This is Joyce, she is a 2010 Mercedes Sprinter 313, Long Wheel Base and she is our home!
Below I have added small descriptions with pictures to give you the guided tour
I removed the bulkhead to open up the space, removed the twin seat and added a second-hand single. I then put both seats on a swivel.
The head unit is a Pioneer SPH-DA120 – it has Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, reversing camera and handsfree
I got this one secondhand off Facebook Marketplace
Marcela added a nice map of Europe above our heads
We converted the overhead empty space into cupboard space
The internal height is 187cm (6ft2″)
I installed opening side windows (From eBay) and blackout/thermal blinds from Van-X
We have plenty of storage under the seats
Our toilet is only there for “emergencies” and thankfully hasn’t been used yet 🙂
This is a pipe that leads directly outside…
I originally designed the shower to have a removable curtain as shown below, but we have never actually used it. The shower base is large enough to sit/neal down comfortably.
The shower curtain is permanently fixed to the copper pipe, I just put the first pic here to show how it fits.
We made a removable table for working and eating on
In the bedroom, we have a standard double Simba Mattress,
a wardrobe with one side each
and laptop draws/desks
This is our handy reading lamp with 2x USB chargers
The kitchen has an LPG twin hob, grill and oven. The sink is large and deep with a high flowing tap.
The cooker is a Voyager 4500
To maximise worktop space we made a solid oak chopping board (from the worktop cutoffs) that fits over the sink.
You may notice on some pics that it is sitting proud of the sink, this is due to the wood expanding! I will have to get sanding.
The fridge/freezer is a Vitrifrigo compressor fridge that runs on about 35W
The gas bottle is stationary and secured in place with a rubber hose to the cooker and copper lines to the external water heater. The gas cupboard has a floor vent as a precaution.
We fill up with gas at service stations, just as you would with an LPG vehicle
Joyce has a 70L fresh water tank and a 50L waste for the sink and shower water.
The fresh water tank has a heater probe and insulation to prevent freezing up in sub-zero conditions
The LPG water heater is external to save room inside the van. It’s very efficient and heats up enough water for a shower in 5-10 mins!
We have Fiamma F65S 3.7 Meter awning which is great for providing shade and shelter
I installed 4X 100W semi-flexible solar panels which produce enough electricity for 2 of us to live off.
The rest of the electrical system is as follows:
(This pic is from the build as you cant see them very well now the van is finished)
Split Charger (from eBay)
Isolator and breakers
1000W inverter (from eBay)
(Pic from build, sorry for quality)
In the garage, we fit a bike, lots of kitesurfing equipment, tools, winter gear, beach tent and all other sorts of garagey stuff!
Garage shelves, light switch and quick disconnect shower point
The outside shower is one of my favourite parts, really handy!
The music system consists of a 12″ Kicker Sub, 2X Vibe 6×9 speakers and 600W & 900W amplifiers (plus the standard front speakers, which are surprisingly good!)
(Pic from build, sorry for quality)
Eberspacher D2 with 7day timer – I plummed it directly into the fuel tank
The thermostat and the heat outlet are shown here:
Huawei MiFi Router – Getting the right SIM card is more difficult than you may think. I will be writing a post about this to help anyone who needs a lot of data for a sustained period of time in Europe.
To be continued on The Van Build Page…