Built to our client’s design criteria, this 4×4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter custom camper conversion uses a mix of our Saga flat-packed cabinets and some specialty-made components.
If you’ve followed along with our 170 Builds, you’ll notice the standard Saga rear-bed system, fridge box, and sink box in this build. What sets this Sprinter van’s interior apart from the normal layout is a cozy dinette, shower, and full-height cabinet.
The dinette provides a sheltered space for enjoying family meals, and can be converted to a small bed for when the grand kid is in tow. We typically add a curtain-based shower system to our builds, for this one, the client wanted a spacious permanent shower placed behind the driver seat. What they didn’t get is a cheap plastic shower pan and FRP walls. What they did get, is stainless steel, teak, and aluminum.
We like our premium material here. For the coach heat and water system, we added the Van Life Tech Siesta hydronic heating system.
This hydronic system takes care of heating the water and the coach air by using the factory diesel fuel source. We love the compact size of this heating solution, and the efficient use of an existing fuel source. On the opposite end of the spectrum, this van will be living in the southwest desert, and keeping it cool is a priority. To power the Dometic Penguin AC unit, our electrical guru, Chance, spec’d a 48v based power supply system with alternator charging.
With the equivalent of 600 Amp Hours of capacity, or 7.2 kilowatt hours of juice and, the expand-ability to a fourth CANbus lithium Ion 48v battery — if the client finds they need more — we’re pretty confident this system is future proof for at least a decade. To feed this battery bank, a high amperage 48v Nations Alternator provides nearly 5 kilowatts of charging, able to replenish the battery bank in little over an hour of driving.
Of course, no electrical system is complete without a way to capture energy from the sun. for that task, we enlist the reliability and consistency of Zamp products. The Solar panels are mounted to a Backwoods Adventure Mods roof rack. To knock the snow off the panels, a Backwoods Ladder gets you to the top.
Continuing on the exterior tour, we added oversized Method Dually wheels and tires, along with a Owl Vans Spare tire Carrier and Rugged Designs rear bumper. That about wraps up what Reparadise did to take this Mercedes-benz Sprinter from cargo van to Adventure Van.
Reparadise is an award-winning restoration and customization shop in SLC, UT. specializing in all things wheeled, from Vintage Airstream to modern Sprinter Vans.