Sprinter PA 14 Motor Home Build (Stripping Out Van Installing Kayak Cradle Frame and Guide Rails)

Sprinter Stripping Out Van:

To start I pulled out the triple leather seats bolted in the back and removed all the carpet and plywood.

Now the van is back to bare metal and the bare shell of the van.

The van had been insulated before purchase.

By the previous owner:

I’m glad I decided to start from scratch as it is now done “properly”.

This means I should not get moisture or rust internally between the insulation and the van outer skin.

When the last owner insulated the van.

No “vapor barrier” was present.

To keep the hot internal air from the cold outer skin.

Meaning that condensation was forming behind the carpet-covered plywood.

clean, (with a wire brush) any rust from the inside bodywork.

Next, I painted this with red oxide primer. To stop any rust coming back and filling any holes on the floor with CT1 silicone as I went.

Sprinter Stripping Out Van:

Next, I cleaned up the badly placed expanding foam.

They had started to insulate the van with expanding foam.

Rock wool for the rest of the insulation.

Rock wool soaks up water.

Rockwool is bad for people’s lungs.

I ripped out everything:

Which left a neat, clean, rust-free base to start with.

Once I was happy with this.

I had to decide “How” I was going to get my kayak “in and out” of the van by myself.

Whilst the Hobie Pro Angler 14 is resting Hobie cradles.

I plan to keep the Hobie Pro Angler 14 in the van all the time when not in use

Storing the Pro Angler 14 safely was a top priority.

Hobie Cradles:

I decided I would make a frame for the cradles the kayak sits in.

The frames with cradles and kayak would then the slide into, two guide rails.

Which would hold the kayak in place whilst stored in the van.

This means the kayak storage box can be as small as possible.

Next, I set about making my frame.

After a few “modifications” and design changes, I had a frame and rail system that worked.

So I then set about bolting it to the floor of the van.

The frame with the Hobie cradles on is made from uni-strut 20mm x 40mm.

The guide rails are 40mm x 40mm uni-strut.

The guide rails are joined by 1.5mm flat plate.

The frame is welded together.

The Hobie cradles bolt to the frame.

All have Loctite on to stop them coming undone.

The front of the guide rails:

Is designed to accept the kayak frame from a few “different” angles to make loading easier.

When I slide it in the van I cannot see the guide rails.

The wider front helps locate the frame in the guide rails and it works very well indeed.

(Even I was surprised how well it works)

Next insulation and refitting the floor…


Harley @ ProAnglerKayak.Fishing.

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