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Espar Heater Installation- DIY Guide

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February 12, 2017

Disclaimer-  I am not a professional.  I am a moderately skilled DIYer.  Technical wiring diagrams are not my strong suit. My Espar works great. I’m satisfied that it’s a clean, professional installation.  My DIY post may contain errors.  Use at your own risk.  CO (carbon monoxide) leaks can be deadly- especially in small spaces.  No cutting… Read More ›

DIY Sprinter Campervan- The mid-build report

I am just finishing up the latest round of DIY campervan build projects.  Just a few more tweaks and trim pieces then it’s time to have fun in the van for a few months while building the final cabinetry in my garage. RadVan started as a partially converted windowless stock cargo van. I bought it… Read More ›

DIY Campervan Project- Interior Bike storage Using L-Track

This is our way of storing bikes in our Sprinter Campervan.  We wanted to be able to securely store four bikes in our van with easy loading and unloading. The design of our Sprinter has a platform bed and large garage for storage of bikes, surfboards, camp gear, and “stuff.” I’ve seen many cool ways of… Read More ›

Using L-track for a myriad of storage options.

Many of my blog posts about building out RadVan as our DIY Adventure Mobile could easily be retitled- “Stuff I had to figure out on my own that I wish someone had written about and saved me hours of research, experimenting, and frustration.”  This post is along the same lines.  Hope it helps.   L-Track… Read More ›

Adding Soft Modular Overhead Storage Cabinets to your Sprinter

As I’ve been working on my van build (bike/surf/camp/run/ski adventuremobile), I’ve been (slowly) working toward building upper cabinets and making use of all the potential storage space in the upper corners of the walls. Enter Adventure Wagon and an innovative solution to overhead storage!  While at a bike race in Northern California (Grinduro for you fellow… Read More ›

Leaking into Sprinter cabin space- a cautionary tale of terrible design.

A caution to DIY Sprinter campervan owners (and anyone with covered lower walls).  Check for leaks! While running some wiring I removed a wall panel and discovered that the area inside my rocker panel was damp and mildewy.  On further investigation, I discovered that all the lower wall panels had moisture settling inside.  Even though the… Read More ›

Ford Campervan conversion ideas

Our Introduction to DIY Campervan Conversion Our VanLife journey started with a used  2007 Ford E-350 van (15-passenger). Our Ford van (named “RadVan 1”) was our introduction to VanLife.  It served us well, and I learned a ton about DIY van conversion.  We’ve since moved on to a Sprinter 170 (RadVan 2), but I wanted to… Read More ›

Campervan Bike Work Stand

This is for the VanLife bike nuts. This is how I installed a bicycle work stand in my Sprinter campervan. Definitely a luxury item for the outdoor crowd.  Some people want to watch TV in their Sprinters, I want to adjust my drivetrain.  Something for everyone! I started by ordering a Park Professional wall mount… Read More ›

Installing rear windows in a Sprinter Van

How to install rear windows in a sprinter conversion.

Installing CR Laurence Windows in a Sprinter Cargo Van

Details of my installation of windows in my DIY Sprinter Campervan

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