Can you tell us more please about how your Metris goes on studded winter tires? I'm hesitating between a passenger Metris and a 4x4 Sprinter. I don't like the price or bulk of the Sprinter, but I'm leaning toward the 4x4 because I'm concerned about winter performance. Living in north coastal BC where we get serious snow & icy road conditions. Thanks in advance for any insight you may provide.I am with you in regards to the T4's ( Eurovan ), worked at VW during the T3-T4 era, here in Canada in 1997 we were promised the 2.5 TDI for 98 and then VW Canada lost control and became a sad little step child of VW - USA, so we lost our Transporter series ( no chicken tax here ) and ended up with cars like the W8, etc, that just did not sell well here. Luckily I still have my 98 2.5 Tdi Mulitvan !, best darn van I ever had until we started to work on the Metris and I purchased several for myself.
But I will admit that my personal 8 pass Metris sold me on the idea to add the Metris to Sprinter 4 X 4 conversions, its a bit longer then my T4, a little lower ( tad bit ), but in reality a huge leap forward. And don't let RWD worry you, we now have studded winters on ours, and its like a tank through the snow, actually we prefer it to the T4 with the same tires.
Insider info is that there are many companies now working on Metris conversions that should fill the void for all those VW fans out there, we should have many excellent options to choose from soon.
Hi, did you ever get the price for just the penthouse/pop top?I received a message from Sportsmobile West yesterday. They are working on finalizing their penthouse/pop top price sheet. When it's done, they will contact the folks that have called and shown interest. It will be a little while before the website is updated. You will be able to do just the pop top without their full conversion. That is our plan. It's the closest thing to our aging 2002 VW Eurovan weekender that we can come up with.
I was at Sportsmobile West recently too, on July 13th. I was in CA for work so took an extra day, rented a car and drove down to Fresno. Brian Furrow showed me around and we had a very nice conversation. From comments on the Sportsmobile forum, Brian appears to be well respected by customers who are ordering Sprinter custom campers, SMB’s main business. He said so far customers had taken delivery of four Terracamper conversions and an unspecified number of pop-top installs. Several more of each were in process when I was there plus other Metris work. It sounds like their Metris strategy is still evolving as they learn more about the Metris and customer demand.I went there/SM about a month ago. Pretty amazing facility.
That’s wonderful! BTW TouRig has pictures of a completed Terracamper Sprinter and partially completed Metris on their Facebook and Instagram feeds.Hello all. I, too, have had conversations with Mr. Bruckner of Terracamper US. He indicated he had business agreements to build the Metris-based product with Sportsmobile in California and TouRig (mytourig.com) in the Denver area. I have spoken to Eric Miller at TouRig and have a visit planned later this month. At this time the TouRig website does not indicate the Terracamper product.