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Help me find a van to convert into an RV for build thread by tbone42
Started on: 02-10-2017 10:57 PM
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Report this Post02-10-2017 10:57 PM Click Here to See the Profile for tbone42Send a Private Message to tbone42Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Since my "Delica" no-go, I am looking at high top cargo van to make into an RV. I want something to live in for 2-3 month periods while I travel, vacation, and generally be useless and semi-retired. Sprinters have been my main focus... another consideration I had was a small shuttle bus or short bus. Beyond the solar stuff, I have almost all of my conversion material already on hand.. and of course, an obligatory thread will follow to show the build as I do it.

It will be just me and 2 under-30 lb dogs. Cooking is a big deal for me, not eating out... as well as bathroom and shower comforts. I am not digging campers because they don't seem like they could make it through an accident. I even considered an ambulance... that would take care of the inverter issue immediately.

The one thing I do know is it has to have a diesel engine, and I am weighing the l5 and the 6 from Mercedes vs big v8 diesels like the 7.3.

Any ideas are welcome.

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Report this Post02-16-2017 06:58 AM Click Here to See the Profile for E.FurgalClick Here to Email E.FurgalSend a Private Message to E.FurgalEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Seems the Nissan cargo van is a full frame strong monster that is tall and wide and would be less costly to repair than a m/b based sprinter

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Report this Post02-19-2017 11:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Tstang429Click Here to Email Tstang429Send a Private Message to Tstang429Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

an old gmc like ateam had

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Report this Post02-20-2017 09:19 AM Click Here to See the Profile for tbone42Send a Private Message to tbone42Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

I ended up going with a 2006 Sprinter 2500. It has 213,000 miles and a nice oil leak..otherwise she's pretty good. Let the wrenching begin. (Thread to follow)

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Should be cool to see progress.

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Report this Post03-01-2017 02:57 PM Click Here to See the Profile for starlightcoupeSend a Private Message to starlightcoupeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

I have been looking at short busses (not for my dysfunctional family) to convert to what you're looking for. This site has both the high top vans and busses occasionally: https://www.govdeals.com/in...ngType=&category=94H

The short busses seem best for what I want but the tall vans seem to be popular. I like to check out the cop cars and other areas that interest me.

Here are a couple other surplus sites that may interest you: http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/browse/home This one has fewer busses and vans but it seems to list better equipment.

This one has a ton of stuff: http://www.govliquidation.com/bu/locations/ I didn't see any vans or busses but it is interesting.

Good luck,

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Report this Post03-01-2017 03:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for tbone42Send a Private Message to tbone42Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Cool, thanks for the links and encouragement. Work begins in earnest on Sunday with valve cover gasket, trans fluid flush and a new door latch. After that I start the conversion. Thread coming soon.

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Cool, thanks for the links and encouragement. Work begins in earnest on Sunday with valve cover gasket, trans fluid flush and a new door latch. After that I start the conversion. Thread coming soon.


I didn't see your post that your already had the van. Since I am looking to converting a short bus, I stumbled across this site that shows a humongous long bus conversion but it has some good ideas: https://tinyhomebusconversion.wordpress.com/

There seems to be a lot of people with this same idea on the web and the info is very good. Please do post a progress report rom time to time.

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