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Old 07-02-2019, 02:59 PM   #221
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Projects remaining:
Shoe cabinet for the stepwell
Some misc interior trim panels
LED strip lighting in the 80/20 extrusion
Strip lighting under the Amp Step for general illumination (already pre-wired)
Complete shower water system, including hot water & additional water storage
Gray water tank
Mounts on the roof for my traction boards
Rear door ladder
All-terrain tires
New shocks

Here's my "2 years in 4 Minutes" video if you haven't seen it already. The van has been well-worth the entire build journey.
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Old 07-02-2019, 03:42 PM   #222
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Great summary, a DIY project is indeed a journey.

Are you planning to have indoor or just an outdoor shower?
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Great summary, a DIY project is indeed a journey.

Are you planning to have indoor or just an outdoor shower?
I am planning a rear door-style shower. I can't deny the simplicity and effectiveness of a 1-pound bottle propane-powered instant shower setup. I want to preserve as much of my cabinetry for storage and not for "systems," so that plays heavily into my decision to go propane.
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Great video, should sell a lot of vans.


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Old 07-02-2019, 05:26 PM   #225
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Great video, should sell a lot of vans.

Ha! I received a couple of messages claiming the video helped sell the idea of a van to their significant other.
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I have determined that the van loves spending time in the National Parks where 45 MPH speedlimits prevail. The van gets exceptional mileage at these lower speeds.



Love me some 4 cylinder Benz...

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The enclosed seatbase is now sanded and polyurethaned.


I'm so done with polyurethane. No matter how dust-free the environment was, I found it difficult to get a contaminant-free topcoat.

The amount of storage this added is surprising, which is good because my new inflatable SUP has arrived and it takes up a tremendous amount of space.
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Old 07-31-2019, 06:23 PM   #228
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The van got its second oil change; first one done at 12k by MB and second one done by yours truly at 20k. The van is literally the easiest vehicle I have ever owned to change the oil. It's tall enough to not need to jack it up, there are no skidplates to remove, and the oil filter is on top of the engine.

The first challenge was finding an oil container that fit under the van to accommodate 12+ qts of oil. My buddy had purchased a Reliance-branded aquacontainer and filleted the top section off to create a deep bucket. It worked perfect. Removed the drain plug and drained the oil without incident.

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Next up was removing the oil filter. Mine is a 2.1L 4 cylinder Sprinter. The air intake tube from the intercooler is simple to remove and allows access to the filter. It would be even easier if you unclip the oil fill tube, remote battery terminal, the MAF sensor plug and remove the air intake housing, but I left that all in place and still was able to get the oil filter out with relative ease. I used this oil filter wrench from Amazon. That one is for the 4 cylinder. The V6 uses this one.

I used a Premium Guard oil filter ordered from Amazon. Based on what the internet has said (and the internet never lies ) this may be the same filter MB uses but at half the cost. What you choose to use is up to you, and the OEM ones are available on Amazon as well. The PG includes the 3 o-ring gaskets you need.

Slip off the old filter, slip on the new one. Remove the 3 old o-rings and replace with new ones. It was a 1 minute job. Thread back into its home and torque to 25nm (4 cyl)


Reinstall drain plug. I added 11 qts of Mobil 1 ESP 0W-30 (which meets MB specification) before taking a pause and checking it on the dipstick. Make sure you use ESP "exhaust system protection" formulation. I purchased through Amazon. If you happen to catch the sale, occasionally Napa has it for $5.99/qt.

After adding the 11 qts, check the oil with the dipstick and bring to the correct level. The specification on the 4 cyl is 12.15 qts. I put in slightly over 11.5 qts. Reattach the air intake tube.

Turn the key to the on position. If mother Benz is happy with the oil level and you've checked it on the dipstick, you are good to.


On a van with the steering wheel buttons, use the menu button on the left of the steering wheel to find the odometer. Once there scroll up or down until you find the oil level display. Not sure how to do it on a van without the steering wheel buttons.

Not my video, but I used this process to reset the computer.

A note about the computer. When I had the oil changed at 12k I DID NOT have the computer reset. Resetting it tells the ECU that you did a Service A. I did not do a service A, I did an oil change. For this oil change at 20k, I did reset the computer. I am performing the full Service A, but that's a write up for another day.

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Just returned from a trip to Oregon and Washington state. Highlights included Bend, OR, checking out Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier National Park, a full week of exploring in Olympic National Park where we went to the most northwestern point in the Continental US, hiked a rain forest and paddle boarded on a pristine lake. Drove the entire coast of WA and the northern half of the Oregon coast before returning home.







The two Sprinters returned a little over 24 MPG over 2,364 miles of driving. We averaged over 26 MPG for much of the trip, but for various reasons the trip home brought down the avg.



The trip report is in the "TRAVEL" section of https://ourkaravan.com
If you're interested in traveling to Olympic NP, take a look for tips on what to see. We camped exclusively at DNR campgrounds, all covered under the cost of our Discover Pass.
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I came to an interesting realization. It costs me nothing to travel. Are there sunken costs in my van? Of course there are. But I'm looking to justify my existence and my travels so back me up on this. :)

Since I've had my van, most of my big trips are between 2 and 4 weeks long, so average = 3 weeks or 21 days. I average 2,200 miles of driving over that time period. The lifetime avg fuel economy for my van is 24.7 MPG, so on average I burn 89 gallons of diesel at a cost of $285. Over the same period I burn $126 in fuel to get to work and spend $7/day in parking ($105), so there goes $231.

My food costs are exactly the same...I spend the same in groceries and eating out whether I'm home or traveling. I boondock about half the time, so my camping fees total about $90 over 3 weeks. Yet my electricity and gas bill at home drop $85 for the period I'm gone.

At home, I spend about $380 on daycare in a 3 week period. Obviously I pay nothing when traveling as kiddo comes-with. That means on average I actually put $320 back in my pocket over 3 weeks of travel. I end up spending $150 per three week trip on attractions, which I consider optional/discretionary. So on paper, I save $170 the period I am gone.

Conclusion: I need to travel more.
Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner. I'm not good at math. I am GREAT at justifying things I want. :)
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