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No shower but the rest is quite impressive, fully functioning kitchen and sleeps FOUR, wasn't expecting that. Great for the average family.

Exactly. Mercedes-Benz USA, if you're listening, bring us these features as OPTIONS please. I don't understand why we cannot at least order these features in our special order vans.


I would LOVE the camper setup!
 

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Mercedes, please bring this option to the United States! I test drove a Marco Polo with the big Diesel engine in Germany and was thrilled. Yes, 4x4 version, please. I'll sign the order today.


About shower: There is an outdoor shower option built into the rear door - good enough for me.
How does that work? There is a sprayer and then you have to hook it up to a source of water?
 

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Camper plans

After commenting that I had ordered a Metris cargo van to turn into a camper, Haulin and Colin asked what my plans were. Here they are (subject to change with new insights).

Size: The Marco Polo videos clearly show that there is plenty of space in the Metris to create a small camper.

Electrical: I ordered X27 the additional battery package. When placing the order, my dealer indicated that if I ordered that I also had to order EK1 the Body Builder connector which is hooked up to the extra battery. This will give me easy access to connect the additional lighting, etc. into a fuse panel.

Ceiling fan: Such as http://www.fantasticvent.com/fan-tastic-vent-s-retail-12-volt-fans.html#model7350.

Insulation: I plan to use closed cell foam insulation. Probably just http://greatstuff.dow.com/products/big-gap-filler/ but using a special tool for installation rather than the little hose it comes with. E.g., http://www.homedepot.com/p/GREAT-STUFF-PRO-14-Foam-Dispensing-Gun-230409/202892513 with the 3 inch wide foam spray attachment.

Walls: I think the Metris will come with plastic panels on the inside as shown in http://www.mbsprinterusa.com/images/future-models/gallery/cargo-area.jpg. My plan is to use these panels as a template to cut and drill panels made out of more durable paneling. The overall effect would be like the inside of the Icelandic Happy Campers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPb7qTXdSW4 only with a different color and texture on the panels.

Bed: a wall mounted fold out sleeper/sofa: https://www.blazinbelltech.com/furniture.html The key benefit is that much of the space of the camper could be used as a truck when the bed is folded up against a wall. The bed is 2 inches narrower than our old VW campervan so I may rig up some support for a bit more sleeping room.

Windows: Yes, but I’m uncertain of which type.

Accordion screens across rear and sliding door such as those by http://www.phantomscreens.us/products.aspx?productsApplication=rvs would provide much better ventilation. A friend has these on her Travato camper.

Swivel chairs: Yes if possible. http://www.discountvantruck.com/sprinterswivelbases/sprinterseatadaptersswivels.htm has some swivels for sprinter seats.

Pop top: Current plans do not include a pop top such as http://www.gtrv.com but that is always an option down the road. http://www.camperize.com/poptops.html lists companies selling them.

Refrigerator: I plan to buy a high quality, low energy use electric cooler. There are several good ones on the market. This http://westyventures.com/parts.html gives one example.

Stove and sink: Yes but I’m uncertain which ones. When I look at sinks in RV and camping equipment stores they are all quite large. So I’m still looking for a small sink.
 

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If you're looking for a small sink, maybe the RV/camper bathroom sinks will be more to your liking. They are generally smaller than the kitchen sinks. You can also MacGyver something out of a metal bowl like the one in the Happy 1 Camper Van.

I can't wait for progress pictures when you start the process!
 

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Hello everyone

full disclosure here, I am creating a full campervan version based on the Metris/Vito with a very well known German company, Reimo, these guys have been in the campervan biz for a long time.

In any case I made several phone calls last year and 2 visits to the factory and the Dusseldorf RV show, and I am impressed with the initial results!

the van debuted at the Dusseldorf show,along with a bunch of other Vito camper/pop tops but I will say, ours is the closest to a traditional campervan, and I think it will sell at a very competive price (dont ask me how much yet,we are working on this and the exchange rate ect as well to get to a standard price that wont fluctuate to much)



Let me know what you think, this is the first version that will be avaiable,I will be making a couple of other versions with less equipment as well.

Thanks

Paul Nunes

www.reimoamericas.com
 

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Interior Camper pics

Hello Guys

as requested here are a couple of pics I snapped on my phone of the inside setup.









Let me know what you think, these will have a 12V compressor fridge, 2 burner hob and sink, the front seat should rotate on swivels and that back seat (in matching fabric ) makes an excellent bed that is fully tested and complianced (not junk) pull and crash tested,TUV certified,including ISOFIX for child seats (not even a requirement in North America yet,but has been in Europe for some time)As well as a bed (optional) in the pop top

Thanks

Paul

Reimo Americas
 

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Hi Paul,
I've been looking around for ideas on an RV or camper van. I am waiting for the Metris to hit my local Ottawa dealer so I can get an up close idea of what it's like. I'm wondering If I should go with a cargo van or a passenger van. I don't know how the rear seats are to be fastened in the passenger van but I would prefer that they be easily removable without leaving any obstructions.
I'm not too far away from Lachute and was pleased to find your site, most places I have found for van conversions are in England or Europe so it was good to find a Canadian based builder/supplier.
Ron L.
 

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Thanks TCP for posting your camper ideas and resource links.

I'm looking to build stealth RVs out of both my Sprinter and a Metris and make them both convert between passenger, cargo, and self-contained RVs.

What I envision are two collapsible/removable modules separated by accordion vinyl doors; one for the living room and one for the bathroom. Yep, I'm putting a toilet, shower, sink and closet in the back of a Metris too! I don't intend on living in either van but I do want all the comforts of home whether we're camping or just stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic :).

I'll be sure to share my DIY successes and failures on here (and the Sprinter forum) as I go. Wish me luck :)
 

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Thanks TCP for posting your camper ideas and resource links.

I'm looking to build stealth RVs out of both my Sprinter and a Metris and make them both convert between passenger, cargo, and self-contained RVs.

What I envision are two collapsible/removable modules separated by accordion vinyl doors; one for the living room and one for the bathroom. Yep, I'm putting a toilet, shower, sink and closet in the back of a Metris too! I don't intend on living in either van but I do want all the comforts of home whether we're camping or just stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic :).

I'll be sure to share my DIY successes and failures on here (and the Sprinter forum) as I go. Wish me luck :)
Holy cow! That's a huge undertaking and I wish you the best. Please post update pictures as I really want to see your progress on both the Sprinter and the Metris. Do you have blueprints yet?
Always amazing to see what their can do with their vans. All I can do is change a tire. :grin:

Great pictures Paul! Is the extendable roof there for an increased head clearance or does it double as storage?
 
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