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JEE710
03-04-2016, 04:37 PM
Hi,

I've been lurking for a few months while I try to find a Sprinter to turn into a race hauler (motorcycles). I've run across a model for sale that is near perfect for my needs, but is currently set up as a freezer/refrigerator truck with two partitions and a large Thermo King unit on the roof.

How tough would it be to remove the rear partition and the roof unit? Would I need to weld a panel to close up the roof hole?

Finally, is there any resale market for these systems?

Cheers,
Ed

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david_42
03-04-2016, 05:10 PM
It's impossible to say much about the partition, the pictures don't show anything about how it it installed.

The roof unit, though, probably has a standard 14" square opening under it. If so, your best option is to install a roof vent with a fan in it.

Eurorealtor
03-04-2016, 06:35 PM
I bet that was very expensive to convert the van into the "freezer" and it won't go cheap. Also my guess the van was used most likely for short delivery routes. How many miles on it?
Wouldn't be cheaper for you to buy cargo van / crew van and make it work to your needs? Just curious....

Otherwise good luck and welcome to the Sprinter family :)

JEE710
03-04-2016, 06:45 PM
I bet that was very expensive to convert the van into the "freezer" and it won't go cheap. Also my guess the van was used most likely for short delivery routes. How many miles on it?
Wouldn't be cheaper for you to buy cargo van / crew van and make it work to your needs? Just curious....

Otherwise good luck and welcome to the Sprinter family :)


Originally, that was the plan, but this is a 170" model with 200K, decent carfax, documented services, and appears to be in great shape. . .all for under 10K. All the similar cargo/crew models I've seen are 6-7K more.

It will definitely be a project to strip the body of all the freezer gear, but I'm trying to guess if the headache will be worth the $ saved.

Midwestdrifter
03-04-2016, 06:53 PM
Originally, that was the plan, but this is a 170" model with 200K, decent carfax, documented services, and appears to be in great shape. . .all for under 10K. All the similar cargo/crew models I've seen are 6-7K more.

It will definitely be a project to strip the body of all the freezer gear, but I'm trying to guess if the headache will be worth the $ saved.

Being a reefer, they likely furred the sides and roof out and spray foamed it. If you can live with the walls/floor where they are now, it would likely be okay to build on. You may have trouble accessing van metal for mounting stuff. It just depends on the wall thickness, and what they used to build the inside walls.

The hardest part would be the divider. It probably isn't metal, so some liberal application of a sawzall would probably free it from the van. It's a tough call without a detailed inspection.

Reefers can have condensation and rust issues if they are not setup well. Make sure you check the floor from below for any indication of rust/corrosion.

Edit: The Reefer gear might be worth something. A couple grand maybe? Finding a buyer might be the hardest part.

JEE710
03-04-2016, 07:07 PM
Aaaaannd the dealer doesn't want to take a trade in on it, so that one's out of the running.

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