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Camper Conversion - Sprinter 316 CDi LWB

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Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:10 am PostPost subject: Camper Conversion - Sprinter 316 CDi LWB
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after the hate hate relationship with the VW Caravelle (2.0 bi turbo DSG) I thought doing it a bit bigger was called for Smile

Base - Mercedes Sprinter 316 CDI 2.1 LWB

Aim is/was to provide ample storage space for tools/spares (race weekends) or bikes etc for weekends away. Not that interested in having it looking gucci gucci as it'll be used properly - so function over looks. Took a lot of input from Adam Morrison and his camper conversion to his Crafter

Large double bed over the garage area, and rock and roll double in the living area.

Garage:

Garage large enough to take bikes standing up - 1.2m roof height and 2m long. LED roof lights, 240v power through invertor for charging tools/bikes etc.

Living:

Main bed - Large king size (++) bed above garage. Reading lights, USB power etc on both sides. LED ceiling lights
RR Bed - not sourced yet, but one we'll go for is 1.2m wide, 1.9m extended. Comfortable double for kids and has crashed tested seatbelts on seats.

24" LCD TV with digital/freeview
2 gas hobs
sink with pump for water
Fridge
4x 500mm base cabinets
2.2m of worksurface (hob/sink etc)
240v outlet above work top.
5mm (easyliner) wall and ceiling coverings
vinyl/lino on the ply floor
insulated (celotex) ceiling, walls, bed and garage/living partition.

Electrics:

Retained standard MB starting battery
Added 2x 110ah leisure batteries (parallel, doubling capacity at 12v)
Split charge kit from alternator
150w solar panel mounted on roof with dual charge for main and leisure batteries
10way fuse box off leisure batteries
master cut off added for leisure batteries
240v invertor off leisure batteries (wired to 2 double sockets)
8 way switch panel up front - controls all added electrics in living/garage etc
5kw diesel night heater - uses AUX take off from standard pump housing

I'll add some progress pics in. Its nearly complete..... but had to go away with work so finishing touches to be done
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Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:23 am PostPost subject:
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The van as we got it....

We knew the van as we'd hired it before through MB Plant up in Peterhead. 100k miles, 316.. so a bit of power and reasonably low miles for a van like this.



Side windows done - fully lined and insulated etc etc. I chose to whip the lining off to check. Glad I did as the insulation wasnt the best (partial id call it - not done by MB I might add!). Desirable silver with alloys Very Happy
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Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:28 am PostPost subject:
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initial wiring of the split charge system, leisure batteries , fuse box for camper 'stuff', switch panel and reversing camera. All pretty much tucked away under the twin front passenger seat with all the cables run out of sight Smile

Rotating seat bases (like captains chairs) fitted too - this adds a little extra to the living space Smile










cables run for fridge, heater, tv, water pump, ceiling lights, garage lights, bed lights, bed power sockets, 240v sockets
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Impreza Race Car, 1200kg, 480bhp - SLS/SMRC
Mini Race Car x3 - SMRC, SMRC, SLS
911 - 1981 Air Cooled 3.0
500 - 1969 Fiat 500 L
X5 40d M Sport
Mini Cooper Park Lane
MB Sprinter Camper
Track Scotland


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Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:35 am PostPost subject:
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lining and insulation

It was scabby 25mm celotex sheet on the ceiling - so used what i could and finished it off with new equiv. Packed any gaps with fibre insulation just to help out.



Walls were done with fibre - looks like regular loft insulation. No signs of rust at bases so was happy enough to continue with it. Topped it up and filled the foids. Some bits of expanding foam here and there too. Insulated the bed/living from the garage area too... just in case im digging about in there on a race weekend and folk are trying to sleep in the living area.

Bed area is just over 2m long, and full width... takes a king size matres with ease. Slight recess at front to give more space for the RR bed to go, slightly tucked under the upper bed front.






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Mini Race Car x3 - SMRC, SMRC, SLS
911 - 1981 Air Cooled 3.0
500 - 1969 Fiat 500 L
X5 40d M Sport
Mini Cooper Park Lane
MB Sprinter Camper
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Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:41 am PostPost subject:
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Before finishing the lining of the ceiling I decided it was best to go for a solar charging system. This would hopefully avoid the worry of running the batteries down when away from civilisation AND when the van was stood idle in winter for example.

I went for a simple 1 panel (150w) system with a dual charging controller. The leisure battery bank is prioritised but when its 90% full the system then works on starter battery too.

Went for a fairly flush mount system (for a rigid panel) - I didnt want a daft roof rack mounted panel. 6 brackets and an aero 'gland' up on the roof. Cables run through van and down to controller under the pass seat again. Nice and close to the batteries.






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Mini Race Car x3 - SMRC, SMRC, SLS
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Mini Cooper Park Lane
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Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:51 am PostPost subject:
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Heater.... still not convinced Laughing

I saw the price of new Espar / Webasto night heaters and looked for some alternatives. Read a lot of reviews on the chinese copies... and decided to give it a go (eyes open... so expectations adjusted)

Went for a 5kw diesel kit, saving around £600. Granted I'm prob going to tweak a few bits and bobs on the install to try and improve little bits (air filter and fuel pump mounts for example)

Its all fitted, plumbed in and test run. Fairly impressed so far - heats up quickly and i'm fairly confident I can dampen a lot of the noise.

I will install a smoke and CO detector too though...

The heater is mounted just behind the drivers seat. Combustion air taken from under van to front, exhaust runs back about 1.2m and pops out under sill. Fuel line runs above exhaust heatsheild and drive shaft... over to std tank where its plumbed into the AUX take off.

I'm going to wrap the heater exhaust and add some more protective wrap to fuel lines - just to be safe.







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Mini Race Car x3 - SMRC, SMRC, SLS
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500 - 1969 Fiat 500 L
X5 40d M Sport
Mini Cooper Park Lane
MB Sprinter Camper
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Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:55 am PostPost subject:
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lined the interior with a fairly thick/deep pile carpet. 4way stretch 'EasyLiner' from Harrisons trim supplies. Feels good and pretty easy to work with whilst being thick enough to not show every minor imperfection in the ply work underneath.

I'll eventually trim the garage ceiling in it, and the walls in alu checker plate.

Bed base and rear garage upper shelf also lined






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Impreza Race Car, 1200kg, 480bhp - SLS/SMRC
Mini Race Car x3 - SMRC, SMRC, SLS
911 - 1981 Air Cooled 3.0
500 - 1969 Fiat 500 L
X5 40d M Sport
Mini Cooper Park Lane
MB Sprinter Camper
Track Scotland


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Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:58 am PostPost subject:
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24" LCD flatscreen fitted. Aeriel mounted on the roof but imagine it'll be used more for movies off USB drives Smile



Dometic hob and sink fitted with water pump Smile




Thats it for now.... just finishing touches really. They will be some time though Sad Laughing
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Mini Race Car x3 - SMRC, SMRC, SLS
911 - 1981 Air Cooled 3.0
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X5 40d M Sport
Mini Cooper Park Lane
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Looks good! I love the idea of doing one, keep thinking i should go down the race van route but i sadly just dont get enough racing in to justify it! And im not the kinda person that likes van life if going to the west coast for example, much rather a b&b kinda guy so one less reason right there! haha!
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aye, i love just stopping wherever Smile

Some great weekends/trips away where we've just stumbled across a nice spot at the side of a loch/castle/mountain/beach...
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Mini Race Car x3 - SMRC, SMRC, SLS
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X5 40d M Sport
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Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:40 pm PostPost subject:
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Jackstrath wrote:
Looks good! I love the idea of doing one, keep thinking i should go down the race van route but i sadly just dont get enough racing in to justify it! And im not the kinda person that likes van life if going to the west coast for example, much rather a b&b kinda guy so one less reason right there! haha!


im old too Wink
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Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:48 am PostPost subject:
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Jack isnt that old! Razz
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Mini Race Car x3 - SMRC, SMRC, SLS
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old in mind then if not (yet) in body - some people are old as teens
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Ive seen this locally and been wondering about doing the same: https://www.gumtree.com/p/vans/10-transit-mwb-limited-9-seat-shuttle-tourneo-minibus-work-family-camper-chair-lift-low-miles-/1371437121

Doesnt seem the biggest for a camper Confused Think its a bit expensive too.

Good work with your one Adam its looking great. To turn it from a blank space to that. Cool
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Yup, not sure what sort of space you need, but I'm sure we'd be too tight for 2 adults, 2 kids and a dog with anything less than a LWB set up.

IF we'd have dont without a garage space the layout would have been much more homely, but for me the garage was essential for tools/spares/bikes etc.

Also - because we arent midgets, we'd needed a normal sized person bed. I've seen a few setups (same chassis) with the high bed setup cross ways. At max this is only around 1700mm wide which is just not going to happen with me or even Fee i think ... 1700mm is 5'7" or there abouts.

The bed we have is 2000mm long by 1700mm wide

Check out VW Crafter LWB vans as a cheaper alternative to the Sprinter
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Impreza Race Car, 1200kg, 480bhp - SLS/SMRC
Mini Race Car x3 - SMRC, SMRC, SLS
911 - 1981 Air Cooled 3.0
500 - 1969 Fiat 500 L
X5 40d M Sport
Mini Cooper Park Lane
MB Sprinter Camper
Track Scotland
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