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Old 06-21-2019, 09:29 PM   #1
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After 2+ years of effort on my van conversion I thought it was time to document the work. I have been promising to start this build thread for the past few months. This build thread will hopefully move at a relatively fast pace given that the van is 95% complete. I will start off with an assortment of pictures to provide an idea of what the mostly completed van looks like before I get into additional build details in a mostly chronological order.





































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Old 06-22-2019, 12:36 AM   #2
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Amazing build.

I am in the process of almost identical floor plan with a few tweaks for my mission, but love that layout.

You have the info on the shower pan you used? That is one hangup I am having and yours seems to be exactly what I am looking for.
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Wow! What a beautiful build - thanks for sharing the photos.
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You have the info on the shower pan you used? That is one hangup I am having and yours seems to be exactly what I am looking for.

The drain location was important for the shower pan to work. The corner drain aligns perfectly to the inside of the frame rail.

ICON Shower Pan SP100, Polar White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007NZVM34..._3uAdDbERKA8G4

Combined with this 2” drain fitting and strainer.

Camco Anti Rust Flexible Camper Drain Tap with Hose System for RVs Campers and Trailers, Easy Connection and Set Up (37420) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EDUTPO..._hLAdDbFHPANEH

https://pantherrvproducts.com/jr-pro...-basket-95325/

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Mighty fine work.
Thank you for sharing.
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Quality build. I like a build thread with the finished product shown first.
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A few more pictures.



























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Old 06-23-2019, 09:05 PM   #8
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NEW VAN

My van is one of a few 2017 vans with a 2016 VIN. The van was ordered from the 2017 Dealer Ordering Guide in May of 2016. 2017 production was originally estimated to be October of 2016 for my 4x4 but it slipped to December of 2016. Because of the recent VW emissions scandal the EPA had placed additional demands on manufacturers for all new models. Rather than delay delivery of a number of 2017 vans built in 2016, Mercedes decided to give them 2016 VINs. The good news was that the pricing was adjusted to 2016 prices saving me about $1500. I had already negotiated a sales price below the MSRP at the time.

My 4x4 170 had most of the available options including a few fleet only options. The option list did not even fit on the window sticker. I did omit a few major options including the roof mounted AC, the Radio, and rear mounted camera. The Radio delete option, ERO, I would learn later changed a few unexpected items.

The only options i ordered that I felt were of little value were H01 and H04, the heat insulation. I have yet to make use of the Parametric Special Module, PSM. And the rear window wipers see little use but were part of a package.





One of the first things I did was test the Espar D5 heater by placing the ambient temperature probe into a bag of ice water. This allowed me to determine the hot water flow path from engine to D5 and thru the H88 rear heater loop.





I then followed up by installing a DPDT switch with resistor to fool the ECU into thinking it was 4F. Again tested the D5 successfully.







The last few things I accomplished in the initial weeks of ownership was to “blackout” my chrome Mercedes emblems and remove the entire headliner. The emblems can be removed easily for painting by snipping off a few anti-theft tabs on the back. The headliner would not be installed again for almost two years.





NEXT UP: RADIO INSTALL

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Old 06-24-2019, 06:12 PM   #9
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Could you share details on resistor to fool ECU? Will you be keeping this long term so you can heat the interior when its even a smidge warmer?
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:42 AM   #10
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Damn dude, the craftsmanship is next level. I wish you'd posted this 1 year ago!
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