Design and layout

Design and layout

As simple as my layout looks, this process to finalize this took over a year – with a good amount of the details being changed in the final weeks as the van was being converted (for example – during the last week it became obvious that solar panels should not be fixed to the roof …

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Open cargo = clean slate

Open cargo = clean slate

The Sprinter comes with a few interiors but I wanted the benefit of a clean slate by going with a raw cargo van. This helped me to avoid spending money on interior components I found difficult to factor into my designs. Plus it allowed me to play with different interior layouts without any obstructions. I …

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The van

The van

I eventually bought a cargo van – a 2016 Mercedes Sprinter. This was not the obvious choice although early on it seemed right. However a lot of work went into getting the specs right given some unique requirements with a conversion. For example – this particular make and model van would benefit from features like …

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Lemon Laws and Mag Moss

Lemon Laws and Mag Moss

Don’t learn the hard way that lemon laws can vary from state to state and not all states treat RV “lemons” the same as cars. In fact many create a very high bar for your lemon to actually qualify as one. Furthermore, lemon laws generally refer to the chassis of the motorhome and not to …

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RV Industry Death Spiral – 8 part series

RV Industry Death Spiral – 8 part series

There is a wealth of information on the blog The RV D@ily Report with its lead writer Greg Gerber. In the Summer of 2016 he compiled an impressive 8 part series called The RV Industry Death Spiral – and the entire series in PDF can be found here. The blog post version of the 8 …

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Time for a custom camper van

Time for a custom camper van

About a decade ago I took a few cross country trips in a sedan. From these trips I learned I wanted to take road trips on a regular basis and bought a used Toyota Sienna, removed all seats in the back, and installed a bed, storage and a cooler. After a few years of that …

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