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As of now the Van was ordered from Mercedes of Santa Rosa. They do a great job helping navigate all the various options. I was able to get everything I wanted done for under $60k. Looking at a delivery date in July or Aug 2021. 6 months does feel a bit much, but better than paying over sticker for a used Sprinter.
While I'm waiting I'm planning my build. First thing for me was/is to define my purpose. Many of the vans I see are converted for #VanLife - which is cool, but I'm planning a different set of uses.
My purpose is to use the van for extended adventure camping, not so much living in. Off-grid time will be fairly limited too. I don't want to cook or clean inside any van, I prefer to cook and be more outside with food things. I do want two large comfortable beds. And lots of storage space for larger items like bins, bikes, dive gear, tables, chairs, fire / cooking, aux tent, etc...
I will also want to do more one and two day adventures where I'll need to work out of the van - so office function is a prime consideration. This means it needs to be comfortable for a long sit with the computer, quite on the inside, look reasonable as a Zoom backdrop, and have some internet signal boosting capability.
Style is also important to me. I like a slightly macho yet sleek and utilitarian design. If I can get this van as I'm imagining it, it will look like it was built for the Swedish Military's Adventure & Spa Team :)
Part of the fun for me will be to build some of the parts. Roof rack, ladder, rear seat sleeper (possibly), and most exciting so far are the rear quarter flare windows. But there is a Yiddish "eyder dos ton dos", meaning "before this that". So... before I can build anything I need to add a large work table in my garage, and before that I need to make space, and before that I needed to build a set of sheds to hold the crap from the garage. Thus far we have one of the sheds, 2 to go :)