Who Invented The Cargo Van?

Let’s take a look at the history of Vans from Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz History of Vans.

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And what is coming down the road in the next few years?

  • We are taking orders for 2018 Sprinter and Metris vans
  • The new Sprinter van is expected to be a 2019 model year
  • Production will begin in the expanded Ladson South Carolina facility in late 2018 calendar year

For more info about the current inventory of 2016 Sprinter Passenger vans with Very Special Offers, and the new 2017 Sprinter and Metris vans, call Dave at 512-942-6923 or email dave@sprinterguy.com

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The Sprinter Guy even has special offers on our mid size Metris Cargo Vans!

This new size offering from Mercedes-Benz is really starting to take off, here are some reasons why!

There is not a van in the market place today like the Metris. It’s not a “mini-van” it’s a “Right Size” van. Here are the specs.

 

Metris specs

Bottom line, it fits in a normal home garage…..

It can carry 4×8 sheets of drywall or plywood flat on the cargo floor…..

It can tow a 5000 lb trailer, with optional hitch……

You can carry a payload of up to 2502 lbs……

Test drive one, it has plenty of power with a turbo gas engine with 208 hp…..

Metris features

And best of all, you get a van equipped, not stripped for $25,995 plus $995 destination.

Special finance and lease terms are available, to get your special Sprinter Guy quote, please email dave@sprinterguy.com or call me at 512-942-6923

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Use the correct engine oil in your Sprinter van!

What is the correct oil to use in your Sprinter diesel engine van?

This question is the most asked of the Sprinter Guy, and about 1 1/2 years ago I posted  the response to this question from our Chief Sprinter Tech here at MB of Georgetown. Here is the link if you want to reread his response.

This is the correct Mobil 1 motor oil in the Sprinter van

I have had clients who said they had difficulty finding the correct Mobile 1 oil at the Big Box store or even some auto parts stores. My suggestion is, go to the closest Mercedes-Benz dealership’s parts department and tell them you want this part number.

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This is the MB branded oil that the dealership will use to change your oil. This will be the correct 229.52 blend, and is 5W-30 weight. If you live in severe cold climates you might use a different oil weight. Please don’t ask me which to use for where you live, here in Texas we use 5W-30.

But I have another suggestion, instead of worrying about changing the oil in your current Sprinter van, just trade it in on a new 2016 or 2017 Sprinter or Metris van. The new Sprinter has a 20,000 mile or annual service so you don’t have to worry about the oil change for quite a while.

As always, for your questions about Sprinter vans, please send an email to dave@sprinterguy.com or call me at 512-942-6923. I don’t know everything about Sprinter vans, but I bet I can find out or I can give you some direction as to where to look for your answer.

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Check out the August Special Offers from the Sprinter Guy on the remaining new 2016 Sprinter Passenger vans. You will be very pleased.

It’s Unbelievable…..The Special Offer from the Sprinter Guy on new 2016 Sprinter Passenger vans in August!

I wish I could post it right here….what the unbelievable special offer is on all new 2016 Sprinter Passenger vans in August!

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But as most of you know, I cannot show you the Sprinter Guy pricing on a public site.  Click the link to my email below and I will send you the August Special Offers on the new 2016 Sprinter Passenger vans. I promise, you will be very happy if you are in the market for a new 12 Passenger van. dave@sprinterguy.com

You can give me a call at 512-942-6923

2015 Airstream Autobahn available For Sale.

This luxury 8 passenger traveling van is for sale. Original MSRP was $138,782. Has 14,900 miles. Now for sale for $88,789

Unbelievable luxury with the best of two manufactures, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Airstream. Enjoy traveling to your destination in total comfort with reclining swivel bucket seats that are heated and power foot rests.

Each of the rear 6 captain chairs have power outlets, headphone connections, lighting and control of the window blinds at their window. Enjoy the 32 inch monitor that is set up for Apple TV, wifi available and DVD player.

There are two fridges in the van to keep the sodas or waters cold. Lots of overhead storage, just like first class cabins, and nearly 3 feet of rear cargo hold for bags secure in the back.

 

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This van gives you the luxury for a family or business van to get to your destination in comfort and style.

For more details or photo’s contact Dave the Sprinter Guy at 512-942-6923 or email dave@sprinterguy.com

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I have a changable Sprinter 4×4 orders available for October Production!

I have 3 open production slots for these Sprinter 4×4 models.

  1. 170″ wb Crew 4×4

  2. 144″ wb Crew 4×4

  3. 170″ wb Extended 2500 Cargo 4×4 this one has been taken

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The order will still need to be for the these specific models but we can change the color and options to your specs. I will have about a week to make these changes so time is important if you wish to take this spot.

Production is scheduled for mid October, and at this time I cannot say for sure if it will be a 2017 or a 2018, but either way there are no changes between the two model years.

Other future build spots might open up in the next few months so please let me know what model you are interested in so I can find a production slot for your Sprinter 4×4.

I have some in stock Sprinter 4×4’s so give me a call to see what is available.

Call Dave the Sprinter Guy at 512-942-6923 or email dave@sprinterguy.com

This is an update for previous post – What Sprinter Van would be BEST for a Conversion?

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

I wrote this post about three years ago and it still holds true today. There are a few items that I will address here today.

It’s July 2017 and we have just started receiving the new 2017 model year vans. We now know that 2018 model year will be a carry over from the current model, but not sure when production will begin on the 2018’s.

It looks like the 2019 model year will be the new Sprinter that will be built in our Ladson South Carolina facility. There has been many incorrect internet stories saying the new van will be here in 2018, so hang on there a little while longer to see the new Sprinter.

For now all we can get are the V6 3.0 liter diesel engine with the 5 speed automatic transmission. The 4 cyl diesel we hope to see again in 2018.

Since my last posting we now have a 3500 one ton model called the Super Single. It gives you about 4000 lbs of payload with single rear wheels in the rear. This gives you 48 inches on the floor between the wheel wells instead of the 38 inches on the dually. You can get up to 5000 lbs of payload with the dual rear wheel 3500 and the 11,030 GVWR option.

Many of you have inquired about the Sprinter 4×4. I have sold 42 Sprinter 4×4’s since production began 2 years ago. Certainly having the 4 wheel drive capability for some serious off road driving makes it a must have for some conversions. But, it adds about 4 inches to the height of the van, and of course another $7500 to the price, but if you are driving in the snow country or some off road situations, well it’s worth every penny of the difference. The only real issue is you have to wait to get one. The Sprinter 4×4’s can take 8 to 10 months to get. Take a look at this Sprinter 4×4 that is here in stock for sale today. It is a 2500 170″ wheelbase extended body cargo van.

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So send me an email, dave@sprinterguy.com with any questions you may have about a Sprinter van to be converted, or to get your van ordered. I have one van you might consider for a conversion, it’s a new 2016 Cargo 144″ wheelbase high roof with factory rear roof air, rear heat and the X14 Upfitter Prep package that gives you all of the factory tinted windows and the complete interior like a passenger van, but no rear seats. Here are a couple of pictures.

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One other important item in your plan to build a custom van is which comes first, the van or the conversion? Actually you need to be working on both, but here is what I believe is the best way to proceed.

Normal production time for 2 wheel drive vans is 3-5 months from when we place the order to when it arrives here. 4×4’s will take between 7 to 12 months from order to arrival, so either way you have lots of time to be finalizing your conversion specs. Most of the conversion shops are telling prospects anywhere from 4 months to as long as a year to get in their production schedule.

So once you have decided the size and model of the van you plan to start with, you should get the order placed with the Sprinter Guy as soon as possible to get your order in the order queue. Once that part is done, you can work with your conversion shop or your own design to finalize the conversion.

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
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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”

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

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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.
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2014 2500 170 Pearl Silver Met. 4 cyl $51,020 #E5867472

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

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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.
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2014 2500 170 Arctic White 4 cyl rear roof air $55,160 #E5879741
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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.
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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.
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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.
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2014 3500 170 Extended 9,990 gvwr brilliant silver 4 cyl fleet window $49,510 #E5889192

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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.
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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
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