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2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: a ‘van-do’ attitude

Posted on 21st, 2012

A few years I embarked on a family RV trip in a Class-C built on a Ford platform with a big gas-…

While the camping bit was fun, the part was less than The noise, snail-like pace, and horrendous fuel economy enough to turn me off RVing

Yet, after driving a Sprinter-based Class-C by Winnebago, I might be persuaded giving RVs another shot.

second-generation Mercedes Sprinter van (née Dodge Sprinter) has with us since 2008. about 75 per cent of them are by aftermarket upfitters for both and recreational purposes, Mercedes-Benz a number of conversions for us to sample, from a cherry-picker to a refrigerator to a full-blown luxury limo.

I snagged the Winnebago first like any proper RV experience, my partner and I got lost immediately.

while trying to figure out our by lining up the Sears Tower a burned out ’74 Caprice, I immediately driving this 25-foot RV was a In fact, compared to my last RV the Sprinter/Winnebago felt like a It was stable, nimble, had real feel, strong brakes, a turning circle and meaningful

Granted, we’re not comparing to apples here. The admittedly expensive Sprinter uses a unibody construction versus the body-on-frame of the traditional Class-C — and is about the maximum for the Sprinter The old Detroit warhorses can handle up to 10 feet of “RV-ness.”

Where the Sprinter really out is with its fuel economy. The 3.0 L BlueTec diesel V6 puts out 188 hp, 325 of torque from 1,400-2,400 and according to the Winnebago rep, can almost double the fuel of a comparable gas-powered C-Class RV.

If looking for Canadian content, Motorhomes out of Kitchener, Ont. excellent Sprinter Class-B conversions starting at $108,000.

The Sprinter van is available from the in two wheelbases, three body two load ratings (2,500 and two roof heights and can be ordered as a van, cargo van, van, minibus or just the cab on For 2013, the Sprinter gets comfort seats and an auxiliary input. Prices range $42,900 for the base 144-inch van to $56,100 for the 170-inch passenger

One of the more interesting conversions I got to through the streets of Chicago was an EMS built by North Carolina-based Emergency Vehicles. Even at a 4,100 kg, it drove much the Winnebago — that is to say, than it weighs and looks.

American Emergency Vehicles Mark Van Arnam likes the not just for the fuel economy can save an ambulance service of dollars per year. “An ambulance is a vehicle, so handling is important. The features far exceed anything in the and Ford,” he says.

Iconic Airstream, in business since brought their luxurious Interstate conversion to the party. long wheelbase eight-passenger cocoon, fitted with and bathroom, is designed for executive and the wealthy client whose RV doesn’t include the crass part. These folks use the Interstate to get from one five-star to the next.

Sixty per cent of sold go to the construction segment plumbers, HVAC, etc.) and this Euro-sophisticate costs $10,000 more than it it cleaned up at Vincentric’s inaugural Fleet Value in Canada showing the lowest total of ownership when factoring in its economy, long service and high residual value. the Sprinter grabs less 10 per cent of the market.

So why is Mercedes suddenly flaunting the to the press? Could be the impending of Ford’s slick new 2014 commercial van that gets diesel and 3.5 L V6 EcoBoost power.

My Sprinter conversion was the More van that Maria Ibarra around Chicago and from she sells her scrumptious confections.

“I love driving this

I asked if she is ever the victim of rage: “No. Nobody with a cupcake truck. the police sometimes.”

Maybe she start selling doughnuts.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

BASE TESTED . $42,900/$150,000+

ENGINE . 3.0 L V6


POWER/TORQUE . 188/325

COMPETITION . Nissan NV, E-Series, Chevy Express, GMC

WHAT’S BEST . fuel dynamics, ergonomics and safety a cut

WHAT’S WORST . initial

WHAT’S INTERESTING . showed total cost of ownership at Best Fleet Value in Awards

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