From FedEx Van to Home

We've made some posts showing different steps of our FedEx Sprinter van conversion + what it looks like now that we're living in it, but we haven't shared any photos of what it originally looked liked. As such, I thought you might like to see the original compared to now as well as what it looked like in between as we moved through the conversion process. Also, it's officially our six month anniversary of living in the van! 

  Right after we brought it home, complete with a bulkhead, package shelves, and FedEx stickers

Right after we brought it home, complete with a bulkhead, package shelves, and FedEx stickers

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  Shelves finally out! And no, this is not an add for Makita. 

Shelves finally out! And no, this is not an add for Makita. 

  Putting up Reflectix insulation

Putting up Reflectix insulation

  Foam board insulation in and gaps sealed with foam spray

Foam board insulation in and gaps sealed with foam spray

  Doing some "sound deadening" with ice & water shield roofing underlayment

Doing some "sound deadening" with ice & water shield roofing underlayment

  The roofing underlayment was so sticky and difficult to cut! It ruined scissors/box cutters alike

The roofing underlayment was so sticky and difficult to cut! It ruined scissors/box cutters alike

  Cutting out a spot for a window in the back

Cutting out a spot for a window in the back

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  Window finally in! We got ours from the Peninsula Glass Company

Window finally in! We got ours from the Peninsula Glass Company

  Getting the solar panels attached - we did three 100W panels

Getting the solar panels attached - we did three 100W panels

  We created pivoting feet from angle iron to attach the panels due to the curvature of the roof

We created pivoting feet from angle iron to attach the panels due to the curvature of the roof

  Sealing around the solar panels

Sealing around the solar panels

  Picking out flooring

Picking out flooring

  Laying our floor in the middle of winter was a pretty chilly job

Laying our floor in the middle of winter was a pretty chilly job

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  Cabinets framed out and bed frame welded and in place thanks to my amazing parents

Cabinets framed out and bed frame welded and in place thanks to my amazing parents

  Installing our Maxx Fan over the bed + paneling the ceiling

Installing our Maxx Fan over the bed + paneling the ceiling

  Prepping for our oven with lots of layers of insulation

Prepping for our oven with lots of layers of insulation

  Maple butcher block counter top and under mount sink installed

Maple butcher block counter top and under mount sink installed

  Preparing to do the electrical system

Preparing to do the electrical system

  Electrical wiring bundled in conduit running from our solar panels, alternator, etc

Electrical wiring bundled in conduit running from our solar panels, alternator, etc

  So grateful my uncle and father helped us do the electrical work! 

So grateful my uncle and father helped us do the electrical work! 

  Cutting out spots for outlets and switches

Cutting out spots for outlets and switches

  Mounting switches for lights, fan, and water pump on a metal face plate

Mounting switches for lights, fan, and water pump on a metal face plate

  Installing our diesel heater under the passenger seat

Installing our diesel heater under the passenger seat

  Finishing surfaces with 3M adhesive spray and automotive carpet

Finishing surfaces with 3M adhesive spray and automotive carpet

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  Spraying a rust protectant around the propane tank and heater vents

Spraying a rust protectant around the propane tank and heater vents

  Painting the cabinets

Painting the cabinets

  Justin's dad working on our Shaker style cabinet doors

Justin's dad working on our Shaker style cabinet doors

  Cabinet doors done and painted

Cabinet doors done and painted

  Mounting sliders on our table

Mounting sliders on our table

  Sliding table finally in place under the bed

Sliding table finally in place under the bed

  Almost done...

Almost done...

  And done!! 

And done!! 

That's the conversion in a very small nutshell. Makes it seem pretty quick and straight forward, but with winter and work it ended up taking us about 8 months to complete and we are forever indebted to our amazing parents for helping us get it done! We still have some things to finish up despite having already been living in it for half a year (like getting cabinet doors placed on the storage space above the cab), but that's just how it goes - always a work in progress :)