An awesome van conversion for people who love going off the beaten path: enter the Mercedes Sprinter Camper. This iconic van has been an intrepid wanderer's go-to since 1981, and for good reason.
What makes this vehicle so popular? We’re exploring why campers everywhere have grown to appreciate what the Mercedes Sprinter offers them on their travels. Whether you’ve been daydreaming about your own conversion for years, want to learn more about what sets the Sprinter apart from other campervans or already converting Mercedes Sprinter to Camper Van.
Wildworx has been using the Mercedes Sprinter as a base vehicle for our campervan conversions for years. We love what this van can offer. Not only is this campervan from one of the leading automotive companies in the world, but it has all the features you need to create an incredible campervan. From efficient engines to plenty of interior space, it's perfect for a luxury home away from home or even an Overland expedition van.
Why choose the Mercedes Sprinter for your campervan?
There are loads of base vehicles on the market, so why choose the Sprinter? The Mercedes Sprinter has ample power, outstanding capability and plenty of space to make any camping trip an enjoyable experience. The Mercedes Sprinter comes with features that allow you to customise your van to fit your conversion specifications.
- Durability: The Sprinter is known for its durability and reliability, which is important for long distance travel.
- Interior space: The Sprinter has a spacious interior that can be easily converted into a comfortable living area.
- Fuel efficiency: The Sprinter has a fuel efficient engine that can help you save money on fuel costs during long trips.
- Customization options: The Sprinter is available in a range of configurations and trim levels, so you can choose the one that best meets your needs.
- Safety features: The Sprinter is equipped with a range of safety features, such as stability control and airbags, to help keep you and your passengers safe on the road.
- Resale value: The Sprinter is a well-respected brand with a good reputation, which can help maintain its resale value.
- Parts availability: Because the Sprinter is a popular model, parts are widely available, which can be helpful in case of a breakdown or repair.
Features like power windows and locking doors make it easy to access items quickly. Rear options offer additional storage and access while keeping equipment out of the way when not in use. Comfort features like climate-controlled seating, adjustable steering wheel and safety features such as anti-lock brakes guarantee your comfort and security on the road.
Mercedes Sprinters provide a dependable and comfortable ride, and a great blank canvas for your conversion.
- Good range of engine options
- Affordable base vehicle option
- Lots of optional upgrades
- Few different size options
- 4x4 option for Overland off-road conversion
- Lots available on the market
- Generally considered a reliable option
- Good long term investment (if you do your homework first)
Overall, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a solid choice for a campervan conversion because of its durability, spacious interior, fuel efficiency, customisation options, safety features, and good resale value.
How to choose the right Mercedes Sprinter Camper
When searching for the perfect Mercedes Sprinter camper, there are a few things to take into account. How important is fuel efficiency? What optional extras are a must? Do you want parking sensors, heated seats or SatNav? The basic choices you need to make are:
- Engine: You can choose between a diesel or petrol engine. Diesel engines are typically more fuel efficient and have a longer lifespan, they are the most common option for the Sprinter.
- Transmission: You can choose between a manual or automatic transmission. Automatic transmissions are generally more convenient to use, but they may also be more expensive to buy in the beginning.
- Wheelbase: The Sprinter is available in three different wheelbase lengths: Standard, Long, and Extra Long. The wheelbase refers to the distance between the front and rear axles.
- Roof height: The Sprinter is available in three different roof heights: Low, Medium, and High. The roof height refers to the distance from the floor to the ceiling of the van. A higher roof will provide more headroom and interior space, but it may also be more prone to wind noise and reduce fuel efficiency. You might struggle to get into certain car parks.
- Interior configuration: You can choose between different seating and storage configurations to best meet your needs. Some options include front bench seats, captain's chairs and whether you want a bulkhead or not.
- Mercedes Sprinter 4x4: You can choose between the standard model or the 4x4 model. This is important if you’re wanting to build an Overlander conversion.
- Further Customisation: Custom paint jobs, graphics, alloys and styling are all options for you to create a more bespoke van.
What’s involved in converting a Mercedes Sprinter into a Campervan?
Once you have purchased the base vehicle, you can get started on your campervan conversion. It’s important to have an idea of what you’re trying to achieve. You first need to know if you’re going down the DIY route or if you’re going to commission a professional conversion. The options you need to choose from are:
- Choosing your campervan converter
- Do you want a Swamper or Overland Conversion?
- Your base vehicle
- Electric system (solar, inverters, plugs, 12v, leisure battery etc)
- Carpeting and Insulation
- Gas system
- Cooking facilities
- Water tanks
- Fridge and Freezer
- Campervan Table
- Pop top roof
- Heating Systems
- Camper Bed / Seat System
- Furniture and cabinetry
- Solar Panels
- Roof rack
- Roof ventilation
- Toilet and shower
- Air conditioning
- External styling (spoilers, splitters, side bars, and alloy wheels)
- Awnings and awning rails
- Campervan Accessories
The actual conversion process is fairly complex and depends on what you want to include in the build. Converting a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter into a campervan typically involves the following steps:
- Plan and design: The first step in converting a Sprinter into a campervan is to plan and design the layout and features you want. This will involve considering things like the size and shape of the van, the number of people you want to accommodate, and the types of activities you'll be doing. You may want to create a rough floor plan or sketch to help visualise the layout.
- Materials and equipment: Once you have a plan in place, you'll need to gather the materials and equipment needed for the conversion. This will include things like insulation, flooring, windows, doors, cabinets, appliances, and electrical and plumbing supplies.
- Remove the interior: The next step is to remove the original interior of the van, including the seats and any other fixtures or fittings. This will give you a blank canvas to work with. If the van is second hand we suggest doing a deep clean at this stage.
- Insulate and floor: To create a comfortable living space, you'll need to insulate the walls, ceiling, and floor of the van. This will help regulate the temperature inside the van and reduce noise. You'll also need to install a floor covering, such as vinyl, carpet, or wood.
- Install electrical and plumbing: Next, you'll need to install the electrical and plumbing systems for the van. This will involve running wiring and installing outlets, lights, fridge and other appliances, as well as installing a water tank, sink, and toilet.
- Build out the interior: With the basic infrastructure in place, you can start building out the interior of the van. This will involve installing cabinets, counters, and shelving, as well as any other features or amenities you want, such as a bed, seating area, or kitchen.
- Finish and customise: Finally, you'll need to finish the van by adding any final touches and customisations. This may include painting, upholstering, and adding graphics, bike rack or other exterior features.
Converting a Sprinter into a campervan can be a complex and time-consuming process, especially if you're doing it yourself. It's a good idea to do your research, get advice from other campervan owners. If you’re planning on using a professional conversion company, make sure you do your research before committing.
How much does a Mercedes Sprinter Conversion Cost?
This is one of those questions that doesn’t really have an answer. You could spend £10,000 on a do it yourself “conversion” or you could spend £250,000 on a luxury motorhome conversion. For a high end professional conversion you can expect to spend between £30,000 and £70,000 (not including the vehicle itself) This cost will depend on:
- Size and complexity: Larger conversions and those with more features and kit will generally cost more. For example, a conversion with a full kitchen, bathroom, solar panels and electric bed will likely be more expensive than one with just a bed and a basic kitchen setup.
- Materials and equipment: The quality and type of materials and equipment used in the conversion will also impact the cost. For example, using high-end finishes and appliances will generally increase the price.
- Location and reputation: The location of the conversion company and its reputation can also affect the cost. Companies with a good reputation will charge more than those with less experience.
Make sure you take into account the running expenses of a larger van. Think about repairs, maintenance, road tax and fuel. Something else you need to think about is where you're going to keep it, will it fit on your driveway and where will you store it during the winter?
What interior layout and design options are available for a Sprinter Campervan?
Because of the size of the vehicle there are endless possibilities for the interior design of your conversion. We’ve converted vans with front beds, pop top roofs, electric raising beds, no kitchen, full kitchen, shower and toilet, no bathroom… The list is endless.
We always suggest the same thing. Get yourself to some campervan shows and exhibitions. Hire a Mercedes Sprinter Campervan from a local hire company for a few nights. Basically you need to sit in as many different campervans as you can.
Once you’ve done this, start making lists of what is an absolute must and what is optional. For example, is a toilet a total must have for you or can you live without it? Once you have your list down it’s time to talk to some converters and design your layout. The colour schemes and styling of the vehicle can come later. Just try and get the basics down on paper, and finalise a layout.
Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 - The Overlander
An Overlander is a type of vehicle that is equipped for long distance, self-sufficient travel through rugged and remote areas. Overland vehicles are typically modified with specialised equipment and features that allow them to handle off-road conditions, such as high clearance, four-wheel drive, and off-road tyres. They may also be outfitted with camping and survival gear, such as a roof-top tent, portable kitchen, and water storage.
Overlanding is a form of adventure travel that involves driving or driving through these types of remote and rugged areas, often with the goal of exploring and experiencing new cultures and landscapes. Read more about the Wildworx Overland Conversions here.
Wildworx specialises in Swamper and Overlander conversions across a wide variety of base vehicles. The 4x4 Sprinter is the ideal vehicle for anyone looking to explore off the beaten track. It can be transformed into a complete Overlanding rig, with all the kit you need.
The Mercedes Sprinter has 4x4 capability and reliability, meaning you can tackle rugged terrain. Whether you're a weekend warrior or a full-time overlander, we think the Mercedes Sprinter is a great option for your 4x4 Campervan Conversion.
Wildworx Mercedes Sprinter Camper
Mercedes Sprinter campers are a great way to get off the beaten track. Our team have been converting campervans for years. If you're interested in learning more about the Wildworx Mercedes Sprinter Camper or would like to talk about your next project, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
We would be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have. Alternatively take a look at our Campers for Sale.