The Blue River Van is a 2006 Sprinter T1N, 158” wheelbase, high-roof, 5-cylinder diesel adventure machine with less than 100K original miles. The Yuba River Van Shop (YRVS) build-out was designed and executed by van and renewable power experts, an electrician, and a plumber to deliver unique and professional quality custom cabinetry and handcrafted walnut countertops, top of the line appliances, spacious sleeping and living interior comfort, a sharp desert khaki exterior; and reliable way-off-the-grid capabilities. Bedroom provides superior sleeping and lounging capabilities with a queen size bed surrounded above by 2 remote controlled ceiling fans and 2 lighting sections with dimmers and 2 reading lights; around by- tinted slider windows and piston-controlled cabinets; and below by a rock-solid wooden platform and storage space on both sides. Living/dining area has a durable and perfectly done engineered wood floor with a striking cedar plank ceiling and features two wide seats with backrests, USB ports, multiple lighting sections, a massive (52” x 23”) varnished walnut slab counter (the “Blue River”) on the left side with a hideaway Dometic 2-burner grill, a Dometic fridge/freezer, a stainless steel sink embedded in another custom walnut varnished countertop on the right side with a hot/cold faucet that doubles as an outside showerhead. Storage and utility in the living room includes a massive gear drawer, five additional latched drawers with disappearing handles, a sliding platform connector between the seats to create a ledge or kid’s bed, a cedar topped disappearing table situated between the seats, full access to electronic gauges, fuses, and controls within the cabin, road secure storage for a mid-sized Yeti behind the driver’s seat, and grey water storage below the sink. The driver and passenger seats swivel to create a comfortable living room for four with the driver’s seat comfortably positioned adjacent to the main counter for eating, drinking, devices, or map reading. Electronics include 200W of invisible roof solar, 2,000W Renogy Inverter, 200AH of Mighty Max deep cycle lithium battery storage, and a Web Boost system to facilitate cell phone reception almost anywhere. The entire van electrical system is managed through an easily accessible control panel, with a balancing system that allows trickle charging from the vehicle generator to the van’s lithium battery while driving with double gauges for the isolated van battery to monitor status. All van systems are 12V with the exception of the Bosch water heater which is hard wired and the standard plug-in 110 AC outlets available on the inverter. A Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station is provided for additional flexibility and back-up. Utilities include a deluxe Eberspacher cabin heater with a diesel heater with thermostatic control that sips directly from the fuel tank and keeps you warm at 10,000 feet with an altitude sensor. The Van is insulated throughout for temperature and noise control. A simple hideaway toilet is included. Enhancement to the driving experience include new shocks and struts, high clearance tires, a Alpine audio system with an integrated back-up camera, and a fully wired trailer hitch to pull up to 5,000 lbs. Storage- The cavernous garage houses the Bosch hybrid fast hot water heater with 1.5 gallon storage, 35 gallon fitted water tank over the right rear tire, water pump and fill access, two lighting systems, two 82” x 23” slots for skis or surf boards (note that long boards/SUPs up to 14’ travel nicely on the inside resting on the queen bed/massive counter with a tuck-in behind the driver seat), and lots of open space to fill up (or not) as you see fit. Let’s have a talk or come visit us at the Yuba River Van Shop in Nevada City. We are co-located with Cascade Campers and Tunez 4U.
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