DIY Camper Van Build

We built our Sprinter Camper Van from the Ground up. Here are the steps we took and the projects we tackled:

Solar Panels – Series vs Parallel

Solar Panels in Series vs Parallel: The great debate. Well… not really a debate as there is a clear choice for 90% of camper builds:

How-To Add Shore Power to a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This guide will teach you how to add shore power to your camper to charge batteries & power devices when you've got access to on-the-grid power.

How-to Choose an Inverter for a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This blog post & calculator will teach you how to properly size an inverter for your camper based on YOUR needs.

How-To Wire Lights & Switches in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

These wiring diagrams will show you how to wire 12v lights & switches into your campervan. 2-way switches too!

How-to Wire 12v Accessories in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This tutorial will teach you how to wire 12v accessories & plugs in your camper electrical build.

How-to Size Fuses in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This guide will instruct you how to accurately size fuses for your camper electrical build.

How-to Choose Wire Sizes DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This blog post will teach you how to choose the proper wire sizes for your camper electrical build.

How-to Install a Battery Monitor in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This article will teach you why you need & how to wire a battery monitor in your camper electrical build.

How-to Charge a Camper Van Electrical System with the Alternator

This guide will teach you how to charge your camper house batteries with your engine alternator.

How-to Choose a Battery Isolator for a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This blog post will teach you how to choose the proper battery isolator for your camper electrical system.

How-to Choose a Solar Charge Controller for a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This guide & calculator will help you accurate select the proper solar charge controller for your campers electrical build.

How Many Batteries are needed in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This blog post will teach you how to size the battery bank in your camper according to YOUR needs.

How Many Solar Panels are Needed to Power a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This tutorial will instruct you on how many solar panels you need for your camper electrical system based on YOUR needs.

How to Design and Install Solar on a Camper Van

Learn EVERYTHING you need to know about designing and installing a solar setup on your camper van, RV, or truck camper.

Interactive DIY Solar Wiring Diagrams for Campers, Van's & RV's

These interactive solar wiring diagrams are a complete A-Z solution for a DIY camper electrical build.

Goal Zero vs Kodiak vs DIY Camper Van Solar

Here a 5 questions to ask yourself when trying to decide on a DIY vs Solar Generator solution for your camper electrical build.

Basic Parts of a DIY Camper Solar Setup

This post outlines all of the main parts and components of a DIY Camper Solar setup.

Choosing a Solar Battery Bank for a DIY Camper Van Conversion

Lithium vs AGM. As technology gets better, the prices get higher. Is the added cost worth it? Here's our thoughts:

How-To Change The Oil in a 2007 Sprinter Van

Changing the oil in a Sprinter is a straightforward process. Save some $$$ and do it yourself. Here's how:

What's included in a Sprinter Service A and Service B

Sprinter Service A? Sprinter Service B? What is included in those? This blog post will outline what's what so you can take it in to the dealer or do it yourself.

How to Replace the Shocks on a Sprinter Camper Van

Rock and roll. Good on the radio. Not so good for camper van handling. Here's how to replace the shocks on a Sprinter Camper Van:

Installing a 4g Cell Signal Booster on our DIY Camper Van Conversion

Since we work from the road, having a strong cell signal is vital. Here's how we get faste enough 4g to upload videos, have skype calls, and all the other business logistics:

How to Read and Clear the Check Engine Light on a Sprinter

Check engine lights are part of #Vanlife. Here is how to read and clear a check engine light on a Sprinter.

Espar D2 Diesel Heater Installation

The Espar D2 heater is the diesel powered heater we use to heat our van in frigid winter conditions. Here's how to install one:

Van Tour of Our Complete DIY Campervan Conversion

Our custom DIY camper van features 800+ watts of solar, a composting toilet, full size bed, custom cabinets, fully insulated and much more. Read more about the nitty gritty details here:

Installing Full-Body Plasti Dip on our DIY Camper Van Conversion

Plasti-dip is essentially a spray on vinyl wrap but is 10x cheaper. It's was a big job, but here's how we did it:

Building DIY Camper Van Cabinets

Building the cabinets & storage in our Camper Van was a huge challenge, especially since it was our first time. Although, not necessarily a in-depth tutorial, here is how we built them:

How to Build a Ceiling in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

The Ceiling in our van is made from an old fence, sealed, and attached to furring strips. Here's how we made and installed it:

How to Install Walls in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

The walls in our van is made from dry erase board so we ALWAYS have something to keep notes on. Here's how we installed it:

How to Install Insulation a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We insulated our van for both hot and cold weather with rigid foam and expanding foam insulation. Here's how we did it and why we chose what we did:

How to Install a Maxxair Roof Vent Fan in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We have two Maxxair vent fans on our roof which can exchange all the air inside the van once every 20 seconds to keep us cool. Here's how we installed them:

How to Soundproof DIY Camper Van Conversion

Without soundproofing material, our van was like a tin can driving down the road. After… it was like a much quieter tin can. Here's how we installed it:

How to Remove the Door Panels in a Mercedes Sprinter

If you need to access the inner workings of your sprinter door for speaker installation or insulation, you'll have to remove the door panel. Here's how to do it:

How to Remove the Headliner in a Mercedes Sprinter

There is a huge open space behind the sprinter headliner that needs to have sound deadening applied and insulation attached. Here's how to remove the headliner:

How to Remove the Seats in a Mercedes Sprinter

You'll need to remove the seats in your sprinter to install swivel seats or acess the nice hidden ‘storage' area for, perhaps, a heater install. Here's how to remove them:

How to Prep the Floor for a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We took the stock floor of our van since it used to be a plumbing truck (that floor = gross). Here's how to remove it: