After cruising in the van for almost a year now, one of the most common questions I get is "how much money did you put into it??" Since most of the work was done by me and McKinley, the only real costs was in the materials themselves. I dug through my Amazon account, as well as my credit card statement to figure out the total costs of it. I always preface this by saying that the total includes a lot of big ticket items, like the fridge, solar panels, and batteries. And, well, here it is!
$4,800 or so for just the build-out intertior
$5,500 including all upgrades
Not as much as i thought either. This also does not include any parts for mechanical repairs (turbo resonator eliminator, fan resister, or any painting/rust stuff). That crap added $1300 or so. Here's how it breaks down, sorted by category:
|Item||Cost||Sum||Mechanical Replacement Parts|
|Electronics/Appliances||Upper Door Strip||$9.99|
|Batteries||$380.00||Green Diesel Tune||$560.00|
|Panel||$48.99||Turbo Resonator Eliminator||$100.00|
|Fan||$256.95||Wiring and other Parts||$21.24|
|Plumbing, Kitchen, & Hardware||ARB Awning||$280|
|Water Jugs||$35.98||Swivel Seat||$278.00|
|Sliding Door Track|
|Heavy Duty Drawer Slide||$72.51|
|Insulation and Sound Deadening|
The "Misc." categories includes nails, screws, glue, rivets, caulk, adhesive, sealer, wires, heatshrink etc. So this could easily be an over or under estimate. I also calculated the Mechanical Replacement Parts (i.e. shit that breaks on Sprinters) and the Upgrades seperately. The former category includes things purchase for rust abatement and stuff i broke (like the taillight... oops!) The upgrades weren't part of the main build really, but makes the van much more comfortable for long rides and much more livable.
And there you have it! Please follow the links to any of the stuff i purchased, and check the individual sections on the Build Out to see how I used it.