Van Project: Hands-Free DC Water Pump Paddle Switch

We made a hands-free water pump switch by using a momentary on-off (SPST) push-button and wiring that in parallel with our old on-off switch. On top of the button we built a wooden paddle that allows us to put a leg or a knee onto the paddle in order to achieve hands free activation of the water pump. Easy as that.

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Sprinter Stock Stereo Upgrade and Speaker Replacement

We replaced the speakers in the front doors, added rear 6×9 speakers and a separately powered subwoofer. We kept the stock stereo (cost, practicality, stock look) but added a 300W amp to power the new speakers. The system sounds great and the install was fairly straightforward. It required removing the stock stereo (though not removing the entire front dashboard) to get at the speaker wiring and removing the door panels to replace the front door speakers. But overall the install process was pretty straightforward and only took about 4 to 6 hours (including a lot of fidgeting, thinking, and theorizing).

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Sprinter Adventure Van Build – Kitchen

Built from a couple sheets of 1/2″ plywood, with some 1″x2″ firring strips as trim, our adventure van kitchen is highly functional if not the most pretty piece of furniture ever created. It features three main storage bays and counter top with sink extension. Highlights include the rolling storage compartment for our cooler / refrigerator, an electric pump for freshwater, and easy to manage contained gravity drain system.

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