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Very seriously looking at buying a new Sprinter van and converting it to a small RV for short trips, I am not planning on spending weeks in the thing just a night or two. Does anyone know of any web sites or the like that cater to this, specifically I am wondering if any firms out there build modular inserts to put in vans for storage, sleeping, etc.

I have looked at the higher end Winebago type conversions and they are very nice buy not really my style. I want a simple modern style RV and think I could "build" one myself starting with the base Sprinter.

I know many people dislike the reliabiliy of Sprinters but having spoken with a few people that have run fleets of them I feel i did my research and am confident a new on has the past bugs worked out.

Any idea's? this is what i am thinking: I took the photos from www.outsidevan.com and know they can build one but they are on the opposite coast.







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Or you could just get one of these.......
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Thats actually very cool, do you have a link for it? i assume its a tent? or is it covering a car?
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Trannys used to break and handles like a slinky in windy days i was told, cool otherwise.
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Originally Posted by Trayder View Post
Very seriously looking at buying a new Sprinter van and converting it to a small RV for short trips, I am not planning on spending weeks in the thing just a night or two. Does anyone know of any web sites or the like that cater to this
Lots of good info in this thread.

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Originally Posted by Cheeky Brad View Post
Trannys used to break and handles like a slinky in windy days i was told, cool otherwise.
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Thats actually very cool, do you have a link for it? i assume its a tent? or is it covering a car?
I would assume it was a tent as well. When I saw it I laughed my ass off......so would my dad if he was still with us. He owned mulitle VW camper vans....he easily did well over a million miles in them.

Oh sorry......... http://www.firebox.com/product/3644/VW-Camper-Van-Tent
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Father had one a few years ago, he had many problems with the air conditioner, and lots of electrical problems.
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Should have bought this one:
http://www.thehulltruth.com/fishing-...view-sold.html

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get one with allison trans not the mercedes trans if you want to stay out on road
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Originally Posted by hatterasman View Post
get one with allison trans not the mercedes trans if you want to stay out on road
I thought Getrag makes the tranny, I have not seen an Allison option, can you show me a link to that?
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Last dealership I was associated with we used one as a service, and boat pick-up and delivery van. It pulled most everything up to 28' every day (mostly Sailfish & Hurricane). Lots of it on the highway with employees at the wheel - which translates to having the living snot run out of it.

The only issues were a battery failure which ate the battery tray, and replacement of the turbo transfer tube that was driver enduced. (don't ask I think they were trying to do something stupid they saw on YouTube.) I was actually amazed it never had a transmission issue considering the towing life it led.

I drove it to the west coast once on a family errand, and got 26 mpg running pretty hard (empty) on the two lanes around the lake. Don't know what it got towing - don't think we ever paid attention - other than it ran much cheaper than the dually diesel or half ton gas trucks in the fleet.

You might want to look at Sportsmobile conversions. They are pretty utilitarian, but build them mix and match modules to suit your needs. Company has a good reputation. I think they are in Texas.

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I wanted to get one of these and a flats boat to do keys and other trips. Wife said no way. Her idea of roughing is hotel without pool. http://www.airstream.com/touring-coaches/interstates/
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Doesn't mercedes offer these in many layouts for exactly what you are wanting?

I am seeing more and more of these, as families want them for the traveling Part, but prefer to sleep in hotels. Also nice if you travel a lot on weekends for sports.
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I rode to a college basketball game in a friend's Roadtrek. Top of line, small and it was really sweet. If the budget is there take a look. Heck, take a look anyway. www.roadtrek.com.
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Doesn't mercedes offer these in many layouts for exactly what you are wanting?

I am seeing more and more of these, as families want them for the traveling Part, but prefer to sleep in hotels. Also nice if you travel a lot on weekends for sports.
No, Mercedes does not, they offer the base van in various forms from a seating standpoint or cargo van stand point but no RV appointments
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i sell trans parts and convertors for them the mercedes trans is always problems until aftermarket fixes applied. allison keeps on truckin. same with nag1 or the chrysler cars using the 722.6 mercedes trans almost as bad as odyseas and gms 4l60e
plus we have about 20 of them in use across the us. there ia always one down somewhere
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Originally Posted by hatterasman View Post
i sell trans parts and convertors for them the mercedes trans is always problems until aftermarket fixes applied. allison keeps on truckin. same with nag1 or the chrysler cars using the 722.6 mercedes trans almost as bad as odyseas and gms 4l60e
plus we have about 20 of them in use across the us. there ia always one down somewhere
I still can't find any reference to Mercedes offering Allison transmissions. the only thing I can find is a "copy" of the Allison that they offered when they were sold under the Dodge name in (03-06 )10 years ago.

What year Sprinter are you referring to and what years do you see having problems.

Again, as I thought I clearly stated in my original post I am aware of the past problems but i am talking about the 2013 and the yet to be released 2014 model years, if you have seen problems with early 2000 model year trucks i am not sure what you point is here?


Just got an email verifying Mercedes does NOT offer Allison transmissions today. So I have no idea what you are referring to, unless its something they offered years back??

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