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 resulted in the founding of Ray Outfitted and the sale of everything that doesn’t fit in our van and utility trailer. Where this adVANture will take us? No one knows.
DIY Conversion 2017 Mercedes Benz 170 WB
Build Prep: 11/17 -01/18
Build Time: 01/15/18- 02/26/18
Distance Traveled (as of 10/2018): 42,000km
Build Specs: DIY 4 Season Adventure Rig
2017 Mercedes Benz 2500 170 WD, High Roof
Insulation: Rigid Foam, Spray Foam, Air Gap & Reflectix
Tip: Lizard Skin Ceramic Insulation. We’ve been really impressed.
Solar: 960 Watt Solar Array, on a tiltable rack.
Tip: Canadian winters have poor sunlight. To boost solar charging, tilt your panels at a 45 degree angle.
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.
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