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Thank you for all the help this forum has provided. I've been working with a Mercedes truck dealer for months and he never sent me the order guide nor the equipment guide which were crucial for determining exactly how I wanted my Metris configured. Then he offered to sell me one as MSRP though I could drive 2 hours to his dealership and we could discuss price.

In the mean time, I contacted another dealer who was helpful and quoted me a price via email that seemed reasonable. Earlier this week I ordered one through him. We're buying a cargo van with quite a few extra features which I intend to turn into a camper van and use as a regular truck around town. The price I'll be paying is 93.2% of MSRP + plus taxes, documentation fee, etc. Given what Edmund's says the average deal on a Sprinter is, that value seems pretty good considering this early in the release of a new van they are unlikely to have any dealer incentives in place.

Thanks again for all your help, particularly Tennispro.
 

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Sounds like you got a good price. Congrats. Do you have an idea of what you'll be doing to convert the Metris to a camper? There are so many products and directions you can go with.
 

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I have fairly detailed plans, but they are on my home computer and I won't be back until next week. So, since you asked, I'll describe my plans then.

But they center around a wall mounted sofa/bed. E.g., http://www.foldingbed.net/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=79397mod&sid=a5st3b0s70ht03t47x4utrk7j8a1396i
The key benefit I see is that much of the space of the camper could be used as a truck when the bed is folded up against a wall.

Most even moderately small store bought camper vans that I've looked at are filled with heavy wooden cabinetry, microwave oven, flat screen TV, toilet and shower. None of which do I want or want to haul around with me all the time. I'm just looking for nice vehicle where we can sleep without having to pitch or take down a tent in the rain as well as cook and eat in a space free of mosquitos.
 

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I think even a quality air mattress would be good, one that won't leak or take on a puncture as easily as the cheap ones. Can't beat the setup required for them either :D
 

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Air mattress takes up valuable floor space. I think his fold out bed idea is great and there's enough room to fit one on each side.
Something like this would save even more space as it's mounted a bit higher up but it'll be harder to get to.


Did you get the sun roof too? It'd be amazing to look out of when you're bunking down for the night.
 

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That looks comfortable enough to sleep on and quite functional as well. Shouldn't be too hard to put together, though it should still prove to be a fun project. Keep us updated. :)
 

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Mine will be used as a passenger van instead of a camper because I'm more prone to going on road trips with a few friends so the extra seating space is crucial for me. Although I could sacrifice a seat or two to make sure the passenger seats are comfortable with more leg room since I will sit there at some point during a long road trip.
 

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I'd bet that the bed-fold module you can order as an accessorie on the v-class will work here (it makes the rear seat into a conversion style folding seat)
 

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Haulin and Colin,

In response to your request, I just posted my camper van plans but under the
http://www.metrisforum.com/forum/193-mercedes-benz-metris-general-discussion/850-anyone-else-interested-camper-version.html#post8785
thread as that seems like a more logical place. If you're planning on turning a Metris into a camper, I'd like to hear your plans as well.

-tcp
Looking forward to what your camper ends up being like with what you end up getting.

In for pictures
 

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I was at the dealer on xmas eve, and he gave me $2500 off of msrp, which is 93.5% of MSRP. Is this a good price? From speaking to many dealers, they say that there is very little profit in the Metris passenger van and there are no incentives from MBUSA. The cargo van has the $299 lease, but not the passenger van. any thoughts? thanks.
 
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