I get asked this question many times from prospects looking to custom build a Sprinter Van into their personal Luxury or RV van.

But truth be told any of our Sprinter models could be excellent vans to begin your custom build. There are some options though that might just make one of these vans YOUR PERFECT SPRINTER.

But first some basics about a Sprinter van for a custom conversion. I would say either of our diesel engines will do a great job for you in a Sprinter conversion. I am a big fan of our 4 cyl twin turbo diesel with the 7 speed automatic transmission. Plenty of power and fantastic fuel economy which is one of the reasons you are considering a Sprinter in the first place.

Windows, some of these have either windows in the sliding side door or rear two doors, and a couple have windows all around. If you want more windows, the conversion shop can add whatever you want in windows. Just remember the factory rear windows are fixed and do not open.

Swivel bucket seats, from the factory are great, but if one of these does not have them we can have them added, no problem.

Some of the following examples have the optional HD Suspension package. This gives you heavier duty front and rear stabilizer bars which help keep your van from leaning in hard turns or when you come off of curbs or driveways. All Sprinters have stabilizer bars, the HD just adds thicker bars.

I have many conversations with customers in regards to rear air conditioning. Some of the vans I have listed below come with the factory roof rear air. This system is great for a rear air while the engine is running, as it has its own compressor on the engine, separate from the front air conditioning. The only negative is the van engine has to be running for you to get rear air with the factory system. Our conversion shops can add rear air units, sometimes mounted on the roof, but sometimes mounted under the rear of the van to give you a cleaner and lower roof. These units, and there are many to choose, can run from the engine or from a separate 12 volt or 110 volt electric system. The electrically operated system allows you to run the rear air conditioning without having to run your vans diesel engine. You will need some type of electric power system which can be additional batteries, roof solar panels, generators or 110 volt shore line power.

Finally in the options department, there are a couple of the following vans that have the factory Variable High Idle package. What this can do for you is when the van is parked, and you wish to run the vans engine to power either your roof air or other electrical items, you can boost the vans idle speed in increments of 50 rpm to increase the performance of the alternator to power these accessories and to recharge your batteries. The normal idle speed for a Sprinter is around 600-700 rpm. In order to get more juice from the alternator you should boost the idle up to 1200 to 1800 rpm.

When it comes to discussions about the size of your Sprinter for your custom conversion, it is a tough decision sometimes as to which van to choose. 2500 or 3500, pretty much I suggest you stay with the 2500 as long as you are not going to have over 3000 lbs of total cargo. That is the conversion, plus your personal stuff as well as fuel and any water in holding tanks. If you are over the 3000 lb weight, then definitely you need to be in the 3500 with the dual rear wheels. With a 3500 and the 11,030 GVWR you can carry about 5000 lbs of cargo. Down side, you have 6 tires to replace instead of 4, you will lose a little fuel economy and you lose a little floor space as the distance between the wheel wells on the floor on the 3500 is 38 inches, compared to 53 inches on the 2500.

On the 144″ wheelbase you have a choice of either the standard low roof or the high roof model. All 170″ wheelbase vans are high roofs. The low roof van is 8 foot high outside height, compared to 9 foot high on the high roof. Add to that any roof mounted air conditioning system that typically will be about 9″ to 10″ additional. On the inside, the low roof gives you 5′ 4″ of inside stand up height compared to 6′ 4″ on the high roof. Usually neither will go into normal size home garage or parking structures. I find I can drive the low roof models through most all of the food drive-throughs, high roofs will normally not fit the drive-throughs if you have a roof air unit.

Then we get into the interior cargo length. a 144″ wheelbase gives you 10 1/2 feet of length from the back of the drivers seat to the rear door. The 170″ wheelbase gives you 14 feet of cargo floor length. If you get the 170 Extended body Sprinter, you get an additional 15 inches of cargo room or almost 15 1/2 feet from the back of the drivers seat to the back doors. You can access on some of the conversion company websites, their floorplans to see how much room it gives you when you start adding seating, toilets, kitchens and sleeping areas. I can also assist you with determining how much room you will need to do what you want with your custom conversion.

So now let’s look at my top picks out of my current inventory that I suggest you consider for a custom Sprinter conversion. Click the following links to open the PDF showing the options and retail price for each van, and click the photo to enlarge it for easier viewing.

2014 2500 144 low roof Pearl Silver Met 4 cyl $44,230 #E5874848
This low roof 144″ wb would be a great van to add a Sportsmoblie poptop to, or one that can tow your boat or small travel trailor, and still have plenty of room inside the van for your “STUFF”


2014 2500 144 high roof Pearl Silver Met 4 cyl mobility prep pkg rear roof air $55,080 #E5914080

With the Mobility Prep package that this van has, you get full windows all around, interior trim like the passenger vans, but no seats. This also has the factory roof rear air and front swivel bucket seats.
2014 2500 170 Pearl Silver Met. 4 cyl $51,020 #E5867472


Active Safety Pkg, in dash GPS/Nav along with rear camera, heated front seats, allow wheels, variable high idle pkg, HD stabilizer bar pkg and windows in side and rear doors. Perfect start for a full RV or luxury passenger conversion.

2014 2500 170 Brilliant Silver 4 cyl $51,715 eta early September


Factory trailer tow hitch and wiring, additional bracket to add a second air conditioning compressor on the engine, cold weather pkg, Nav and back up camera and active safety, loaded and ready to convert.

2014 2500 170 Arctic White 4 cyl rear roof air $55,160 #E5879741

This van was ordered for a customer to be converted, and his business failed and now it is available. Has factory rear roof air and heat in a 170 cargo van. Has the variable high idle pkg, safety Plus pkg, nav and rear camera.

2014 2500 170E Extended Body Arctic White 4 cyl $56,130 #E5935509 eta mid July
This van is due in any day now. Has it all, full extended body 170″ wbase, rear roof air, rear heat, active safety pkg, cold weather pkg with heated seats adn windshield, high idle pkg, lighting pkg with bi-xenon headlights and more.

2014 3500 170 Brilliant Silver V6, fleet window, dual sliding doors $53,765 #E58577232014 2500 170E Extended Body Arctic White $44,630 eta early September

VIN #723 dual sliding door silver 170 1
I bet you won’t find too many like this van, sliding doors on both sides. Windows all around, front buckets swivel, HD suspension, V6 and the heaviest load rating on this 170″ wb 3500.
2014 3500 170 Extended 9,990 gvwr brilliant silver 4 cyl fleet window $49,510 #E5889192

VIN #192 pic 2

3500 with extended body, dark tinted windows all around, trailer tow pkg, additional aux battery, high idle pkg and second bracket on the engine for another air conditioning compressor. Perfect for a fully equipped luxury RV conversion.
Every one of these vans I can get converted by one of our conversion vendors, or assist you in doing it yourself. There will be a special sale price for each of these vans, just send me an email with what van you are interested in and I will give you the Sprinter Guy sale price.

contact dave@sprinterguy.com or call me at 512-930-6158

I had one of my local Austin Texas customers use Hanvey Engineering to build her Dog Grooming van. Actually it was her third van built by Hanvey and she keeps all of them busy every single day.

But if you are not looking for a Mobile Dog or Cat Grooming van, how about a Mobile Business Office, or Dental Lab. How about a Mobile Imaging or X-Ray van? They do all of these as well.

Or do you have an Expeditor Business and would like your van built with a Sleeper so you don’t need to spend your profit every night sleeping in a motel? Yep, Hanvey builds these as well.

But even if you are not looking for a business solution, you might need a Toy Hauler. Nothing beats a Sprinter Van to haul the bikes, snow mobiles, kayaks or snow boards in, especially with a conversion from Hanvey Engineering.

Check out their website Hanvey Engineering and Design

I will tell you this, the full size Van business is getting bigger and better every month!

I think some of it comes from folks who have been waiting to see what the Dodge and Ford full size vans were going to cost and look like, and a whole bunch of folks have decided the Sprinter Van is the best choice for all around best full size van.

The other reason in my opinion that my Sprinter van business is going through the roof is great word of mouth advertising that my customers share about me. The repeat sales to my commercial accounts, and the many customers that come to me because someone just said, you have to talk with Dave the “Sprinter Guy” to get your new Sprinter van.

Thank you to everyone that has helped me be very successful – to be the number one volume Sprinter sales Manager in Texas!

Check out my current inventory, click the link above that says Current Sprinter Inventory, to see the fantastic selection of Cargo, Crew and Passenger vans I have.

I have about 35 new 2014 Sprinter vans in stock today. The first 2015 models are in production as we speak in Germany right now. First arrivals to be here in late August.

Of course we have had many of you send me your interest in the all new Sprinter 4×4 that will go into production next January. I will be sending out to everyone who inquired so far, an email explaining my 4×4 order policy. I will announce a date that I will start taking deposits to be in line for 4×4 orders that we start placing in November. I want it to be fair for everyone who wants to get one of the first orders in the system.

Finally, I have only two remaining new 2013 Sprinter Cargo vans remaining. They are identicle vans, 2500 170″ wb high roof vans with the V6 turbo diesel engine, automatic transmission, power windows, locks, mirrows, cruise control, air conditioning and a am-fm-cd audio system. This Sprinter van lists for $43,550. The factory will not allow me to post my discounted price publically, but I can send you my special sale price if you send me a request or email. Just use the box below to send me your request to get my sale price on this new 2013 Sprinter van.

Not only will you get a very very attractive price for one of these last 2 Sprinter vans, but you also get at no cost to you, all factory scheduled maintenance for the first 6 years or 60,000 miles. This alone is a savings of over $3500.

Add to this we have a special finance offer through Mercedes-Benz Finance of 1.9% APR for up to 60 months.

It will be pretty hard to beat this deal. Price savings, low cost financing and free scheduled maintenance.

If you have any questions about Sprinter vans, or would like more info about our conversions available, please send me an email to dave@sprinterguy.com or call Dave at 512-930-6158.

I wanted to extend my wishes to everyone to have a fantastic Independence Day on this coming 4th of July. In honor of our country’s birthday, I would like to share with you a music tribute sung by a local Texas songwriter, Johnnie Helm. You can learn more about Johnnie’s music by going to his website http://www.johnniehelm.com.

God Bless this great Country.


Here is one unique way a Sprinter van is used in Southern California.

This conversion was done by Automotive Design and Fabrication, who I have had other Sprinter customers use.

Let’s build a Custom Sprinter van for you – what would you like your Sprinter van to do for you?

Dave, the Sprinter Guy.

This Day in Automotive History
6/23/1902: “Mercedes” registered as a brand name.

Mr Benz and Mr Daimler had been building cars since 1886, independant from one another, and Mr. Daimler built the first motorized truck ever made in 1896, but on this date in 1902 the official name “Mercedes” was registered as a brand name.

This all happened because one of their first “Fleet Customers” in 1901, ordered a fleet of Daimler-Benz vehicles, but requested his daughters name be placed on these cars.

Her name was Mercedes.

Now you know the rest of the story.

Have a great Birthday “Mercedes”

Dave, the Sprinter Guy.

I’m sitting in airport waiting for my return home flight and thought I would pass along some info about the new 4×4 Sprinter van.

First thing, the first orders will go to the factory this November for January production. That should have the first units showing up in late March for Crew and Passenger models, and late April for Cargo vans.

It will available in all 2500 model Cargo, Crew and Passenger models, and 3500 Cargo vans only with the 11,030 GVWR option. Will not be available in Cab Chassis in the beginning.

Will be available in 144″ and 170″ wheelbase and Extended body’s. V6 only with the 5 speed automatic transmission.

4″ in the front and 3″ in the rear increased height to give it a better approach angle.

The system is a Military grade system that is 2 wheel drive with a push button switch to activate the 4×4 system. You must be going under 6 mph to activate.

The power is split 65% rear and 35% front at that point. Our current ESP system will direct power to the wheel with traction automatically.

The other option is to have a High and Low range option that will cut the speed by 42% to be used in off road situations. Again this is activated by a dash button.

No price yet, but their target was to be under $8000 for the option, not sure if that is for the high range only, but expect a difference of a couple thousand to get high/low range feature.

There may be more info that I can pass along, but they are calling my flight. More to come this weekend.



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