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Author: Stephanie Yarbrough

#VanLife Progress: Insulating our Campervan

Insulating our campvervan We really wish we could say there was an easy Sprinter Van Insulation Kit that made everything streamlined and simple.  But there’s not… What is the best way to insulate a van? That’s a great question; I’m glad you asked!  If you’ve done any research at all on how to insulate a campervan, you know that there are approximately 1.73 million ways to do it.  And no one actually thinks their way is the best way.  So, we’ve decided that the best way to insulate a van is to pick one direction and stick to it!...

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Campervan Build: MaxxAir Fan Installation Pt. 1

Why the MaxxFan Deluxe? We’ve opted against adding an air conditioner in our campervan, so we needed to maximize airflow.  What better way to maximize airflow than with a MaxxAir MaxxFan Deluxe? I mean, it’s in the name! Another reason we opted for this particular model, the MaxxFan 7500k, was because it has an aerodynamic, rainproof design that allows you to keep the fan running any time – from driving down the road to a rain shower, we should be able to keep the fans going whenever we want to. Will a MaxxFan Deluxe be cool? I mean, we can’t...

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VanLife Tutorial: Sound Proofing a Campervan

Sound Proofing the Sprinter In its previous life, our Sprinter was a work van.  And despite being a Mercedes, it still was quite noisey driving down the road.  We decided to install FatMat Rattle Trap Sound Dampener to make the ride quieter for our campervan. How Much Sound Proofing Is Needed? We used 50 square feet of 80mil FatMat RattleTrap and we thought that was the perfect amount for our 170″ WB Sprinter.  It covered all of the major spots and more.  There was a bit of factory installed sound dampener in our Sprinter, but we definitely wanted some...

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Vanlife Build Tutorial: Removing Door Panels

Removing door panels? What are we doing here? Removing the door panels is our next step in prepwork for our campervan build.  We are thinking about adding some insulation in the door panels, but if not, then we at least want to clean those nasty suckers! Removing the door panels: tricky! This was probably the trickiest part of the prep phase.  You definitely want to make sure you don’t break anything (much) or damage the panel.  It was doable, but it took us a minute to figure out how to do it witout damaging anything.  But, we did it!...

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Campervan Build: Removing the Headliner in a Mercedes Sprinter

Stripping it Down Our basic goal was to strip everything down to the metal on the van so that we could begin cleaning, insulating, and building.  Headliners needed to come down! Was it difficult to remove the headliner? After we figured out where all of the clips and bolts were, it wasn’t difficult to remove the headliner from the Sprinter.  Just be gentle (ish) so you don’t break the clips! Tools/Items You Will Need Torx Bit Set Drill Baggies Upholstery Clip Remover How’s it Done? Removing the visors:   The visors and grab bars are attached through the headliner to the...

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