MaxxAir Roof Fan
The MaxxAir 6200k was the best choice for our build. We often cooked on the propane stove inside of the van which made the exhaust feature a must-have.
By cracking the window, the circulation provided by the in-take kept the van cooler than we could have imagined. The option to keep the fan open during rainy nights and its ability to mitigate moisture accumulation during the winter make it one of the most important features in the build.
80/20 Aluminum Roof Rail System
We mounted three rails of custom cut 1504 T-slot 80/20 Aluminum to our roof. The T-slot locking system allowed us to minimize the number of holes in the roof and we were able to secure the solar panel, awning, and light bar to the roof rails.
ARB Retractable Awning
The ARB 2500×2500 Retractable Awning, secured with two ARB Brackets, was helpful during the build since we were in rainy Oregon. We haven’t used it as much as we thought we would, but still recommend it if you plan on staying parked for multiple days. We had our complications with wind; make sure you stake it well!
Curved Light bar
We get a lot of questions about the light bar, but have found it more useful than expected (used with discretion). Many nights we roll down back roads, we need to be able to spot wildlife and other campers. It is both a safety tool and can be fun for night photography.
JVC Stereo & Speakers
The speakers in the T1N sprinter are terrible and the system needed immediate replacement. Music and podcasts are essential. We added two 6″x9″ woofers in the back in combination with the updated 4″ front speakers on the new JVC Stereo.
Since we did most of our listening while driving, we kept the system on the alternator; rather than solar power. The van battery could play for hours when parked, just keep a multimeter handy to check on it.
We considered an electric cooktop, but would have needed to increase our inverter size and wanted to keep the ability to move our stove to a picnic table. The Camp Chef Everest was the perfect size for our needs. We were efficient with our fuel use but are considering a 5lb Propane Tank & adapter to minimize waste.
Sink & Water Pump System
The water system is very simple. A 12V 1.2GPM Pump powered by a switch pulls from the 5 gallon fresh water tank, out the 6″ faucet, and empties directly to a 5 gallon grey water tank. We manually lift the tanks in and out when needing to empty/refill.
The original grey water tank was too tall for the drain pipe to flow properly so it was swapped with a shorter version. The double basin sink was found at the ReStore and cut in half.
Outdoor Solar Shower
This 5 Gallon outdoor solar shower was plenty for getting clean on a sunny day. When we needed a longer hot shower, there were plenty of options along the route ranging from truck stops to campgrounds.
Passenger Swivel Seat
Our most recent upgrade has opened up the space making it easy to fit 4+ people inside to hang out. The Sprinter Store T1N model swivel seat has been fantastic.
All-Terrain Tires & Chains
The upgrade to Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner AT: LT225/75R16 Load Range E tires has been well worth it. There comes great peace of mind when handling dirt, rain, and snow in these tires. Add some chains and you can go anywhere.
Hammock, cup holder, carbon monoxide detector/thermometer, and dimmer!