I thought now its nearly finished, it was about time I introduced my self.
I've been a long time lurker on this forum, and picked up ideas from other people (great!) builds. Thanks for all of the inspiration!
We started off by building a ford transit campervan for weekends away. However after getting a dog, it became too small, and didn't have all of the amenities we wanted. Thus, and after getting John Speed's 'Travel Vans' for Christmas, I decided it was time for a step up. The obvious base vehicle was the same as Johns, a 4x4 Vario....something which was good on the road, and could manage limited off road travel. Unfortunately as it always the case, the budget did not allow us to purchase our ideal base vehicle, thus we ended up buying a 2x4 Mercedes Vario 814d. I have to say, its a pleasure to drive, but I still hanker after the 4x4 ability. If anyone knows where I could acquire the bits to convert to 4x4 (transfer box, front axle etc) please do let me know. Failing that, if anyone can help me source a difflock, that would suffice, can’t seem to find anything anywhere.
This conversion has all been home built, massive thanks to my dad who did most (pretty much all) of the carpentry work.
As for travel, well we have not done very much yet as we have only just finished building it. Jobs seem to get in the way of extensive travelling at the moment. I’m a way off retirement, so have to rely on the little time off we get fromK work. We get away whenever we can, but mostly just local weekend travel at the moment. We are planning a 3 week trip later in the year as part of our move to (hopefully) Spain with work. One day….we will travel properly!
Mercedes Vario 814d
400l fresh water tank with gauge
90l waste under slung with gauge
Shurflo Pressurised System
Nature Pure drinking water system
40l calorifier – 3 way (engine coolant, webasto coolant, electrical immersion)
Webasto diesel wet system (see above)
Morco Balanced Flu, on demand gas boiler
Webasto 3kw diesel blown air heating
Aux 2.5kw blower run by webasto wet system
Heatmiser thermostatic controller (also controls webasto hot water)
420ah battery capacity
Sterling 240v 20a charger
Sterling 24v-12v 30a battery to battery charger
600w Samlex pure sine wave inverter with remote on/off
Nasa NS-1 battery monitor
Waeco 80l fridge/freezer
Solid oak worktop
Wet room shower/toilet/sink
Sliding bi-fold shower door
27” Philips TV
HDMI system with wall sockets (xbox!)
Sony DVD radio stereo (linked to tv)
Gas bottle locker in garage
Double Bed across back
Garage under bed
Raised seating area – converts to spare bed
Rear wall opens to form large hatch – includes emergency escape hatch
Entry through cab walk-through
Hatch in roof
Procurement of remote electric start generator to install in garage
Fabricate spare wheel/jerry can holder which allows doors to open
Install whale gulper to assist waste drainage while parked at obscure angles.
4x4 or diff lock it!
That’s a rough spec, and all I can think of at the moment.
Anyway, enough talk, I have a couple of pics, and lots of the build. I’ll take some better ones this weekend to include bathroom etc.