This Affordable Sprinter Camper Van Is a Snug Tiny Home on Wheels for a Mother and

This Affordable Sprinter Camper Van Is a Snug Tiny Home on Wheels for a Mother and Toddler
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Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Leave Her Wild

Caring for children isn’t easy, especially when they’re very young. But what if you were to do that in a tiny home on wheels? Some might say a mobile lifestyle with a youngling is impossible. However, plenty of people with kids have moved into mobile homes and found life on the road fulfilling. Today, I’m discussing a DIY camper van that serves as a home on wheels for a mother and her toddler.

While I don’t have kids, I like writing about families and seeing how they adapt their mobile homes to ensure their offspring’s safety and comfort.

Meet Jaylena and her 2006 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter T1N 3500 van. Jaylena is a single mom who travels with her daughter, Ember. She converted the rig herself – not only did she build it with Ember’s comfort in mind, but she also completed the conversion on a relatively tight budget of $10,000 (€9,250). Oh, by the way, Jaylena doesn’t use the rig full-time, just occasionally.

As usual, I’ll start the tour with the exterior. At first glance, no clear indicators make you think you’re looking at a tiny home on wheels, which makes it suitable for stealth camping.

Besides the ones in the driver’s cabin, this camper van has a single other window on the sliding door. On the same side of the vehicle, you’ll notice an exhaust for the diesel heater and a shore power connection. Other notable exterior features are a backup camera and a 250 W solar panel on the roof.

This Affordable Sprinter Camper Van Is a Snug Tiny Home on Wheels for a Mother and Toddler

Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Leave Her Wild

Slide the door open, and you’ll discover a spacious and cozy living space. What’s more, the van has an open layout, meaning the driver’s cabin isn’t separated from the rest of the interior. Instead of a wall, Jaylen uses a large curtain to block light from the driver’s cabin.

Regarding aesthetics, Jaylena opted for a bright, warm look with white cabinetry paired with vinyl plank flooring and various wood tones, including a cedar tongue and groove ceiling with recessed LED strip lights. The cedar theme continues toward the rear, as the two rear doors are covered with cedar panels. Another nice aesthetic detail is that Jaylena fitted real tiles on the entry step.

I’ll start the interior tour with one of the most important amenities in the van: a double bench seat from a Ford Transit mounted to the van’s frame. Why is it so important? Not only does it provide extra seating inside this tiny home on wheels, but it’s also where Jaylena attaches her daughter’s child seat, making sure she’s safe and sound.

Underneath the seat, Jaylena stores a Jackery Explorer 1000 portable power station. As you’ll soon see, it’s not the van’s main power source – instead, she uses it whenever she needs some extra power.

This Affordable Sprinter Camper Van Is a Snug Tiny Home on Wheels for a Mother and Toddler

Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Leave Her Wild

Dead ahead of the entrance, you’ll find the rig’s kitchen right behind the driver’s seat. It features a teeny-tiny fridge, a deep sink that doubles as a bath for Ember, and a portable single-burner camping stove. A lovely, eye-catching detail is a live-edge cedar countertop finished with epoxy. Moreover, you can use two overhead cabinets, drawers, and cubbies for storage.

Because Jaylena wanted more convenience by being able to access water from anywhere, she decided to make a simpler plumbing system. It’s all located in the sizeable cabinet underneath the sink, consisting of two 20-liter (5-gallon) jugs, a water pump, and a water heater.

This plumbing setup also prevents the water from freezing in colder environments, as it does in exterior tanks. What’s more, there’s no greywater tank; the water you use in the sink drains directly underneath the vehicle.

The last part of this rig’s living space is the bedroom at the rear. Its setup is quite simple – it boasts a custom-size mattress mounted from side to side and wall-mounted hooks for clothes.

This Affordable Sprinter Camper Van Is a Snug Tiny Home on Wheels for a Mother and Toddler

Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Leave Her Wild

Like in other camper vans, the bed was positioned higher up to make room for a garage underneath. This is the rig’s biggest storage space – it’s where Jaylena stores a paddleboard, two massive storage bins, hoses, and a slide-out Iceco fridge/freezer.

The garage also houses the power system. Its highlights are a 200 Ah battery, a 1,500 W inverter, a 50-amp DC-DC charger, and a charge controller connected to the solar panel on top of the vehicle. On the opposite side, Jaylena installed a small diesel tank for the heater, which is located underneath the passenger seat.

One thing that’s missing inside this van is a bathroom. But since Jaylena and her daughter don’t travel full-time in this rig, it didn’t really make sense to occupy a big chunk of space with a bathroom. However, Jaylena does have a Trelino toilet stored in the garage.

All in all, this DIY mobile home provides all the comfort Jaylena and her toddler need to enjoy life on the road. It’s cozy and aesthetically pleasing (I love the cedar design). To top it all off, it wasn’t even that expensive to build.



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