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Old 08-06-2018, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default 2017 4X4 DIY Touring Build

We bought a 2017 4X4 144 Passenger a few weeks ago.

Our intent is to set it up to comfortably travel with our two children (8 and 13). We won't be looking to camp in it, so much as, sight-see in style. This will be an over-built touring van.

- Bi-fold rear sofa
- Two captains chairs in front of that
- Removable table
- Victron Hybrid Solar/Lithium battery system
- Built-in large-ish TV with Xbox One X
- Refrigerator

Most builds I see are primarily for camping. I won't recreate the wheel, it will be unique. I'll just politely steal a little knowledge from all of you!

I'll be working with Access Vans to supplement my DIY.
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:56 AM   #2
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Aluminess Nerf Bars Installed.
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Old 08-06-2018, 01:00 AM   #3
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Ordered the RB Components Headliner Shelf. Here is a picture of what it will look like installed. Our seats and table will be similar.
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Old 08-06-2018, 01:07 AM   #4
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I ordered the electrical system from AM Solar: Deep in the woods 180W 200A 200AhLi 2000VA

This complete power system charges a single lithium battery with three different sources: solar, alternator and shore power. All charging and discharging systems are automatically regulated to optimize battery performance. This system can easily power LEDs, fans and cell phone chargers with DC, and on the AC side, shore power can go directly to the outlets when plugged in or power can be inverted from the battery when dry camping to cover loads like a blender, microwave or coffee pot.

What you get:
All the components needed to make a complete system
Installation manual with a full bill of materials
Connection diagrams detailing the entire system
2x 90W Solar Panels with mounts and wire harnesses
30A Victron SmartSolar MPPT Charge Controller with Bluetooth Communication
Victron BMV-712 Battery Monitor with Bluetooth Communication
200Ah Lithium System with AMS V4 Victron battery protections
Integrated alternator charging with manual boost
2000VA Victron Multiplus pure sine inverter / 80A charger with hybrid 30A shore power
Sub panel with multiple breakers and AC outlet
100A DC Battery Protect with remote disconnect prevents over discharge
6 position DC fuse block with DC outlet offering dual USB and standard 12V
Shore power cord, inlet, lugs, heat shrink, cables, etc. All included
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:43 PM   #5
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Ordered the captain's chairs and bi-fold sofa from Ryan at Superior today!
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:52 PM   #6
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nice looking seat. their website seems broken with respect to pricing so I have to ask: how much?
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Old 08-08-2018, 11:07 PM   #7
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nice looking seat. their website seems broken with respect to pricing so I have to ask: how much?
Thank you!

They don't list prices due to the long list of options for each seat. Base price is about $800 per captain's chair and $1100 for the bi-fold sofa.
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Old 08-13-2018, 01:53 AM   #8
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I am getting ready to order insulation and I'm curious if anyone that has used Thinsulate on a high-roof 144" WB passenger, could tell me how much is enough to do everything above the floor?
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Old 08-13-2018, 02:07 AM   #9
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User Hein has posted about this, you might search for posts by him. You could PM him, as he sells thinsulate, and probably could give you a good estimate.
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Old 08-13-2018, 02:38 PM   #10
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Can you get a larger than 180 amp solar panel. The solar charger is rated at 30 amps so why not install a single 300+ watt panel?

The sold Sprinter originally had a single 135 watt low voltage panel. That panel almost roduce enough power to run a 80 liter refrigerator in full sun. Changed that to a high voltage 205 watt panel and that almost always kept up with the refrigerator running.

Transit build has a 300 watt high voltage panel that is the same physical size as the Sprinter 205 watt panel. If I was building the van today the van would have the same physical size panel with the higher watt rating now available in that size panel.

Very little cost difference with today's $1/watt panel prices. Maybe $160 more cost for about double the output.
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