Without further a-due, we would like to share with you the progress we have made on the Sprinter Van and the steps we have taken thus far. Let's say it has been a full two months of brainstorming ideas, developing plans, then revisiting the creation of ideas and plans multiple times. I think I have decided this much brainstorming may not be healthy, but I am the type to thrive on the last minute flawless idea that came together by circumstance. Jeremy, on the other hand, is much like his Dad, thriving on the development of multiple creative ideas even after we finally agreed on one. To say the least, the amount of research we have completed on all subject matters concerning Sprinter Vans and similar topics has taught us so much in a lot of areas we had no knowledge prior. On contrary, like most concepts in life, the more you know, the more you question, and the more you revisit your decisions.
If you are wondering what our research has entailed, here is a small glimpse of the complexity of such vehicles if you really dive into it. To utilize existing paneling or plywood, need of foam insulation for paneling, types of fabric for indoor paneling. What does 12V vs 120V vs Amps vs Watts all mean!? 12V vs two 6V deep cycle batteries vs multiple battery brands vs battery Amp/hrs. Degree of watts utilized for daily electrical functioning, which determines how many watt Solar panels needed. Solar energy vs charging battery off van alternator, deciding on the many components necessary for each system. 3 way refrigerator (utilizing propane) vs 12V refrigerator vs Yeti cooler. Ventilation system through roof van and whether or not to add additional posterior windows. No less the mere layout of the van in order for it to contain inside space for 2 whitewater kayaks, 2 mountain bikes, 2 paragliders, canyoneering/climbing/backpacking gear for 2, bed, galley, and storage. Not forgetting rear indoor space for the potential small 150cc dirtbike that would be utilized for self-shuttling during many of these activities.
When a project like this is conceived, most like us, are naive to the endless possibilities. By heightening your mental capacity you start to realize how this kind of creation can go in so many directions from a grand scale to basic. Even though our sprinter van will have far more comforts then my backpacking tent and small sedan I once completed a two month road trip in, we decided for our purposes an original focus on gear storage and "basic" is best.
As we furthered our education on the Inter-webs and a great handbook 'The Sprinter RV Conversion Sourcebook', we conceived our skeleton plan that would work efficiently for us. After writing down several of the items we agreed on, I came up with a drawing of the proposed layout..