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Vickers & McNair opted for no propane or added fuel sources to the rig. A large electrical system and the diesel tank of their Sprinter van fuel their life.

Vickers & McNair opted for no propane or added fuel sources to the rig. A large electrical system and the diesel tank of their Sprinter van fuel their life.

 

Canadian Custom Conversion Camper Van

Vickers is an automotive and marine mechanic. McNair is a digital nomad and business consultant. Combined they had the skillset and funds to build their Canadian home on wheels and set out on their mission: building a life they don’t need a vacation from.

Van Conversion
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
Van vs. Building: 4 weeks of body repair
Upgrades & Adjustments: Ongoing

DIY 2017 Sprinter Conversion

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 Thinsulate. 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 alternator with backup shore power charging capability.

    • After 14 months we upgraded to a lithium system.

  • 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 on slides.

  • Other Features:

    • Complete work station/office setup - computer, monitor, desk space

    • WiFi and 4G Signal Boosters

    • Self Rescue Kit

    • Motorcycle Hauling capability

    • Onboard tool set for repairs on the road

V&M Van Life Sprinter Van Build Out Photos

Timelapse of Canadian Custom Sprinter Adventure Rig & Camper

 

In the course of 36 days, Ray took our Sprinter from empty shell to 4 season RV. Ray worked solo on almost the entire van and captured a majority of the build with a GoPro.

 

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