Components Grand Total: $8135
Misc items (Wood, hardware, tools): $7865
Used Van: $17,000
2x Renogy 100W Panel 100-D $256
2x 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel (Compact Design) $200
3X Battle Born Batteries, BB10012, 100AH LifePO4 Battery $2700
Victron Smart Solar Mppt 100/50 BT $288
Renogy DC-DC Charger 40Amp $170
Renogy 2000kW Inverter/Charger $600
Camp Chef 2 Burner Stove w/Oven $183
Propex Hs2800 Heater $914
Manchester 6811 Undermount Propane Tank $528
Water Tank 22Gal $191
Grey Water Tank 6Gal $100
Doemtic Fridge CFX-75DZWSE $1250
Camplux 5L 1.32 GPM Outdoor Portable Tankless Water Heater $160
Shuflo Aqua King II 3 GPM Water Pump $115
Shurflo Accumulator $50
Fan-Tastic Vent 801250 1250 Series $170
Maxx Air 00007500K 00-07500K MaxxFan Deluxe with Remote $260
FINALLY! A walk through of my van I now call home!
It’s a 2008 Dodge Sprinter 144” Wheel Base Dual Rear Wheel High Roof 3.0 V6 Turbo Diesel with 260k miles.
I started the build around August time frame & got it road ready by February 14th.
I work full time in the military & had to leave town a few times for work so I couldn’t dedicate all of my time on the build.
99% Of the work was done by myself with help from a couple friends randomly & I had a professional do some welding.
I procured a ton of my components from various different sources, using discount codes & getting some items on sale.
All of the tools, hardware, & wood were sourced from my local Home Depot.
Tons of Youtube, trial & error, & long days to get where we are today….not very far 😀
I first thought of my priorities that I wanted in the van.
Started to create a layout of how everything was going to fit with actual dimensions & not just factory numbers.
Figured out what I wanted for my electrical system & did not skimp for cheap components.
Did the same for leisure items like stove, fridge, fans & once again do not regret any of it.
When your van is empty take the time to CLEAN & DO CORROSION PREVENTION.
Don’t forget that there is ample space in the undercarriage for items to be mounted (water tanks, propane, spare tire, extra tool boxes).
Don’t forget that your build doesn’t have to be perfect. It isn’t the absolute build, or your last one. You can always tear it down & change it whenever you’d like. The planning stage is very important to figure out what you’d like but you never really know until you’re living in it.
Do it the right way the first time.
You’ll either take the time to properly learn how to do something or you’ll pay someone to do it, pick.
Think outside of the box.
Measure twice, cut once.
Don’t make dimensions super tight.
Take your saw blade width into account.
Use the right length screws.
This van isn’t the only thing going on in your life so maintain your finances, job, health, &/or significant other.
Counter Sink your subwall/floor
Stop rushing, focus on the task at hand.
Some days are failures & some are great successes, they all take you towards your goal.
Do not set your expectations to those immaculate vans online that’re built by master craftsman, people who have money to hire folks, or people who have a plethora of time. Your build will suit your needs.