2004 Dodge Sprinter Adventure Rig

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  • Regular price $59,000.00


For sale is your very own, one of a kind, off-the-grid, custom adventure home on wheels. The rig was designed and built to support two adventure keen individuals for a week with no water supply, or, as long as you’d like if you can access a water source. 600 watts of solar panels will keep the lights, fridge, and your devices running even in overcast weather. Sheep’s wool insulation and a diesel Webasto heater keep the van warm even on the coldest of days

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               Over a year planning and designing the conversion, utilizing our experience in engineering, construction, and automotive restoration. We dug into the specs on all the equipment we planned to use and chose only the best. We utilized every possible space without making the living area feel crowded. Our goal was to create a spacious and comfortable living area while keeping the entire rig as inconspicuous and safe as possible.

               The most important part of the build is the platform, a 2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 turbo diesel with the high roof and 158” wheelbase. The van started with 311K miles, so we went through the wear items meticulously to prevent any issues on the road. A few hundred miles of test drives and we addressed any additional items that we were not 100% confident in (see the list below). Our trip added 12,000 miles to the van, and we have worked out all the bugs.

               The living area has a full kitchen with on demand water and a 4.6 CF fridge. Long term adventure living was the goal so we knew we would need storage space and with over 96 CF of contained storage this rig does not disappoint. Soft close drawers, euro hinges, and push locks all help keep doors closed and your stuff where it belongs while driving. A 56 flush porta potty hidden in a bench allows you to still go even if you are parked in a parking lot overnight. Nothing was left to chance during the design phase, even the butcher block dining table was fabricated so it pulls out from under the bed in two sections so one person can eat while the other accesses the bed or upper storage.

               The floors are a water resistant, scratch resistant laminate to withstand the elements being brought in by your shoes. Custom bench and bed cushions along with upgraded captains’ chairs all provide a cozy and comfortable experience. A splash of light blue color on the cabinets has a real calming effect in your new home on wheels.

               Below is a list of technical specs and additional features but the only way to truly experience this adventure rig is to see it in person. Email me at andygilbert995@gmail.com to set up a time to call or visit in person. I would be glad to answer any additional questions you may have.

The Van: 2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Diesel High Roof 158” Wheelbase

  • Options from the factory: (Van was spec’d for FEDEX)
    • 7L turbo diesel getting 22 MPG fully loaded in the Colorado mountains
    • AC6 = Axle Ratio – 3.727
    • C38 = Rear Spring for 3.88 T Weight Variant
    • D64 = Partition Panel with Sliding Door
    • L05 = Daytime Running Lights for USA/Canada
    • M96 = Fuel Preheater
  • Items Replaced/Updated: Being 15 years old with 320K miles we did a significant amount of preemptive maintenance and replaced anything we were not confident in; we did not want to be stranded on our adventures.
    • New Serpentine Belt (It was still in good condition along with the pulleys so there is a spare in the van)
    • New Water Pump
    • New Battery
    • New Glow Plug Relay Module
    • New Glow Plug in Cylinder 4
    • New Turbo and all Associated Seals
    • New O2 Sensor
    • New Filters all Around (Oil, Fuel/Water Separator, Air Intake, Cabin Air)
    • New Crankshaft Position Sensor
    • New Insulation on Cabin Air Intake
    • New Windshield Wiper Arms, Fluid Hoses, and Blades
    • New AC Temp Sensor
    • Newer Transmission with 170K Miles and with the Dr. A’s Rumble Strip Noise Fix (Our Transmission went out at 315K miles due to a repair shop error that caused the drain plug to fall out on the highway losing fluid and overheating the transmission)
    • New Driveshaft
    • New Spare Tire Carrier Bolts and Hooks
    • New Taillights including Third Brake Light
    • New Driver Door and Center Cargo Door Weather-stripping
    • New Sliding Door Rollers and Latch
    • Newer Rear Door Hinges (Driver Side)
    • New Brake Pads and Rotors all around
    • New Tires with .5 Inches of Tread Left
    • Fluids all Changed (Engine, Transmission, Rear Differential, and Power Steering Flush)
    • New Radiator Cap
    • New Heater Core Distribution Valve
    • New Windshield
    • Alignment after New Tire Install
    • Rhino Rack Full Length Universal Roof Rails
  • Cab Upgrades: Designed to be comfortable for long trips but appear as a plain delivery vehicle to avoid unwanted attention.
    • Custom Black De Leon Ultimate Leather Captain Chairs W/ Seat Heater for Driver and Passenger (They still need to be tied into van electrical)
    • All Damaged Dash Parts Replaced
    • New In-dash Speakers
    • New Head Unit with Bluetooth
    • Warning Triangles and Fire Extinguisher Mounted behind Driver’s Seat
    • Back-up Camera (From Previous Owner)
    • Custom Molded Center Console Panel to Provide Cup Holder
    • Custom Reflectix and Black Suede Window Covers for Windshield and 2 Side Windows

The Conversion: We tried to be as environmental responsible as possible with our budget and resources

  • Insulation:
    • Walls and Ceiling have 2.5” of Havelock Wool Insulation. Sheep’s wool naturally controls moisture, purifies air (the amino acids bond to certain odorous gasses and trap them), and is flame retardant.
    • Any metal structure in contact with an interior surface has a thermal break in the form of duct insulation to prevent condensation and subsequently mold.
    • The floor has 4 layers to minimize heat transfer. A layer of duct insulation, a plywood subfloor, a layer of Pergo Gold floor underlayment, and then the Pergo laminate floor.
    • Due to the potential for moisture at the doors they are insulated with a foam product from a local manufacturer that was destined for the landfill.
    • Sound deadening material was placed strategically on larger metal panels to dampen noise from the outside and to prevent interior noises from being heard outside.
  • Wall/Floor Finishes:
    • Walls and ceiling are made of 5mm plyboard with latex paint, areas prone to moisture were pretreated with a moisture/mildew resistant primer.
    • Floors are Pergo Portfolio + WetProtect Waterproof wood plank laminate with scratch resistant coating. Subfloor was also treated with a moisture/mildew resistant primer.
  • Cabinets:
    • Kitchen, full height, and overhead cabinets are all custom built with the input and help of a master cabinet builder.
    • All drawer slides are soft close to prevent opening during transit.
    • Door hinges are frameless 95-degree European hinges and help keep doors closed in transit.
    • Upper cabinets all have push button locks and open flat to the ceiling and stay open with the aid of a gas strut.
    • Large locked cabinet under bed with electronic deadlock.
    • Low profile handles and hardware to ensure nothing sticks into the hallway to snag.
    • Cabinets are bolted to the van structure using plus nuts.
    • Large amount of storage space
      • Kitchen (not including fridge) = 5.5CF
      • Full Height = 32.76CF
      • Overhead = 10.43CF
      • Under Bench = 9.02CF
      • Under Bed Drawers = 4.97CF
      • Under Bed Bulk = 33.68CF
      • Total Contained Storage = 96.36CF
  • Bed:
    • Sleeps perpendicular to the van, from toe to head is 5’10” but is 58” wide (I am 6’0” and sleep at a slight angle comfortably).
    • Pad is made from a bouldering crash pad (removable for climbing) with 2 small foam infills. There is an additional memory foam pad on top of base pads for more comfort.
    • Bed is lofted perfectly so there is a ton of storage, the freshwater tank, and the electrical room below but you can still sit straight up in bed without hitting your head.
  • Seating:
    • Only the seats in the cab have seatbelts.
    • Seating in the living area is made from 1 large bench and 1 small bench, 3 people can comfortably sit in the living area.
    • Benches have custom stitched 3” foam pads with removable covers. Covers are made of an outdoor fabric and are very hardy and easy to clean.
    • The large bench also contains the Thetford Porta Potty, it’s cabinet is built so it does not need to be removed except to empty it.
  • Kitchen and Dining
    • The dining table pulls out from beneath the bed and is split in two so one person can still use it while the other climbs in/out of bed. It is on heavy duty slide rails and can support 100 lbs.
    • The dining table and countertop are made of the same butcher block.
    • Large and deep stainless-steel sink for easy washing of dishes.
    • Isotherm Cruise 130 Elegance Fridge (4.6CF of space) running on 12v, very quiet and very efficient.
    • Duxtop 1800-Watt Induction cooktop recessed to be flush with countertop.
    • Stainless steel tile backsplash.
  • Lighting:
    • Main living area is made up of 8, 5 in the main area and 3 in the bed area, dimmable 12v LED recessed lights with 2 zones.
    • Under bed storage is a dimmable LED strip light.
  • Environmental Controls:
    • Webasto Air Top 2000 STC Diesel Heater is plumbed directly into van’s diesel tank but will not drain the entire tank.
    • Heater is located below the van so there is no concern for exhaust gasses leaking into the van (there is still a CO and smoke detector).
    • Heat return and outlets are laid out to optimize the heating of the living area and to prevent water system from freezing.
    • A Maxxair fan with manual controls, 10 speed fan, Thermostat, and rain shield located over kitchen to vent heat and moisture.
    • Dometic Heki Mini Plus skylight that can be opened fully and features a built-in bug screen and heat reflecting shade.
    • The vans AC and heat work great with the engine running but there is no AC for the living area.
    • 3 zone thermostat to monitor temperatures in the living area, fridge, and water tank (to watch for freezing temps).
  • Plumbing:
    • 40-gallon freshwater tank with fill and vent at the back door for easy access.
    • Shurflo 3GPM on demand water pump with inline strainer.
    • Shurflo accumulator tank to smooth water pulsing and reduce pump cycling to extend water pump life.
    • Inline RV water filter to extract chemicals, metals, bacteria, and viruses from water.
    • 7-gallon grey water tank under sink.
  • Electrical:
    • 600 watts of Hightec 12v solar on a custom all aluminum roof rack.
    • (2) Renogy 200 AH 12v deep cycle AGM batteries for a total of 400 AH.
    • Renogy Rover 40 AMP MPPT charge controller with LCD screen.
    • Keyline battery isolator that charges the house batteries when the van is running and starting battery is fully charged (will not drain starting battery).
    • 2000-watt inverter to run induction cooktop and kitchen 120v plugs.
    • 400-watt inverter with 2 built in plugs for the bench area.
    • 2 USB power distribution centers at the bench area and 1 at the kitchen.
    • 2 12v outlets not including the USB and 12v outlet in the cab.
    • All electrical is protected by either circuit breakers or fuses with an easily accessed master kill switch.
    • All wiring is accessible without tearing out cabinets or wall/ceiling panels in case of modifications or repairs.
  • Security:
    • There is a wood and steel partition with a sliding metal door separating the cab from the living area, this was standard on all FEDEX trucks. It can be unlocked from the cab with a key.
    • Sliding and rear doors have a secondary lock on them, the second can only be unlocked from inside.
    • There are no windows in the living area except for the skylight, this is to keep the van stealthy and very secure.
    • There is a locked compartment in the bulk storage are that can only be opened by activating an electronic drop lock, it is locked whenever it does not have power.
    • The van was intentionally left plain and even somewhat mismatched on the exterior to avoid looking like a high value target to thieves (many people overlook the solar until we point it out to them).
  • Misc:
    • ARB 2500 awning over sliding door (8’x8’).
    • Tools and materials for maintenance of the van.
    • iCarsoft MBII Scanner.