Overland Classifieds :: 2013 Mercedes Sprinter 2500 170 WB

The Mercedes Sprinter is a popular choice for overland builds, especially in the 4WD configuration. I’ve featured a number of expedition-ready examples including this $177,900 Revel 44E, a $150,000 Sportsmobile fitted with an Alu-Cab Rooftop Tent, and a $130,000 4×4 Overland Build. Sure, these rigs are epic, but with price tags in excess of $100,000, they’re inaccessible to the vast majority of would-be overlanders. One option is to purchase a 2WD camper conversion (like today’s offering), and then uprate it for the road less traveled with aftermarket parts and accessories. Further still, you could convert your Sprinter to a true 4WD (the stock Sprinter 4×4 is technically AWD) with services available from Whitefeather 4×4 and Iglhaut Allrad. Today’s 2013 model already showcases a tasteful camper interior (including 300-amp-hours of Battle Born LiPo batteries worth almost $3,000), and modifications that include a Van Compass Stage 3 Heavy Suspension system ($2,295), yet is priced at $50,000 OBO. That’s not cheap, but it’s good value when you consider it’s a third of the price of the Revel listed above and is a turnkey fully-equipped, four-season rolling home.

From the Seller:

If you’re thinking about making the jump to van life, then this is the van for you! Meet Baymax, our beloved self-converted 2013 Mercedes Sprinter 170. We purchased this van in September of 2019 and have lived in it part-time for about two years and now full-time for 14 months. It has been meticulously maintained with many upgrades and scheduled maintenance. We just had it in [at] Mercedes Benz of Gilbert, Arizona, for an oil change, tire rotation, and inspection. We built this van for boondocking as we are avid anglers and National Park explorers. There is ample storage for all your gear and toys!”

2013 Mercedes Sprinter 2500 170 WB

The Sprinter is fitted with a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The 2WD is not especially capable in stock form, but go-anywhere performance can be transformed with aftermarket products from companies such as Van Compass, ARB, and Agile Offroad. The interior of this Mercedes is not especially luxurious, but does include basic comforts such as air conditioning, cruise control, and aPioneer double-din stereo with integrated backup camera.

Distinguishing Features

  • Battle Born batteries 300-amp-hours total, 200-watts of Zamp solar panels, and 3000-watt Victron inverter
  • Van Compass Stage 3 Heavy Suspension system
  • XD wheels with BFGoodrich A/T tires
  • Dometic CFX3 fridge
  • 30-gallon freshwater tank
  • Owl Vans rear tire carrier with Rotopax mount
  • Planar diesel heater

This 2013 Mercedes Sprinter 2500 170 WB is listed for $50,000 OBO and is currently located in Phoenix, Arizona. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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