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Old 08-09-2014, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default 2015 mobility van and camper build

I ordered a 2015 2500-170ext and it should arrive around December 2014. The main options are mobility prep, swivel seats, appearance package, and safety packages.

My wife has MS and this van will give us freedom to travel.

The van will have a Vangater lift, generator, heat pump, bathroom, kitchen and sleeping.

I am grateful to the many people who spent time on this forum educating me and giving me direction for the build.

Here is the permanent link to all the pictures and I will add them as I build.

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Old 08-09-2014, 04:33 PM   #2
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Congrats on starting your dream.

Looking forward to seeing your project.

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Old 08-09-2014, 05:55 PM   #3
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Congratulations. You must love your wife dearly to do this for her. Very impressed with your chivalry and confident you'll have a wonderful time traveling together in your van. Probably the best place to start your build is by reading the MB Body Builder Book.

http://daimlervansupfitterportal.com...y-builder-book

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Old 08-09-2014, 06:21 PM   #4
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My project in my mind is called Vanagon on steroids. I posted a few pics of my Vanagon on the picasa photo web site. It is for sale, by the way. My build will have the kitchen right behind the driver, and behind that will be the bathroom and shower. The seating will be like the Vanagon with a seat that folds out into a bed. There will also be a permanent part of the bed behind the couch just like in the Vanagon to make a queen sized bed. There will also be some cabinets between the bed and the back doors. I am not going to have anything at floor level along the passenger side of the van to allow movement of the wheelchair. I plan to have a lot of upper cabinets for storage.
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Old 09-04-2014, 01:14 AM   #5
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As my build continues all the photos will be posted here.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1014896...eat=directlink

I was playing around with the Sportsmobile diy layout program and this is what I am planning.

The stove, sink, and some cabinets will be behind the driver and the bathroom/shower behind that. The bed in the back will be just like a VW Westfalia where there will be a couch that fold to a bed and a permanent bed portion between it and the back. There will be some shallow cabinets between the end of the bed and the rear doors. The area on the right side needs to be left open for wheelchair access.
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Old 09-30-2014, 03:50 AM   #6
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I was at the dealer today and the build date is October 2, 2014. I hope Thursday is a good day for the German work ethic and not more interested in Octoberfest than my van.
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:36 PM   #7
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Went in to the dealer around 11:30 to ask salesman when he thought the van would show up and talking about the recall on the timing cover gasket. As we are leaving, he follows us out the door as says "Hey, there are a couple of new vans in the parking lot". Yep, mine showed up. It needs to get detailed as is first on the list to get the gasket recall. Hopefully next week.
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Nice looking van! Would be cool to see some pictures of the gasket work.
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Default Completed steps #1 and #2

Step #1. Buy the van. Our salesman at MB of Sacramento was great to deal with and gave us a good price on the van and extended warranty. Email me for specifics if interested.

Step #2. Installed insulation under the floor. I used Reflectix and Floor Muffler both from Home Depot. The combined thickness is about 3/8".






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Old 12-31-2014, 01:38 AM   #10
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Default #3 install Hella super tones horn

My wife heard the Sprinter horn from inside the house and thought that a Toyota Corolla was in the driveway. I bought the Hella super tones off Amazon. One is too big to fit in the stock position and definitely not two. I left the stock one in place and spliced a wire onto the positive side and installed a relay for the new horns. I mounted them on the drivers side attached to the plastic cross member behind the bumper and pointed them down.

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