The Rack – The Awning – The Ladder

The Rack – The Awning – The Ladder

I’m designing a van that can allow us to expand our loads as needed. Aside from overhead storage and under seat storage, I wanted rooftop storage. I may later add a box up there, or just use straps.  I also wanted a higher vantage point that I could use for...
Awning and Rack

Awning and Rack

Of all the tasks in this project, mounting the awning and the rack have been the most tense. Not only do I have to haul these items that weight almost 100lbs to a height above my head but the mounting mechanism turned out to be more, how shall I put it, involved than...
Odds and Ends: Part 1

Odds and Ends: Part 1

Tucked within every phase of my major projects on the Sprinter, are smaller side projects that make themselves evident as I start to think more closely about the details.  Problems that still need to be solved, and issues that have been punted in the past now have to...
Sprinter Floor

Sprinter Floor

The last couple of weeks have slowed down progress mainly because of the temperature. Most of my work is done inside the van, or garage, or outside. So when the temp drops to 20 degrees, it’s tough to keep any of those places warm enough for working comfort....
France 2003

France 2003

In early 2003, I left on a long and spontaneous trip to France and Italy with my girlfriend. We lived like locals and explored anything that caught our curiosity.  We wandered cities and town, slowly and serendipitously.  We came to love food and wine; art and life;...

Sprinter Rear Windows

While the side windows are a pressure fit installation, the rear windows are a more traditional adhesive fit, like the windshield. So, I waited until a warm day to install the rear door windows.  The process is simple, cut out holes, lay down a bead of caulking, set...