The Mercedes Sprinter has been embraced heartily by RV manufacturers across the board to produce the modern Mercedes camper van. True to its heritage, Mercedes has married a ton of forward thinking safety technology along with a clean burning, super fuel efficient diesel engine to give birth to a highly desirable platform on which to base luxury camper vans. Numerous van camper specialists as well as larger manufacturing divisions who produce all types of RV’s have taken to the Mercedes Sprinter. Luckily for consumers who are looking for a mid-sized, yet spacious, economically efficient RV, there is a lot to choose from in this niche.
The Base of a Mercedes Camper Van
Underneath the hood of these beauties exists one of the cleanest diesel systems ever built. The 6 cylinder diesel engine sports the inclusion of “Blue Tec” technology, whereby the exhaust gases are routed through a special exhaust system that in the end emits harmless nitrogen and water. This engine is one of the cleanest burning around as well as the safest.
Complementing that is an impressive array of high tech safety features insuring a smooth, safe journey and total control of the van. High end brake assistance to total road stabilization systems, assures you remain in control under changing conditions. Driving these units is indeed a pleasure. Though not intended for fulltiming because of the smaller size, as a high end RV replacement they are great. They make perfect high end, self-contained RVs for those with less free time for travel, or no desire to hit the road fulltime. The smaller size makes it easy to get around while still being large enough for longer trips.
The Roadtrek SS Models
If you’re for something fairly small which can double as a second car look no further than the Roadtrek SS-Agile or the SS-Ideal. These are the some of the smallest units that are still full blown mini motorhomes. As a Mercedes camper van, they offer everything you could want such as a rear mounted sofa that turns into twins or a king sized bed for a comfortable nights sleep. Midship you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen complete with 2 burner glass-topped propane stove, under-mounted sink all showcased in a granite countertop. A 3.8 cubic foot refrigerator and microwave/convection oven, round out the appliances, making meal preparation easy.
Aft of the passenger side you’ll find a fully enclosed bathroom. A unique folding door system that protrudes into the aisle only when in use allows extra room when you need it. Inside the wet bath, you’ll still have it all, from a sit down shower to a marine toilet and a slideout sink for cleanup. Moving forward you’ll find a pair of captain’s chairs providing seating for 5 in total counting the rear sofa. These units’ comfortably sleep 2 and are perfect for the traveling couple.
Larger Examples from Leisure Travel Vans
Leisure Travel Vans is a company specializing in van campers with a few twists up their sleeves. They produce several models based on the Mercedes Sprinter as follows.
The Serenity comes in at 24 feet in length. The exterior is built from a molded fiberglass body giving the unit some 8 feet in width. Inside solid wood cabinets are complimented with wood look vinyl flooring lending a warm appeal. Two floor plan options are offered with the main difference being that the permanent rear bed is replaced with an electric tri-fold sofa unit that provides sectional style seating in the rear when not in bed mode.
The unique Unity model comes in two main floorplans both featuring a single slide topping a little over 24 feet. The U24MB uses the slide to its advantage featuring a fold up Murphy bed that clears the unit while providing two recliners for comfortable seating by day. The U24CB sports a rear corner bed while the slideout can house a booth dinette replaceable with either a convertible couch bed, or a U shaped lounge. Both models feature abundant storage spaces as well as everything you’d expect in a full size motorhome.
The Free Spirit is the smallest Mercedes camper van in the Leisure lineup. This coach is built on the Sprinter 3500 dual rear wheel chassis, and comes in at 22’9” long and 7’2” wide following the contours of the factory van shell. A single floorplan offers a driver’s side wet bath, mid ship galley and storage cabinets, and a rear lounge by day that turns into a queen sized bed at the touch of a button. Again these vans are best enjoyed by the touring couple, though the small size of the Free Spirit makes it useable almost all the time like the Roadtrekk SS models.
There are still many others who produce Mercedes camper vans such as Sportsmobile, well known for its four wheel drive vans, to larger manufacturers such as Thor. The widespread adoption of the Sprinter is testimony to its impact and the thoroughness of its overall design. In our mind they still qualify as a luxury coach despite their small size, being based on some of the best and brightest technology available. If you find yourself with less time to travel, but still want a high end coach, start researching today. A Mercedes camper van could be for you, if you could only choose a model from the many available!