daddypine's Project
Status: 3/4 done

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Having retired and sold our furniture business at the end of october 2013, the new owners did not require our delivery van which we had from new in 2008. As we knew we would only get peanuts for it, we decided it would be a great winter project to convert it as we were always going to get one anyway, but thought they were a bit overpriced when we started looking. So we began, with the intention of doing a youtube video or website showing pictures of the project in progress. It was shortly after that I came across a website called "deep red" a motorhome conversion by Ian and mad mumsie. Firstly, I just about gave up on the idea of the website after finding theirs as it is so comprehensive and useful, and secondly, one couldn't hope to find a better guide to doing your own. Anyway, having taken quite a few pictures,etc, someone may find it useful for a Sprinter specific builder, hope as I start to upload stuff it is of some help to someone.

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  • Base Vehicle

    The main thing which made us decide on using the existing van was not that we had it already, we were going to buy something much bigger but having looked round, there didn't seem to be what we wan...

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  • Panels & Lining

    The van was already lined with 6mm ply and it was done with 10'0 sheets too,so, even though they were a little grubby, as they were going to be covered with carpet we decided to reuse them but they...

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  • Project Plan

    I think the first thing you have to decide is what do you want the vehicle for. We had certain criteria which the vehicle we wanted to end up with had to fit. On looking round quite a few, without ...

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  • Wiring & Electrics

    This again needs quite a lot of forward planning because a lot depends on what you are going to want the vehicle to do and, if you are on a tight budget, this also comes into play. We actually we...

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  • Flooring

    As far as floor covering is concerned several things we took into consideration were again things like serviceability. The rear section we have a laminate floor as this is the area the motorbike or...

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  • Bed System

    The bed design took some working out as I wanted to be able to remove at least one bed to get the bike in. after a lot of tea & coffee over a period of about 8 days the idea grew and grew till it w...

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  • Rear Seats

    This was also part of the third layout we did and finished up being used and we are pleased we did. The Sprinter has as standard I believe, a single drivers seat and a twin passenger seat. What we...

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  • Windows

    One thing I thought when I saw one or two airport buses flying around was how classy they looked so I set about sourcing flush windows. I know they don't open though I could of had them that did, b...

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  • Units & Furniture

    The furniture was constructed out of lightweight board obtained from one of the many caravan component suppliers. The purchase of curved top cupboard doors and curved corner mouldings allows you to...

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  • Kitchen

    I just wrote up everything on the units and furniture page then found this kitchen page! most of this is covered on there.

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  • Heating

    As I mentioned in in the furniture category, we used a Truma combined hot water and blown hot air heater for the heating, mainly car it took up just one space.These units I think were originally de...

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  • Gas

    When it came to the LPG side of things, I looked at standard bottles, small & medium, looked at having a tank fitted under the van and then finally decided on the refillable bottle from Safefill. T...

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