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15 Jun 2019 @ 02:31:47 am
Pierre de Bruyn
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We bought a 2015 Sprinter 515 in May 2019 to convert to a campervan. Goal to tour Southern Africa in comfort.

So far we have:

  • Registered vehicle
  • Got code C1 license
  • Removed 20 rear seats
  • Removed 2 back windows on each side and replaced with steel panels
  • Had aircon installed for driving 
  • Removed old floor
  • Rust treated and replaced with new floor
  • Replaced broken front grill
  • Fixed sliding door track 
  • Replaced tyres

We will start building steel frames for bed, cupboards and kitchen . Will post progress as we go

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15 Jun 2019 @ 11:28:20 am
BrianB
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Pierre, welcome to the forum. You must please post some pics as you go. Looking forward to seeing the progress and good luck with the project.

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15 Jun 2019 @ 14:55:48 pm
RichardJ
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Welcome to the forum Pierre.

As Brian requested, please keep us updated with your progress.

Living the dream
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16 Jun 2019 @ 17:03:41 pm
Leon
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Welcome.  This is surely a great project to follow.

I trust you can place a pic or 2 from the start off point and maybe a plan off your interior design.

What is your motivation for steel????????????  Why not aluminium or ply wood?

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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17 Jun 2019 @ 03:34:55 am
Pierre de Bruyn
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Leon. Steel is easier to work with and I am not wortied about thle extra weight. Steel frames wil hold together on rough roads. Seen some 5 year old camper/caravans where the plywood panels are coming apart. 5 ton vehicle so extra 20 to 40 kg is no big deal. 

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17 Jun 2019 @ 07:26:22 am
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Interesting! Welcome and keep us posted please.

Your strongest weapon is your mind!
And then there's, Power Tools!
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17 Jun 2019 @ 10:19:39 am
Chuck Norris
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Welkom op die forum. 

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransmannetjie. (Parys - Frankryk)
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17 Jun 2019 @ 10:26:28 am
Proffie
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Welkom Pierre

Lekker projek. Ons gaan sekerlik jou vordering met 'n fotoreeks kan volg?

Dis lekker lees en kyk.

Jesus saves all who do the will of the Father Matt 7:21-23
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17 Jun 2019 @ 15:43:10 pm
Leon
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Leon. Steel is easier to work with and I am not wortied about thle extra weight. Steel frames wil hold together on rough roads. Seen some 5 year old camper/caravans where the plywood panels are coming apart. 5 ton vehicle so extra 20 to 40 kg is no big deal. 

That is true.  Got a VW Crafter at work. Can carry a weight of 3500kg if remember correctly.

It's just the weight in the end has direct effect on travel speed and feul consumption.

Go for GOLD. Will follow the progress

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11 Oct 2019 @ 20:53:39 pm
Pierre de Bruyn
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For the past 5 months I have been putting my van together over weekends. A lot more work than I thought but every step has been a joy.

Progress so far:

Replaced lower control arms

Replaced disks and brake pads

Replaced sliding door rollers

Replaced sliding door electrics for locking 

Installed insulation and internal panels over existing rear windows

Built steel frames to support bed frame

Built bed frame

Built kitchen unit

Built shower/cupboard frame

Built bench/3rd bed

Installed upper shelves to form base of cabinets

Installed box for 90l National Luna fridge freezer 

Installed Victron 1600 easysolar inverter charger

Installed cyrix car to house battery charger

Installed Hansen gas/electric geyser

Installed shureflo pressure pump

Installed 2 x 60l water tanks

Installed 2 x fiamma roof turbo vents 

Installed 5 x 12 v touch on off downlighters

Made mattresses for bed and benches

Blinds and curtains almost finalised

 

Got to finalise:

solar panels on roof 4 x100 watt

Plumbing

Shower panelling

Cladding on cupboards and cabinets

 

Due date early December but we are using it as is and making changes as we go

Got a December trip planned to Swakopmund, Cape Town, Hermanus, Glentana, Plett, Jeffries Bayband home. 

 

Lots to do before then.

 

Will publish photos once done4f

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11 Oct 2019 @ 20:59:15 pm
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Dankie....sal uitkyk vir foto's. Sterkte....hoop jy kry als gereed vir jou Desember trip

WAARSKUWING:

Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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11 Oct 2019 @ 21:43:45 pm
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Pierre you have been very busy, looking forward to those pics of the van and some of your holidays.

Enjoy every moment.

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