Sprinter 4×4 Camper Van Build: Day 2.

Today we had our sights set on removing all the wall and door paneling from inside the van. There were a few hex bolts to remove and a ton of little plastic clips again but luckily today no clips broke. It’s like we are professionals all of a sudden. Not.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

All of panels will be saved until it’s time to put them back on again. Our thinking at the moment is to re-use them all for the sake of saving time and money. Might but be the prettiest but that is not our goal right now. Our goal is to get this done in a month’s time and on a small budget.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

Next up is sound deadening. If you look closely, there is some sound deadening installed from the factory, rectangle pieces that are painted over with the stone gray color of our van.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

The factory ones don’t cover all the surfaces so we bought some more. We decided to buying Kilmat sound deadening pads. The box had 47 pieces or 50 square feet and it was plenty for our 170 van.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

The kids came out of my parents’ house one by one, ready to help.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

And by ready to help, I mean they brought out their roller skates, skate boards and scooters. Hehe.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

Oh and giggles. Plenty of giggles.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

And a little bit of arguing too. My turn, Luka!!

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

Look at that concentration!

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

Look at that ollie! Just kidding. He totally ate it, accidentally kicked his board into my foot and we were both of the ground laughing.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

Ok down to business. We thought that having the kids help us out on some portions of the projects was a good idea. Having them participate in building our van, even for a minute, is important to us.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

The took a piece of the sound deadening pads, peeled off the backing and stuck them to the interior metal walls.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

The sticky material on the other side is basically butyl tape and a little messy and stinky to work with so I sent them out for fresh air shortly after.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

Thanks for your help, kids!

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

Now go out and play… or dance 🙂

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

And done with this part. From a quick glance, it looks like we missed a bunch of spots but there are painted ones in here too. We actually did skip the two back window recesses because our current plan includes installing windows in those sections. We are sorta on the fence about extra windows because building bunks over windows sounds tricky… but we do need more circulation in here besides fans.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

Dan thinks we don’t need windows that open but I disagree. I think it will make us more comfortable in the van on those hot muggy days.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

After that, we decided to insulate and put back together the cab of the van. The first thing we did was to cut some Reflectix to shape and attach it to the van with 3M Spray Adhesive and Reflectix Tape.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

After that, we cut some R-Tech EPS foam board insulation to shape and attached the same way as above, foil side up.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

Cutting some of the small pieces of foam board made quite the mess inside.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

And does it for day 2 of the build.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

Well, not before lots of cussing and sweating getting the cab headliner back into the van. We somehow didn’t set off the airbags nor did we break the seat belts. So I call that a good day.

Sprinter camper 4x4 van build : day 2

Here’s the video Dan created for day 2. Enjoy!!

Thanks for following along,
Marlene

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