Miss BAV'y ("Big Ass Van")
OUR STORY IS NOT UNIQUE...
...but we feel we should contribute to the generous van community by posting photos of our build out. While each build out is different, I was able to learn a lot by looking at what others had done. We're not done with the build out, but we're posting photos to our Google Photos album as we progress with the project. We hope the photos can help you as you dive into your own project. Feel free to email us if you have any specific questions.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the many people who took the plunge before us, and then took the time to graciously share their lessons, experiences, and knowledge concerning their van conversions. Without this wealth of information, we certainly would not have had the guts to pursue doing this ourselves.
In May 2016 we purchased a new 170" WB Mercedes Sprinter 2500 cargo van with a basic idea of the conversion process. As the standard apprehensive newbies, we took the van to a shop in Salt Lake City where we had a professional install the side windows, rear windows, ceiling fans, awning, removable bed, and a jumpseat. Like most people, in hindsight (and after getting used to drilling holes in our van), we should have done most of this work ourselves.
After a summer full of traveling we were able to focus on the conversion and took it from a cold, empty space to a cedar-lined living area with a heater, solar power, an extensive 12v DC system, and a thumping sound system. Now we're about to hand off Miss BAV'y to a local craftsman to build the cabinets (we had to be honest about our strengths, our weaknesses, and the proper use of our time). We hope to use the van throughout the winter for weekend escapes and as a mobile backcountry skiing cabin. Then next summer we'll take Miss BAV'y out for a lengthier adventure.