Vanessa, our retirement travel home

After towing a 39-foot horse (llama) trailer for 12 years of vacations including a 6-month full-time sabbatical, in June 2012 we decided to have built a custom class-B (van-based) motorhome suitable for two people. We wanted access to small forest campgrounds, good mileage, the convenience of never having to hook up a trailer or towed car, access to the living space while driving, and the ability to park almost anywhere.

We chose the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, a van that I can stand up in which gets 18-20 mpg and is 7 feet wide and 23 feet long. To build the interior we chose Sportsmobile, Huntington, Indiana. The interior was completed in January 2013. About 4 months of the wait was for the Sprinter to be built in Germany, shipped to North Carolina in crates, then reassembled.

We named her Vanessa for "Van odyssey". Our uncle Den, who named his yacht "Dovekie", told us that seven letters and a repeated vowel bring good luck. I hope this works as well for us as it did for him and not like it turned out for the Titanic.

Major features that make Vanessa stand out above other class-B RVs, especially for extended dry camping:

  • Large 40 gallon water tank and 16 gallon black holding tank
  • Diesel generator and furnace run off the van fuel tank
  • Storage space for a 2-person inflatable kayak, gas grill, and much more
  • 4G antenna for internet in the wilderness
  • 7 Cu ft refrigerator/freezer
  • Plumbing system that can be used below zero degrees
  • Swivel seats up front with permanent laptop table

 

Other features that make living in Vanessa great include:

  • Large 70x82 bed
  • Full bath with shower, toilet, sink, and window
  • Galley with lots of counter space
  • Four-person dinette in back with seat belts
  • Quick easy conversion from bed to dinette
  • Valve to bring hot water to sinks without wasting water
  • Quick hookup of disposable propane bottles when big tank runs out
  • Audio/visual equipment convenient to bed and dinette

 

Click on links below for details

Sprinter options

Floor plan

Equipment

Photos

Packing list

 

Discussion

There are comments by me (Llamadave) and others on the Sportsmobile Forum.

Click here for Vanessa's complete building experience.

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EmMay (Imperial Beach) says...
Great fotos, great trips, tons of inspiration! I find myself searching your posts and commentary regarding WiFI, Stereo, CB, etc. … We are planning out the interior/exterior considerations for our Sprinter 170, 4×4. It seems that we keep falling back to a vital comfort for us will be the comms, audio, navigation and lighting schemes. We’re more listeners than we are watchers, a TV is low on the plan right now. We want to load ourselves up on this end versus an extra cabinet Read More
15-Feb-2017 8:54pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
Why did you select the particular toilet that you got? Are you happy with it (or as happy as you can be with a toilet). Also, what kind of wax do you use on it to help keep it clean.
Thanks.
27-Oct-2015 8:48pm
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David (West Lafayette) says...
The toilet works great. We had the same one on a prior RV and liked it. It requires good water pressure and pretty much water to keep it clean, so we wax the inside of the bowl (not very often) with just car turtle wax. Then we keep a squirt bottle of soapy water handy for a "manual targeted flush". I probably need to explain with more detail. A flush of the toilet handle opens the valve and lets most everything go down the hole. You do this quickly so as not to use much water and to not let Read More
28-Oct-2015 2:09pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
Thanks.
28-Oct-2015 2:36pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
In your equipment list, you have an Ameri-Kart combo shower pan M2835TW. I went to their website and see that the standard shower pan that comes with this (HT529) is 7-inches tall but that you went with a much larger tank (HT486) which I see is 8 ¾-inches tall. So am I correct that this raised the shower pan (and reduced your ceiling height) by about 2-inches? I saw some pictures of what looked like a custom box to hold the shower pan and tank and I figured that this was to make the Read More
26-Oct-2015 7:43pm
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David (West Lafayette) says...
Yes, I think it is up by about 2 inches. I am usually bending over the sink or sitting on the toilet so the ceiling height is not a big issue. I am not sure but I think there is not enough room for a trap on the shower drain because if we don't keep the drain closed we get some smells from the gray tank.
26-Oct-2015 11:52pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
I have a question about your winterizing procedure relative to the accumulator tank. You said, "The accumulator tank … does not require any changes to the pink-liquid winterizing procedure since it is completely empty when there is no pressure in the system." Then, in your winterizing procedure, you said to "...run pump for about 20 seconds to fill accumulator tank" with pink liquid. Could you clarify this. It seems like you need to use two gallons of pink liquid just to fill the Read More
23-Oct-2015 11:40am
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David (West Lafayette) says...
You are correct, the accumulator tank empties when you open the faucets to move pink liquid through the pipes. Even if the tank is not completely empty, it and the line up to it will have pink liquid so no worry about freezing. Experience has shown that it takes about 1.25 gallons or under $5 to winterize.
23-Oct-2015 12:40pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
Hi Again David, Another question: You said that you installed a momentary switch on the dashboard to close the separator relay. But you went on to say, "“We can close this switch and it will stay closed until the battery is mostly charged from the house batteries.” I am quite naive about this stuff, but doesn't a momentary switch only activate while you are pushing it? How could the separator stay closed if you're not pushing the button. Also, why would you need to charge the Read More
18-Oct-2015 1:57pm
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David (West Lafayette) says...
Good question. Normally you will never need to charge the van battery. If it runs down for whatever reason (Search for Ultragauge and separator on my equipment page) then you push the button which is momentary, but if the house batteries are higher than the van battery, the separator will lock closed so the house battery will charge the van battery. You should start the generator first if you have one. You need to charge the van battery this way for say an hour before trying to start the van Read More
18-Oct-2015 2:58pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
Thanks Dave. It took me some time to digest this, but I think I understand.
23-Oct-2015 11:29am
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
On your "Driver Side" and "Passenger Side" drawings, you allowed 36-inches between the top of the dinette seat and the bottom of the overhead cabinets. I would certainly like to maximize the cabinet height to maximize storage and was wondering if 36-inches worked well for you? Thanks.
15-Oct-2015 4:17pm
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David (West Lafayette) says...
The actual distance turned out to be 34 and this distance worked just perfectly for me (I am 6'2"). The bed ended up about 2 inches higher than the drawing shows because they needed more room for the water tank. The space for our feet is also about 2 inches less. The lights under the cabinet stick down about an inch and you sink into the seat cushion an inch or two. My head misses the light unless I really stretch and straighten my back I can barely hit it on the top of my head.
15-Oct-2015 4:49pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
I see on your electrical plan that you installed nine recessed LED lights in the ceiling (in addition to many other lights). Has that worked out well? Bright enough? More light than you need? Do you know the wattage of the LEDs? Thanks.
15-Oct-2015 4:11pm
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David (West Lafayette) says...
We do use all the lights, although never all at once (except maybe to take photos). I am sure we could have gotten along with fewer lights, but it is very convenient to be able to reach a light from anywhere when you need it. And to use only one small one over the counter when the other person is sleeping. The 9 recessed lights draw 2 amps total (24 watts P=IV) and one under-cabinet light draws 0.2 amps (2.4 watts). We don't need the 9 overhead lights much so this is a much lower power user Read More
15-Oct-2015 4:37pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
Are the 9 ceiling lights on a single switch or can you operate them each separately? I assume the reading lights can be individually controlled? Thanks.
15-Oct-2015 4:57pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
On your equipment list, you note gauge 2/0 welding cable to go from the separator to the batteries but your electrical plan calls for 1/0 gauge. What did you end up using? What is Sportsmobile’s standard and was it an issue to ask them to upgrade? Are there any other places where heavy gauge wiring is important? (Maybe from solar panels?) I don’t know much about electrical wiring, but just want to know what to ask for from Sportsmobile. Thanks again.
15-Oct-2015 1:48pm
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David (West Lafayette) says...
SMB North actually chose the 2/0 cable. They knew I wanted big cable. The 1/0 probably would have been fine. The only other place for big cable is the charger/inverter to the batteries and the battery ground cables. The big cable keeps you getting a voltage drop which would reduce the charging current to the battery. It is less important to use heavy cable for lights since the LEDs are still bright after a voltage drop. Same for fridge etc. The big cable is harder to install and expensive Read More
15-Oct-2015 3:05pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
I think I understand this. Thanks.
15-Oct-2015 3:56pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
I have so many questions, I hope I don't drive you crazy. My next question: You have a Camco grill attached to the side of your van. Does this affect the van in any way? I'm curious if the heat could affect the van's paint? Also, did Sportsmobile install the brackets for this or did you do this yourself? Thanks again.
15-Oct-2015 1:43pm
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David (West Lafayette) says...
The grill does not heat the van. When you raise the stainless steel lid, it shields the grill from the side of the van. You do want to close any windows near the grill to keep smoke out of the van.

I installed the bracket. The only downside to this is that you might get some rusting on the mounting holes. Make sure they are stainless screws and apply some caulk to the holes before mounting.

15-Oct-2015 2:57pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
So Sportsmobile really didn't get involved with this at all?
15-Oct-2015 4:00pm
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David (West Lafayette) says...
I only asked them if this was a reasonable place to put the bracket. They did, however, install the propane tap in that corner.
15-Oct-2015 4:24pm
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George Schaefer (Philadelphia) says...
On your equipment list, I see that you got the standard Magnum MS2000 inverter with “Battery remote Magnum ME-RC50”, which I believe is also standard. You also got the optional “Battery monitor kit Magnum ME-BMK”. Does this have its own control panel or does it provide more information to the ME-RC50 panel? What does the ME-BMK do that the ME-RC-50 doesn’t? Do you find the ME-BMK useful? Having used it now for a while, would you recommend getting this? Thanks.
15-Oct-2015 1:33pm
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David (West Lafayette) says...
The battery monitor provides lots of additional information and I find it very useful. Trouble is that SMB North did not wire ours properly. It uses a shunt on the ground connections to measure current draw. On ours not all things were connected to the shunt, in particular the inverter was not. When everything is connected, it will give you the charge status of the batteries. When you turn everything off except for one thing such as a light, it will give you the current draw of that item. Read More
15-Oct-2015 2:53pm
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Pete Wilson (Billings - Mt) says...
Dave, been enjoying your information on your sprinter build. I have an 02 E350 2WD and am planning a interior build. What size plywood floor do you have and what size is most of the wiring for lights etc. Do you have an opinion on the olympic3 propane heater? Heat in colder weather is my main concern. Water is going to be 1 gal. jugs, 3 batteries for a 2200 mod. sine wave inverter. Portable gen. for power, may consider solar, debating on portable unit. Any suggestions appreciated.
31-May-2015 10:11pm
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David Elmore (West Lafayette) says...
I think the floor is 1/2" plywood, but I am not sure about this. Also not sure about the wiring, but it was pretty large, perhaps 12 gauge. My only comment about propane heat is that in cold weather you will be filling the propane tank very often. I would go with the Espar D2 diesel heater.

David

1-Jun-2015 10:27am
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Declan F. O'Riordan (Endicott Ny) says...
David,
I have been struggling with making a decision about a Sportsmobile Sprinter. Your website, details re Vanessa, and much useful information have excited me and made me laugh for the first time during this RV pursuit. Added to that, my daughter and her husband went to undergrad at CWRU!
Declan
13-Apr-2015 5:52pm
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Lori Williams (La California) says...
Hi David, I am in conversation with sportsmobile Fresno to convert the new 2015 Mercedes sprinter 4x4. My intent will be to live in it full time. Currently I work in LA two days and then drive to the seasonal area to rock climb when not in LA. Renting RV park space in LA and moving to the campsite or a RV near climbing area seems to make more sense than paying high rent for an apartment that I am in half time. Additionally, I want my cat to be with me wherever I am. Mostly it is about my cat! Read More
31-Dec-2014 11:38am
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David Elmore (West Lafayette) says...
Lori, After our 3-month trip to Alaska I can report that our EB, high roof sprinter would work well for us full time. With full windows except the back we don't feel too closed in, and have spent many rainy days inside the van all day. I do not have experience with a pop-up bed in a low roof Sprinter, but we really like to be able to stand up for short rest stops. For full-time I would definitely want a generator, large fridge, and full bathroom with black holding tank and shower. In short, for Read More
31-Dec-2014 12:53pm
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Greg Leathers (Cape Coral) says...
I ran across your post on the sportsmobile forum and found your website. Great site with lots of information. I am installing a powertech generator also. Will the skid wheels you installed help if you have to back up a sharp angle like a driveway entrance? Could you explain how you have the generator hooked up to charge your batteries as well? Thanks and congratulations on your van and your website
18-Aug-2014 1:16am
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David (West Lafayette) says...
Yes, the skid wheels protect the generator when there is a sharp dip in the road. We have hit them several times when exiting a place of business. I seldom back into a drive but they protect for that also. I purchased these heavy-duty wheels and welded them to the bottom of the Mercedes hitch using a short extension tube. They stick down far enough so that a when you place a straightedge from the bottom of the skid wheel to the bottom of the rear tire, it misses the bottom of the generator by Read More
18-Aug-2014 10:34am
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Tim (Appleton Wi) says...
Hi David...can't wait to take a trip to Alaska! I have been there before and consider it to be one of the great places on earth for many reasons. I'm dropping off my Sprinter next week at SMB North...so getting closer. I have the Wilson amp so if it's not to much I'm interested in how you connected it into the 12 V system and also same question on charging the phone. Did SMB do this? I haven't checked, but is there a power source in the DIN 1 above the cab area? I'm sure this isn't Read More
15-Jun-2014 1:14pm
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David Elmore (West Lafayette) says...
There is power from the Sprinter battery in that DIM slot, but I wanted to use power from the SMB batteries, so I ran a wire from a free fuse location in the SMB fuse box, located over the sink, to the DIM location, going above the ceiling. I put a switch in that line so I can turn it off. I also ran the 12V power for a Kenwood radio on the dash and to extra 12V outlets for charging iPad and laptop.

David

15-Jun-2014 2:39pm
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Mike (Indianapolis) says...
David: We're close to taking possession of a Sprinter Class B RV (not a Sportsmobile, tho) that we are buying direct from the manufacturer. We also have State Farm and they will be insuring it as an RV. But when we called the State BMV they said we could register it either as a passenger vehicle or as an RV. Passenger vehicle excise tax is a lot less than an RV, so leaning that way. How did you register your Sportsmobile Sprinter? Any advice on this issue is much appreciated.
13-Mar-2014 7:50pm
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Michael kaz (Santa Monica) says...
Please provide source for 4G antenna. Is it in a radome?
26-Feb-2014 4:36pm
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David Elmore (West Lafayette) says...
I got the booster and antenna from 3gstore.com. My antenna is Wilson 21" Omni RV Antenna w/ Spring Base. Also available from Amazon and other places.
26-Feb-2014 9:14pm
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Michael kaz (Santa Monica) says...
Tremendous resource! Thanks!
26-Feb-2014 4:34pm
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Tim (Appleton Wi) says...
Hi Dave,

How did you handle insurance between the time you purchased the vehicle and had it at your home and got it to SMB? I'm struggling to find anything.

Thanks

Tim

25-Feb-2014 3:41pm
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David Elmore (West Lafayette) says...
Hi Tim, we insure with State Farm and they were happy to insure our empty panel van starting when we picked it up at the dealer. SMB did not bill us until it was complete so their insurance covered the work in progress until we paid and picked it up when done. State farm just needed to know what we paid SMB then they insured the total package when we drove it home.

David

25-Feb-2014 7:15pm
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Clark Guest (San Diego) says...
I'm in the final stages of preparing my plans for a SMB 2500EB conversion. I see on your plumbing diagram that both gray tanks share a common drain and valve. Is this something SMB did for you, or did you do the modification? Any additional details would be appreciated.

This website and your forum posts have been extremely helpful. Thanks!

4-Feb-2014 5:57pm
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David Elmore (West Lafayette) says...
SMB Indiana connected the two gray tanks. The left tank is lower than the right one so they both drain to the slinky drain hose on the left side. They tee into the black tank line and the drain hose is always connected so all I have to do is stick it down the hole and open first the black valve then the gray valve, then push the hose back into its holding pipe. I heard that the 2014 Sprinters are lower and so this plumbing system may reduce your clearance to an unacceptable level. We have not Read More
4-Feb-2014 8:35pm
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John (Co) says...
David, we still debating whether to purchase new sprinter conversion van from a dealer or go with the "Sportsmobile" custom build with one power source (no LP) rig. What is the really quality build-out not via watching the youtube videos. We are more or less 1,200 miles from that IN, location so, how you can be sure everething going to be build perfect. There is always a disconnect between what a contractor thinks is acceptable and what a customer thing is? Please advise.
Thanks,
John
9-Feb-2014 8:19pm
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David Elmore (West Lafayette) says...
I recommend you should visit Huntington at least once or twice. Also, ask Nancy to send you photos. You will be ok if your build is not too different from their demo or another SMB you have seen. I gave SMB very detailed drawings and visited many times (2 hrs drive for me) but my build was very different. Keep in mind custom builds take a long time, especially if you order a custom Sprinter, made in Germany.
9-Feb-2014 8:41pm
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Tim (Appleton Wi) says...
Hi David, Have a quick question, but first, I checked out your Travel Blog. Great design and Trips too! I'd like to understand how you use water. I recall in one of your write-ups that you bring bottled water along for drinking. What else do you use bottled water for? Cooking? Cleaning Veggies? I'm an international traveler so have experience in a variety of conditions...some where it was avoid for drinking and most everything else was ok, but in other areas you wanted to make sure Read More
12-Jan-2014 12:55am
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David (West Lafayette) says...
Hi Tim, We drink water from our reverse osmosis filter at home and are used to the taste, even though our tap water from a well has tested ok. We take about 6 gallon jugs of that with us camping. We use that for everything in food and drink. There are several advantages: 1) taste, 2) don't have to disinfect tank, 3) increases our on-board water capacity, and 4) never have to worry about water quality when we fill the tank. However, we are not paranoid about this and wash food that will be Read More
12-Jan-2014 9:56am
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David (West Lafayette) says...
David: My wife and I are empty nesters and we are going through the steps of see how and if we can survive in a smaller RV. I really like your layout and it seems to have what we want. Now that you have had it, would you make any changes to the next one? Thanks, Jim Hi Jim, We are very happy with the layout and would not change anything. There were some problems during the build, and some things that I did later that maybe Sportsmobile could be convinced to do, at maybe a high price. Have you Read More
25-Nov-2013 10:43am
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Tim (Appleton Wi) says...
David...awesome Sprinter with some great ideas to make it even better! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about it. I'm going to have SMB North do the work on mine also...though a 2500 with 144" WB and I'm trying to avoid putting on a Generator. One follow-up question which could help me with some design thinking is prompted by a comment you made on the SMB Forum. At the time, early after your build was completed, you had not yet had the opportunity to run the Dometic AC with the alternator Read More
8-Nov-2013 1:14am
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David (West Lafayette) says...
I will test that and get back to you, but I can say now that the Mercedes A/C is quite powerful and we always find it cool even in the back. However, we have not had the van in the southwest in the summer at 110 degree heat. -David
8-Nov-2013 10:31am
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David (West Lafayette) says...
I tried running the A/C on the inverter and alternator. It worked but the weather was cold and I am not sure if the compressor was actually running. I will test again when I have some hot weather.
12-Jan-2014 11:36am
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David Elmore (West Lafayette) says...
We are finally in hot weather, 85 in southern Florida in February. Our A/C will not start at all with the inverter and batteries. I have 4 batteries and they were all charged and the engine was running. When driving we are plenty cool up front, but the back did not cool well, not a problem for the two of us. With more people in the back we would run our diesel generator for the A/C.

David

9-Feb-2014 8:46pm
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Peter Markos (Delaware) says...
Hello David, Congratulations to your new dream van. I got mine also, except it is a work van I'm changing into something like you have already. Now, after lots of parts purchases I'm thinking, maybe this is a too large project for me to tackle. The million $ question therefore is this: How much did you have to pay Sportsmobile to do the transformation? Are they flexible enough? For instance I do like the idea of Espar air and water heaters, but it seems there only a few enthusiasts who do Read More
7-Oct-2013 8:25pm
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David (West Lafayette) says...
Hi Peter, Sportsmobile can do most of what you want but they abide by the RVIA standards and so can't do some things. Their prices are on their web site or you can call them. They will probably use any parts you have purchased and subtract their cost for the item from their price. All you need to do is talk to Nancy at Sportsmobile North.

David

8-Oct-2013 9:43pm
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David (New Mexico) says...
H Peter. I'm just beginning the design of a conversion of the extra long high roof 4x4 sprinter. I saw you used a composting toilet. I'm trying to research toilet options. I've never had an RV. It sounds like with a black tank there might be a smell. I met someone the other day who had a cassette toilet and a door in the side to pull it out to dump. Seemed easy. I also watched a video on the Advanced RV site on toilets. They seem to like composting toilets. Do you have any advice. I'd Read More
22-Feb-2016 11:41pm
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David Hitchcock (Fl) says...
Thanks for the tour of your new home. It' s great to see the plans.
29-Jan-2013 10:55am
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Jeremy Vaught says...
Love all the diagrams and description! Thanks for posting. Enjoy your new Sportsmobile!
20-Jan-2013 8:28pm
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Vasiliy Goncharenko (Pompano Beach - Fl) says...
More questions: :) 1. What do you think about solar panels to charge batteries? I have 3kW grid-tie at home (14x225w). Works fine, planning to install panels on RV, curious what travelers think. 2. You mentioned noisy AC. I have the same concern. Did you look at other options? Any thoughts? As an AC I'm looking for inverter AC, but so far cannot find the one for RV. I compared (use at home) regular mini-split (full on/full off) and inverter based split (variable compressor and fan speed). The Read More
18-Dec-2012 2:30am
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David (West Lafayette) says...
1) My solar panels are designed mainly to provide power for the electric refrigerator. They are not ideal since they are horizontal and we will often park in the woods. 2) I plan to wear silicon ear plugs at night, especially when the very noisy generator is going. I think the Penguin A/C is a good choice. I do not plan to use it much with the inverter (not good for the batteries to run them down so much).
18-Dec-2012 9:45am
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Vasiliy Goncharenko (Pompano Beach - Fl) says...
Hi David. Thanks for answers. Sorry, I thought you tried M2835TW.
> I can't quite stand up in there
Btw, do you know that Sprinters (I saw 2007 model) have option - Mega Roof (84-inch)?
18-Dec-2012 10:08am
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David (West Lafayette) says...
I can stand up in the middle, but the shower pan is raised to make room for the trap. I did see the shower pan today and will post photos on the SMB forum. My bath is 24x48. Although the shower pan is smaller, you have arm room above the sink and toilet so I think it is plenty large enough.
18-Dec-2012 4:33pm
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Vasiliy Goncharenko (Pompano Beach - Fl) says...
> I do not plan to use it much with the inverter (not good for the batteries to run them down so much).
By Inverter I meant Inverter AC. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_conditioner_inverter
18-Dec-2012 11:28am
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Vasiliy Goncharenko (Pompano Beach - Fl) says...
Hi David, great RV, lots of great ideas.
2 questions:
- 1. your Black and Grey tanks are connected and bath tub drain is below the Black tank level. Any problems?
- 2. how do you like the size of your shower? I'm also planning to use M2835TW and curious if I can get used to 38"x23" shower.

Btw, thanks for detailed plans. I'm also planning to build an RV on 170"WB Sprinter.

18-Dec-2012 1:58am
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David (West Lafayette) says...
Hi Vasiliy, Since my van won't be done until January I can't report my experience yet. 1) There will be separate valves on the black and gray tanks so this should not be a problem unless they leak. If the black tank valve leaks, the waste will go into the slinky hose, not up to the shower drain. 2) I think the shower will be fine. I can't quite stand up in there so will have to sit to wash my head. Shower curtains will cover the window and door. No medicine cabinet over the sink will let me Read More
18-Dec-2012 9:38am
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David (West Lafayette) says...
After experience with the shower I can report that it works fine. It was a little weird sitting down on the toilet seat cover, but I got used to it real quick and no problems. You stand up and lean over to wash and rinse your bottom.
1-Mar-2013 12:48pm
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David (West Lafayette) says...
Hi Dan, You have a good suggestion, but the trouble is that I am 6-2 and have one inch clearance above my head in the SMB Sprinter. The A/C sticks down a few inches and so I do not want it in the hall or up front. When I have to run it over night I use earplugs and have a warm comforter. I use Macks Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs which you do not even notice when sleeping. Since we mostly dry camp, the generator needed for the A/C makes much more noise than the A/C. The tinted glass in the Read More
16-Oct-2012 12:28am
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Dan Seiser (Anchorage Ak) says...
Hi David, we have an 2012 SMB West PH camper (spenard@sportsmobileforum.com). Thats quiet a ship you are building. I Like your detailed plans and have only a couple of comments for consideration. A/C unit location right above your dining and your heads sleeping - will that be too noisy and drafty (with the back bulk head unit the cool air will be forced to fall on you for better or worse)? why not move it forward to spread the cool evenly? split up the solar panels to make room? Also you have a Read More
15-Oct-2012 11:33pm
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