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Santa Cruz
, California
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Santa Cruz
, California
50,300 Miles
Last Modified February 28, 2024

Sporty Sprinter: 2012 HR 170″ WB, Professionally Converted with Low Miles CALL 8312166116

American Van Works (I think the oldest upfitter in California) converted the van in 2019 and it had less than 25K miles when I bought it in 2021 –because it was the personal van of one of the owners and was only used for his local beach trips and as a display of AVW’s modular lifestyle conversions.

This Sprinter is VERY modular. After I removed the 3-chair MBZ bench to my garage, I could move the AVW galley in front of the sliding door, without replumbing it–because the hot and cold tubing for the sink is flexible. I only had to screw the galley into the bench hole, and fastened the bracket on the L-track at the the wall. Similarly, the surf rack locks into the L-track above the bed or stores in a custom wall mount –and I always hung my mt bike from a rocky mount on the L-track at the open nook beside the microwave.

Even the three-panel queen bed can be removed without tools and, with the rear doors open 270 degrees, the Dometic DC cooler makes a table centered on the DECKED surface where 6 ppl can sit on the fender storage boxes, like benches, around an impromptu dinette with a view. A Lagun table mounts back there and also on a mount between the swivel seats up front. When I drove with my wife and son to college on the other side of the country, he was able to comfortably sleep under the queen bed on the DECKED platform below, with generous head clearance, so a couple and one more adult fit nicely.

In the past two years I also mountain biked all over California, the PNW as far as Whistler BC, Utah and Arizona–and telecommuted at the beach in Santa Cruz. The van has never broken down and I have relied on it in high mountains and hot deserts. The MBZ repair of their diesel emission was done by AVW just before I bought it and I have only serviced the van at our local Mercedes specialist: including the 33K mile service, a replaced windshield wiper, glowplug, and cab battery.

Gallery images include documents with full itemized parts and labor from AVW,
Summarized below:

Powder coated black aluminum, bamboo cabinetry, galley and ceiling.
Perforated 14’ roof rack with side ladder, 13’ Fiamma awning, Baja Lights up top and below on the brush guard, step-ups at sliding door + driver
Black Rhino Wheels with Toyo Tires up front and Yokahamas on rear
Agile Off road 1.5 lift kit with Fox Shocks and rear Bilstien leaf
DECKED Storage System with two 75” drawers at 200lb capacity extended
Fender wheel well covers are full length STORAGE boxes (4) w/ hinged doors.
AVW removable Queen bed with black leatherette 3” cushions on panels + 4” Memory foam
Above bed cubbies w/ open net storage, MICROWAVE in cabinet and kitchen cabinet w/ lift doors
Custom Box with black leatherette cushion top enclosing a Thetford Portapotty (never used)
AVW GALLEY includes Dometic hot and cold plumbed sink that drains to 5 gl graywater can in a cabinet accessible from the inside and outside the sliding door, where a sandwich board on a hinge can be lowered for service.
Lagun TABLE with one mount at the rear and a second between front seats. This front mount encloses a space between the seats which prevents a pet bed from sliding.
Driver and passenger SWIVEL SEATS w/ Wet Okole covers and Weathertek floormat
22 gl freshwater undercarriage mounted tank
Weboost Drive X RV
3m Thinsulate, Sound Skin Sound Barrier, Wall Kit Tuff skin, LONSEAL over birch deck with black coin flooring.
Custom reflective and insulating covers for all (9) windows
2 MaxxAir Fans
CFX 75 Dual Zone Dometic DC (or AC) ELECTRIC COOLER
DUETTO DC Water heater
DIESEL HEATER (sips from tank)
KENWOOD SOUND SYSTEM and Focal speakers on rear doors
OUTDOOR SHOWER, VAIR compressed air and rear porch lights.

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