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The Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 Drought

It was inevitable, the demand for a new Sprinter 4×4 has grown exponentially over the years and most recently has hit its highest order volume. With large companies like Winnebago reserving a substantial percentage of the yearly production vans and it being the most popular base for a camper van, that has left a lot of people waiting sometimes up to 1 year to get one. Mercedes-Benz doesn’t keep consistent production lines open for their vans, but rather produces vans in runs of similar types. So there are 4×4 runs, tour bus runs, work truck runs, gas engine runs, etc. Because of this, there are large gaps in 4×4 production, and waves of availability.

If you are currently looking for a 4WD Sprinter van to convert and having a tough time finding one, this blog will help you determine if a 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter is the right choice for you.

You can still find 4×4 Sprinters available, but your options are less than a normal 2-wheel drive. For instance, you may want the driver’s assistance package and passenger van but all they have is a cargo van with that particular package. You may not get the pebble grey color you wanted and if so, you’ll have to drive to Texas or settle for one in red. Some people are waiting up to a year for it to be built based on their specifications.

If you are looking for an already converted sprinter camper van, we have 2 more available to reserve for this year!

You’ll be surprised by the capability of a 2WD Camper Van and what it can do. There are plenty of 2 wheel drive Sprinter Adventure Vans that have gone to some amazing places. While most BLM and dispersed camp spots are accessible for all types of vehicles it’s more about the driver’s ability than the van itself; Reading the terrain, choosing good lines, having a helpful spotter, and avoiding sand/ mud at all costs will get you and your van further down the way. For those who sometimes want to take their van off the beaten path and put it in situations that need extra assistance. You need to be prepared when traveling down back roads, especially without another vehicle. We advise that you always bring some recovery tracks, towing winch or even some off road tires would be helpful.

Benefits of 2WD Vans –

  • Better fuel efficiency
  • Smoother drivetrain
  • Cost

Maybe. The 4×4 option on a Sprinter costs $7,975 and after-market kits can cost $12k on average so the price is worth it. But if money isn’t the issue, you need to ask yourself if you really need the 4 wheel drive and will use it in the places you plan ongoing. The only time you would need 4-wheel drive is when the road is really muddy, extreme snow, and lots of deep ruts. So, if you don’t find yourself in those scenarios often then a 2-wheel drive will work just fine. Lastly, 4×4 Sprinter vans will continue to be popular and the demand will always be there so if you’re looking to re-sell the van down the road, it will hold its value much more than a 2-wheel drive van.

Both models have identical interiors and outside appearances. The Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 is 4.3” higher in the front and 3.1” higher in the rear but the ground clearance isn’t much different than the 2 wheels because of the 4WD transfer case and the front differential. In addition, the ground clearance is the same because of the way in which the front of the van is lifted. ie it’s not a suspension lift, it just a big spacer between the body and the front engine cradle which also holds the suspension components

If you’re converting a sprinter camper van and deciding between a 2WD or 4WD, we recommend you ask yourself these questions and take the time to weigh the pros and cons. Four-wheel drive Sprinter vans will always be more difficult to get than two wheel drive where they are readily available now and have more options to choose from.

Mercedes sprinter 4x4 vanQuestions to ask yourself when choosing between 2WD and 4WD –

Could you use the $8k savings and put to something else?

– Not spending the money on the 4×4 option can save you some serious money that can be better used for other parts of the van conversion. You can also use that money to invest in some all-round tires, recovery gear, and other off-road assistance items. Or maybe had a heater and air conditioning…

When was the last time you needed 4-wheel drive while driving your current vehicle?

– Look at your current lifestyle and ask yourself how different it’s going to be when getting a van. Does your current vehicle have it? If so, look at the percentage you’ve engaged the 4WD and ask yourself if that will be the case for your camper van.

Are you living in the van part time or full time?

– We ask that question because when you’re living full-time in a van, you’re traveling with your “home” and all your possessions so you may not want to put yourself in scenarios where the entire van is shaking and tipping from one side to the other.

Is snow going to be a big part of your travels?

– Lots of people want a camper van that will handle snowy climates since they want to be skiing/snowboarding year around. 2-wheel drive vans are more than capable to handle snow and ice conditions with a good set of tires. For extreme snow conditions on challenging roads, you can always carry a set of chains that will typically get you through anything.


Thor 4x4 camper van becomes America's newest backcountry Sanctuary

Around the same time sibling brand Airstream was putting forth a rather oversized, expensive Sprinter adventure camper, Thor Motor Coach was readying its own Sprinter 4x4 camper van. The all-new Sanctuary becomes one of the latest in America's growing 4x4 camper van market, pushing explorers farther out there and sheltering them with a unique floor plan with bathroom, oversized bed and multipurpose rear lounge.

Camper vans are finally getting some love in the US, where they've long been heavily overshadowed by large RVs. While they still lag far behind other RV styles in terms of total sales, camper vans (Class B) represented the hottest, fastest-growing North American RV segment of 2020, according to RVIA sales data, having experienced a 70 percent year-over-year sales increase while Class A and C motorhome segments were down on the year. Camper van popularity has continued throughout a 2021 that's on pace for an RV sales record. At the end of May, RVIA had camper vans leading all RV categories with a 152 percent year-over-year rise through the first five months of the year.

Manufacturers are scrambling to keep up with demand, feverishly adding new camper van models where few to none existed a short time ago. Just last year, Thor Motor Coach added its second camper van model, and only a year earlier it had a lineup of zero, represented in the Class B segment by only a concept camper van, which would make it to production shortly thereafter. Now, the all-new Sanctuary debuts within a six-model 2022 Thor camper van lineup that includes both Mercedes-Benz Sprinter- and Ram ProMaster-based vans, with base prices ranging between US$76,000 and $151,060.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor starts the Sanctuary off with the classic and obvious American all-wheel-drive adventure van of choice, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144 4x4, which brings along its 188-hp turbodiesel V6. Thor dresses the Sprinter exterior up with a standard suite of Thule components, starting with a power awning with integrated lighting and extending to a rear-door bike rack and roof rack with ladder. It also adds on a standard LED light bar up high and available off-road tires down low.

Thor offers two different sanctuary floor plans. The 19P featured in the photos comes anchored by a convertible rear lounge with three-seat front-facing bench complete with three seat belts. A pair of left- and right-side seats combines with that bench to create a wraparound lounge area with removable center table.

At night, the electric-folding bench and side bench seats combine into an oversized, near-square 70 x 72-in (178 x 183-cm) bed. The van is technically built to sleep two, but that lying area equates to more than a residential king, so parents could probably fit a child or two on the bed with them, putting those extra belted drive seats to good use for family camping. A 24-in TV mounted in the corner provides entertainment for those seated at the lounge or those lying in bed.

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Win an eco-friendly Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 camper van

Autoblog may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. No donation or payment necessary to enter or win this sweepstakes. See official rules on Omaze. 

It's been a year (or more) since most of us have traveled, for obvious reasons, and the itch to get out on the open road is hitting us harder than ever before. Waking up, throwing open the doors to a custom camper van to take in Rocky Mountain vistas or Yosemite's great climbing walls seems like exactly what we all need after a year indoors.    

Of course, that is an incredibly romantic view of van life. In all honesty most people love hot showers, regular toilets and sitting on their porch too much to put big bucks into upgrading a Sprinter or Econoline. But there's a way to have an amazing van life without the amazing budget, because Omaze is giving a van away.

Win a Sprinter Van with an Eco-friendly $80,000 Vansmith Conversion - Enter at Omaze

Take one look at this Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 camper van conversion and you know that it is special. Complete with an $80,000 conversion from Vansmith, it features a 3.0L V6 turbodiesel that puts out 325 lb-ft of torque and has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, a 210W solar power system so you don’t have to worry about where you’ll charge your iPhone or drone at night, a Mazzair roof fan, an 85-liter fridge, a 5-foot-long kitchen, full-sized bed and an LED lighting system. It also includes Vansmith's Green Package, which, according to Omaze, includes, "wool insulation, blue-stained pine ceiling, bamboo countertop, carbon offset package with 72,000 lbs of carbon offsets," and a green logo. 

The rest, you can customize yourself, to fit your lifestyle. Choose from a rear-mounted bike rack, upgraded suspension for tooling around Moab (or wherever you like to roam), throw some all-terrain rubber on there … the options are nearly endless, and it adds up to an awesome camper van worth $142,000.

You’re probably asking yourself, what does it take to win? First of all, according to Omaze, "no donation or payment is necessary to enter or win this sweepstakes." $10 will get you 100 entries, while $50 will get you 1,000 entries and $100 will get you 2,000 entries.

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If you want this van, and who wouldn’t, enter here. The deadline to enter is November 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.


Automotive Features

4x4 Mercedes Benz® Sprinter® Chassis

Your journey begins with the safe and convenient keyless entry system. A Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 4x4 chassis brings Tranquility to life. The four-wheel-drive system will ease your mind, whether driving to the slopes or the beach. Back alloy wheels and optional off-road tires will help get you there with ease.

Sprinter Van Benefits

Tranquility remains in its compact conversion van size because there aren’t any slides or walls added during the manufacturing process, unlike Class A and Class C motorhomes. A motorhome of this size promotes confidence behind the wheel for both new and experienced RVers. With this confidence, you can sit back, turn on cruise control and enjoy the ride.

Convenience Behind the Wheel

Enjoying the ride is made simple with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ to access your favorite playlists and podcasts conveniently. For your safety, never take your hands off the wheel, thanks to the hands-free control of the audio right on the tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Keep an eye on your towable connected to the 3,500-pound trailer hitch because your multimedia dash doubles as a back-up monitor.

Sprinter Van for Outdoor Enthusiasts

The beauty of the RV lifestyle is spending plenty of time in the great outdoors, and Tranquility is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts. Thule, a renowned name in their field for creating high-quality gear so you can spend more time enjoying your passion. This Mercedes Sprinter van comes with a Thule bike rack, powered awning with LED lighting, roof ladder and roof rack system.


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A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was turned into an off-grid overlander camper van for a couple and their dogs — see inside Bruce Banner

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TouRig 2016 Sprinter 170 Bruce Banner camper van
  • Camper van conversion company TouRig turned a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter into a tiny home on wheels named Bruce Banner for a couple and their two dogs. 
  • The van was built to be off-grid capable and serves as a cross between a Sprinter camper van and an expedition vechile, according to its makers.
  • Bruce Banner has a kitchen, bathroom, dining and work space, bedroom, and garage.
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Camper van conversion company TouRig turned a 2016 170-inch Mercedes-Benz Sprinter into an off-grid capable tiny home on wheels that is now occupied full-time by a couple and their two dogs.

According to TouRig, the van was built to be a cross between a classic Sprinter camper van and an expedition vehicle. To do this, the Colorado-based TouRig team converted the originally two-wheel-drive cargo van into a green four-by-four camper, aptly giving it the name Bruce Banner.

The van also has series of amenities that further optimize it for long drives and off-grid treks, such as an extended fuel capacity and water storage, upgraded power system, and protective body add-ons.

On average, TouRig spends between six to 12 weeks on its custom Sprinter conversions. The company also partners with Mercedes-Benz for its build-outs, although it will soon be converting another popular camper base — the 2020 Ford Transit all-wheel-drive — as well.

Prices range between $30,000 and over $100,000 depending on what the client is looking for. However, the price of Bruce Banner isn't publicly available, according to the company.

Keep scrolling to see inside:

The interior amenities of the tiny home on wheels is powered by a 600 amp-hour battery system, 3,000-watt inverter and charger, and 375-watt solar panels.

TouRig 2016 Sprinter 170 Bruce Banner camper van

There's also a 40-gallon water system that provides filtered water for Bruce Banner's occupants.

TouRig 2016 Sprinter 170 Bruce Banner camper van

The interior is lined with a kitchen, work and dining space, bathroom, and bedroom.

TouRig 2016 Sprinter 170 Bruce Banner camper van

For homemade meals on the road, the van's kitchen units have a sink, storage cabinets ...

TouRig 2016 Sprinter 170 Bruce Banner camper van

… refrigerator-freezer, and a diesel-powered cooktop for meals on the road.

TouRig 2016 Sprinter 170 Bruce Banner camper van

Bruce Banner's bathroom has a shower and portable toilet.

TouRig 2016 Sprinter 170 Bruce Banner camper van

The shower also has holders for personal hygiene products, such as a razor and body wash.

TouRig 2016 Sprinter 170 Bruce Banner camper van
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Provides a sturdy and practical way to transport bulky items like multiple kayaks, ladders etc.


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Makes the ride in a lightly loaded Sprinter more comfortable. We can upgrade the stiff single or double leaf rear springs with softer riding multi leaf springs.


driving lights


Increase visibility for on or off road driving. Available while retaining the stock front bumper, aftermarket front bumpers or can be mounted on roof racks.


front receiver


This provides a solid anchor point to attach a plug in cradle winch or to tow with or from.


rear bumper


Provides superior protection to the rear of your Sprinter and includes rectangular light ports and center storage or optional winch mount.


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If you want wheels other than our standard polished finish aluminum we can have your wheels media blasted and painted or powder coated to your specific requirements.


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To our knowledge, we are the only company in North America to convert Mercedes Sprinters (and other vans and RVs) to 4-and 6-wheel drive which is an important contribution to the automotive industry. You can take advantage of Sprinter’s lowest cost per mile to operate, best in class safety features, highest resale value and easy to drive and maintain 4×4. Our van conversions are as easy to drive as a 2 wheel drive Sprinter, are off-road tough with impeccable road manners, precise handling and comfortable ride. The result is a Mercedes-Benz with that Mercedes-Benz “feel.” Whitefeather converts new and used 2500, 3500 passenger and cargo vehicles, 3500 cab-and-chassis, RVs, ambulances, commercial and military Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and earlier Dodge Sprinters with 5 cylinder 2.7 and the V6 3.0 diesel engines. All backed with our 3 year 36,000 mile ltd. Warranty. Experience: We have over 30 years and 3,000 conversions experience with sales in 46 countries.

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To our knowledge, we are the only company in North America to convert Mercedes Sprinters (and other vans and RVs) to 4-and 6-wheel drive which is an important contribution to the automotive industry. You can take advantage of Sprinter’s lowest cost per mile to operate, best in class safety features, highest resale value and easy to drive and maintain 4×4.  Our van conversions are as easy to drive as a 2 wheel drive Sprinter, are off-road tough with impeccable road manners, precise handling and comfortable ride. The result is a Mercedes-Benz with that Mercedes-Benz “feel.”

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