Sprinter PA 14 Motor Home Build (Blach Rhino Arsenal Alloys, BFGoodrich Ko2 Tyres, Fiamma F65 Eagle Awning, Second Skylight)

Sprinter Motor Home part 7:

Continuing with the motor home build, a couple of costly purchases were much needed and could not be put off much longer.

The tyres that were in the van when I bought it were well past their sell-by date.

As the van was getting to the stage I could drive it these needed replacing and it would have been a shame to spend a fortune on BFGoodrich tyres and mount them on crappy, rusty old steel rims.

So I looked to see what would fit on the sprinter and whilst still be ing practical and up to the task of off-road driving fully loaded.

After much searching, I decided on the Black Rhino 17″ Arsenal alloys in Sand colour.

I decided to do some research on the web and fit the biggest tyres I could without them rubbing in the arches.

Sprinter Motor Home part 7

After reading a lot of web site material I found a site that specified the biggest tyres you could fit without lift kits on a normal 2 wheel drive sprinter.

So I purchased a set of the specified size BFGoodrich tyres and eagerly waited for them to arrive on my doorstep.

I purchased 265/70/17 BFGoodrich Tyres as specified by the website I will not mention here.




So after having to return these tyres luckily for a full refund.

No thanks to the complete retard filling the web with complete and utter bollocks.

Yes, I was extremely angry about all this…

Any way.

I then went away and looked for a set of tyres that would fit and came across the same listing on eBay.

I should have just bought in the first place with the correct size tyres listed in the auction. (245/65/17 BFGoodrich KO2)

I bought a set of these and had them fitted and balanced.

If I had done this in the first place and would have saved a load of money and time and stress, but hey. Lesson learnt.

I then fitted them to the sprinter and I’m very happy with the results.

Sprinter Motor Home part 7:

Sprinter Motor Home part 7:

The KO2 tyres handle very well on the tarmac with plenty of grip and not too noisy.

Not sure what they will be like in the rain but ill find out soon enough (winters coming)

The Black Rhino alloys are good strong build quality and did not need too many balance weights fitted when balancing tyres which is always good.

Overall I’m very happy with the look and function of these.

The Next costly purchase was the awning for the sprinter.

I decided I wanted a roll-out awning bolted to the van and not a drive away one.

I also wanted one without any support legs so it could be used easily on hard ground for example, in a layby or somewhere I could not get legs in the ground.

It also means I am free to wander about underneath without any restrictions. Legs in the way etc…

I had a look online and decided I would go for a Fiamma F65 Eagle.

This awning comes with a full-length rail specifically for the Sprinter van.

The mounting rail is specific to the vehicle the awning is being mounted to. As it is quite heavy and when extended and needs extra support without any legs to hold it up.


It is quite heavy and when extended and needs extra support without any legs to hold it up.

So I shopped around and made the purchase.



After a couple of weeks, a very long item appeared on my doorstep and the fitting commenced.

To start you need to remove “MOST” not all the mushroom head caps on the sprinter roof with a sharp wood chisel so you can get the bolts in.

Test fitting the awning mount allows you to mark exactly which ones need to be removed.

Once these are off and the roof cleaned I added a few beads of CT1 sealant to hold the awning mount to the roof.

CT1 is far better than the Sicaflex they recommend.

Then carefully drop the awning mount on the CT1 and push it down.

You then have to fit to insert plates on each end to fill the gaps where the awning rail and van body change shape

Then add all the bolts and get another person to help do all the bolts up starting at the front of the van working backwards.

Clean up any CT1 sealant that may have squeezed out and if you have made a mess.

Then leave the awning mount to set for a few days for good measure and get a rock hard bond between the mount and van roof.


Next, get help to lift the awning up on to the mount and centralise on the mounting bracket.

Then use the 3 stainless plates provided. Bolt the plates over the awning holding the awning securely to the mounting bracket.

Then add the required self-tapping screws to make double sure it cannot come off.

Once this is complete, you need to drill a hole in the van roof and fit a gland box to the roof. This is for the power cables and seismic sensor.

After fitting the seismic sensor and running in all the wires. I then fitted the main switch to control the awning in the B pillar.

Behind the passenger seat so it can easily be accessed from the ground or inside the van.

Lastly fitting the included fuses and bobs your uncle it works.

I am very impressed with the awning.

It does flap around in the wind a little. But handles it well and it takes quite large gusts of wind for it to self retract using the seismic sensor.

It is designed to self retract to prevent damage to the awning or driving away with it out.

Sprinter Motor Home part 7

Get The Roof Finished:

I also at this point whilst I was on the roof of the van decided it was time to finish it as much as possible.

So I fitted a length of uni-strut the same way I fitted the awning bracket.

I put the uni-strut on the roof and marked the caps if lined up with and removed these with a wood chisel.

Smothering the roof in CT1 sealant and bolted the uni strut down to the roof and left to dry.

This uni-strut will hold my solar panels later in the build.

I then added a small length of uni-strut behind the awning rail. To the rear of the van and fitted this the same way as above.

Lastly, I needed to fit my second and final skylight which had been delivered a week or two previous.

So as before with the first, I marked the roof and taped in up to stop scratches.

drilled the four corners and then cut out with a jigsaw. filed the edges and painted with silver Hammerite.

I then covered in CT1 sealant and stuck the skylight down in place.

Next fitting a wooden frame on the inside of the van. Sealing it internally as well, to make double sure there would be no leaks.

After using a hose on the roof for quite some time. I was happy all the holes on the roof were sealed. So now I could move on with insulating and cladding the roof inside.

Stay tuned for the next instalment of the Hobie Twin Motor Home Build.

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