V&M DIY Campervan:
Off Grid Adventure Rig Outfitted for 4 Season Living
V&M Van Life started with a dream of location independence and travel. Through the build process and early travels, this journey of self discovery has so far resulted in the founding of Ray Outfitted and the sale of almost everything we own. Living off grid at a lower cost creates freedom to find passion in your work life.
2017 Mercedes Benz 170 WB
Build Prep: 11/2017 -01/2018
Build Time: 01/15/2018- 02/26/2018
Move in Date: February 27, 2018
Upgrades & Adjustments: Ongoing
Build Specs: DIY 4 Season Camper
2017 Mercedes Benz 2500 170 WD, High Roof
Insulation: Rigid Foam, Spray Foam, Air Gap & Reflectix
If we did it again, with more budget: Lizard Skin Ceramic Insulation and Spray Foam. Do NOT bury your electrical under the spray foam. Keep it accessible.
Solar: 960 Watt Solar Array, on a tiltable rack.
Tip: Canadian winters have poor sunlight. To boost solar amperage, tilt!
Inverter: 3,000w pure sine inverter
Battery Bank: Three 200 amp hr AGM batteries, charged by solar and ACR. Travel with backup shore power charging capability.
After 12 months we upgraded to Lithium.
Electrical Usage: Induction Cooktop, Instant Pot, Desktop Computer, Ultra Wide Screen Monitor, Kettle, Toaster, Milk Steamer, Fridge, Lights, Device Charging & misc.
Water System: Six 5 gallon fresh water jugs, Two 5 gallon grey jugs
Bed: Fixed bed, Queen size
Circulation: 2 Maxx Air Fans and 2 wall mounted 12V fans
Bathroom: Nature's Head Composting toilet
Complete work station/office setup - computer, monitor, desk space
WiFi and 4G Signal Boosters
Self Rescue Kit