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Overland Classifieds :: 2018 Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 170WB Sportsmobile with Alu-Cab Rooftop Tent

The Mercedes Sprinter has become synonymous with vanlife, and while some people have rallied against its popularity with the “One Less Sprinter” movement, there is no denying its appeal. Long-lived motors and drivetrains, acceptable fuel economy, driving comfort, on-demand OEM and aftermarket parts and accessories, and generous interior living spaces (with medium, long, and extra-long wheelbase options) are just some of the reasons the Sprinter is so desirable.

The 4WD variant has also become an increasingly popular overland platform thanks to the large array of aftermarket parts and services (from the likes of Van Compass, Agile Off-Road, and ARB) that drastically uprate the stock AWD system. If you’d like a better idea of what a modified Sprinter 4WD is capable of, I recommend checking out Chad DeRosa’s Desert Adventure. Today’s offering provides sleeping for up to five. It also incorporates a desirable Agile Off Road suspension upgrade, extensive modifications and accessories, an Alu-Cab roof top tent, and a well-equipped camper conversion from Sportsmobile.

From the Seller:

This is our second Sportsmobile Sprinter conversion, and we spent a lot of time and money to get this one just right for our travels. It has made three trips to Alaska. The original build has been [maintained] and is in excellent condition, and we’ve [done] more upgrades along the way. There are a ton of details in the build that make this rig functional for short trips or long-haul adventures; we’ve designed every detail thinking about the inevitable trade-offs, weighing function first for our travels. The interior is functional and unique. Sportsmobile West (now Fieldvan) knows how to build their interiors to last. This one is super solid and well set up for a range of adventures. We built the rig so that we are comfortable camping anywhere. For us, that has been remote campgrounds or gravel roads. Most of the 68,000 miles it has traveled [were] highway miles.”

2018 Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 170WB Sportsmobile

The Sprinter 4×4 is fitted with a 3.0-liter V6 motor that produces 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The seller has an Ultragauge II installed and states that when fully loaded, the camper achieves a combined economy of 13-15 mpg. A dependable motor and drivetrain are matched with go-anywhere capability, thanks to Mercedes’ intelligent 4WD (technically AWD), which can send up to 33 percent of the torque to the front wheels. The 4×4 variant also offers 20 percent more ground clearance than the 2WD and a lower geared differential to tackle technical terrain. Today’s example also benefits from a well-equipped camper conversion from Sportsmobile, premium Kenwood stereo with Apple Car Play, and a backup camera integrated into the rear tail light.

Distinguishing Features

  • Agile Off Road suspension upgrade
  • Natures Head composting toilet
  • Aluminess roof rack, Trojan rear bumper, and ladder
  • Alu-Cab rooftop tent
  • Yakima Roadshower, 7-gallon
  • AGM 4D battery, Zamp solar (200 watts total), and Magnum inverter
  • Espar D-5 furnace and hot water heater

This 2018 Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 170WB Sportsmobile with Alu-Cab rooftop tent is listed for $150,000 and is currently located in Marshall, 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.