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Old 02-03-2020, 08:09 PM   #1
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Hi there, just a quick introduction - I have just bought a 2007 515 with 61,000KM on the clock (Yes, that’s right - not a typo) - It was the old Engineering Solutions Van for Loctite here in Australia for 12 years and has recently been replaced with a new one. Only went out for training sessions with customers, to shows, etc. Have been on the lookout for something to convert into a camper and this fits the bill very well.

Has a custom body on the back, with doors side and rear with pull out steps, 3KVA Honda gen, AC and some benches and drawers. Best part is we can use it almost as is and build as we go.

Needs some windows and roof hatch before we go anywhere but once that is done, we will do a bit at a time and I’ll post progress reports. Joined up here as it’s my first Sprinter and I’m bound to need some guidance and advice from you fine folk here.

He is a little heavy at the moment but there is enough to play with to start, but could need a GVM upgrade down the track but that’s for a different day and conversation.

A couple of pics to get started - a shot of when it was new and a couple of how it looks now. Overall it’s in great condition and drives very well. Can’t wait to get stuck in!

Cheers - Snoops.

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Welcome aboard. You should look into the early X15 engines. They have a known issue with distorting the main bearing caps over time.
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Old 02-04-2020, 09:02 PM   #3
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Thanks, yep - done my research on this and happy to take a punt on this as it only has a genuine 61,000KM on it (verified) although the whole thing is heavy so not ideal for this engine no. The body can always come off and drop onto another cab chassis should this one self destruct but I’m hoping with the low KM on it and the low KM I will also be doing in it, that it should last me a few years.

Will be fitting an oil pressure gauge first thing as low oil pressure when hot is the first sign of trouble.

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I will be curious what the empty weight is when youve got the interior worked out. I would guess there is a lot of unnecessary weight in the flooring, walls etc.
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Thanks - yes, I’m the same. Still going through it to work out how much of a diet I can put it on, but will make it work one way or another. Will keep this thread updated as I do things which may be a bit slow to start with as I have another project I need to finish first, but when this came along I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
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Its a nice looking box, that's for sure. Pretty sure the chassis is good for about 5,100kg, and was likely down rated for licensing reasons. You may find that your near the rear axle limit depending on the weight distribution Front/rear.
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With me in it as it currently sits (I'm quite a large lad) front axle is at 1,680Kg (Limit of 1,850Kg) and rear is 2,580Kg (Limit is 3,200Kg) so plenty up my sleeve over each axle, particularly the rear, however current GVM is limited to 4,490Kg while the axle totals are over 5,000Kg, so I'm quite close to the current legal limit. Yes, I think this was done for licencing but I have a truck licence so I may look at a GVM upgrade at some stage - should be easy as the axles are capable of this, and I know of others that have had this done - it depends on how what I can remove, and what I add - if I don't need it, I won't be bothering, but you know what it's like - easy to keep adding stuff that adds up really quick, but first job will be diet, windows and roof vent, then re weigh and see what I have to play with. Heaviest item will be water tank - would ideally like 100 litres, but that alone will push me close as it sits, let alone the bed and other stuff. I could ditch the genset to start with as I can free camp easily with 12 volts - I have a lithium and solar setup to go on it similar to what I fitted to my caravan which runs everything with ease, even through a Victorian Winter. Genset would be nice for the AC on a hot day and to run a kettle (and maybe the GF's hair dryer) but doubtful I'd use it for too much more, so quite a big heavy bit of kit for something that may not be used much, but given it's so well installed I would like to keep it if I can.
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With 60-75mm of foam insulation, I bet you could almost run the AC off solar. You got the roof space for it.
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Have thought about that. :) Given that I live in Victoria, there aren't really many times I'd actually need it to be honest. Only when it gets above 35 or so when I'm camping do I start to feel hot. If I'm near a river, then even at 40 it's fine, but will see - I will be filling the rook with solar regardless - It won't add too much weight and spaced off the rook it will give even more protection from the sun.
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Have started some preliminary investigation and the fitout of the back is like brick outhouse and weighs about the same. The bench top is 2” thick and weighed 80Kg! There’s a lot of timber behind the cupboards too so I’ll have to strip everything out and build it a bit more light weight. I think there is plenty of places to put it on a diet.
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