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Headliner shelf options for your Sprinter van

Vannon headliner shelf installed

Whenever you are traveling or living in your van, space is at a premium. Our van is 144 High Roof. One of the nice things about the high roof model, besides being able to stand up with good posture is that there is some extra storage space if you get creative. (This is also why we design our window covers to fold and stay up when you don’t want them down, it saves space!) A number of people and various companies have capitalized on making a shelf that sits right above the driver and passenger side seats. These shelves are typically called “headliner shelves” or “overhead shelves”. This post explores the various options available for these shelves, including both DIY and just purchase and play. At the end we discuss the option we decided to go with for our own van.

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Installing a Thule Hideaway awning

Thule awning on a Sprinter van

Whether you’re a weekend warrior, family camper or live in your van full-time, awnings are an indispensable part of what makes a van a home. Functionally they practically double the square footage of your van and they provide great protection from the sun and rain. For many, cranking out the awning when you’ve arrived at your destination for the day is the final part of camp setup that says, “yeah, we are here, time to kick back and enjoy.” In this article we dive deep into installing a Thule Hideaway awning on our 2016 Sprinter van 4×4.

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Building Insulated Window Shades for Your Sprinter

sprinter van window cover

Insulated window shades for your Sprinter van are a must. Even if you are a diehard “boondocker,” at some point you’ll wish you had some more privacy or you’ll grow tired of the heat leaking through your glass. Once this realization takes place, it is time to procure some window covers for your Sprinter van.

UPDATE: we’ve learned A LOT more about Sprinter van window shades and put together a comparison of ones available to purchase.

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How we chose our Sprinter van for a family of four

Sprinter Van Camping Arizona

My wife and I married 10 years ago and for our honeymoon we drove from Vermont to Alaska. It was during this trip that I was first exposed to what life on the road might look like in van. What I didn’t know, was that  10 years later I’d be figuring out how to find a Sprinter van for a family of four!

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