Mercedes Sprinter Van – full conversion

Mercedes Sprinter Van – full conversion

Hi, this is Lilly from vanderlust in this video we show you how we converted our van into a campervan or in other words, how we went from that.. to that we hope we will learn a lot from this video for more information you can also check our blog or Instagram Ok, what did we do yesterday we removed everything inside the van such as ply wood, protection and other pre existing parts we also started to run all our wires thats for the for the fan, this one is for the lights.. all the wires are 1.5 mm and coming bundled through here, were our batterie will be we also installed the solar panels on the roof as you can see in the blog and will install the fan a bit later we started the insulation we used celotex 50mm for the walls and celotex 25mm for the celling we filled the gaps with expanding foam all around for the floor, we were thinking to do celotex 25mm plus ply on top but we have changed our mind we are keeping the floor as it is because it already had a clean finish we also installed two windows in our van it wasn’t too difficult we bought the windows from vanpimp we just had to drill wholes and cut along that with an angle grinder we applied mental paint to avoid future rust also adhesive to fix the window in place for more details visit our blog we are now starting with day three of our conversion yesterday we almost completed the insulation on top of the coletex and the expanding foam we have put some aluminium foil unfortunately we have ordered the wrong one.. it’s only one sided foil it’s better to have double sided foil, but we had to keep going we tried to put the aluminium tape on all the overlapping junctions but we ran out, so we we used duckt tape at the end we marked all the beams all the reinforcements of the van with masking tape to remember were to fix the cladding we also stated to install the ventilation fan unfortunately it started to rain so we had to stop but we will keep going today the last thing is, we wanted to have a door or an opening to the cockpit area we are not sure how we will do it, but we will figure it out soon so we just doing the insulation around probably cutting a whole here this is day four today we started on the cladding in order to do the cladding, we needed to do the reinforcements behind the reinforcement in screwed directly to the metal of the van to do the cladding we used 9mm pinewood cladding we glued it together with some wood adhesive to reinforce the structure and than we used wood screws directly screwed to the reinforcement we also did the celling we used 6mm ply wood it’s beding nicely to fit the curve of the van hey, this is day 5 today we did the structure of the wardrobe, kitchen and the bed to do the structure we used 35mm times 35mm studs we fixed them to the reinforcement of the van we also used wood adhesive in between to further reinforce the whole thing so if we have a quick look to the kitchen its a standard kitchen, because we have a 600mm worktop and it’s 900mm high we have the fridge here, it has to be on the left side because of the wheel popping out also we have a sink and a gas burner here yesterday we also installed some LED lights we fixed three of them, hopefully they will be bright enough that’s us, done with 5 days of work ready for some rest, but will be back working on the van in two weeks time hey, we are back after a two week break today we did the bed we did a ‘L’ sofa/bed it’s in three parts, the fist part is the fixed part we build a lid we can remove to access storage underneath then the second part is in two parts so, there is one part which is fixed and one which is moving you can see, its sliding to extend from sofa into bed we have a proper bed, 140mm times 200mm the second part is also lifting up to access further storage under the bed we will probably have the battery on the left side and here our camping gear another day working on the van today we focused not he top cabinets same as with other structure we screwed the structure the metal frame of the van one beam there and one under steel angles underneath are giving further strength to the structure inside we put 6mm ply, same for the divider we created a small compartment to have easy access from outside so we created a door so we can access from outside rather than through the top and finally we did also the wardrobe we closed it with 6mm ply, did the shelf with 6mm ply too and the divider another day working on the van today our friend Richard helped us to do the small cabinets it’s great, because it’s unfolding into a little side table we can actually use it to work with computer or just as side table we used three big hinges to we also did the cladding there and there we had to go back an forth to a DIY shop wicks to get some more material now we have to focus on the doors we have a lot of doors to build, I guess this will be the next challenge we did all the doors, top cabinet doors and the wardrobe doors to do the doors we used cladding to match the other cladding of the van we used the cladding and fixed it with four baton frame also we glued it together with wood adhesive we put a small magnets here to hold it in place we also did all the batterie/electical elements we have two batteries which have are 170ah we have our charge controller, our fuse box all that is linked to the solar panels on the roof we are currently charging, so far so good we have still some missing parts, but it arrive and will work in the end for further information you have check the blog the last update on the van and what we have done the last few days a few things we used some waterproof white paint we put a few coats why waterproof, because this will be our shower area we also did the window frames today we are focusing on the finish of the cladding the idea is to have an old/used finish on the cladding to do so we are applying some strong black tea to the wood this is not for the colour, but for the chemical reaction later on later we apply a mix of vinegar and fine steel wool in the end we will finish up with some white paint let’s see how it goes it will be a surprise, so we are just going for it so we are done with the tea coat now I am about to apply the vinegar and steel wool mixture this doesn’t smell the best but seems to be working ok it’s turning the wood dark for sure its actually quite dark let’s see as you can see, the painting is done. we are happy with the result so what we did as the last step is, we just applied a last layer of white paint all the cabinets are secured it’s a very easy system turn and you can open here we go, so nothing can fall out and we also have a nice mattress we bought it from IKEA it’s 10cm thick and 200mm times 140mm its a real bed what is great is that is mattress was designed for a sofa/bed so nothing to do on this one and we can just pull the bed out as you saw before so we have a proper bed – happy times we also finished the door to the cockpit area so you can lift it up like that also put our logo on it, happy about the result then last thing we did was the curtains all the curtains were difficult and took a bit of time we fixed then sometimes with magnets and sometimes with a staple gun welcome to our new kitchen so this is the beast here we have the tap, which is connected to the70l water tank under the bed we took a pull out tab so we can have a shower outside we have a round think which is big enough for the dishes but not too big to take up all the space so we have some space to cook we have a nice hob with three burners it’s probably overkill, but we like the design of it so we decided for this one so the hob is connected to the gas bottle you can find more details on the blog we also have a fridge it’s a three way fridge so it’s working on 12V on gas and on 240v and as you can see we also put the flooring down we used laminated flooring which is cheaper, easier to install and easier to clean so all good, we are really happy with the result so, that’s us, we are done with our van conversion now it’s time to relax we hope you enjoyed this video thanks for watching.

83 thoughts on “Mercedes Sprinter Van – full conversion

  1. foam…. its so messy lol.

  2. WOW stunning van is it a lwb or swb ?

  3. thanks 4 letting me now to show my other half when she comes home lol

  4. Well planed And well executed. You did a amazing job of Showing it.

  5. Awesome.

  6. That's a really nice layout you have there! I like the flip out desk/table too! Great use of space.

  7. Very very nice! Great use of space and it's beautiful! ?

  8. Hi nice build I am building the same layout and the same IKEA matress !!! Have you seen Barefoot Theorys van build that has really inspired me. The 6mm ply you have used is it birch or poplar?

  9. Love the finish on the wood cladding. Makes it look like a weathered barn…beautiful. Looks like you could have gone larger with the sink…why so small? How are you going to wash a large pot or pan? If it was a counter space issue, you could have covered the sink with a cutting board or something. Subbed and liked. Looking forward to future videos.

  10. Bravo. Beau travail. Je ne pensais pas qu on pouvait transformer un van en si peu de temps. J aime beaucoup la finition.

  11. You did an amazing and beautiful job with your build! However, I would have put the tap closer to the door so you could use it for the shower! It is still amazing! Enjoy your journey!

  12. very nice van!! thumbs up!

  13. Perfect

  14. A really nice result at the end! well done! I am wondering how long it took you to do the conversion and would you have an estimation of the cost? Myself and my partner will be starting the process very soon 🙂 I look forward to more of your videos and seeing where your van takes you!

  15. you are so cute! best of luck! :))

  16. Refletix is not a good insulation product and might trap moisture. You've destroyed the van.

  17. Thank you for captioning the video.

  18. Cute as a button!!

  19. Nice step by step instructions. Love your accent.

  20. Great conversion on the van and an excellent job on the presentation

  21. Love this. Also, females + vans, reppin 🙂

  22. I wanna do this so bad, good job

  23. Nice conversion ! Tu es française non ?

  24. Hey, great conversion!! what is the name of the mattress?

  25. A great video, super informative! I'm starting my vanlife here soon and I love watch videos like yours. Your blog was super helpful thank you. If you have any other tips or pointers I would love it and if anyone wants to help me get my dream off the ground

  26. Hello, Lilly and Thilo ;). Love you quick conversion. I must admit I had my doubts when I saw all that bare wood. It looked like a sauna. But hey, the staining gave it an amazing look. Really an awesome job.

    I subscribed to your newsletter straight away and will follow you for sure. Please keep uploading videos to YouTube. Any ideas what the next adventure will be?

    Take care and have fun!

  27. Your are the most calm beautiful perosn seen
    Reminder of how creative happy we can be god bless

  28. Love you have reversed the layout compared to most people, not having the bed in the back (guessing it has something to do with how much dirty storage you need, also referred to as the garage) – anyway it gives a very roomy feel to it. I was wondering why you choose not to open the cabin towards the drivers area. Don't no the cons of it, but it's few vans I have seen keeping it closed off? Anyway good luck on your life ahead, will keep an eye out here on YouTube (nice simple editing of this video, so keep It up)

  29. what cute french girl – i'd go camping with her anytime! Love that lovely little more on her lovely upper lip – geezz. some guys get so lucky

  30. Really nice looking conversion. Love the wood finish. Great technique, not seen it used any where else yet. Should the gas bottle not be in a sealed box with floor vent though? You may want to get a monitor for carbon monoxide and gas?

  31. You guys have the potential to become big on Youtube, keep posting.

  32. Lindo

  33. Love the accent.

  34. Super Van ça m'as l'air hyper "comfy" Super exemple de l'ingéniosité française !! xD

  35. What a great job of presenting and explaining your conversion. Its great that you included measurements. ?It’s so well done. You are a natural. Cheers ?

  36. Very nice!

  37. Nice job, it looks great.

  38. beautiful girl

  39. should have looked into lighter materials than planking the whole interior. looks good tho.

  40. Just some editing advice, don't put a background music, or put it a little lower, because is a little hard to understand what you are saying plus the noise plus the music, but overall great video and van! Cobgratulations

  41. So Beautiful! And the Van looks good too!

  42. Nice work. I've never seen wood stained with tea/vinegar. Looks great. You'll have a ton of fun with it I'm sure

  43. Thank you for detailed information. ?

  44. I personaly don't find the conversion inspiring, but still, the video was pure joy to watch and listen thanks to this beautiful creature. 🙂

  45. All the planning you put into building your van, it's impressive! We've got the same IKEA sofa mattress for our van 🙂 Now just need to design and execute the whole project before we can use it 🙂 Very cool energy coming from you in the video!

  46. I just wanted to start by saying how much I enjoy watching your videos. I also wanted to ask you “Have you had any leaks with your roof vent?” I’m about to cut through my new roof and want to understand how realistic I should be about a leak free experience.
    Cheers, Andrew

  47. très belle fille

  48. Great van. Also, well done video! Especially since you are just beginning. Most van build videos are quite boring and too long, but yours wasn't. I've subscribed. I can't wait to see more of what you do.

  49. ?????????

  50. Un falled un love with thats giro ???????

  51. Thanks for sharing your conversion. The van looks great ?

  52. Great job you guys! It looks gorgeous!

  53. Your conversion is great , Your video is great , Your English is great!
    Bravo !

  54. Home. Looks nice!

  55. could you please say in your next video "I would like to buy a hamburger"

  56. Great job but I didn't see the end result of your wardrobe? How big did it end up being? Only saw the shell of it

  57. The music is too loud, we dont hear correctly the comments.

    This is an excellent job on the van !

  58. GREAT Job

  59. They are french guyz, aren't they?

  60. Am I the only one who get turned on? She is so hot!

  61. Are you single

  62. Looks like you enjoy the whole process☺️
    Enjoy the adventure…?
    Happy Valentine’s day!??

  63. Wow – Thanks for showing us your wonderful Motorhome conversion.

  64. français ?

  65. Youre freaking hot. You look like pevita pearce

  66. great tour, nice accent.

  67. where do i find a woman like her?!

  68. I love your accent when you talking are more than lovely..beautiful..

  69. Hi I really enjoyed the video and has given me great ideas for my own build. My God you are beautiful. Cheers from Oz

  70. ماشاء الله شطورة

  71. Great job!! Thanks for your detailed explanation too. You also have a positive vibe/spirit about you which shines through. Thanks!

  72. super. where u wash clothes? where is bathroom?/toilet?

  73. OMG, I can hear this girl talk for weeks, nice build, you guys did a great job.

  74. Love the van! Really like the tea stain idea! You're English is amazing btw!

  75. REALY hot.

  76. Andie McDowell

  77. Amazing ideas for the van
    Does anyone else love her accent?

  78. Очаровательная девушка….


  80. Great little video love what you done with the walls of the van ? the colour is awsome ? hope you have great adventures in it ❤️ Brett and Bec xxx ???????

  81. Love That Accent!

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