The perfect van for your cross-country adventure this summer/year! We built out this 2014 2500 Freightliner Sprinter 2.1L in 2020 and lived in it full time for 8 months, exploring 32 states and as many national parks as we could. We loved that we were able to stealth camp in every city we visited (saving so much $$) and felt comfortable navigating everywhere. The 144 wheelbase makes it really easy to maneuver and park anywhere, while the RWD and chonky tires enabled us to tackle some wild backcountry roads (Chaco Canyon was a...highlight). With the super high roof, it never felt cramped and was the perfect size for the two of us. We did a lot of research on the best and worst lessons learned of van builds and added key details that make for a comfortable and easy van life experience. Specs: Average 20-24 MPG 100 ah LiFePo4 battery (this was plenty for us to run the lights, fridge, water and charge tech for 4 days without going below 50%, but we didn’t work remotely) Renogy B2B charger Victron Smartshunt 500 2 zones of dimmable LED lights MaxxAir fan with rain cover IceCo 40L fridge Bamboo flooring and counters, birch wall panels SeaFlo 1.2 GPM automatic water pump (so convenient vs. hand or foot pumps) 6 gal fresh and grey water jugs (easily emptied and refilled through side access door) Camco cassette toilet (if you want it) Primus 2-Burner camping stove (uses 1 lb canisters) https://primus.us/products/profile-2-burner-stove-4?variant=42276779557090 Reflectix privacy shades for all windows Details we love: - Tons of storage. We surf, kayak, snorkel, skateboard, fish, hike, backpack, build stuff (partner is an architect), and cook almost every meal, so we built the van to fit everything. You can access all the ‘garage’ storage from the back and from inside the van. Bulkhead storage is also awesome. - Lots of kitchen & counter space. We cook a lot so this was crucial for us, adding convertible elements like hiding the stove under a flip-up panel and adding the leaf extension on the sink counter. - Big sink. If you plan to live in the van for longer than a weekend, this is absolutely necessary. Also the faucet pulls outward for a quick rinse off at the beach. - Huge swivel table. So you can both spread out to use laptops, play games, and eat lunch, etc. - Drawers with ball catches. Easy to access stuff and no need to worry about things flying around. - Gas struts on cupboards and benches. Aesthetically hidden and very useful. - Convertible bed to dining table + bench seating for 4 Work done in the past year: -Transmission pan replaced -Brake pads and rotors replaced -Transmission coolant line replaced -Oil Change AC compressor replaced Exhaust manifold gasket replaced Things to know: 277,xxx miles (if you're looking for a Sprinter, you probably already know that they easily last to 500k) Work that needs to be done (We decided not to get these fixed because it’ll be MUCH cheaper if you’re handy and can do them yourself, or go to another city/state) -Front struts replacement -DEF heater wire replacement -General bodywork/painting: There are some rust spots around the van, mostly small, but two bigger areas that should be sanded and painted in the next year
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