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Old 04-17-2018, 07:33 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I am about to purchase my first ever van, and that would be a sprinter. Can't wait !!

I have attached my floor layout at the bottom of the post and would appreciate it a lot if anyone could comment, from experience please, on whether this plan could be executed while still feel the van is livable and nice.

The main thing is that I am going back and forth with whether to put the shower inside or outside.
I'm a photographer and the van will serve me for full time living and traveling all over south central and north America. Maybe for 2-3-4 years. Who knows.

Because of the extended traveling time I prefer the 144".

I plan that the dry toilet and shower would also turn into a usable sitting place. Just like here(first video jump to 10:15 minutes and second video at 1:40 minutes):



Thank you for your help :-)

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Old 04-17-2018, 11:05 PM   #2
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Is this a van for 1 or two people? I would suggest a temporary shower. You can hang a curtain, and have either a portable, or in-floor shower pan. A quick disconnect on the wall for the shower wand.

Have you read about emissions issues with high sulfur fuel in the NCV3 sprinters? For your length of trip you are going to need to delete the emissions gear if you want it to be reliable.
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Old 04-17-2018, 11:28 PM   #3
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How do I do it?
Is it very expensive?

What is it actually do?
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Old 04-17-2018, 11:30 PM   #4
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What happen when you delete the emissions gear?
Is it bad?

Should I re-consider getting a sprinter for van life of few years in south America?

Thank you very much.

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It depends on what year you buy (engine etc). It varies! I am not well versed in the details, but for the 6 cylinder a tune to disable swirl valves and DPF (remove dpf at that point) is probably a few thousand dollars. Later models have adblue (Bluetech) and will be more expensive. The 4 cylinder is better overall, but would still need DPF and adblue disabled. This consists of software changes, and the replacement of the DPF unit with a short straight through pipe.

I would not recommend a NCV3 sprinter with stock emissions gear for central and south america. A gasoline powerplant, or diesel pre-2007 would be ideal. A pre-adblue NCV3 would be acceptable with DPF/swirl valves disabled. You have options.

If you are looking at new or newish vehicles, a gasoline transit seems like a good option. If you need 4x4 your options are a bit more limited, but transits do have aftermarket 4x4 conversions.
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Old 04-17-2018, 11:42 PM   #6
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You should be aware that any of these emissions modifications would render the vehicle illegal for use in the US.
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You should be aware that any of these emissions modifications would render the vehicle illegal for use in the US.
Very true. If you will be using the vehicle outside the USA for 2-4 years, just get it reverted upon return.

I do remember one tuner that offered a DPF delete that would detect if the DPF or straight through pipe was present. So it would function normally after reinstalling the DPF?
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