Sprinter-Forum    
 

Go Back   Sprinter-Forum > Sprinter-Based RV's & Conversions > Sprinter RV's & Conversions Write-Ups


 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-05-2017, 04:56 PM   #1
OffroadHamster
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Sunny and Warm
Posts: 514
Thanks: 89
Thanked 254 Times in 168 Posts
Default Greta Van Blau- '16 144 low roof 4x4 project.

My wife and I have been all over the map, both figuratively and literally in our quest for adventure. Once we had our first child, adventure changed and became less....relaxing. A 4x4 truck and a tent suddenly resulted in numerous camping trips cut short. We started talking about RV's, Camper shells, slide in campers and vans. We purchased a 4x4 high top E350 diesel van and began exploring in that. It was not the right vehicle. From a comfort and safety perspective it just didn't fit the bill.

I started looking at the Sprinter 4x4 and the Ford transit with a Quigley conversion. I like the 4x4 system on the transit much more than the sprinter's. I also like the fact that you are never more than about 100 miles from someone who can fix a Ford in a pinch. And then I drove a transit van...give me a break. I have an F150 with the 2.7L ecoboost. The truck drives great and has TONS of pick-up-and-go even with 34" AT's. I was expecting the transit to be a rocket with the 3.5 ecoboost. The transmission could never find the right gear, it had significantly less power than I was anticipating and it felt like it was going to fall over in corners. While the front cockpit was nicer, and the seats were an order of magnitude more comfortable than the Sprinter's I just couldn't do it. The transit felt poorly rendered. Incomplete if you will.

We went back and forth between a high top which we would build a double platform modular bed system into the back of and a low roof with a CCV pop top. My wife grew up camping in tent trailers and the pop top scratched a serious itch for her. I had a deposit on a May build 144 crew and yesterday I found a Passenger with everything I wanted in it and importantly didn't have the rear AC package. We pulled the trigger.

2016 Passenger 4x4 in Blue Gray:
Comfort, efficency and active safety packages. Low range and DSR. Aux Battery. Alarm and roof rails (could have done without these). Trailer hitch package. Premium appearance package (could have done without the $800 alloy wheels I will be getting rid of)

Plans are
CCV Top
Insulation
rear galley and cassette toilette.
Rear platform bed.
Solar, water and heat (hot water and hot air)
Rear outdoor shower
4x4 goodies (as many as I can convince my wife we "need") Tires, bumpers, nerf bars....
Awning

I will have CCV install the top but will do the rest of the work myself.

OffroadHamster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2017, 03:38 AM   #2
Sprinterlust
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Hercules, Ca
Posts: 36
Thanks: 24
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Default Re: Greta Van Blau- '16 144 low roof 4x4 project.

Wow great find!
I am in the same boat, 4x4 144 low roof passenger on order. Two months in and I still don't have a build date! If I find something that checks enough of the boxes I'm going to pull the trigger.
If you don't mind sharing, where are you located and what resources did you use to find your new van?
Congrats and I look forward to following you build!

Niel

Last edited by Sprinterlust; 04-06-2017 at 03:44 AM. Reason: Left out some information
Sprinterlust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2017, 03:46 AM   #3
NevadaBlue
 
NevadaBlue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Nevada, USA
Posts: 235
Thanks: 247
Thanked 54 Times in 46 Posts
Default Re: Greta Van Blau- '16 144 low roof 4x4 project.

She's a beauty. I too considered the transit but couldn't deal with the delivery situation with the Quigley conversion. After reading your experience with one, I am glad I decided on the Sprinter.
__________________
---
Ken

2017 2016 144" 4x4 Passenger Van, regular roof.
NevadaBlue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2017, 06:35 PM   #4
Desertbound
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 115
Thanks: 5
Thanked 119 Times in 49 Posts
Default Re: Greta Van Blau- '16 144 low roof 4x4 project.

Nice score. Love that color. Excited to see how you like the CCV top. I'm tempted to get one installed on my low roof too.

-Rob
__________________
WWW.VANCOMPASS.COM
Desertbound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2017, 07:09 PM   #5
OffroadHamster
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Sunny and Warm
Posts: 514
Thanks: 89
Thanked 254 Times in 168 Posts
Default Re: Greta Van Blau- '16 144 low roof 4x4 project.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sprinterlust View Post
Wow great find!
I am in the same boat, 4x4 144 low roof passenger on order. Two months in and I still don't have a build date! If I find something that checks enough of the boxes I'm going to pull the trigger.
If you don't mind sharing, where are you located and what resources did you use to find your new van?
Congrats and I look forward to following you build!

Niel
Im in Southern California, sorry I abbreviated So Cal in my first post. Force of habbit. I just started calling dealerships. I found that the dealers were not listing the 4x4's on their sites. I actually got a line on this van from a builder (Corey at Cardiff Campervans www.cacampervan.com)

Quote:
Originally Posted by NevadaBlue View Post
She's a beauty. I too considered the transit but couldn't deal with the delivery situation with the Quigley conversion. After reading your experience with one, I am glad I decided on the Sprinter.
The transit just does not compare. Its like driving an econobox commercial box van, whereas the mercedes is like driving a luxury commercial box can. I know that sounds obvious but looking at them and their interiors you wouldnt think there would be such a stark difference.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Desertbound View Post
Nice score. Love that color. Excited to see how you like the CCV top. I'm tempted to get one installed on my low roof too.

-Rob
I will document everything on this thread.

Does anyone know what the hell this is? There is one in the front, one in the back and one with the overhead map lights. They look like little tiny speakers but I cant hear anything coming out of them.



Also I am selling a 4 passenger Bench seat if anyone is interested. I will throw it up on the classifieds as well

OffroadHamster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2017, 02:29 AM   #6
Sprinter SS
 
Sprinter SS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 764
Thanks: 33
Thanked 255 Times in 181 Posts
Default Re: Greta Van Blau- '16 144 low roof 4x4 project.

Congrats on your new va.
The device on the ceiling that has the little circles is a part of your Optional alarm motion sensors. Check out your option sheet.
Sprinter SS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2017, 02:49 AM   #7
DieselFumes
2015 4x4 2500 170 Crew
 
DieselFumes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: WA
Posts: 854
Thanks: 99
Thanked 610 Times in 367 Posts
Default Re: Greta Van Blau- '16 144 low roof 4x4 project.

Quote:
Originally Posted by OffroadHamster View Post
Does anyone know what the hell this is? There is one in the front, one in the back and one with the overhead map lights. They look like little tiny speakers but I cant hear anything coming out of them.

Congratulations. You have an optional alarm system on your van.

Only problem with it is if you use the key fob to lock the van while you're sleeping in it overnight, the sensors will make the alarm go off when they detect you moving around in the van. The solution is pretty simple - electrical tape. We wrote about it here.
__________________
2015 4x4 2500 170 adventure/camper conversion. See details, tips & tricks at sprintervanusa.com
DieselFumes is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to DieselFumes For This Useful Post:
OffroadHamster (04-10-2017)
Old 04-10-2017, 04:39 PM   #8
OffroadHamster
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Sunny and Warm
Posts: 514
Thanks: 89
Thanked 254 Times in 168 Posts
Default Re: Greta Van Blau- '16 144 low roof 4x4 project.

Thanks. I wont re-install the rear two. And i may just disconnect the two next to the map lights.

Yanked all the interior out over the weekend. A little time consuming even with trim tools. I broke a couple clips. I think I will probably re-use the headliner since it is such a clean fit. Working on converting the overhead lights to something more function (LED) and wiring them to the AUX battery and a switch rather than wherever the hell they are wired now. THe only stay on for 5-10 minutes at the moment.
OffroadHamster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2017, 04:57 PM   #9
ptheland
2013 144" low top Passgr
 
ptheland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,051
Thanks: 1,046
Thanked 626 Times in 381 Posts
Default Re: Greta Van Blau- '16 144 low roof 4x4 project.

Quote:
Originally Posted by OffroadHamster View Post
Thanks. I wont re-install the rear two. And i may just disconnect the two next to the map lights.
You may want to see how the van functions with those sensors disconnected. With all the computer controls in a new (or new-ish) Sprinter, there's a decent chance you'll get a bunch of error messages with the motion detectors disconnected.

I'd test things out now so you can keep some options open in case there are undesirable side effects from removing the motion detectors.
__________________
--Peter

2013 144" wheelbase, low roof passenger, with wheelchair lift in side door (soon operational, but not yet cosmetic)
ptheland is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2017, 08:40 PM   #10
jme3505
2015 144 4x4 passenger
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Redmond, WA
Posts: 402
Thanks: 108
Thanked 118 Times in 88 Posts
Default Re: Greta Van Blau- '16 144 low roof 4x4 project.

Quote:
Originally Posted by OffroadHamster View Post
2016 Passenger 4x4 in Blue Gray:
Comfort, efficency and active safety packages. Low range and DSR. Aux Battery. Alarm and roof rails (could have done without these). Trailer hitch package. Premium appearance package (could have done without the $800 alloy wheels I will be getting rid of)
[/img][/url]
I would be interested in your rims if you want to sell. PM me.
Jon
jme3505 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to jme3505 For This Useful Post:
dynaco1 (04-13-2017)

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT. The time now is 04:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.