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Greetings from a Sprinter owner in recovery!

Howdy All,

I just sold my 2003 Sprinter and replaced it with a lightly used 2018 Transit 250 High Roof/LWB (non-extended) in Blue Jeans. I spent a long time perusing this forum prior to the purchase, so thanks to everyone who has made this such a helpful place to learn about these vans! I've tracked lots of build threads and conversions and there are some great ideas floating around out there. I plan to start my own build thread, but I'd like to get my post count up before that, hence this introduction!

The Sprinter conversion was my first foray into a lot of the different elements to make a van conversion (wiring, cabinetry, plumbing, insulation ) and while I was content with how that build came out, I learned a lot about what I did and did not need after using the van on weekend trips and several extended multi-week trips in summer and winter conditions, as well as using it around town. I briefly considered remodeling the Sprinter, but pretty quickly decided that it was not worth the effort with the limitations of the T1N chassis as well as the very significant maintenance costs of a 16 year old commercial vehicle.

Goal for this conversion is to have something that can perform well in winter camping conditions, summer camping conditions, and around-town utility. A tall order, I know!
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(Trying to get my post count up, so splitting this into multiple posts)

Like just about everyone with my use-case, I was strongly considering a 4x4 Sprinter, but the high cost, long wait times, new model woes of the 2019s, and solely-diesel engines pushed me away from the Sprinter. Promaster was out due to the horrid clearance at the rear axle, and NV was out because it is too ugly to consider (can't spell vanity without VAN!).

Enter the Transit. It's not perfect by any means, but strikes the best balance for my needs. I wanted a gas motor to deal with cold weather issues from diesel gelling and not deal with DEF/DPF costs and complexity. Ironically, diesel gelling was only an issue for me in California, but not in British Colombia in the dead of winter. Also the ability to convert the Transit to a true 4x4 appeals to me more than the Sprinter's weird/computer controlled AWD-ish system. I've already scheduled a conversion with QuadVan this fall.
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Try not to think of that traumatic time of owning a Sp******, with its strange three slice pizza emblem on the grill.
You will recover much more quickly.
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I spent maybe 2 months of serious shopping to find a High Roof/LWB van with an EcoBoost that wasn't white (actually more specifically I wanted Meteor or Blue) and was sitting on a dealer lot somewhere in the country. I found a one or two but they all slipped through my fingers (none were local to me in northern California).

I had resigned myself to ordering through a dealer and playing the waiting game when I found an ad for a 2018 in pretty much the exact options I wanted with only 21,000 miles on it. Better yet, this van had already been converted! The interior build wasn't really what I wanted, but most of the other elements were there and it was priced reasonably for being a used van. Previous owner had done a lot of the big modifications already and done it by "the book" (I know because he had a build thread on this forum!) He added a max-air fan using one of Hein's adapters, put a T-vent window in the sliding door, added Aluminess rack, 200w solar with a Redarc MPPT/B2B charger, insulated with Thinsulate, and built out a modest interior. Sweet! Not only am I saving money by buying used, I'm also saving a ton of time not having to do these things I was already planning on doing! So I flew out to Denver on 12 hours notice and bought a van! The whole purchasing process was super simple and the seller was extremely accommodating, which really made the whole experience feel like it was the right choice to be making.
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Try not to think of that traumatic time of owning a Sp******, with its strange three slice pizza emblem on the grill.
You will recover much more quickly.
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Thanks! Ironically the previous van came as a Freightliner, so I actually put the Merc badges on My bank account is already excited about this warranty thing!
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Welcome!
And nice find!
I wanted the blue too but at least I didn't have to settle for white. Silver color 10 passenger with leather power seats. Power seats were a must.
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Still trying to rack up posts so I guess I'll pose a question that I'm pretty sure I know the answer to: Occasionally I will drive the van to work (45 minutes) and then I'll park and soon after parking a large puddle of water will form. See attached photos. I'm not running the AC, so it's not a frozen condenser thawing, and it hasn't rained in at least a month (though a heavy condensing marine layer is the norm).

Could this still be the result of the (exhaustively documented) windshield drainage problems? It's not dripping down past the air filter (which I replaced, old filter had some minor evidence of wetness), nor does it look like its dripping through the wiring harness on the driver's side. Also, I've been driving for a long time - is there somewhere for this much water to accumulate and then all of the sudden drop out when I park? Also, I go over a serious grade on my way to work so I find it hard to believe the water is just sitting there the whole time from the night before. Any suggestions out there? Thanks in advance.
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Are you running the windshield defroster on you way to work in the morning? That will use the AC.


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If it's not raining, there should be no water draining through the engine and body. It doesn't look like it's raining there. Yes, you need to protect the wires on the driver side, too. I wrapped a plastic bag and used tape to hold it in place for the last 2 years.

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Are you running the windshield defroster on you way to work in the morning? That will use the AC.
I usually actively avoid using the A/C due to the fuel economy hit, and I know it turns on automatically if I turn the temp dial all the way to cold because the light on the A/C button turns on. I think I usually have the mode dial set to Defrost+footwell area, does that turn A/C on without illuminating the A/C button light? I had assumed not, but I suppose I could be wrong.

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