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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What is the BEST Sprinter van for a conversion, Day 2.

The BEST Sprinter Van is the one that gives you the most room, in the most convenient vehicle to drive.

We have built custom conversions on every possible combination of size and model. Now we need to look at what options you want and NEED. For 2014 there are 30 Option Packages, 123 Individual Options and 24 Colors available, so get ready it’s going to be a rocky road.

Starting with engines, I will only briefly cover some of the advantages of each, as I will need to discuss with you more in regards to your driving plans to help you decide which motor is the best for you. The best part, the engine choices are both great diesel powered motors. a 2.1 liter inline 4 cyl, with twin sequential turbo’s, hooked up to a 7 speed automatic transmission is the new engine for 2014. I love this motor. I believe it is the best choice for 75% to 80% of the conversions you would build.

The other engine choice is the 3.0 liter V6 single turbo diesel with a 5 speed transmission. This is the same motor we have had since 2007. A great proven package that will really do the job, especially when you are towing a heavy trailer or traveling across the Rocky Mountains. More about engine choices in a future posting.

Colors are all fine, but if you want Calcite Yellow, I will want a very big deposit. Other colors, no problem. Interior you have a choice of fabric or vinyl, they call it Leatherette, and only in the same black color. Black seats with grey dash and door trim is all there is from the factory, but many of our conversion companies will color key the front interior to what ever your choice is for the rear conversion.

In the 30 option packages, there are some convenience items, some safety features, some are more of a commercial use, and some you would never want. I will touch on the packages that we generally use in Sprinters we are going to convert. I am happy to discuss the other packages if you have an interest, but you probably won’t want them if I don’t cover them here.

C01 Driver Comfort Pkg. All good stuff, you will want this unless you are going to get either the factory swivel bucket seat pkg or the suspension seat pkg, which this package conflicts because of the comfort seat feature, which comes in those other two options. If you don’t order the C01 you will want to get the extra 12 volt plug and the 2 extra keys, which gives you a total of four keys, individually. The hinged center lid is a toss up. Some like it some don’t, either way is just a personal choice.

C02 Driver Efficiency pkg. This is simple, do you want the factory rear backup camera and factory Becker Map Pilot Navigation system? They are pretty good systems, but sometimes customers have decided to go with other Nav systems or rear view cameras. Personally, I like the aftermarket rear view camera because it can be set up to be on all of the time, going forward, so it’s like having another set of eyes looking to the rear as you are driving forward. As far as Nav systems, most of us have phones with navigation that does an excellent job of getting us to where we want to go. So if you don’t get this package, please make sure we order the Cruise control as a separate option.

C03 & C04 Active Safety Plus Packages. I think these are the greatest options you can get on a Sprinter van. Just the Blind Spot Assist will save you from accidentally pulling in front of someone one either left or right side that you just did not see in the mirrors. Every feature in these two packages I would want in a Sprinter van if I ordered one. The main difference is whether or not you get the Partronic sensors in the front and rear bumpers, and again, to me this is a must have on a Sprinter van. If you decide not to order the Safety pkg, then be sure you get the power outside mirrors, the multi function steering wheel and the tinted windshield options, but just order the whole package and you get everything you need and should have.

C05 Appearance Pkg. Basically it is the factory Alloy wheels which make the van look great, and the more brighter Bi-Xenen headlights. If you don’t care about the wheels, not sure I would pay the extra for the high priced headlights.

C09 Cold Weather Pkg. OK, we are in Central Texas, but this winter it has been so doggone cold, I wish I had heated seats on every van. Really this package is pretty desirable for most of the USA. It includes the auxiliary heater, and that is another whole posting by itself. You can read my info about the aux heating systems by clicking the link at the top of this page that says, Auxiliary Heating Options. While we are discussing this package, the H04 as well as the H01 option for insulation, well what they call insulation is not much at all. Basically they add a few pieces of sticky back foam to the areas, which I guess does help some, but it is not like what the conversion company will do for insulating your van.

F01 Swivel Bucket Seat Pkg. This is a Fleet Only option, but I know how to order your van with it. That is the advantage of working with the Sprinter Guy. Pretty simple, do you want the ability to swivel the driver and front passenger seats to the rear? It is not advisable to drive with the seat facing to the rear, but it might be fun to watch the reaction from the guy in the lane next to you. This includes what the factory calls the Comfort Seats, which basically is the same seat as the non comfort seat but with a front thigh adjustment and a lumbar adjustment.

F02 Fleet Window Pkg. Again this is a Fleet Only option, but I can order it. What this gives you is the windows all around the van. Also includes the rear two door window rear defrosters. This does not give you any inside trim around the windows and they are not dark tinted. These are available options for both. Having the factory windows added for about $1000 is a bargain when you figure the cost to add the windows at the conversion shop will be close to $600 per window. The only thought here is if you want windows that open, the factory windows are fixed. So sometimes we will order the rear door windows, option X25, and the sliding side door window, option W17 as fixed windows then have the conversion shop add the opening type windows in your conversion. You probably will not want opening windows in the rear or side doors as the opening and closing of the doors will eventually cause those windows to rattle. Tinted windows just like the factory passenger van has is option code W70, which is dark tint on all side and rear windows, just not the front driver and passenger glass.

So we covered allot of ground with the different packages, and we are only half way through the list, plus we have the stand alone options to talk about, but that is for tomorrow. Again, if you have questions about these or any of the option packages or individual options please send me an email to dave@sprinterguy.com.
More to follow.

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Have you been looking for someone to help you upfit your Sprinter van? Look to Craig at Third Coast Vans!

In Business – at the same location since 1983 you will find Craig Oakes owner operator of Third Coast Vans in Austin Texas.

I have had some of my local Sprinter customers, who I referred to Craig say to me, is that the guy over there on Anderson Lane? He did some work for me 20 years ago.

I was visiting with Craig earlier today when I was there to pick up a Sprinter Van that we were outfitting for a local FedEx Home Delivery customer. He told me about a new product he found, a folding ramp for Sprinter vans. Link Ramps is a Sioux Center, Iowa company that specializes in ramp systems for vans. Here is the link to their website. WWW.linkramps.com

This looks like a great product to assist you in the loading and unloading of your products in your Sprinter Van. If you would like more info on this or any of the many products that Craig has to offer, please give him a call at 512-454-8597, just tell him the Sprinter Guy referred you to him.

Other products that I have bought from Third Coast Vans are…

side steps and running boards
bulkhead partitions
shelving or cabinets for Sprinter vans
rear view cameras
floor liners
Tommy Gate Lifts
and much much more.
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Where should you get your Sprinter Van converted? Advice from the Sprinter Guy!

Over the next few weeks, I will be adding additional names of Sprinter Van conversion sources that I have found to have great customer reviews and reputation.

Some of these are doing Class “B” RV conversions, some are luxury passenger vans. Some might do specialty upfits like wheel chair mobility or commercial interior conversions.

I had a great conversation earlier today with Jeff Roberts at Outside Vans in Oregon. I have had three of my local Texas Sprinter customers who have used Outside Vans for their conversion, and are thrilled with the finished product. With the referals from satisfied customers, the Sprinter Guy is happy to add them to the list of conversion companies I recommend.

They may be way over there on the left side of the USA, but sounds like worth the trip. We have had new Sprinter vans drop shipped to a dealer close to the Outside Van location, so that saves the transportation costs going to them.

Why don’t you check out the Facebook page for Outside Vans. – https://www.facebook.com/Outsidevan
Or check out their website, http://www.outsidevan.com/

But don’t forget, you want to order your Sprinter Van from Dave the Sprinter Guy. I will assist you in getting your van custom converted to what your wants and needs are.
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We had this Sherrod Custom Van that was ordered by our customer, here for just a short while.

Sherrod Custom Conversion Vans from Waycross Georgia, sure made a sweet ride for one of our customers.

It was a low roof 144″ wheelbase van, in a beautiful Jasper Blue Metallic color. They did a fantastic job of fitting in room for 9 passengers, and still have plenty of space.

We can have one built for you to your exact specs. We work with Sherrod to give you the opportunity to custom build your van the way you want it. It can be a short wheelbase low roof like this one, or maybe you want the 170″ wheelbase high roof to give you more room inside.

Here is the link to a photo slideshow of the Sherrod built for our customer.

To get started with your custom van adventure, give Dave the Sprinter Guy a call at 512-930-6158 or email dave@sprinterguy.com
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Looking for a custom Sprinter Family Van? Let us build one for you.

Let’s start with a 2500 Sprinter 170″ wheelbase cargo van, with factory deep tinted windows and roof top air conditioning.

Now we add fiberglass running boards color matched to the van.

You will notice that this van has the factory alloy wheels and the chrome trim on the grill.

Take a look inside

This one has fabric covered seats, but you can go with a leatherette or full leather seating if you wish.

You have a choice of easy to care for vinyl flooring, full automotive style carpet, or a rich real wood flooring material.

How many seats do you need inside?

This one has seating for eleven – but we can take out a few seats to give you room for…say a fridge and microwave!

You have to have a Big Screen TV to keep everyone happy on the trip.

Room for storing those books, toys, games, sweater or jackets can go above, just like on a plane.

You need light for everyone in the back, how about a skyview sunroof, to brighten up everything.

And everyone gets a drop down reading light at their seat, and how about the pull down shades for even more privacy.

But you never have enough storage room, right? So here is a secure area in the rear, that gives you plenty of room for luggage, strollers, coolers, or anything you need to take on your next trip.

We can build your custom family van to your exact specs. This conversion was done by Sportsmobile Texas, right here in Austin. They are an approved by Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, conversion company that has been building custom vans for over 51 years.

So I’m sure you are asking “How much will this cost me“, well here is exactly what this van has on it from the factory, and what this conversion would cost you to be built on a similar van.

Family Van 170 wb factory specs

This is a 2012 Sprinter 2500 170″ wb Cargo Van. It has a MSRP of $53,250. The Conversion done as you see it, (TV extra) would retail for $21,995 for a total retail price of $75,245.

This van sold for $71,331 as you see it equipped. Your final cost would depend on the factory options for the Sprinter and your exact Sportsmobile Conversion.

For more info about this or any of our Sprinter Vans, call Dave the “Sprinter Guy” at 512-930-6158 or email dave@sprinterguy.com

Check out the website for Sportsmobile at http://www.sportsmobile.com
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