Sprinter 4×4 Camper Van Build: Day 1.

Our goal with this van project is to document the entire build via this blog in addition creating videos on YouTube and photos & short video clips on Instagram. Oh and secret sneak peeks on Patreon too. So here we go…

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

Step 1: Make a list of all the things we think we need/want to do and tape it to the inside of the Sprinter.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

We’ve never done a build like this before and we don’t have a real workshop. But we do have motivation and ten years of living on the road under our belts.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

We can do this. Right? RIGHT!

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

The first item on our list is to remove the entire headliner. It’s not the best feeling to start ripping apart a brand new car but that’s what we signed ourselves up for so no turning back now.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

As Dan started pulling the headliner off from the mid-section, we realized that we should probably start at one of the ends instead.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

After a few bolts to remove the visors, we used a plastic molding removing tool to undo the headliner clips from the cab area.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

And then one by one, each piece was taken down… breaking a bunch of little clips along the way. Hope the plastic clips are cheap to replace but with Mercedes you never know.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

Now that the headliner is gone, Dan climbed up to the roof to pop out the covered pre-drilled holes in order to install our roof tracks. We opted to use ones made for our Sprinter from VanTech.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

The face of a man creating holes in a brand new Mercedes. Hahahah. Hopefully each additional hole won’t hurt as much.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

Dan popped the holes open, laid down tape, laid the tracks over that and then pushed screws through while I worked on the washers and bolts from the inside of the van.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

It’s actually real nice to have these pre-drilled holes available.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

This the bit that gets pushed out.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

Here’s a shot of the aluminum roof tracks from VanTech that we installed.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

Finished with day 1’s projects just after the sun set.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

Day 1 complete!!

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

No, I didn’t just take photos the entire time. I helped too. Pinky promise.

Sprinter Van Build: Day 1.

Here is the video Dan created of our first day.

Enjoy and thanks for following along,
Marlene

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