How to Build a Sprinter Van
Here’s a detailed breakdown of the building process. If you have any questions please feel free to shoot me an email, I would be glad to answer any questions and help out where I can. Get Some!
So here’s where the fun starts. At least it did for me. I loved envisioning what I was going to build. Bed here, cabinet there, fridge, etc etc. While it was fun it was very frustrating.
Like I mentioned you can’t start designing until you know what you NEED in the van. Well, I guess you could but you would most likely be wasting your time.
Flooring & Insulation
NOTE: This is the most important stage of building the van. If you are going to cut corners on something make sure this is NOT the area. The wrong insulation can mold and make you sick or worse. Sitting in an oven is no fun either. Do your homework here and do this step RIGHT!
Cutting holes is the Van
So the flooring and insulation was pretty straight forward and nothing really special other then make sure you do it and don’t rush it. This next step though is where people get a little scared, myself included. It’s time to cut holes in the outside of your shiny new van!
Be prepared to waste a bunch of your time dealing with idiots. My brother and I came to the conclusion that the professional customization shops have to have a full time employee that does nothing but order parts, send back broken parts, re-order parts and handle shipping problems.
Building and Installing Cabinets
First let me say that building square cabinets in a non square environment sucks. What I mean is the van walls aren’t square, It flares from front to back and rolls in from bottom to top. Every piece you make is one of a kind custom.
This was the step I had been dreading for almost 6 months since I decided to buy and build my own rig. Sure I can wire an electrical outlet but I had no idea on what to do with inverters, circuit breakers, house batteries etc. My brother who was the master carpenter said “No problem one of my best friends owns a hug electrical contracting company, we’re good” So the first thing. Never listen to your big brother, they are full of shit and just say what ever they want to like “No problem, that’s easy etc”.
I had never done plumbing before and had to make a trip to PPL motorhomes in Houston to figure out everything I needed to plumb my system. Earl was very kind to go over what I had and draw me a diagram of how to set it all up and what I needed. I had bought a bar sink to put in so needed some adapters to make the RV plumbing work with the standard house sized sink leads.
If this vans a rocking…….We’re fighting over what we’re watching on TV? LOL. So our adventures are going to be many and grand but there is going to be plenty of time to relax and then there will be those days we’re stuck inside with bad weather. I found a Jensen Radio and DVD player to build into the cabinets.