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"Is it Worth Finishing the Uncompleted Build of a 2021 4WD Sprinter?"

Updated: 4 days ago


Yes, but know what you are really getting into, in most cases an in complete build is not the best way to go.


This van started out as a project for a local RV dealer who purchased a cargo van and put some walls in and a few windows and it sat for two years with 300 miles on it in their warehouse. It was then purchased by a customer of ours whom added some seats in it, covered the floor, added some insulation and owned for six months until we purchased it from him as he needed a bit more cash to finish a home project. Normally finishing a build can be a really bad idea as more often than not a half built van usually is a DIY project gone wrong or the work is sub par and you end up having to fix if possible lots of issues. You end up not saving any money with a partially finished van. This van however was a good candidate, minimal work was done and it was done correctly. To most from Phase 1, it would seem not much needs to be done, exactly the opposite, lets go through the build process. Normally this would be done in 1 phase, however this van it was done in phases due to several owners having the van. (RV company, owner 1, then us)

What made this project different? Phase 1 RV dealer modifications, Phase 1/ $22,500

  • It was not hacked up and had some very expensive things done to it correctly:

  • Pretty much new van with very low miles under extended factory warranty

  • Very Desirable 4WD

  • Van Capsule with Windows that where paint matched (this is a big deal). Allow sideways sleeping and more room in van

  • RB Components Interior Kit with door trim done

  • Usable Floor

  • 3 windows installed

  • A few more modifications and this could be usable

  • Wheel and Tire Package

Phase 2, getting the van to be usable for a family; new owner mods ~$23,000

New owner needed it to be usable for a family so he did not modifications to transform it from a basic shell to a usable van. This did require van to be taken completely apart to the steel walls.

  • Added rear door windows, for light and visibility

  • Covered the floor in durable all weather carpet that also had insulation properties

  • Had a shop (not us) Put two row Seat Tracks in the van so it could have up to 2 bench seats and 2 positions to seat up to 8 if needed

  • Added more insulation in walls, that has some sound deading that RV installed

  • Had us install an auxiliary battery system in hood and various electrical outlets

  • Replaced the defective CRL Slider door window that also scratched the Van Capsule due to incorrect window choice

  • Upgraded audio system with 5 channel amp, subwoofer, and added rear speakers integrated into MBUX factory head unit

  • Side and rear grab handles Vinyl hood and side wrap for protection Blacked out badges Vannon side steps, ladder, and rear step

  • Rear removable bed and mattress for Van Capsules

  • Track for Van Wife removable storage bags

  • Window Covers

  • Fender modification to eliminate tire rubbing

  • Vannon Front Storage shelf

Phase 2 Pic

Phase 3, Transform van functionality so it could truly be used by a family of 4 or more for camping with gear ~$34,000

This is when we got a hold of the van and new based on previous work done it had a good foundation but really missed key modifications needed to make it a really finished van. Since the foundation was there we wanted to transform it into a van that would be superior to most "basic" builds functionally by adding more needed ventilation, light, storage, sleeping, and an eating are that would not require moving gear. Again this van had to be taken apart again completely...twice. One for the top, another to finish other details.

  • Colorado Campervan Pop Top - insulated and color matched with roof rack rails, van, solar

  • 190 watts of solar power so you could recharge batteries when van is not running

  • Front removable Van Essentials Storage Cabinet (more storage)

  • Front Scopema Swivel seats, lagun table - create a front dinnette area for eating

  • Add insulation in areas where previous owner skipped

  • Add additional DC outlets in key areas

  • Add LED interior lighting

  • Repaint Van Capsule due to scratch from old window

  • Add passenger side window slider/screened AMA window for rear passengers

  • Fiamma Awning

PHASE 3 Build Pics

Build completed.

Front Dinette and swivel seats

Seat in 2nd position...this van is set up for up to two rows of 3 person bench seats enabling you to seat up to 8 AND still have 2 full size beds for anyone over 6 feet tall!

The Pop Top inside gives you another sleeping area, unlike other pop tops you can actually sit up in this one. Its as well insulated and powered.

Van has once bench seat, here is a photo showing you can add two

Vannon Ladder

Van on left is $198k, van on right is this build 145K...they look the same, major functionality is similar as well.

Phase 4? - What else could be done taking this van to ultimate next level? Not needed but nice.

  • Electrical Chest Fridge (easily added, plug and play, the power system we did is specifically set up for this) $800-1300

  • Diesel Heater for those cold nights; $3100

  • Outside Water Shower $2200 (COMPLETED, WE ADDED THIS ON BELOW)

  • Suspension Upgrade $7000 (to improve stability and ride)

  • Extended Fuel Tank $2200

  • Solid surface flooring $300-1300 (easy DIY project)

Lets add a shower $2200

Update, as summer is rolling close we decided to add a outside shower to rinse the kids, bikes, and gear off and provide a water source when there is none when camping. Adding a tank seems fairly easy (technically) but it can require a significant amount of work. Power, switches, plumbing, and mounting the tank. In this situation we used a low profile 22 gallon tank to maximize ground clearance and mounted it next to the gas tank. This allows the tire to remain under the van and avoid a $800-1000 tire carrier.

Low Profile water tank

Water inlet and shower connector

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