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    Re: Sprinter build thread


    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Supposedly your are supposed to spray everything with disinfectant due to the risk of virus.
    This!!! Also wear a mask, I got super sick from a parts van once. Ugh I can smell that nest through the photo

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Pretty neat.

    https://expeditionportal.com/forum/t...nta-ga.208317/

    Edit - sold already.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

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    That's nice. I need that spare tire rack...cause if I get a flat the stock spare is definitely not the right size. The BFG All-terrains have a cool factor, but I think I would go with the Rugged Terrains in a stock size if I were to do it all over again. Just 40k miles to go before these wear out...

    Also curious what sliders people use for the rear pull out drawers. With drawers that long, they must be super beefy.

    Paul, I'm thinking of downsizing to a newer, smaller solar panel so I can fit a bigger roof fan. I would have to imagine there are more efficient panels out there that could give me the same performance as this massive one. This one seems a bit dated, but I guess I can't really tell.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    Well, no. The size of solar panels has not come down. That panel is really good and the key to that van. One thing you could do is get 2 smaller panels and mount them crossways.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    The sliders are available online. I can't remember the brand, but i found it on the sprinter forum.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Guess I'll rethink this plan then...

    I drove down to LA and back for the weekend to ride bicycles. Randomly pulled over at 2:30am to nap on my way down - looked at a map, drove down a long long dirt/paved road and said "that looks good". Woke up in an ATV park. Subtract two wheels from those machines and I'd consider going back, it was rad and only an hour out of LA in the Angeles National Forest. Sunrise so bright it woke me up through the sunshades and an eye mask.

    Driving home, its a mega climb out of the city, about 4 or 5k feet of elevation. Traffic, of course. All along the side of the road there were tanks labeled "non-potable radiator filling station" and numerous stranded mini-vans. I left LA and my temp gauge was over 100 (granted, I know it reads high in the sun). On that pass it hit 138. Never dropped below 100 until the sun went down and even then it was pegged at 98 until I reached the outskirts of SF. I've never been so hot in my life and I regularly ride bikes for 5+ hours non stop. I was a bit nervous about the van as I sat in traffic going through the pass, but the oil temp gauge held strong and never budged anywhere past normal operating conditions. Holy hell. 6 hour drive took 7.5-8. Two lane highway, every overpass the traffic drops to 30mph. 18 wheelers have a 55mph speed limit and I swear they ride next to each other on purpose. I had made the drive before but must have been different conditions or timing and I didn't realize how horrific it was.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    There's one reason I don't live in CA. Glad the van stayed cool. Good to hear you are still using it proper too!

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    There's one reason I don't live in CA. Glad the van stayed cool. Good to hear you are still using it proper too!
    She is living her best life out here. This month alone was LA, the weekend after this one we're off to Sonoma, Downieville the next weekend, then Shasta Lake after. I use it more here since we don't have the equivalent to our NH house to get away too.
    It'll be back on track day duty soon enough too.

    Whitney is starting her drive out in a couple weeks with the dog, her wagon, and a roof top tent...still don't know how she's going to get the dog into the tent, but she's rather committed at this point. Maybe a long ass folding ramp? Intricate pulley system?

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Engine temp 100 C? Or cabin 100 F?

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Engine temp 100 C? Or cabin 100 F?
    Outdoor temp in F

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    Whitney is starting her drive out in a couple weeks with the dog, her wagon, and a roof top tent...still don't know how she's going to get the dog into the tent, but she's rather committed at this point. Maybe a long ass folding ramp? Intricate pulley system?
    Just needs one of these overland truck wheel cranes!


    If she heads over on a northerly route her and carla can crash with us.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Seattle 2006 Sprinter camper. $85,000.

    https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/r...976638222.html

    And a 118 SR is $27,500 in SF. Know where Ill be selling mine!

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    Getting closer to project completion. Ordered a Ventair fan, a 6-3/4” 100CFM unit. If it’s not adequate I can upgrade.

    Cut all the side wall panels and got the first coat of penetrating Epoxy on them. In a day or two I can coat the fronts, and after 2-4 days they’ll be ready to install. Okoume Plywood, despite being a Marine grade hardwood, is actually pretty soft and absorbs moisture like crazy so sealing is a necessary step.


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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Getting closer to project completion. Ordered a Ventair fan, a 6-3/4 100CFM unit. If its not adequate I can upgrade.
    Yeah yeah nobody cares, you're wasting your time. You should be swapping a 6.2L V8 LS motor into it, like this guy is doing.

    You're welcome.

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    Yeah, pretty awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rpmextreme View Post
    I drove it today for the first time. She runs good and sounds BA. I tried to do a burnout but the dually tires had too much bite. lol
    Bet the swap is cheaper than a 2.7 rebuild.

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    Been driving this regularly to make sure it is well sorted for some longer trips. Driving 300 miles to NJ this weekend,

    Today “loctited” and tightened nuts holding wiper arms. Yesterday passenger arm stopped working on way home.

    Sprinter has a tapered splined shaft.


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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Bought a Ventline Vanair round exhaust fan but ran into an obstacle.


    Here’s a rough hole traced on the roof in the raised portion. You can see that it’s so close to the edge that the sealing flange would be unsupported.



    But might have a solution. There is a flat area just behind the stamping.


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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    I installed one of those. definitely use the flat area.

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    Thanks!

    Took a trip to NJ last weekend. Down and back on one tank, average 25.7 mpg. Amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Thanks!

    Took a trip to NJ last weekend. Down and back on one tank, average 25.7 mpg. Amazing.
    Yep. That motor is the star of the show

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I installed one of those. definitely use the flat area.
    How did you wire it? I was thinking of going to the driver’s side and connecting into the interior light circuit.

    But then if I get an Aux battery, it would be easier to run a direct line on the passenger side.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Finally got around to installing the back-up camera. Sprinter forum tip is to run it through the third brake light. As soon as I touched the bolts on the brake light the stock one broke. Ordered a new one on Amazon for ~$20 bucks and all was well. I matched up the pioneer radio with a pioneer camera. Word on the street is that there is a $15 one Amazon that is best, but I paid the $100 for the Pioneer one to hopefully save some time/effort in the wiring and to ensure compatibility.

    Next van I build, I'm making sure I leave easier access to run wires in the future. I thought I did a pretty good job at making it modular to remove things and put them back, but it was still a pain in the ass.

    Camera is awesome though. I currently have it on a switch because I wanted to turn it on on-demand to look at my bikes and such. After driving for a couple days with it, I also want to run it to reverse so I don't need to manually flip it on. I know enough to be dangerous with wiring, but I'm not an expert. I know I can't just wire it to both the switch and reverse. Best cause scenario, the reverse lights turn on when I hit the switch - not ideal. Worst case, I blow a fuse and the car locks me out - seriously, if you have a brake light bulb go out it doesn't let you get it out of park without a manual release.

    So research says I need to put a diode between the reverse wiring and the circuit. Seems easy, but I'm pretty sure diodes are something you solder into a circuit board...not something you wire in-line with wire. Or can I just wire it up and let it dangle?

    I did find this which seems to address my concern...but seems odd.

    https://www.amazon.com/Painless-8011...1069650&sr=8-1

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    How did you wire it? I was thinking of going to the driver’s side and connecting into the interior light circuit.

    But then if I get an Aux battery, it would be easier to run a direct line on the passenger side.
    If you start wiring things, I suggest an auxiliary fuse box that runs off of the auxiliary battery.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Diode can be run in-line easily. Just solder it inline and make sure you insulate via a couple layers of heat shrink.

    Don't get an SMC diode (surface mount component). Get a push through traditional one.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    ^ What he said, on several subaru conversions I have done depending on the year VW van you need to put different size resistors inline for the factory temp gauge to work.

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