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Would like to get a Metris Marco Polo Activity version but could not find any info if the options will be available in the U.S. (1st row swivel seats, pop up roof, 3rd row seating bench/bed).
 

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Would like to get a Metris Marco Polo Activity version but could not find any info if the options will be available in the U.S. (1st row swivel seats, pop up roof, 3rd row seating bench/bed).
I wonder if the aftermarket here in the US is going to offer any of these features, if Mercedes USA will not.
 

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Always liked the idea of having a camper but dislike this with how limited it is, rather have a bigger vehicle with a shower and all.
 

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Here is a video of a Mercedes-Benz reporter camping with the Metris (OK, the Vito Marco Polo version :wink:) in scenic Portugal!


That beach looks lovely :smile:
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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Ambitious plans. That's awesome. I'll be very interested to see your progress. That certainly looks like a lot more work than I am capable of. Kudos.
 

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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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The roof modification is crazy. Amazing some of the things that are possible when you know what you are doing.
 

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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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