2017 Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 :: Classifieds

A Mercedes Sprinter 4x4

I remember a time not so long ago when some overlanders would turn their nose up to the prospect of overlanding in a Sprinter 4×4. It wasn’t that the Mercedes was a bad vehicle but rather it had become a figurehead of the vanlife movement and gained an unwarranted reputation for being a bit chintzy. However, in more recent years this unfair portrayal has faded away as more hardcore travellers have turned to the Sprinter platform for round-the-world trips. In stock form, this is a very impressive go-anywhere vehicle but thanks to excellent aftermarket support owners can transform this vehicle into an extremely capable backcountry explorer. There’s no shortage of inspiration on the forum with recent adventure-ready examples including this 2022 Zenvanz build, a 1999 T1N 312D, and a 2018 Sportsmobile. Todays low mileage (67,000 miles) 2017 Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 is no exception and features a wide array of desirable upgrades and tasteful camper interior.

A Mercedes Sprinter camper interior

From the Seller:

This is a one-of-a-kind rig that I had built for me by GTRV Campervan Conversions in Sebastopol, California. I wanted a van where you could sleep two north/south to avoid crawling over one another in the middle of the night to pee. I required lots of water so I had a 50-gallon baffled tank built. I needed lots of storage so the garage is open wall to wall. The cassette toilet and shower are in a covered enclosure like the Nimbl rigs. The top of the enclosure makes a giant workspace for cooking prep. Lots of storage cabinets and a floor-to-ceiling pantry.”

Mercedes in the desert

2017 Mercedes Sprinter 4×4

The Sprinter is fitted with a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. A long-lived motor is matched with impressive capability thanks to an intelligent AWD system that can send 33 percent of the torque to the front wheels, a lower geared differential, 20-percent more ground clearance than the 2WD equivalent (since increased), snorkel, and more. Inside the Mercedes is well-equipped with driver comforts that include:

  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Captain chairs
  • Power steering, windows, locks, and mirrors
  • Captain chairs

A Sprinter 4x4 camper conversion

Distinguishing Features

  • Agile Offroad RIP kit
  • Method Wheels with BFGoodrich KO2 tires
  • Battleborn Batteries 200-amp hours total with 300-watts of solar
  • Aluminess bumpers
  • Freshwater, 50-gallons
  • Warn winch
  • Propex heater

A Mercedes camper

This 2017 Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 is listed for $142,000 and is currently located in Marin County, California. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.