2011 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 170” wheel base and a high roof 42,122 original owner miles The following list, which is derived from 60 years of camping experiences, sets the priorities for the design of this van camper. • Shall be practical with emphasis on quality of space and functionality • Separate 76 inch bunks for not just sleeping, but also relaxing • Utilize cockpit area and swivel chairs for living and eating • Provide electrical, water, and waste system for 4 days offline • Locate mechanical systems for ease of access and service • Quiet ducted air conditioning and diesel fueled heater • Plumbing and storage tanks to be within conditioned space The Sprinter was chosen as the platform for our design because of its full standing headroom and flat floor. Under the hood is the 6 cylinder diesel engine with a 300 amp alternator and optional idle controller (ADR). A factory optional 100 Ah auxiliary battery (#1), in conjunction with an isolation relay, separates the engine battery from the house battery bank. A selector switch located under the driver seat allows for a choice of battery #1, #2, #1+#2, or disconnect. To the rear of the driver seat are two 220 Ah, 6 volt “Lifeline” batteries (#2). Directly above is the 2000W Xantrex ProSine 2.0 inverter/charger. A combination 110V circuit breaker and 12V fuse panel is located nearby. Power is distributed to outlets and dimmable LED lighting throughout the vehicle. Further back along the driver side is a 14,000 BTU heat pump with outside air intake and exhaust through a hatch to the outside, which also allows for shore power connection. Conditioned air is ducted and distributed throughout the interior. A 4.7 cu. ft. Vitrifrigo 110 / 12 volt refrigerator/freezer is next in line followed by a pantry and large closet with a full size microwave above and upper cabinets throughout. A five-foot long countertop is hinged to provide easy access to the equipment below. An induction hot plate is provided, freeing counter space for electrical appliances of your choice. At the rear, individual bunks are angled to gain additional length. The upper bunk overlaps the lower bunk only at the foot with minimal vertical separation allowing for sitting headroom top and bottom. This arrangement creates a unique sense of space and autonomy allowing for getting in or out without disturbing another person. The 8 inch mattresses are of layered graduated density natural latex foam providing exceptional comfort and support. The sheets are tightly fitted, and the attractive comforters are attached at the back sides and bottoms. In the morning there is no climbing around to make up the bunk; simply pull and tuck the exposed edges. There are upper cabinets with a built-in 19 inch TV with signal amplifier and batwing antenna on the roof. A MaxxFan with remote control provides whole house ventilation. A door with full-height mirror makes the sleeping area a private dressing room. There is a large closet, vanity, 2 large drawers, and medicine cabinet. The door also provides the enclosure for a Thetford toilet with a 14 gallon black water tank below. Adjacent to the toilet is a bidet wand for those who appreciate such a convenience, otherwise it’s great for washing down the toilet bowl. Below is a shower pan covered by a removal floor panel. Above is a fold-down lavatory with faucet and hose along with a mirrored storage cabinet. The gallery area has a vessel sink that allows for more usable counter space and does not waste valuable space below. Under the vessel sink is an Espar diesel furnace, 6 gallon electric water heater, 8 gallon gray water tank, 19 gallon potable water tank, pressure water system, and an outside shower head. The 14 gallon black water tank connects to a macerator pump and 12 feet of lay flat discharge hose. You’ll find one of those neat pop-up shower tents stored in the basement. The plumbing is configured to allow management for waste disposal while “standing” outside at a dump station. This includes the use of gray water to back flush the black water tank, as well as flushing out the discharge hose. (See detailed instruction illustration) When traveling with both seats facing forward, the pedestal table is securely tucked under the galley counter top forming an “L” shaped work space. With the seats swiveled facing the rear, the table can be slid out and positioned as needed. When parked, the fold-down steps provide access through the side door. Not mentioned above: All routine and recommended service, recalls, and the recent mandated emissions upgrade have been performed by Mercedes Benz. • Bi-xenon headlight package • Side airbags • Swivel seat package • Power heated mirrors • Towing package • Vibration absorbers • Sliding door intermediate stop • 3 CR Laurence awning windows and screens • Pleated shades on windows and a sunscreen for the windshield • Smoke and carbon dioxide detectors • 3/4 inch polyurethane insulation where possible, batt insulation elsewhere with a vapor barrier • Acoustic head liner • Carpet tile • Total of 10 feet of usable counter space • Gas lift springs on upper cabinets • Double extension drawer glides throughout • Push button latching hardware throughout • New 100 Ah auxiliary battery, May 2023 • 2 new 6 volt, 220 Ah batteries, October 2023 • Michelin tires with maybe 10K miles remaining • No rust • A couple very small dents • Outdoor shower • Motor home classification by State Farm • Electric tandem-seat scooter in the basement will provide 15 miles of travel at 18 mph with a 400 pound capacity Personal commentary by sellers: We had a Roadtrek class B, which we nicknamed “Trekster,” before designing the floor plan for our camper. This name just felt right so we adopted it for our new project. The design began long before the Sprinter purchase in February of 2011 and evolved from our varied personal needs and desires. We had families with construction backgrounds and as children helped build our families’ homes. It seemed only reasonable that we could build our own dream machine much as our parents had built theirs. So, off we went, jumping in with both feet to begin our new adventure. It was a long trip, even before our first outing. But, as years went by our travels became memories as our lives were changing. Regrettably, our next journey cannot include Trekster--a move to a retirement community. Now, as time grows near, this selling process will become our farewell adventure with Trekster and perhaps the beginning of new experiences for you. Along with interior and exterior photos is a floor plan and three illustrations. The illustration entitled “Craptraption” provides step by step procedures for management of waste and potable water. In addition, there are selected construction photos that can provide ideas and inspiration for others.
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