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Old 08-22-2013, 05:51 PM   #1
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D.I.Y. Sprinter conversion?

OK, so I have searched this forum and can't seem to find anything on it. I love my Airstream trailer (and diesels). Was looking at something online today and found a few used local 2004-2006 sprinter vans in good shape and reasonably inexpensive.

I have extensive home, sailboat, car and trailer renovation experience and like to tackle a good winter project from time each year. Has anyone converted their own sprinter van into a touring/camping vehicle? There are a lot of neat things you can do when you start with a clean slate inside.

I'm thinking if I can pick up a decent cargo version for 14-15k and then spend another 5-6k on it can have a pretty neat, fuel efficient travel vehicle, for way under the cost of a new or used one.

I realize my coachwork/expertise is not going to be as nice as some of the true craftsmen, but it seems pretty do able on paper.

Thoughts anyone?
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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Doubt that there will be many here that have done there own conversions as we almost all have Airstream Interstates.

Recommend you try the Sprinter-Source forum, there is a lot of info there on DYI Sprinter conversions. Sprinter - Sprinter-Forum
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Earlier this year, at Lincoln Parish Park (Louisiana) I met a fellow who bought a new Extended Sprinter and did a custom conversion. According to himó and he seemed quite proud of itó by the time all was said and done, he was out about $150k. The coachwork was really nice, and the layout was unique. It had all the comforts one would need for tailgating with your favorite sports team. But it wasn't all that great for campgrounds.

It only had a sofa, no bed, and so only slept one, though it seated seven. It had a wonderful galley, but no bathroom at all. And when you opened both rear doors, there was a humongous 60-inch widescreen television and kickin' sound system.

When I took him on a tour of my Interstate, and he asked how much it cost, I told him that the MSRP on mine was $135k, but I got it for less. His response? "Dang! If I'd'a known that, I'd have bought one of these instead!" Turns out he didn't even know that RV manufacturers did Sprinter conversions; he thought custom was the only way.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:36 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I will check out the link provided
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