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Chapel Hill
, North Carolina
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Chapel Hill
, North Carolina
11,500 Miles
Last Modified January 1, 2023

–Van Overview–

Fully customized 2021 Sprinter 170 2WD (4 cylinder) designed as a modular build with off-grid capability. Victron components and 824aH of LiFePO4 battery with DC components (roof top AC, fridge, etc). A 2nd alternator from Nation’s with a Wakespeed WS500 regulator will charge the house batteries fully after 3-4 hours of highway driving. The 47 gallon fuel tank means 850+ miles of range. A Rixen’s glycol system provides hot water and hot air using diesel furnace as well as an additional loop to heat up engine block for cold morning starts. An Adventure Wagon MOAB bed and AMF Bruns SmartFloor allows for modularity and ease of removing seats and securing cargo. An Agile Offroad Fox upgraded suspension with a Hellwig stabilizer bar allows for a more stable ride. A rooftop deck with umbrella stand is a great place to chill and check out the view. One owner van with title in hand and a transferable extended Mercedes Benz warranty that is included.

This van was built in partnership with professional upfitter Patrol Vans in South Carolina.

Let’s talk about that 4cyl diesel I purchased this van in September of last year from a dealer after a buyer backed out. So my choice was to wait 6+ months for a van with everything I wanted or buy this one and make it work for our family. I get a lot of questions about the 4 cylinder diesel. After spending 6 weeks out West this summer I can say the biggest benefit was averaging between 19-21 mpg on the highway with no loss of ability to travel at highway speeds in and out of traffic. The only time the van was not able to maintain the posted speed limit was above 10K feet on steeper backcountry roads. Other than that, it was never an issue.

I wanted a van build that, with minimal effort, could convert into a vehicle that could move bikes, motorcycles or other cargo securely. If only 2 of us were traveling we removed the two ScheelMann seats and gained another huge amount of storage. We love outdoor activities, especially mtn biking, backpacking, hiking etc. and the best part of having a van is the ability to transport your stuff easily, park at a trailhead and then be able to eat/drink/shower/clean up afterwards and then get on the road or boondock. I think this van checks all those boxes.

–Sleeps up to 4–

The AdWagon MOAB bed will sleep 2 front to back. A 3rd person can sleep on a camp mattress in the garage area. Sleeping 4 will require raising the MOAB bed up a few inches from what is pictured and adding a 2nd MOAB bed (not included) or some other structure over the top of the rear cabinets.

If this van is so awesome why are you selling it?

We love this van and built it out for our family of four to travel in comfort. But with a kid in college and another almost there, my wife and I wanted to focus on a new van designed for a couple. I just bought a 2023 144 AWD and I don’t need two vans 🙂

The build has been documented on Sprinter Source here if you want all the finer details go here:

This van is priced based on the features and options listed below including professional installer labor. As you can see only quality components were used. If this price is over your budget, reach out to me and we can discuss–some items can be removed and be used on van build #2

Lots more details on all the features below, so please check them out and feel free to ask any questions.

–Upgrades and Features – Interior–

this van has the factory C00, C01 and C02 Packages (detailed below)
AMF Bruns SmartFloor with 6 rows of L-track (3 pairs) – trimmed with aluminum edging in slider and rear door area. Coinseal floor installed over exposed aluminum.
2 Scheelmann Vario F Seats (w seatbelts) – DOT approved and removable with locking base
Soundproofing throughout van (Noico) and 3 coats of Lizard Skin ceramic
3M Thinsulate insulation throughout
Nanoflex Ceramic tint on windshield (VLT 70) and front windows (VLT 40) significantly reduces heat from solar gain and glare
Reinforcement beam installed in slider door (MB Part # 9107304800) provides additional safety from side impact
Audio upgrade with JL Audio DSP, JBL amp, JBL speakers in front and rear and Alpine subwoofer in driver’s side panel. Dash center channel re-wired and plugged in. Amp and DSP are installed under passenger’s seat. This setup is a significant improvement over factory system!
Sirius/XM satellite radio in OEM MBUX system (requires subscription)
Auxiliary battery under passenger’s seat
Lagun table mount on removable L-track base
Storage shelf above driver’s cockpit for additional storage wrapped in Duramax fabric
“Not So Showtime” Blackout curtains for driver’s cockpit allowing swivel seats to still be used
Vanmade Gear insulated magnetic folding window shades
Maxx Air Fan with remote
Isotherm Freeline 115 Refrigerator (DC powered) in Galley
Tec Vanlife Back Nanotechnology sink with fold down spout in Galley
Toshiba Microwave in Galley
Butcher Block countertop in Galley
RecPro 22K BTU 12v DC Rooftop Air Conditioner
Adventure Wagon L Track Plates and MOAB Bed with Custom fit MOAB mattress (Bed is 77″ L x 60″ W and is removable)
NEST Protect smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector
6 interior windows: 2x large sliders, 2x bunk sliders and 2 rear windows
ROLEF custom rollup screens and magnetic door for rear and slider openings
Inhabit snap-in floor mats in captain and co-captain area, easy to clean.
Grab handles on captains and co-captains door and passenger slider
Dimmable, remote controlled LED puck lights in ceiling
Cabinetry features Blum soft-close hinges and drawer slides
All cabinet framing is extruded aluminum (80/20)
Cabinet drawers constructed from birch and maple – stained and sealed

–Upgrades and Features – Exterior–

Flatline Van Co Low Pro Roof Rack 170 with front wind fairing
Fiamma 80s Manual Roll out Awning
Sprinter LED headlight upgrade (OEM halogen light assemblies included with van as well)
47 gallon S&B fuel tank (850+ miles of range)
Yellow tinted fog lights
2 inch CURT hitch receiver (5K pound towing capacity)
5x Michelin LT 265/70 tires with Black Rhino wheels (front mud flaps adapted to accommodate larger tires with Terrawagen kit)
Terrawagen hood spoiler and wheel accents
Sumo springs front and rear
Agile Offroad Fox v5 rear shock upgrade (Agile Stop The Sway Kit)
Bilstein Front Strut upgrade (Agile Stop The Sway Kit)
Hellwig Rear Stabilizer Bar (minimizes effect of crosswinds)
Owl Vans Ladder and Tire carrier
Owl Vans B2 Box with additional side storage mounts
2x OneUp Components Bike Trays
Rear Step Bumper
Upper Roof Deck Lounge and Umbrella
42” Roadshock Front light bar (10k lumens)
4x Roadshock scene lights: driver’s side, passenger’s side and rear all mounted to roof rack
Trigger Six Shooter 6 channel remote control for light bars includes smartphone app control


824ah of LiPO4 battery (4x SOK batteries with integrated BMS) These SOK batteries include a 7 year transferable warranty.
Victron Multiplus 2 3000 watt inverter
Victron Cerbo GX
Victron Lynx Distributor
Victron Smart Shunt
Victron GX Touch 50 Panel with tank sensor integration and bluetooth temp sensors as well Ruuvi tag temp sensor integration
Nations’s 2nd Alternator in engine bay with Wakespeed regulator. This allows significant house battery charging while driving, typically over 200 amps, and the reason there are no solar panels on the roof
Mid City Engineering High Idle Kit – allows automatic engine start to charge house batteries. Programmable via serial interface or manual via MB key fob remote. Starts engine when house batteries need charging with customizable settings.
Smart Plug 30a Shore Power inlet located under passenger side van rear. The best 30amp plug for RVs, securely attaches power cable.
AC/DC Fuse Panel with easy access in van garage
5x Blue Seas Power plug inlet for modular USB adapters, etc
3x Ruuvi Bluetooth tags: fridge temp, inside temp, outside temp integrated with Cerbo GX
3x AC outlets with integrated USB plugs (front, galley, rear)
Drone Mobile remote start and GPS tracking (requires subscription)
Power over Ethernet (PoE) cable run to van roof for powering cellular router, cell booster or Starlink (requires 12v to 48v adapter)


NW Conversions 30 gallons of fresh water over driver’s side wheel wheel
NW Conversions 20 gallons of gray water under van (driver’s side) with electronic ball valve release (could be manual also)
Rixen’s Enterprises glycol system for continuous hot water and hot air with 3 sources of heat: van engine, diesel furnace, or electrical heating element. Additional switch on dash allows furnace to preheat engine block for cold morning starts
Indoor shower with hot water
Outdoor shower with hot water
Gravity fill water inlet in van garage
KUS tank sensors integrated into Cerbo GX
SHURflo Water Pump and Accumulator
PEX expansion for all water lines

–Mercedes Factory Options–

COO Basic Comfort Package

Lumbar support, armrests, overhead control panel

CO1 Driver Convenience Package

Folding Exterior Mirrors
2 additional master keys
Storage compartments
12v under driver seat
Blind Spot Assist
Attention Assist

C02 Premium Package

Leather steering wheel
7in MBUX multimedia
Active Distance Assist Distronic
Wet Wiper System
Lane Keeping Assist
Color instrument cluster
X09 Swivel Seats
B25 Electric Parking Brake
C88 Stabilization Level 2
CT1 Rear Spring Vibration Absorbers
D13 Roof Rails
ED5 Parametric Special Module (PSM)
E1E Navigation
E1G Intelligent Navigation
E1S Satellite Radio
E2 Additional Battery
E36 Cutoff relay for extra battery
H15 Heated Driver Seat
H16 Heated Passenger Seat
JB6 Parking Package with 360 camera
JF1 Rain sensor
L13 Fog Lamp with Cornering Function

Also why no solar panels? Short answer: don’t need them with 2nd alternator that charges house batteries. Long answer: my experience with solar panels has been mixed. This van build has a huge battery bank and (re)charging via solar panels, in my view, is like trying to fill a swimming pool with a garden hose. Plus i wanted a rooftop deck. And–if you really want solar panels they can easily be added to this van with the addition of a solar charge controller. Victron makes it very easy to integrate components in their ecosystem.

The Wrappon Green toilet in pictures is NOT included. Sorry–had to wait almost 9 months for it 🙂

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