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This 2013 Mercedes Sprinter 170″ high roof cargo adventure van was built for chasing winter. This van has all of the amenities of home built with efficiency top-of-mind: queen size bed with memory foam mattress, kitchen galley with four-range burner and stove, compostable toilet, recirculating shower, and more.
    • 6 Cylinder 3.0L Turbodiesel
    • 2WD 5-speed automatic
    • Standard tires and Bridgestone Blizak tires

The client’s goal was to have a custom built van that they could live in full-time with their two dogs. They both are business owners, so they needed space to not only live and sleep, but also to work. They are big skiers, so the van was outfitted to ensure they stayed warm, had plenty of room for gear, and a cozy home to come back to after a long day out on the mountain.

Spec Overview

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General Modifications

  • Shiplap headliner with LEDs throughout
  • Fully insulated R13 ceiling and walls
  • Four large, custom overhead storage cabinets with locking mechanisms
  • 24”-wide wardrobe closet. Perfect for coats, dresses or extra storage.
  • Ample storage under the sink.
  • Waterproof, vinyl flooring
  • Front “black-out” partition curtains and insulated side window covers (Reflectix)
  • Passenger swivel seat
  • Locked, hidden safe

Main Living Area

Bed + Dining Area

  • Futon style bed. Unfolds to a full-size bed
  • Storage along each side of the bed. Plenty of room for socks, books, iPads, sunglasses, etc… Flush with the bed platform
  • Pull-out Solid Maple butcher block table
  • Custom-upholstered bench seats with memory foam padding and Sunbrella Demo Graphite fabric


  • Dometic stainless-steel 3-burner stove and oven
  • Brushed stainless-steel faucet and sprayer with retractable hose, water filter faucet with three stage Brita water filter, and two brushed stainless-steel soap dispensers
  • Stainless-steel wall-mounted spice rack
  • 3.5 Cubic Foot refrigerator with separate freezer
  • Solid Maple butcher block countertops
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  • 24 X 40 shower with recirculating water system
  • 1.5 gallons of water is recirculated, filtered and temperature-controlled to reduce water consumption
  • Nature’s Head composting toilet
  • Shower dispenser with room for four liquids
  • Organization for toothbrushes and razors
  • Rack for toilet paper, lotion, and miscellaneous bath items

Electrical + Plumbing

Heating + Cooling

  • Espar Hydronic D5S diesel heater with high-altitude package, thermostat, and muffler. Tested in -25 degrees for warmth.
  • MaxAir Deluxe fan. Ten-speed fan thermostatically controlled.


  • 500W of solar (2 X 250W Trina solar panels)
  • 400ah Relion – Lithium Ion batteries
  • Victron Energy 100|30 bluetooth enabled solar charge controller
  • Victron Energy BMV-712 battery monitor
  • Victron Energy Cyrix-Li-ct 12/24V-120A intelligent Li-ion battery combiner
  • Aims Power 2500 Watt 12VDC to 120VAC power inverter charger with transfer switch
  • 5 x 120VAC outlets
  • 6 x dual-port USB outlets


  • 3.0 GPM water pump
  • 50-gallon freshwater tank with exterior fill
  • Water level gauge
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Garage + Exterior


  • Aluminum rear ladder with Yakima ski rack
  • Aftermarket alloy wheels
  • Full-length roof top rails
  • Rhino Rack roof rack
  • weBoost Connect RV 65 Signal Booster

Garage Area

  • Very large garage area in back. Plenty of room for ski helmets, ski boots, mountaineering boots, tools, large First Aid kit, climbing packs and gear, avalanche ski packs, poles, and more
  • Hooks on doors perfect for hanging backpacks and other items



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