Plans, drawings & diagrams

Given that neither vehicles I eventually went with – a 1999 Mercedes-Benz Vito 108D and a 2001 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 311CDI LWB – were current models, it was difficult to source manufacturer drawings and dimensions on which to base the plans. So, an ‘on-the-job’ approach should be taken, and many of these drawings are retrospective or mere scribbles. It is advisable to find a way of getting access to a vehicle first – before you buy it or definitely start-building in it – and take measurements if you can’t source them elsewhere. If you have an idea in your head, though, it’s hard to stop yourself from just ploughing in to start.

In planning phase-2 developments for the first van, some photos were taken and made into outline drawings – on which ideas could be scribbled out. The icon to the left links to drawings, the far right are ablank setfor the Vito (the latter are also here as a powerpointfile).

Due to model variations, measurements taken are precise to specific vehicle, but are listed here for reference.

If you’re going to fit a water systemand power system, you also need a lot of planning – not just in terms of what you need, but where it will all fit in respect to your cupboards, etc. The following is a useful article on considerations you should keep in mind during the planning stage. You’ll also find a lot of helpful assistance in the SBMCC forums and in ‘the’ book.

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