Adventure Vanlife: With the Sprinter sportingly through the USA and Canada.

Devon and Joe have made their Vanlife dream come true. In their Mercedes-Benz Sprinter they travel through the USA and Canada with all their sports equipment.

Shared passion: Devon and Joe are united in sport.

Fairbanks, Alaska: A young couple gets their sports equipment from the back of a Sprinter: Surfboard, kitesurfing equipment, wakeboard, mountain bikes, skateboard, paraglider and so on. The list of equipment is almost endless. Devon and Joe share their inexhaustible enthusiasm for sport. On their journey through the USA and Canada, they always have their extensive equipment with them.

Joe is 30 years old and from Connecticut. He is a real adventurer and an engineer. The perfect mix to solve just about any problem that gets in his way. Devon is 26 years old and comes from Charleston, South Carolina. She is an artist and has turned her talent into a flourishing Etsy company.

The Sprinter from a bird's eye view with a variety of travel and sports equipment

Devon and Joe always have their extensive sports equipment in tow.

The convertion: Do it yourself.

MYVAN: What motivated you to buy and live in a Sprinter?
Devon: A few years ago, we did an 8,000 mile tour around the US on bicycles. That was an epic adventure! However, we could only carry the essentials. We were able to see the country, but limited to the activities we could do. We wanted to bring the surfboard, kiteboarding gear, more art supplies, etc. That’s when we realized we needed a van.

MYVAN: You converted your Sprinter by yourselves. Was this planned from the beginning?
 Joe: There was no question that we were going to do our own conversion. We knew we had the skills and/or could teach ourselves anything we didn’t know how to do. The amount of money you save is amazing! We believe we saved about $60,000 doing it ourselves. Plus, building is the fun part! Designing something like this and seeing it come to life was awesome. We would definitely do it again.

The art of being at home everywhere.

MYVAN: How does life feel in the Sprinter?
Devon: We LOVE it!! We’ve been on the road for a year now and are loving every day. At first I was unsure if I could live in a van for 2 years. Not having a solid group of friends and family around me is the hardest part. After 1 year my thoughts have changed! I could do this for many more years. My friends and family will always be there. As long as we keep in touch and visit them every once a while.

MYVAN: What did your families and friends say about your plans?
Devon: Joe’s family never seems surprised. He’s been travelling since High School for kiteboarding and has cycled across the US twice now. I’d say they’re well adapted to these spontaneous life changes. My family was a little surprised. You should have seen them when I told them I was going to bike across the country! All of our friends, of course, they’re stoked for us!

On to adventure, out of the comfort zone.

MYVAN: Your equipment is impressive - when did you learn all these different sports?
Joe: I have been kiting since high school, Devon has been surfing since middle school, and mountain biking is new to us since living in the van. I started flying paramotor about 8 years ago and started paragliding about 4 years ago.

MYVAN: You've been around a lot. Which place is a must-see?
Devon: This is such a hard question, because there are places that are equally beautiful for different reasons. We really loved traveling through Baja Mexico. Traveling in another country really takes you out of your comfort zone. It’s nice to do that every once in a while. We loved going to remote places unsure if we could make it down certain roads. We spent about 3 months there and it was an unforgettable winter. We can’t wait to travel other countries! Now to decide whether we go to Europe or South Africa first!

No matter where - they always manage to find a place for the night.

Devon and Joe sit in their converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Devon and Joe feel at home in their converted Sprinter.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter at sunset in the great outdoors

The couple always finds beautiful places to watch the sunset.

Interior view of the Sprinter converted by Devon and Joe

Devon and Joe have a different view every day at breakfast, mostly in unspoilt nature.

The couple sits around a campfire in front of their Mercedes Sprinter

Life in the converted Sprinter turns every day into a camping holiday.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: Devon Keim, Joe Ruscito

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Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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Turn old into new: From fire engine to camper van.

The Mercedes-Benz 310 D parked at a campsite

In the course of her undergraduate work, Nele transformed a Mercedes-Benz 310 D into a camper van. She recorded the process on her instagram channel.

Van conversion as a final degree project.

A warehouse in North Rhine-Westphalia. Drilling noise is constantly heard coming from an old fire engine in the middle of the room. In it you can see the silhouette of a young woman who is eagerly working on the vehicle and seems to be completely in her element. It is Nele Geke. The student has set herself the task of transforming the tomato red Mercedes-Benz 310 D into a camper van. And this in the context of her undergraduate work. Two factors were decisive: A manageable budget and a limited time window.

The Mercedes-Benz 310 D in a workshop

With the conversion of the decommissioned fire engine, Nele has fulfilled a dream.

Two birds with one stone.

Until recently, Nele studied product design at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences. Practical projects like this are not unusual here as a final thesis. However, how did she just come up with the idea of upgrading a camper van? "I love to travel, the idea of freedom and have a good basic technical understanding," explains Nele. She therefore consciously chose this project, which combines the pleasant with the useful: Now she not only has her Bachelor's degree in her pocket, but also a ready-built camper van for her travels.

Do-it-yourself know-how pays off.

Nele found the almost 30-year-old Mercedes-Benz 310 D at a dealership in Frankfurt. Originally, the van was used as a fire engine in Austria and seemed to be in good condition. There was still a lot left of its former application. Seats and holders for various tools were mounted inside the vehicle. Nele removed these first. Then she made the Van MOT ready and then began with the camper conversion.

Through her practical studies and her father, Nele has already gained some experience as a craftsman. She was therefore able to carry out a great deal of the work on the van herself. For the more complicated technical tasks, she sought help from various professionals from the automotive industry and her friends and family who actively supported her in the realization of the project.

With patience and improvisational talent to the finish.

Nele needed professional support especially when she unexpectedly encountered rust damage and large holes during the dismantling work. In addition, the age of the vehicle brought further difficulties: "Nothing was really straight, which is why parts of the interior had to be adapted again and again. But somehow I had to keep going, after all, it was my bachelor thesis!" Improvisation talent was in demand now and then: For example, the right sized salad bowl was used as a sink.

View of the kitchenette of the converted van

The finished kitchen unit includes a washbasin, dishwasher, stove and practical storage space.

Upcycling par excellence: Wood creates cosiness.

After three months of hard work, Nele was able to complete the project successfully. And the effort was worthwhile: The van now has a sleeping berth for two people and a small kitchenette. The rustic wood panelling makes the van look cosy and comfortable, but not kitschy, as in Nele's eyes is the case with other motorhomes. For her first trip with the van she will go to the nearby Netherlands. Once the vehicle has passed its maiden voyage, Nele and her boyfriend want to go surfing in Spain and Portugal.





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View of the van from the back with the rear open

Lying in bed and enjoying the view - this is only possible in a camper van.

The bed in 310 D

The cosy interior is entirely to Nele's taste.

The 310 D is parked on a meadow with the awning folded out

Nele only stops where she wants.

The 310 D from the side, parked in an alleyway

The 310 D is suitable for both and long trips.

The conversions shown were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. The image does not constitute an assessment of the supplier and/or the conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: Nele Geke

More Links to explore: @Instagram


Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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Journeyman – a Berlin start-up sends tradesmen abroad.

Journeyman sees itself as an "au pair placement" for young tradesmen who want to work for partner companies abroad.

Yesterday in Germany, today in Canada.

The air blows warmly on Jan Wienold's face, while he carefully connects one bitumen sheet after the other with the gas burner. But the trained journeyman roofer has one of the most beautiful views you can wish for at work: The Vancouver skyline. A few months earlier, he was in Germany working as usual. He never dreamt that he would be working on the rooftops of Vancouver for six months. The Berlin start-up "Journeyman" made this possible. Under the direction of Samuel Wurster, it helps tradesmen to network internationally and to work abroad for a longer period of time.

Jan is on a roof in front of the Vancouver skyline

Roofer Jan has been working via Journeyman in Vancouver for six months.

A "semester abroad" for tradesmen.

In addition to his business studies, Samuel occasionally helped his grandfather to work in the quarry during the summer. He also spent some time as a non-commissioned officer in the Swiss military, where many of his colleagues had a technical background. "As a craftsman you have a cool education and due to the lack of skilled workers you earn good money," he quotes. "But when you are in early or mid-20s and you check Facebook and Instagram you see how students from your circle of friends spend semesters abroad in the most beautiful places in the world, and you would like to do something like that yourself." Inspired by the idea of enabling tradesmen to spend several months abroad, Samuel began researching. He found that many English-speaking countries also lack qualified personnel. The concept for his start-up was born.

Samuel sits on a sofa

Journeyman founder and managing director Samuel Wurster would like to enable tradesmen to spend longer periods abroad.

Samuel talks to Jan in a Berlin café

Personal consultations with Journeyman can be arranged individually.

View of a deserted construction site in Vancouver

The shortage of skilled workers in English-speaking countries offers tradesmen from Germany the opportunity to gain experience abroad.

The Vito drives over the construction site and stirs up dust

As a journeyman, tradesmen from a wide variety of trades can explore the world.

Visa, tax and insurance - Journeyman knows the ropes.

Journeyman works via an online platform where tradesmen like Jan can register to work abroad for six to 18 months. Currently the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are on offer as target countries. Samuel's team will not only find a suitable position in a partner company, but will also provide active support on topics such as international health insurance, visa, tax number and accommodation for the first few days. In this way, the start-up wants to take the uncertainty away from young specialists, who are usually travelling abroad for a prolonged period for the first time. Despite all the anticipation, this is often the order of the day.

In the long term, Journeyman could grow into a network in which tradesmen from all over the world can exchange ideas.

Communication via telephone and WhatsApp.

Once you have created your personal profile, you can click through the various projects and fill out an application form. As everywhere else, a compelling application is half the battle. Not to forget the keeping of deadlines. By phone and WhatsApp, Journeyman keeps in touch with the candidate throughout the process and informs them of the next steps. "It is easier if we use the communication channels on which most of them already operate," the Swiss entrepreneur explains. Alternatively, you can drop by the Journeyman office in Berlin-Kreuzberg for a personal meeting or make an individual appointment with a team member.

Samuel seated in his office in front of the computer

Samuel and his team of eight provide active support in organizing the stay abroad.

Problems on site? The community helps.

If a candidate fits a job, Journeyman organizes a Skype conversation between the foreign company and the candidate. And if both sides get on well together? Then it is time to pack your bags - up and away! Even after arrival, the tradesman is not on his own. All participants, who are located in the same area, are networked in a local community and can help each other with questions and exchange experiences. If there are any problems, the personal partner at Journeyman is still there for you.

Seven steps to a skilled trades job abroad:

  1. The kick-off: First, you have to register at the Journeyman site.
  2. First contact: A Journeyman employee will then get in touch with you and clarify individual questions and wishes.
  3. Personal profile: Based on the information provided, an English Journeyman profile will be created and sent to the companies of your choice abroad.
  4. The first meeting: After getting to know each other over the phone or on a video call, you are ideally accepted.
  5. Let's go: No matter if, it is a visa or employment contract - Journeyman helps with preparations of any kind.
  6. Now, it gets down to it: Where do I live? What insurance do I need on site? Journeyman organizes the details of the stay abroad.
  7. Off on an adventure: The preparations are ready, now you can start. A personal contact person will also help with questions or problems during your stay.

An international network for tradesmen.

However, Journeyman is more than just a job agency or travel organization, explains Samuel. For him, international networking is just as interesting as the mediation: "In the long term, Journeyman could grow into a network in which tradesmen from all over the world can exchange ideas. Like a LinkedIn for tradesmen, so to speak." Former Journeyman participants could thus remain part of the community and share their experiences. In addition to professions with a particularly high demand abroad, such as carpenters, joiners and roofers, the start-up founder also wants to expand the range to other trades. And that's not all: Return visits by foreign tradesmen would also be possible with this concept in the future!

View of the Vancouver skyline

Samuel's goal is to network tradesmen worldwide.

Jan and a colleague are standing in front of the open rear doors of the Vito getting ready to load it

Working abroad also involves learning new methods and techniques.

The Vito is set against a backdrop of skyscrapers in Vancouver

The time spent in Vancouver is an unforgettable experience for Jan.

The Vito parks in front of stacked wooden construction elements

The Vito is comfortable both on the construction site and in city traffic.

Jan and Samuel meet in front of a Berlin café

Personal contact: Questions and wishes regarding your stay abroad will be clarified individually at Journeyman.

More Links to explore:, Journeyman @ Facebook, Journeyman @ Instagram


The Vito helps you get ahead – both out on the road and in your business. Its cost-effectiveness and quality are as exemplary as its versatility and safety.

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The “old Fritz” – a 407 D conquers the Pan-American Highway.

A Mercedes-Benz 407 D on a road in the nature

A big, grey and indestructible van: In their Mercedes-Benz 407 D, nicknamed Fritz, Jana and Fabian are travelling along the longest road in the world, the Pan-American Highway.

Starting out into a new adventure.

San Diego, California. In front of their van, Jana and Fabian have made themselves at home and are soaking up the Californian sun. They began their journey in Long Beach, County of Los Angeles, in early April and are now heading south. For their Vanlife, both of them quit their management jobs in newly established Berlin companies. Why? Because they did not have enough time for the beautiful things in life. “We just felt that the ’life’ part of the work-life-balance was falling by the wayside”, they assert. A travel destination was soon found: Both of them barely knew the United States, and Central and South America were completely unknown to them. “As journeys of discovery are always the best, we decided to cross the Atlantic Ocean in order to explore the Pan-American Highway.” On their website they share their travel experiences.

From the driving seat of a Mercedes-Benz 407 D, Fabian is looking out of the side window

Jana and Fabian found their Mercedes-Benz 407 D from the eighties in the small ads on eBay.

A home on four wheels.

The idea to go on a journey with the van was the obvious next step for them – the feeling of freedom while taking your home along wherever you go: this is as good as it gets. It seemed to be a lucky twist of fate that soon after, they became aware of a “vanlife meetup” in Berlin. This is where they saw the 407 D for the first time. “Initially we thought: ‘Man, how big it is!’, but somehow, the idea also appealed to us”, they recount. The driver, a hard-core 407 fan and automobile enthusiast, immediately started using all his powers of persuasion. And it soon became clear that this van was exactly the right choice for their trip. “The prefabricated extensions by Westfalia and other types of camper van equipment simply did not appeal to us.”

The Mercedes-Benz 407 D stands on a parking lot in a rugged landscape

On Facebook and Instagram, Jana and Fabian share personal experiences of their journey of discovery along the Pan-American Highway.

All the blood, sweat and tears that went into the conversion have paid off.

Shortly afterwards, they discovered what they wanted in the small ads on eBay. Fritz, however, was not yet ready for departure. “Judging by the pictures, the van’s condition was terrible. It had been parked on a meadow for a whole year, and with its broken windows and leakages, it looked as if it had come straight from Loch Ness”, they recall. Fortunately, a brief inspection revealed that the van’s body and frame were solid and could be restored.

For the mechanical work Jana and Fabian relied on expert help, while they took care of the interior fittings themselves – with active support from friends and family: “You will learn the skills you need little by little if you have the courage to embark on this adventure. Anybody is capable of converting a van into a camper!” According to them, a total of 106 work days – as well as lots of blood, sweat and tears – were expended on improving the van, but they also experienced many wonderful moments and successes. “We are really proud of the result – although we would do some things differently next time.”

We are still very much in love with our van when we see 'Fritz' parked somewhere, thinking: 'Man! This is our home!'

Looking back on days past.

They were also confronted with a number of difficulties: “Whenever things became difficult, there was somebody there to let us off the hook. Whether it be the person who, without further ado, rewelded the supports of our roof rack overnight because it did not fit any more, or the one who gave us a parking space in a heated hall when the onset of winter threatened to thwart all our plans.” In converting the van, Jana and Fabian learnt a lot about Fritz’s past: They suspect that the 407 D used to be a kind of security vehicle in its first life, as it was originally painted in orange. Stickers on the rear doors, dollar coins and an old Coca-Cola bottle told us that Fritz had been to the United States before. “It is nice to know that Fritz has travelled the United States, and probably Mexico, without us before – so at least one of us knows how to get to where we want to go!”

Driving along the highway without stress and hurry.

Many people find it hard to believe that they are travelling at a speed of 75 km/h only. For American highways, this is a very slow speed. “Deceleration on the road is an issue that needs to be tackled urgently, we definitely benefit from it!” Despite the moderate speed, breakdowns were inevitable. So far, however, they have always been pretty lucky. “When we had problems with our exhaust pipe in Santa Barbara, after less than two minutes, a German was standing next to us and recommended a local garage where he used to have his old Unimog repaired.” Their exhaust was repaired temporarily and for free, and soon after, a new piece of piping was welded on in a specialized workshop. What made them opt for a Mercedes-Benz vehicle? For their journey, the couple relies on an old diesel which can cope with bad fuel, if necessary, and be repaired by any mechanic even in the smallest of towns in Guatemala.

Fabian sits besides the Mercedes-Benz 407 D in the desert watching a sunset

Deceleration: The moderate speed allows the couple to consciously gather new impressions on their journey.

A Mercedes-Benz 407 D that will open new doors.

One thing is certain: Fritz is a real eye-catcher and has opened them quite a few doors during their journey. “Every day, people approach us because our van has attracted their attention – over here, it is a true rarity.” Many enjoyable encounters and even friendships have evolved from that. When entering Mexico, they will cross their first border. “We have no objective and no schedule. That is very important to us. But if we managed to do so, it would be great to drive Fritz to Patagonia at least once!”

A Mercedes-Benz 407 D on a tow truck

In April of this year, Jana and Fabian set off on their journey from Los Angeles along the Pan-American Highway.

View of the Mercedes-Benz 407 D prior to the conversion work

Fritz prior to its conversion: Despite having already been transformed into a camper van, the 407 D required renovation from top to bottom.

During the conversion work, the Mercedes-Benz 407 D was completely gutted

Upgrading their Mercedes-Benz 407 D was quite demanding on the couple – but the result speaks for itself.

View of the renovated interior fittings of a Mercedes-Benz 407 D

Jana and Fabian carried out the interior fittings of their Fritz single-handedly.

The Mercedes Benz 407 D is driving through the desert and giant cacti

Jana and Fabian consider Vanlife as an alternative form of life.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: Jana Schilling & Fabian Menzel

More Links to explore:, @Facebook, @Instagram


Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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Baltic Food Trucks – the new mobile culinary movement in Lithuania.

The Pizzaland Food Truck on the marketplace of a Lithuanian city

Gediminas Petrikas is a food truck operator in Lithuania. He has mastered the path from a mere idea to a whole fleet of food trucks.

The longest pizza oven in Lithuania.

A city in Lithuania at lunchtime: Passers-by stroll through the streets and enjoy the sunshine of the long-awaited summer. Suddenly, a chocolate brown vehicle over nine meters long curves around the corner. A few moments later, the seductive aroma of pizza is in the air. This is "Pizzaland", a food truck belonging to the Lithuanian company Baltic Food Trucks. This truck was the first major project of the founder Gediminas Petrikas, who now wants to specialize in the conversion of all kinds of food trucks.

Customers stand in front of the counter of the food truck and order pizza

One part of the truck serves customers, while the other part is used for baking.

The right idea at the right time.

Originally, it was Gediminas’ parents who wanted to build a mobile business as an additional source of income and asked their son for support. Gediminas recognized early on the rising food truck trend initiated by the American chef Josh Henderson with his Airstream caravan "Skillet Street Food". From his time at university in Denmark, he also knew the taste of good pizza, something many of his compatriots could not claim: "The majority of people in Lithuania think that pizza needs to be eaten with tons of ketchup and garlic mayonnaise in order to taste good," says Gediminas. After a pizza baker friend in Copenhagen had shown him how to make authentic Italian pizzas, Gediminas had a business idea: A pizza food truck in Lithuania.

The Pizzaland Food Truck selling pizza on a sunny day

With his food truck Gediminas wanted to show how good pizza really tastes.

A crisis is not always a bad thing.

First, he bought an old cheese truck from Denmark and upgraded it. Then he put the project on hold because his parents had different ideas about a mobile business. In 2008 following the financial crisis, this cost him his original job, in a construction company in Denmark. Unemployed, as Gediminas was he went back to his parents' backyard where the food truck was still parked and took the project into his own hands. With success: Within a short time his pizza truck had become so well-known that he later switched to a Mercedes-Benz Vario 810 DT, which he and his team used until recently.

The truck is the most important tool in this business.

Only the best for the truck.

The van, which he found in Hanover, was already used at weekly markets as a mobile sales stand for poultry and other types of meat. However, the vehicle was not in very good condition when it was purchased, which is why Gediminas completely rebuilt it. And here he spared neither time nor money: For example, he had the subfloor overhauled in the Lithuanian city of Vilnius. The paint was applied 350 kilometers further away, in another city.

Gediminas wanted to let the respective experts to do the various tasks on the vehicle. "The truck is the most important tool in this business. It is therefore of paramount importance to find reliable partners for its conversion." He chose the truck because of the easy to maintain 4.2 diesel engine and the well-known "unbreakable" chassis.

A view of the sales counter from inside

Yesterday a pizza chef, today a food truck outfitter.

The prize-worthy food truck.

All this effort was rewarded: Pizzaland prevailed over 141 other food trucks at the European Street Food Festival and finally won the European Food Truck Award. Gediminas believes that his truck was able to impress with a good mixture of functionality and chic design. In the interior, he had used only ceramic tiles, oak wood and natural stone. The sheer length of the vehicle offers space for seven employees who can produce up to 1,000 pizzas in a twelve-hour shift with the aid of four ovens.

The Pizzaland team in front of the food truck

Gediminas and his team are the proud winners of the European Food Truck Award.

Mass production with love.

These quantities can almost be measured with industrial production. The decisive difference, however, is that Gediminas’ team produces every single pizza lovingly by hand and without artificial additives. "We want to offer a product at restaurant level at a fair price," was the Lithuanian's promise. And that impresses the customers. One food truck has grown into a small fleet of food trucks, which he bundles under the label "Baltic Food Trucks". And Gediminas even owns restaurants these days.

Food trucks are ideal for trying things out.

Food Trucks are more present in Europe than ever before. But what are the reasons for the hype? Gediminas sees advantages for everyone involved: "Prospective entrepreneurs and talented chefs have the opportunity to let off steam creatively for a comparatively small budget and test the success of their products directly on the customer before they perhaps open a stationary restaurant. In addition, you travel around a lot, which makes the work varied.

Passers-by can discover different, sometimes exotic delicacies every day while outdoors. Gediminas therefore finds the lively development of the food truck culture very exciting, which is why he wants even fewer regulations for street food in Europe.

The food truck at a busy festival

Food trucks bring joy to cooks and visitors.

Back to the roots.

Now Gediminas has sold his pizza business including restaurants and he also wants to give away the award-winning truck. Why is that? He now wants to specialize in the conversion of food trucks. To a certain extent, he is thus moving back a bit from gastronomy to his original profession as a building contractor. His goal is to offer particularly exclusive and individual conversion solutions for prospective food truck entrepreneurs. And if you want to become one yourself, Gediminas has five valuable first-hand tips for you.

Gediminas Petrikas tips for a sucessful food truck business:

  1. A food truck is hard work! This is often not mentioned. But before you open a food truck business, you should know that it involves hard work.
  2. Small or big business? Where will the truck be used? Is it at festivals where thousands of visitors stroll by every day? Or tranquil places where at most a few hundred customers are to be expected? The size of the truck determines the number of customers that can be served. You should be aware of this at the time of purchase.
  3. What kind of kitchen would you like? What you should also consider in advance is what food you want to offer. Depending on whether you want to prepare Italian pizza or Asian wok vegetables, different kitchen equipment is required.
  4. The menu - brevity is the spice! With regard to the menu, it is easier for both cooks and customers if you limit yourself to a handful of tasty and freshly prepared dishes.
  5. Food Truck First: Your food truck is your workplace, your motorhome, possibly your home and much more. Maintenance and care should definitely not be sacrificed here!
The food truck is parked in front of a classical building

Gediminas wants to convert many more food trucks like these in the future.

The rear part of the open Pizzaland Food Truck

Working in a well-maintained and reliable truck is fun.

View into the driver's cab of the Mercedes-Benz Vario 810 DT

A raised seating position in the cockpit of the Vario 810 DT ensures that everything is always in view.

A view of the four ovens inside the food truck

With four ovens, pizzas can be baked like on an assembly line.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: Rytis Šeškaitis, Gediminas Petrikas

More Links to explore: European Street Food Award, Baltic Food Truck @ Facebook


Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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Two classic car lovers with a heart for DüDos.

With Oldtimerteile Köpenick, Christine and Alexis have turned their passion for the Mercedes-Benz 408, known among experts as "DüDo", into their profession.

Fire engine in action.

Slowly the bright red Mercedes-Benz 408 drives through the streets of Berlin. Some passers-by turn around with interest and gaze after this remarkable vehicle. It is a real eye-catcher, because it is a former fire engine with the inscription "Jugendfeuerwehr Rathmannsdorf". The passengers on board are not firemen, but Christine and Alexis. The two took a day trip with their "little fire brigade", as they lovingly call the vehicle. "Not only travelling is great fun - with a classic every ride is an experience," Christine explains. For them the attraction lies in the fact that you can be free with a van and discover for yourself. And the couple uses it as often as possible.

Big, loud and beautiful.

For longer journeys, Christine and Alexis bought a Mercedes-Benz 408 with Mikafa body. You notice: Real "DüDo"-lovers, as the Mercedes-Benz 408 is also called due to their production in Düsseldorf. But travelling in an old-timer - raises the question of if this can be difficult? "With our DüDo we have always been on the road in Europe. Of course there are breakdowns, but until now fortunately only at the beginning of the journey or on arrival. And if you do get stuck with a classic car, help is usually not far away. Most of the time you get to know great new people," Christine explains. "For us, our DüDo is simply perfect: big, loud and beautiful."

Not only travelling is great fun - with a classic every ride is an experience.

Shared passion for old things and repairs.

Besides the Mercedes-Benz 408 with Mikafa body and the former fire engine, Christine and Alexis also own other vehicles. Among others, another Mercedes-Benz 408 called "Goldi", also a former fire engine from Nohra near Weimar. "Goldi" needed a complete restoration - which made them both sweat a bit. However, independently of one another, the couple has always been interested in old things and their restoration: Alexis has been driving vintage cars ever since he was able to drive - from bicycles and scooters to cars. However, the two are not exactly from the trade, because Alexis used to work as a carpenter and outfitter for the film industry, Christine as a media designer.

Blue Mercedes-Benz 408 during the complete restoration

The complete restoration of "Goldi" was a challenge with a lot of fun for the couple.

Oldtimerteile Köpenick brings more DüDos onto the road.

This classic car passion has become more than just a hobby for the couple. Christine and Alexis also founded a small start-up: They called it Oldtimerteile Köpenick. There they offer the rare spare parts for DüDos. They came up with this idea more spontaneously than planned: Due to their own lack of spare parts, one thing led to another, and they founded their start-up. "It makes us happy to contribute to bringing more DüDos onto the streets," smiles Alexis.

And that's not all: The two have also set up their own business by hiring out their vehicles. "Goldi" und the former fire engine "Rathmannsdorfer-Feuerwehrauto" can be hired via their Holiday Rescuers page "Die Urlaubsretter". A possibility to see the DüDos in action and to experience this very special driving feeling that Christine and Alexis are so enthusiastic about.

Factsheet Mercedes-Benz 408 (Goldi)



Production period




Previous model





LKW panel van


OM 616


6.20 meters


Approx. 2 meters

Wheel base

2,950 cm

Permissible gross weight

4,800 kg

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The blue Mercedes-Benz 408 parked in front of a lake

Excursions with the DüDo "Goldi".

The blue Mercedes-Benz 408 with camping equipment is parked in front of a lake

Thanks to the complete restoration, "Goldi" is now available again for holiday rescuers.

Green and blue Mercedes-Benz classic car

Christine and Alexis also own a tow truck for their company Oldtimerteile Köpenick.

View through the windscreen of the DüDo

With their DüDo motorhome, the couple also takes longer journeys.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: Christine Bösing

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Craft Circus – Manufacture of spirits and drinks.

Handmade spirits, wines and cocktail sets directly from the manufacturer: At Craft Circus everything revolves around the special experience at the end of the day.

The perfect after-work experience.

It is late afternoon at the port of Hamburg and the sun is about to turn the scenery of containers and cargo ships a bright orange. Friends Lupo, Julian and Basti are about to move a mobile bar out of their van. Just a few fresh ingredients are required and the bar is ready to serve in a jiffy. Shortly afterwards the guests arrive. The three founders of Craft Circus have organized an exclusive tasting of their spirits and wines - and regularly create a very special experience.

The participants at the tasting at Hamburg harbor with the Vito in the background

With their mobile bar, Craft Circus create an unforgettable after-work experience.

Passion turned into a profession.

During their time at university, Lupo Porschen, Julian Fichtl and Basti Fischer not only shared the same private interests, but also pursued similar professional goals: They wanted to start their own business. In the living room of their shared flat in Hamburg, the starting shot for the start-up was finally fired in 2014. Julian's father lived at a winery in Rhineland-Palatinate, which was his first contact with the beverage industry. Trips to the vineyards have given them the taste for hand-selected wine in the truest sense of the word. "Today we have turned our passion into our profession and work full-time as friends and business partners in our small gourmet establishment," Basti sums up.

The Mercedes-Benz Vito from Craft Circus driving along an avenue

The start-up Craft Circus has made a name for itself as one of the most innovative manufacturers in Germany.

Exceptional drinks directly from the manufacturer.

At this winery, an exquisite schnapps of wine distillate had already served in the past. However, the fine digestive only came to the table privately for special occasions. Today, some 25 years later, "The Wolf" is a new edition of this extraordinary digestive. The name is a tribute to the father Wolfgang, without whom the boys of Craft Circus would not have dared to take the decisive step towards independence so quickly. But why Craft Circus? Craft stands for the handmade aspect; Circus describes the lifestyle of the founders, who have traveled a considerable part of this world. Being able to work independently and flexibly is still very important to them. That is why they decided against renting an office. The work is wherever they happen to be.

We attach great importance to handmade things.

Handmade spirits and wines directly from the manufacturer.

What makes Craft Circus products unique is that they come directly from the manufacturer. "We manufacture unique enjoyable products according to recipes and methods we have developed ourselves, which have been created in elaborate cooperation with restaurateurs. First and foremost is the excellent flavor." Particular importance is attached to the quality of the handmade products. In addition, the high standards of both the design and the story behind each brand must be in tune. "Each brand tells a story from our lives or reflects our character," explain the entrepreneurs.

Distinctive brands with personality and story.

The product portfolio currently includes three different brands: THE WOLF digestive, BIRDS Adventure and the Bottle Post Gin. Each brand has its own individual character, but in their hearts they are all similar - just like the founders themselves. The world traveler feeling also resonates in all their products: With BIRDS wines, for example, they have created a modern lifestyle brand that combines German wine making style with character from all over the world. Both spirits and wines are lovingly handmade and bottled in small batches.

Three BIRD brand wine bottles are positioned in a wine box

With the BIRD line Craft Circus have created modern wines for every moment.

Enjoyment as a way of life.

The core areas of Craft Circus are composed of product development, brand building, online shop, events and catering. The founders pay special attention to local tastings. In this way, the young entrepreneurs want to provide consumers with face-to-face information on the production of their products and give them inspiration to prepare them at their local bar. Their mission is to make every moment a special experience.

The participants of the tasting raise a toast with their drinks

The goal of Craft Circus: To make every moment of enjoyment an extraordinary experience with friends.

With the Mercedes-Benz Vito to the perfect after-work experience.

Always in the Vito is a mobile bar that can be set up flexibly within a few minutes. "As we offer premium products, Mercedes-Benz was our first choice. The Vito represents our brand and our mobile bar fits in perfectly." A lot has happened since the foundation: The exceptional products of the company are now available in seven countries. And what should the future bring? "We want to become an inspirational when it comes to enjoyment and unusual drinks at the end of the day. We also plan to launch additional products and expand our Craft Circus family."

The Craft Circus recommendations:

  • BIRDS Adventure: Ideally mixed as "GERMAN MULE" (4cl BIRDS, 2cl lime juice, 15cl ginger beer). Or with Tonic Water as "BIRDS TONIC" (4cl BIRDS, 15cl Tonic Water). For the more experienced, a "BIRDS SOUR" (4cl BIRDS, 3cl lemon juice, 1.5cl sugar syrup) is the right choice.
  • BIRDS & TONIC: Fill glass with ice cubes. Add 40ml BIRDS Adventure. Add 150ml Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water.
  • THE WOLF is the ideal way to round off a perfect dinner. Preferably in a Nosing glass - pure and at room temperature.
Basti, co-founder of Craft Circus, explains something about the drinks to the participants of the tasting

Special events: At tastings, Craft Circus drinks can be enjoyed on site.

Lupo Porschen is working on the laptop that he has placed on the Vito's hood

Mobile office: The life ethos of young entrepreneurs is also reflected in the flexible workplace.

Two bottles of BIRDS Adventure spirits are placed on the mobile bar

BIRDS Adventure is a craft spirit with ingredients from five continents.

The founders of Craft Circus prepare drinks at their mobile bar

Craft Circus is a modern platform for handmade spirits & drinks.

The Mercedes-Benz Vito from Craft Circus drives on a country road

With the Vito, the start-up transports its premium beverages to its customers.

Drinks are garnished with fresh raspberries

The spirits, wines and cocktail sets from the online shop are ideal for enjoyment at the end of the day.

Lupo Porschen, co-founder of Craft Circus sits at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz Vito

Lupo Porschen fulfilled his dream of his own start-up in 2014 together with his university friends.

Photos: Tim Wendrich

More Links to explore:, Craft Circus @ Facebook, Craft Circus @ Instagram, Craft Circus @ YouTube


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Out of the daily routine – with a former postal Sprinter.

A red Sprinter at sunset

Bec and Gary are a travel-happy couple from Australia. Their home: A bright red Sprinter, in which they have been exploring their home country for over a year.

Explore the world in a Sprinter.

Bec and Gary are always looking for new adventures. In July 2016, they decided to buy a Sprinter and convert it. Living in a house and settling down was out of the question for them. They wanted to get out of everyday life and have new experiences. "Something crazy to escape normality." They started looking for used vans on the Internet and found a former postal Sprinter from a private seller that was perfect for them. However, they had to be patient until it was in their possession. The size of the Sprinter was right, but it was actually far too expensive. Yet they did not give up. When six weeks later the price surprisingly dropped, they struck. In November 2016, they were able to call themselves proud owners of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Bec lies in the Sprinter and looks at the sea

Every day there is a new panorama to experience.

Blood, sweat and tears.

They dared to convert their van without any previous experience. They wanted to have created their future home with their own hands. Therefore, the reconstruction was an important part of the adventure. Every detail has a history and every choice of material has its reasons. However, the conversion was more difficult than expected: "There are no instructions for a van conversion. You just have to dare to try and fail sometimes. In addition, almost the entire interior of a Sprinter is curved, making it difficult to cut the insulation and trim to fit." Despite or precisely because of these difficulties, they learned a lot: "It's worth going on - if you really want something, you can achieve it". Looking back, they are proud of how well they have managed the conversion. Nevertheless, there are still a few optimizations, such as a larger water tank or an integrated toilet.

A red Sprinter is parked at the roadside

Bec and Gary see landscapes that most people can only wish for.

A good team in the smallest of spaces.

Gary works from the road. He works as a part-time designer and is therefore not tied to one place, as he can work with his laptop from anywhere he wants. However, this is only a transitional phase. They hope to find new jobs on the Internet as soon as possible that suit them and are sufficient to continue their current life. Teamwork is very important for life in the van. This also includes cooking together." Gary is the more creative cook of the two of us," Bec remarks with a laugh. In the small kitchen, a lot of improvisational talent is required.

Apart from the limited space in the van, they also had to make some other changes on their travels: Worrying about where the next place to sleep is for the night or whether the next shower has hot water, for example. "When you live in a house, you don't think about it. "If you live in a van, it is essential." And they have not escaped without incident either: They almost saw their Sprinter go up in flames. A short circuit in the voltage converter caused the entire van to fill with smoke. At some point the fire alarm went off - luckily nothing was damaged.

There are no instructions for a van conversion. You just have to dare to try and fail sometimes.

Small space, big possibilities.

Living in a Sprinter as a couple can be exhausting, but the couple rarely gets on each other's nerves: "We've been together for over twelve years and the presence of the other person is expected. And we both know that such a life wouldn't work with another person."

What they like best about this free and independent life, despite all adversities, is being able to see and explore new places every day. "One day you wake up in the morning in a forest and the next day you wake up with a view of waves, beach and sea," they enthuse. Making plans is not their thing. The next destination is always decided spontaneously. This depends on weather, landscape and mood.

Bec and Gary's five most beautiful places on their journey:

  • Bay of Fires - a beautiful stretch of coast with bright turquoise water and lively orange rocks.
  • Mount Wellington - whether in the snow or in sunshine.
  • Tasmania's wild southwestern wilderness - a very quiet and tough area but beautiful.
  • Wineglass Bay - a bay with a white beach and crystal-clear waters.
  • Tree Capes Coast - crazy beautiful rock formations and whipping waves.
Sprinter with open doors at the beach

Waking up on the beach is not unusual on their journey.

Gary is standing in the van with a pan

Gary and Bec like to cook regularly.

Hat and jackets are hung on hooks inside the Sprinte

Both of them have individually equipped the Sprinter.

Gary and Bec are standing in front of their van in the snow

The Sprinter even shines in the snow.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: We, Who Roam @ Instagram


Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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Smart shopping with smark – thanks to the latest vending machine technology.

With smark, professionals can buy fresh food from the market around the clock. How? Vending machines are the solution.

High-quality food from the region.

The food start-up smark has developed an innovative concept to enable customers to shop for food around the clock, every day of the week. A vending machine allows customers to purchase a wide range of organically produced food from regional producers in the city. This is how the start-up company smark brings "the farm shop to the city" and makes sustainable shopping cheap and easy.

Because today's customer is demanding - he expects not only everything fast, but also to get it anytime and anywhere. Due to long working hours, shopping has to be postponed to late evening or the weekend. And that's when the queue at the checkout is the longest. With smark‘s innovative concept these circumstances and the annoying trip to the supermarket should soon be yesterday's news.

A Mercedes-Benz Vito driving on a country road

The Vito transports the fresh food into town.

Save time and shop flexibly.

In July 2017 smark opened the first dispensing-machine in the entrance hall of Stuttgart's main station. "At our vending machine in the main station, people can make their purchases on the way home from work in just a few minutes without having to make a detour to the supermarket. In this way you can save time and instead spend your time on the things you want to do," says co-founder Philipp.

A second location was recently opened at the Schwab-/Bebelstraße stop in western Stuttgart. In the future, food vending machines will be scattered throughout the city. Smark offers a further advantage due to the elimination of opening hours. "Our customers can shop with us around the clock, at any time and are not dependent on shop opening hours," Philipp explains.

With our concept we want to prove that sustainable products can be purchased quickly and without great effort.

Pioneer of sustainability in the food business.

In the future, the start-up company not only wants to produce vending machines for the distribution of food, but also wants to grow into a trustworthy food retailer itself. "The brand stands for conscious consumption and easy access to high-quality food. That's why we want people to see us as pioneers in sustainable food shopping," Philipp explains. Smark aims to bring responsible consumption closer to society and show them that everyone can shop consciously. "With our concept we want to prove that sustainable products can be purchased quickly and without great effort," claim the founders.

They do not necessarily see imitators with similar ideas as competitors. "It would actually motivate us even more if competitors wanted to implement similar sustainability-oriented concepts. Because that would just confirm what we're doing." However, smark wants to claim the pioneering role for itself.

Philipp, Max and Ado are standing in a workshop

The founders of the start-up smark.

A chicken on a vast meadow with a stable in the background

Smark is committed to sustainability and responsibility.

Cows in the barn eating hay

In the future, the start-up company wants to grow into a trustworthy food retailer itself.

A sheep on a pasture

The start-up stands for conscious consumption and easy access to high-quality food.

Smark food vending machine at Stuttgart main station

In the future, food vending machines will be scattered throughout the city.

A box of regional products with workplaces in the background

Smark aims to bring responsible consumption closer to society.

Photos: Felix Schwarz, Fabian Freitag

More Links to explore:, smark @ Facebook


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Brazilian Tapioca Flans from a Berlin Sprinter.

Mariana and Peter in their Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which was converted into a food truck

Mariana brings her home on the banks of the Amazon to the streets of the German capital: With her husband Peter she delights her guests with Brazilian specialties.

A piece of Brazil away from home.

Mariana is beaming: Together with her husband Peter and two other employees, she stands cheerfully in her food truck, preparing one tapioca flan after the other. Various scents of colorful and fresh ingredients such as avocado, pomegranate and banana rise from her work. It is a warm summer evening; the sun is already quite low, so that the most beautiful light of the day bathes the surroundings in warm tones. Crowds of people in colorful festival outfits stroll around the grounds, all with satisfied smiles on their faces. The festival music that comes to her from the stages underlines the summer flair. Mariana serves a warm tapioca flan over the counter. She loves to look into the happy faces of her customers and to realize that they are enthusiastic about this food, which comes from Mariana's birthplace of Brazil. The tapioca fritters are prepared from cassava flour of the root of the same name, which can then be filled to taste either hearty or sweet. Tapioca flans are a real Brazilian specialty and have a long history. The food truck also offers another Brazilian specialty: "Açaí na Tigela", an ice sorbet made from the açaí berry, which only grows in the Amazon region.

Mariana and Peter in front of their Tapiocaria-Food Truck

Mariana and Peter are overjoyed about the positive response of their customers.

From street food stand to their own food truck.

The Brazilian food truck of Mariana and her husband Peter has its origins in May 2014: With a simple stand in Berlin’s ‘Markthalle Neun’ - one of the town’s hottest street food locations - the two test their food creations on their customers - with tremendous success. "The unexpected rush almost became a problem. At the beginning, we were amazed to see a five-meter long queue, but when it then got even longer, we could hardly believe it. We didn't want to keep anyone waiting," Mariana remembers. However, this success gave them the self-confidence to consider something bigger: A food truck. "The beauty of a food truck is its flexibility and the possibility of always choosing a new location. You always see new interesting cities and take part in unforgettable events," explains Peter. "A restaurant can't keep up." After some deliberation, it was a certainty that the idea would be implemented - with a Sprinter 508, which offered all the advantages of a modern van. "As nice as an old 508 is: When you’ve been on the highway for a few hours and have either yelled at each other or silenced the noise with headphones, you learn to appreciate the advantages of a modern van," says Peter with a smile. "The renowned quality of a Mercedes-Benz prevailed over other vehicles." In addition to the Sprinter, the couple also uses a Vito for supply journeys.

Respect for the challenge, but no fear.

A very stressful half year followed, in which the couple converted the Sprinter by themselves. However, the two are a good team: Peter's technical skills, which he has acquired through his engineering training, complement Mariana's, who is actually a designer. The start into their food truck business was marked by a baptism of fire: At the Carnival of Cultures in Berlin. Nevertheless, the duo also succeeded, laying the foundations for a successful food truck. Nevertheless, the initial phase was not always easy: "Of course, a project like this always involves risks. In addition, there are different concerns. But we have always lived by the motto: 'Respect for the challenge, but no fear' - and that worked," Mariana recalls. In addition to street food and music festivals and other events in Germany, where the Tapiocaria food truck is booked for catering, Mariana and Peter are now also on the road in Austria and Switzerland. "Of course, things don't always go smoothly. But especially when things do not go as expected, you notice how customers identify with us and our products. Like a blackout at a festival in Berlin, where the mood remained great despite the long wait."

We have been a part of so many events that we would never have otherwise experienced.

A concept of genuine lust for life.

"In my opinion, our success is based on the fact that we don't follow the latest trends, but that our concept is based on something real: on my origins in Brazil and on a real love of life," explains Mariana. Despite some hurdles, the couple would not do it any other way. "You just can't describe the best moment we've experienced in our food truck: We have been a part of so many events that we would never have otherwise experienced. We've have numerous encounters with customers who have been surprised, enthusiastic and grateful. And finally, we are held in high regard by so many different ways - we don't want to miss that," Peter describes and puts an arm around Mariana's waist. What are they dreaming about now? "A journey through Europe, perhaps with the van, the Vito and a caravan. Something like 'Work and Travel' across Europe - that would be something," says Mariana and hugs Peter back.

A customer receives a Tapioca from the food truck

The Tapiocaria-Food Truck is booked not only for festivals but also for other events such as company parties.

Peter prepares a Tapioca in his food truck

Peter is a real fan of the food from Mariana's home.

A heartily prepared tapioca wrap

Tapioca wraps are gluten-free and are prepared without oil.

Customers standing in front of the food truck

Where the Tapiocaria-Food Truck appears, it is always well frequented.

A sweetly filled tapioca flan is prepared

Tapioca flans can be filled sweet or savory.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: Alexandre Kurek, Mariana Pitanga

More Links to explore: Tapiocaria, Tapiocaria @ Facebook


Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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