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Sprinter Van Tiny House w/ Skylight


This is a 2011 Mercedes Sprinter 2500 camper van by GottBuilt Mobile Architecture.

It has 93,000 miles, and is available for $72,000 out of Portland, Oregon, according to the listing on Conversion Trader. What do you think of this van build out?

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Sprinter Van Tiny House with Fireplace and Skylight For Sale in Portland

Having the fireplace in the van makes it feel more like home.

How do you like the kitchen and layout?

Cooktop pulls out of a drawer!

It’s a multi-functional design.

Here it is in sleep mode. I love the overhead storage and the skylight.

I’ve never seen a van built like this. Have you?

Do you like this van design?

Wondering about the bathroom?

And from the outside, it look relatively normal.

It’s a 2011 van with 93,000 miles, a 6 cylinder diesel engine, and they’re asking $72,000 for it. Learn more below!

Highlights

  • Built by GottBuilt.com
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144″ 2500 van
  • 93,000 miles
  • Asking $72,000 OBO
  • Custom-built
  • Robust millwork
  • Electric system for off-grid power
  • Storage and amenities for two
  • 6-foot walnut counter, bar height
  • Murphy bed
  • Diesel heater
  • Wood fire stove
  • The hobbit salamander stove
  • Induction cooktop, microwave, electric kettle, composite quartz sink
  • Fiamma f80s awning
  • Boat hatch skylight
  • Honda 2200i generator w/ 30 hours
  • 7 gallon road shower
  • 20 gallon fresh water
  • 5 gallon grey tank
  • 7 gallon urine tank
  • Nature’s head composting toilet
  • (2) 100amp battle born lifepo4 batteries with space for two more
  • 2000w xantrex freedom charger/inverter
  • 30 amp shore power inlet
  • 110w sunpower solar panel
  • Victron 100/50 mppt solar charger
  • Renogy 40 ah dc charger
  • K25 alpicool 12v refrigerator (26 quartz)
  • 3 GFCI 120v outlets integrated into millwork
  • Cell reception booster | weboost drive x rv
  • 60 square feet of drawer and cabinet space

Van Description/Backstory

With an architecture and design/build background, I built a tiny home in this tank of a van. It features robust millwork, an electric system to keep you off-grid for however long, and loads of storage and amenities to support full-timing with a partner. We’re just coming off of a 4-month journey, national park hopping from New York to Seattle, while working remotely. We refinished and improved the van here and looking to downsize to a Metris 🙂 cheers, Will

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  • November 2, 2021, 7:45 pm

    I never saw where the refrigerator or batteries were stored. Clever ideas for storing various appliances. Making that bed looks tricky. This design may not work so well with short wheel base. What safety issues may arise if that fireplace is a wood burner?

    • James D.
      November 3, 2021, 1:33 am

      Looks like they packed some things behind the driver and passenger seats, like a portable generator and could be where they put the batteries but they may be mounted underneath the van, like the water tanks… The fridge is by the rear, under the bed/sofa…

      While it is a wood stove and has the normal safety issues of a wood stove… It needs to be properly installed, have proper clearances from any combustibles, needs to be well maintained to prevent things like creosote build up that can clog the chimney and create a fire hazard, anything combustible you have to worry about proper ventilation and Co2 buildup, be aware of hot surfaces that can burn if touched, etc. Good to keep a fire extinguisher near it and like any heat source just keep aware and respectful of it…

    • Eric
      November 4, 2021, 3:33 pm

      The wood burner is compliant. There is heat resistance at the back, probably asbestos, and the fireplace is structurally mounted on the table which in turn is mounted to the floor. And… there is asbestos underneath to stop the table catching fire. All in all, I’d say that is the safest installation I’ve ever seen on this site.

  • Fran Marie
    November 2, 2021, 8:28 pm

    It’s called Tetris 😀

  • Jim Vallance
    November 2, 2021, 8:29 pm

    Where can I find one of the small wood burning fireplaces?
    I’ve been fixing up a 14×20 outbuilding and want to include a fireplace to help with the heating.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 3, 2021, 1:00 pm

      Check out https://cubicminiwoodstoves.com/ — they are in Canada and have a number of tiny stoves.

      • James D.
        November 3, 2021, 9:50 pm

        Yeah, Cubic Mini, Dwarf from Tiny Wood Stoves, The Hobbit from Salamander stoves, The Kimberly Wood Stove, and Morso Squirrel Wood Stove are among the more common options… There’s also options from Dickinson and a few other brands that have options because they cater to marine use or camping stoves.

        Though, the Cubic Mini is one of the most affordable options out of them…

        While another option to look into is pellet stoves as they not only come in a wide range of sizes but can have extended run capacity, fuel can be auto fed from a reserve, and they allow for thermostat control. Some even let you still have a window to see the fire and there are ways to make your own pellets if they can’t be easily sourced in your area…

        Alternatively, there are exterior wood furnaces/boilers that can be run independently of the home to allow more control, more efficient fires that can burn around 2000 degrees, and provide both heat for indoor conditioning and for hot water… Some can even generate some electricity to supplement your energy supply but all of that does require sufficient land to place it on and sufficient supply of wood to run it but it’s to show there are other options and more if you consider other energy sources besides just wood…

  • LargeMarge
    November 3, 2021, 7:28 am

    (Hx:
    2003, we converted a 1996 Ford CF8000 commercial truck to our concept of an ExpeditionVehicle.
    Nearly two decades full-time live-aboard, our rig is constantly evolving.)
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    I like this Sprinter!
    .
    In theory, a sky-light is nice.
    In practice, they inevitably leak… but Gott avoided certain calamity by using yacht components.
    [ applause ]
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    The Murph integrates seamlessly.
    .
    This THOW is very well-evolved.
    I get the impression the Gott folks acquired some real-world travel mileage prior to forming an opinion, prior to accomplishing this interior.
    .
    This vehicle earns TheLargeMarge SealOfApproval.
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    *****
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    I think equating one unfortunate event with an entire community qualifies for the psych term of ‘transference’.
    Furthermore, based on my experience, neither this home nor any other tool possess decision abilities.

  • Theresa Perdue
    November 3, 2021, 12:15 pm

    I could see myself living quite happily in it.

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