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DIY Customization of a Sprinter Van

| Updated Oct 21, 2017

The Sprinter Van is a favorite of RV manufacturers who turn them into Class B motorthomes and DIYers, who like to customize them for their specific needs.

At the recent Overland East Expo, we met Raymond Barre of, a California upfitter who invited us to see how he customized a Sprinter Van into a boondocking recreational vehicle. He calls it his “adventure RV.”

It took about 500 man hours to customize the van he had on display. Much of his small company's work is in selling components to DIY-ers who like to do their own customizations in their garages or backyards.

Barre told us that boondocking and overlanding are becoming huge drivers of the RV business and that traditional RV campgrounds are rapidly losing their appeal to many new RVers. “Technology makes having hookups unnecessary and people really want to get away from the crowds and experience the wilderness,” he said.

Be sure to check out the recliner seat he put in. Sweet.

Mike Wendland

Published on 2017-10-21

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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