V&M DIY Campervan:
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.
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
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.
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
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