where I could park and the second part of owning a van, what to use for a DMV registration address

    I’m also wondering what you do about internet. One tough thing about living on the sailboat is accessing Internet.

    Hi Kristen- Congrats on creating such as beautiful home! You can tell there was a lot of love put into it.
    My partner and I are in the process of planning on converting a Sprinter to be ready in the spring and your post has been so inspirational.
    We look forward to your upcoming videos/posts on all the details (bed, specs, costs, etc).
    Sending you all good vibes!

    I find your van build to be one of the most unique and well planned designs on the net. I have yet to unbox my maxxair deluxe because I feel like it is too big. Can you please share a link or information about the bathroom vent? It seems perfect!

    Hi, I am a Sprinter dealer in Southern California and I have a client that saw your van and likes it. Is that a 144 inch wheel base or 170 inch wheel base ? Also who did your conversion ?
    Thanks for your help,
    Jon Montgomery
    Mercedes Benz / Sprinter of Arcadia
    Office 626-462-3150
    Cell 626-298-0985

      Hey Jon – I have the 144″ wheelbase. My conversion was done by a small company in Santa Barbara and unfortunately I don’t recommend them

    Hi
    I saw your video and read your post and thought this was a super great idea I’ve been considering doing this myself. I had just one question how do you do your laundry in the video it showed how you store your cloths but nothin about cleaning

      Well, I definitely don’t do laundy as much as I used to. I wear clothes that I can wear many times in between washing. Then for washing you can use friend’s house and laundromats.

    Where do you store the table top and table legs?

      I store them in the back of the van next to the counter. It’s not an ideal place to be honest, but it was something the company who did my van didn’t really think out.

        What company did your van? Or can you say?

          A small company in Santa Barbara did my conversion, and unfortunately I don’t recommend them.

    Hi Kirsten. Thanks for all the great sprinter information and I love reading about your travels. We are taking delivery Saturday 144″ high top cargo 4×4. I am curious what system you have to heat water and if you have a cabin heater. Thanks Mike

      I have the Webasto Dual Top EVO. So far so good!

    Hey there. Love your camper. I wondered about what sort of insulation was done to the bare shell before being outfitted? And what lines the walls now?

    Thanks for your informative blog. Looking forward to hearing more.

    Regards

    Marc Burlace – Bondi Beach Oz.

    Your Webasto Dual Top: Where did you find the space to install it? Under the van? Great interior layout, btw.

    Thanks, –Jim

      I put it in the spare tire spot under the van and I will be mounting the spare tire to my rear door.

    Hi Kristin!

    Thank you for posting your video and info on your Sprinter van. Great job! It’s gorgeous! My husband (Fred) and I are in the process of ordering a 4×4 Sprinter and are having the conversion done through a professional company called Sportsmobile. We were struggling with the layout until we saw yours. We really like the idea of the couch/bed across the open slider door, like the way you have it. Sportsmobile doesn’t offer a couch/ conversion bed that is big enough to fit both of us.

    Are you still happy with your couch/ bed and the way it converts? If so, Could you share the name of your company and website that made the bed? Would really appreciate it.

    Thanks so much! Joanna

      Hey Joanna – I am happy with the bed, although it is a compromise with storage space and you also have to decide if you want to make the bed everyday. Have you seen my YouTube video on my bed? That shows a lot more detail. My conversion was done by a small company in Santa Barbara. Unfortunately I can’t recommend them 🙁 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoUlcVBoOX4&t=125s

      Hi Joanna,

      I am also planning on using Spartsmobile. Did you ask them if they could make something up to get a bed 5 feet wide?

      THanks! Sue

    After looking at a LOT of postings, my wife and I are getting ready to build up our Sprinter. We will copy much of your layout. I wonder whether you would measure and report:

    The length of the bed
    The depth of the counter
    The distance between the counter front and the front of the closets
    The width of the shower closet door

    Thanks very much for making the posts of your van.

    — Jim

    Thanks for sharing, I like it a lot!

    Absolutely love what you have done! Could you point me to where you got your wheels?
    Love the look and sprinter wheels are hard to find!
    Thanks

      I bought them from a tire shop in So Cal. They aren’t made specifically for sprinters though.

    Hi Kirsten

    Absolutely love your design. Suggestions for insulating your external tank would be wrap it with a good few layers of insulation and some canvas for protection. Keep sharing

    Thanks

      Thanks! I need to figure something out because that external tank has been unusable all winter.

        You may want to talk to the Installer of your Webasto Dual Top about re-routing the Water Lines and using the “Waste Heat” to keep your External Tank from Freezing. Keeping the Temp comfortable inside will also keep the External Tank from Freezing…or should. Advanced RV has a video and they do some awesome things for Sprinters! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OiDufshu_Y

    Thanks for a really informative Blog Kristen. Just starting the plans for a 4x Sprinter now & many of your ideas will me incorporated into my plans.
    Curious about the inside shower, under the teak is there a shallow catch basin with the drain?
    If you could change items/configurations what would you change? are you happy with the 144 vs 170

      I’d maybe rethink having a bathroom. Makes the plumbing super complicated. there is a drain under the teak. I’m going to do a full post on the 144 vs 170 and the bathroom so stay tuned.

    I don’t see the name of the company that did the conversion at the end of the post. Am I missing something? Thanks!

      A small company in Santa Barbara did my conversion and unfortunately I don’t recommend them.

    What are your dimensions of your shower? I am would love to put an RV (24x36in) tub in my van…. Did this ever come across as a possibility? Thank You !

      I need to measure the bathroom. I’ll do that and post about it when I do my video on my bathroom, which is coming soon!

    Hi Kristen,

    Is there any way possible I could find out who helped you with your conversion? I really liked all that you did and this is exactly what I want to do, I could just never get it to go down on paper correctly. THIS is it!!! I would love to do exactly what you did, with very few changes. Is there any way I can get all the particulars?

    I so love your van. As soon as my house sells I plan to move into a van full time as well. I have been wondering about powering computers, charging cameras etc. You say you have enough from your solar to keep you going but is there any issues with power supply possibly damaging electronic gear? Do you have USB connections in the van? Thx.
    Nicky (NZ)

      Hey Nicky,

      I’m going to do a full post on my electrical system. I do have USB connections and I’m not worried about damaging my computer, etc.

    Beautiful sprinter! My husband and I recently decided to take the plunge and buy a Sprinter. We are considering adding a bathroom to our design. What are the dimensions of your bath?

      I need to measure. Stay tuned for a video on the pros and cons of a bathroom…things I wish I would’ve known beforehand.

    Hello Kristen,

    My wife and I have been looking high and low for a water heating system like the Webasto system you have.
    How has it performed so far this winter?
    Who installed the Webasto unit?

    Your van conversion is very inspiring, so much so that after watching your videos, my wife’s floor plans have shifted a bit to look similar to yours.
    We are getting very excited as our June ’17, ‘start the build date’ is coming up fast.

    I’ll be doing the conversion with the help of two friends, an electrical engineer and a finish carpenter, but the Webasto will be over our heads.

    Thank you for your time and inspiration.
    You rock!

      It’s been performing pretty well. The only issues I’ve had is if the diesel in my tank gets too low, then I get air bubbles in the line and was getting an error. Now that I’ve figured that out though, it’s been good.

      I had it installed by Sync Vans in Sun Valley.

      I’d search for Webasto dealers in your area. A lot of the dealers service semi-trucks, so that might help you in your search.

      Good luck!
      Kristen

    Great conversion.

    I\’m used to seeing the fridge get the best views out of the van so it\’s good to see the couch there, but also an inspired idea to put the table so you can work and look up and out. The slide-out bed works well too, best dual/triple use of a small space, I\’m taking notes for my Hiace.

    As for insulating the external tank and pipework – I think you\’d have to have another tank/bowl made to go over the top as a \’container tank\’ and 2\” of polystyrene between the two, which insulated it+pipes right up to the floor. To keep it liquid when even colder you can try something like Retro-Line from Heatline, uses 3W per foot so 6\’ of that coiled around would only use 18W or (120Vac) power. With your solar it should look after itself.

      Thanks for the suggestions about insulating those exterior pipes! I’ll look into that for sure.

    HI!
    I’m going to do something similar!
    Getting ready to get on the road this summer.. 🙂

    Would you happen to have any “plans” or blueprints/ materials list that I could use for mine?

    See ya “on the road”

      I don’t have any blueprints yet…But a lot of people have been asking, so I’m thinking about it.

    HI just curious what water pump system you were using to get the water pressure needed fro your full size faucet and shower?

    Hi Kristen,

    Just wondering, what is the length from the back of the driver’s seat to the back doors? I know the high roof, cargo 170″ wheelbase is about 13.5 feet/164 inches in length.

    Also, if you had to do this all over again would you choose the 170″ wheelbase for more space? Or do you find the 144″ is better overall due to better maneuverability, more compact, stealthier, etc?

      The 170 you get more room but they are harder to park and manuever. I think it depends how many people you are traveling and whether you are full-time. When I first got the van, I was single, and it was plenty of room. now I have a boyfriend and a dog and it is a little tight…but still not sure I’d upgrade to the longer.

    . . . Can you remind me of the heater you installed. I believe I heard you mention it somewhere but I cannot find it now. Also, you are a bad ass and thank you for sharing this amazing floor plan: )

      My heater is the Webasto Dual Top EVO. And thanks 😉

    Hey Kristen,
    I love your van! I was wondering what the shiny white material the walls and ceilings are made of is? Is that painted wood or is it some sort of plastic or fiberglass?

    Thank you Kristen! My family and I just bought a 2016 170 and I have been loving all of your helpful posts! We have three kids and 100lb dog so I think we will do pull down bunk beds where your closet and shower are! Thank you for all the details! Come on by if you are every in San Clemente, Ca!

    What are your wall panels made out of? Bathroom and living space?

    Have you considered adding salt, like some pools have for the bath water to keep from freezing?

      I haven’t, but I’ll look into that. Thanks!

    hi Kristen!
    Thank you for your post, it’s the best design I’ve seen so far and had inspired me to have my own sprinter build that way.
    I think you mentioned your webasto dual is under the van. did you have any problems with this on cold temperatures? I’ve heard that webasto boiler purges itself automatically when too cold to avoid damages.?

    thank you!

      I haven’t had any problems with that actually. I’m sure it happens in extreme temps, but I just kept it on anytime I had water in my system and it worked great.

    Great looking van and looks like you have spent a lot of time keeping the community informed. I noticed that you mentioned that you have switched your solar panel set up. My first question is why you chose to get rid or the 160W panels and how the new system is performing? I am trying to select the components for my solar system right now and I am currently looking at these two 160W panels (https://www.solarwholesaler.ca/product/rvboat-pwm-320-watt-solar-kit-enerwatt/) and want to gain any insights you have into the success of your system. Thanks for you time!

      I got rid of the first panels because the dimensions didn’t fit my roof well and they covered up the rails. They also weren’t powering my batteries well. I don’t know if it was a loose wire or what…but now I have 180 watts and it’s more than adequate with my batteries hooked up to my alternator.

    Hi Kristen, first off all thanks for the videos and ideas. My boyfriend and I are converting a Sprinter as well and your van is our biggest inspiration. 🙂
    We are from Brazil and here is not so easy to buy specific things fo the van convertion. I am going to USA next week and I will try to buy few things for the van.
    Could you help us with the bed? I read all the comments and watched the videos but didn’t find it. I read that you dont recommend the company that made your covertion, do you have any problem with the bed system or is it a good ideia?
    The other question is about the internet, do you have any internet satellite plan ? I ask about that because in Brazil we can not depend on mobile networks.

      I like my bed, and it was custom made. No problems in that regard. I use my Verizon data plan for internet when I’m on the road.

    Hey there. Just doing my research and I too am interested in how people are insulating an ext. H20 system. I’m trying to conserve space inside! Have you heard of any ideas?

    Best,

    Andre

    Hi there could you please tell me what your van is insulated with?

    I’ve been reading through your blog, and overall I’m pretty impressed with your conversion. I don’t think I have the patience to have something built, so I’m considering a commercially built van conversion. After some 47 years of owning a self-contained chassis-mount camper (a predecessor to today’s Class C), I got rid of it recently, and I’m already missing the old beast. A smaller beast would be just right, I think, because my lady isn’t interested in camping, but very well might be interested in using a Class B for traveling instead of by car. So while I’m looking and considering what I want and how much I’m willing to spend, I’ve been spending time on the Internet, which is how I stumbled upon your blog. The first entry I read was about your roof rack.

    I do have one big, BIG concern. Your propane tank is stored indoors, and even if you’ve vented its compartment to the outside, that is extremely unsafe. Propane flows invisibly downhill–it’s heavier than air. It can collect in the floor area, and a spark would be disastrous. The best place for propane storage is either underneath, in a frame mounted tank designed for that purpose, or in a sealed metal or fiberglass compartment that opens to the outside only. The piping is then routed through rubber grommets to the inside of the van. That’s why you see travel trailer propane tanks mounted on the tongue of the trailer; most of today’s motorhomes use frame mounted tanks, and all of the commercial Class B converters that fit their products with propane appliances use frame mounted tanks. I hope you’ll do something about your propane set-up very soon.

    Best wishes for continued success with your van and your blog–it’s a very enjoyable read.

    Hey Kristen,
    Thank you so much for all your videos – they are really well made and very inspiring. I have researched many van conversions and yours is by far the most thought out. I see other comments relate to the bed. It is an ingenious design and if you ever share some other details on its weight capacity and mechanism etc. that would be great. If you ever make it over to the UK, let me know and we can point you in the right adventure direction. Happy trails! Peter C

    Hello again Kristen,
    I’ve just caught up with your bed explanation video. #Clever! Thank you again for showing the world in all its glory.
    Peter C

    I really love the honeycomb black walls and would love to have them in my rv bath. Did they come like that? They don’t seem like tile…any info would be great

    Hey Kristen,
    Here is a link to possibly solve your water tank freezing problem;- http://www.tankblanket.co.uk/

    BTW, love the van (best i`ve seen anywhere on the internet) and your lifestyle – hoping to do this myself when I retire to the Costa Blanca in Spain in a few years time.

    Regards

    Keith

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