V&M DIY Campervan:

 
V&M: Together we saved up, built our home on wheels and set out on a adventure of a lifetime: building a life we don’t need a vacation from.

V&M: Together we saved up, built our home on wheels and set out on a adventure of a lifetime: building a life we don’t need a vacation from.

 

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.

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
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 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

  • Other Features:

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

    • WiFi and 4G Signal Boosters

    • Self Rescue Kit

    • Motorcycle

Canadian Four Season RV - Build 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.