Sprinter PA 14 Motor Home Build (Cab Storage Shelf, Filling, Sanding, Painting, Extra Speakers, Smev 8821 Sink)

Sprinter Motor Home part 5:

Continuing on from my last post, we are up to the point in the build at which I was starting to worry a little about the space (or lack of it) in the “living area” of the motor home.

I saw another blog online, as you do when reading and looking at other peoples builds. Looking to see what they had done and how they had gone about it.

On one blog/post I saw someone had fitted a shelf in the cab area. This was above peoples heads. Which freed uploads storage space in an area that really was being wasted.

Setting about carefully measuring the space and marked it on a sheet of 12mm plywood. I soon realised this was going to be nearly impossible to do. I decided to used a few sheets of Corex floor protection plastic to use as a template and cut it to fit exactly in place.

The shelf will rest on the two tiny useless shelves above the sun visors. Also resting on the grab handles above the seats and the top plastics of the seat belt covers on the A-pillars of the van.

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Once I was happy I had the template spot on and as tight as possible. I laid the Corex on the sheet of 12mm and then marked it out.

I then cut this out with a jigsaw and sanded down the edges and covered with smoke colour carpet.

Sticking the carpet to both sides covering the top and bottom of the shelf. I glued the carpet down using high tempo spray glue.

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Once the glue had dried I slid the shelf into place and was very happy with the end result.

The shelf is very strong and gives loads of extra space in a once wasted area of the van.

Next, I decided to fit some extra speaker. As the new head unit had nothing running from the rear outputs. Adding in another set of speakers should improve the sound in the cab when ravelling.

I bought a pair of 5.25″ JL Audio speakers. These were a very reasonable price.

JL Audio makes excellent speakers so I knew the sound quality would be spot on.

To make the fitting of these easier I purchased the correct size hole. After measuring the rear of the speaker so I knew I would get a neat hole just the right size.

After fitting the speakers I wanted to start to get some paint on the plywoods areas of the van.

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One part of the job I hate is the hours of filling and sanding needed. Once this was done I was ready to apply some paint to the van.

After thinking long and hard about what paint I would use in the van.

Needing something waterproof and hard-wearing. Also easy to clean and wipe down.

I also wanted a bright colour, I hate neutral boring colours. I went for bright sky blue in the end. Not everyone’s cup of tea I know but you can paint your van whatever colour you choose.

I went with a waterbased bathroom paint from Wickes. It’s very easy to apply with a roller and does leave streaks and patches areas.

It recommends two coats, but I use three for good measure. Once dry it’s fully waterproof and easy to wipe down.

I decided I would paint all the plywood a bright colour and varnish all the cladding with a light clear varnish to keep the living area as bright as possible.

This will help hopefully with keeping it lit also at night.

Frog Tape

I taped off all the cladding I had installed with Frog Tape. Which is ideal for this as it has Low Tack On the reverse so it peels off really easy.

I applied the Frog Tape around the windows and all areas I did not want to get paint on.

After hours of filling and sanding, I was ready to apply some paint to the van.

So I applied two coats of paint to the plywood areas and once dr,y I started the job of cladding the remaining parts of the van.

Overall I’m happy with the colour which is good as its a bit late now to change it.

Next on the list of things to do was for the sink. I went for a Smev 8821 kit.

Smev 8821 Sink

This particular sink is not the easiest sink to fit, as you need to router out parts of the cut out for the sink to get it to fit.

You can buy a handy template online to make marking the sink out easier.

I cut the hole and painted it to keep it watertight. Then dropped in the sink and sealed it with silicone before screwing it down with the fixing kit that comes with the sink.

Then I installed the taps and plug and waste. I use a hole saw to cut a hole behind where the fridge is going to be and ran the waste pipe out through the floor.

Once this was done it was time for a cup of tea. which was well deserved I think.

Look out for the next post on the sprinter motor home build.


Harley @Proanlgerkayak.fishing…

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