Following the tracks of “Casa Nomade” – a house in a Sprinter.

A converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter parked near a lake in front of a volcano

Thanks to their camper van, Glória and Renato are able to satisfy their longing for new adventures. From Argentina to Alaska, no destination is too far away for them.

The roving reporter and the photographer on four wheels.

Since they got to know each other, Glória Tupinambás and Renato Weil have been travelling across numerous countries on all continents. The couple spent years working for newspapers and magazines and they have always experimented with different travel options: by train, car, motorcycle or on foot. “Gradually, the holidays turned out to be too short to satisfy our passion for travelling”, the Brazilian couple remembers. Something had to change, not only in terms of their travelling activities, but in terms of their entire lives. In order to finance their new life “on the road”, they decided to make travelling their profession. And with Mercedes-Benz as their sponsor, they were able to launch Casa Nomade. This exclusive partnership is meant to prove the ability of the Sprinter to cope with the extreme climatic conditions of Brazil.

A couple is sitting in a salt desert, there is a mountain range in the background

Whether they are in the forest or the desert, the two Brazilians are inseparable.

Two people on ten square metres.

The couple from Brazil left their old lifestyle behind. However, since they cherished the privacy of a home and wanted to carry theirs along, choosing the right vehicle was an extremely important decision for them. “The vehicle is not supposed to carry normal loads, but its function is to be our travelling companion”, says Glória. For their purposes, the economical Sprinter is nearly perfect – not least because of its huge loading capacity. It took five months of hard work in the garage until the conversion of the Sprinter into a mobile home was complete. Obviously, the Brazilian couple feels really comfortable in their new home – the Casa Nomade, as they lovingly call their Sprinter.

A couple is standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

The USA were one of the many destinations of Casa Nomade.

Worthy of the name ‘mobile home’.

In the interior of the Sprinter, you find everything a nomad may desire. A generator provides the Casa Nomade with sufficient electricity for the fridge, the air conditioning system and the washing machine. Cool air, drinks and fresh clothes are a must in the burning heat of South America. Besides, their large gas stove allows them to create culinary master pieces. Below the spacious bed, there is a storage space for a motorcycle which is accessible from the outside and makes it easier for them to explore South America’s overcrowded big cities.

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A fruitful partnership.

Because of their journalistic background, the two were the perfect choice for Mercedes-Benz and thanks to their sponsor they were able to enjoy plenty of adventures already. In order to ensure that the couple will always stay mobile on their journeys, Mercedes-Benz takes care of all maintenance and repair costs in Brazil for the converted Sprinter. And of course, the Brazilians make sure that their Sprinter is checked and maintained on a regular basis. This allows them to enjoy their travels without worries. Those who want to see more can follow the activities of the couple on the Facebook page of Mercedes-Benz Vans Brazil.

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Across arid deserts and dense forests with the Sprinter.

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: Renato Weil, Glória Tupinambás

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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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Movemates: the Sprinter as a taxi for objects.

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The best ideas often arise when we are trying to find solutions to our own problems. This is how Movemates was created: a service that helps to move bulky or heavy objects from A to B, and even transport them into your own room.

Euro pallets for a student flat: the birth of Movemates.

Philip, the future founder of Movemates, had the idea of building a bed for his former student apartment in Hamburg out of Euro pallets. “That was incredibly popular in 2017. So I researched online where to buy Euro pallets.” Philip found five pallets out on the edge of Hamburg but then had to transport them to his apartment in the inner city. But that was easier said than done. “A car would have been too small, so I had to find a van somewhere”, remembers Philip. It was a major challenge to find a service that offered to transport bulky goods such as the Euro pallets – quickly and without complications. “In the end I had managed to organise a driver but I still had to carry every single pallet up into the apartment myself. That was how Movemates was born”, he says. He sat down at the table in his apartment with a friend and they began to brainstorm. There had to be a quicker and easier solution for situations like these.

A green Sprinter with a red sticker, seen from above

There are almost no limits when transporting things with Movemates.

A good idea makes life easier for people.

Many people eventually end up in situations similar to that of Philip and his Euro pallets, especially in major cities like Hamburg – whether moving house, buying furniture, at the hardware store or the flea market. The brainstorming session in the apartment kitchen gave rise to the business idea behind Movemates. “Essentially, it functions like Uber except that the driver packs the heavy objects, transports them and also carries them to your home.” How exactly does that work? The start-up links two levels: On the official website, private individuals can use the transport service by providing information with only a few clicks. The other level is an app that independent drivers can download, use to register and offer their service.

The transport market is so unclear and un-transparent, so disorganised and prone to errors. There is immense potential for improving and changing things in this sector. We want to make people’s lives easier.

Transport from A to B with only a few clicks.

The procedure has been successively adapted to match the customers’ requests. “Over the course of the last two years since founding the company, we have learnt a lot thanks to the feedback from many customers. For example, we have implemented the ability to track the drivers in real time via a GPS system and have made the payment options more transparent.” Additionally, the transporters are chosen according to the exact situation and size or the weight of the freight. A computer algorithm automatically searches for the best van with precisely the right size and options from the large selection available. Philip is personally convinced by one vehicle above all: “Mainly Mercedes-Benz Sprinter work for our service. The vehicle is simply the classic and the pioneer in the sector.” The spacious loading area and the large payload of the vans are additional factors making the Sprinter the ideal choice for almost every situation. Movemates is currently active exclusively in Hamburg. But they are looking to expand their horizons. “The app is doing really well because there are no other services like ours in the region. The plan is to expand beyond Hamburg”, says Philip, explaining his wish for the future.

Booking a van from Movemates in five steps:

The steps are intentionally kept simple on the website so that customers can book as quickly as possible.

  1. Enter the delivery or collection address
  2. Specify the number of helpers
  3. Describe the object
  4. Obtain a quote
  5. Pay via direct debit

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Via the official Movemates website, people can organise a van and driver along with up to two helpers with only a few clicks.

Photos: Movemates

More Links to explore: movemates.de@Facebook, @Instagram

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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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EinStückLand: Top-quality Galloway meat from northern Germany.

A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is loaded with boxes

Top-quality meat from animals kept appropriate to the needs of the species – this is what the start-up EinStückLand stands for. The concept: The Galloway cattle will not be picked up for slaughtering before all of it has been sold.

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Lina and Hinrich – the couple from Hamburg is the driving force behind the start-up EinStückLand.

A piece of the land for everybody.

Lina and Hinrich founded their start-up EinStückLand in early 2017. Their mission: “We have set ourselves the tasks of taking a critical look at meat consumption patterns in Germany, encouraging people to reflect and rethink their opinions and, beyond that, offering an alternative to meat from the supermarket.” Via their online shop, they market high-quality meat from animals which were allowed to live their lives without factory farming. With their start-up they support smaller businesses, such as those of their breeders or local slaughterhouses. “The animals of our farmers grow up slowly. They defy any kind of weather and are fed with completely natural feedstuffs.” Thus, the meat is not artificially inflated with fattening feed. And this is something you can taste. The subsequent “dry aging” gives the meat its finishing touch, so to speak. The fact that this meat is a high-quality food is something customers will realize once the meat is in the frying pan as it does not lose any water during the searing process.

A Galloway-calf is suckled by its mother

EinStückLand stands for species-appropriate cattle breeding.

Premium meat from species-appropriate breeding.

Hinrich’s parents have owned their own Galloways for 32 years now. Therefore, Hinrich has always been close to the action and began to develop a love for the animals. The civil engineer and Lina, a trained nurse, want to offer an alternative to people. “The conditions existing in meat production, people’s buying behaviour and the current status of the farmers should not be accepted without demur.” With their start-up they want to show that things can be done differently. The key is to reduce meat consumption. “Meat should be consumed as a side dish only”, they think. At present, the start-up offers primarily Galloway cattle. “Ultimately, any breed is worth considering. All that needs to be done is to ensure that the animals are kept appropriate to their needs. If this is not the case, we do not offer that particular breed.” It is important to Lina and Hinrich to use the animals to the fullest. They sell edible parts, such as the tongue and the cheeks, in their farm shop “Deine Speisekammer” (your pantry) whereas the intestines are sold to dog owners. In this way, no part of the valuable meat is wasted.

Cattle from the pastures of Schleswig-Holstein.

The consumption of sustainable foodstuffs is a matter of vital concern to the two founders. For Lina and Hinrich, the consumption of meat is among the things that must be changed by all means. “We slaughter once a week and offer two cows for sale. When we are out of stock, the sale will restart the following week.” At the core of EinStückLand’s approach are the boxes with fresh meat. Upon delivery, they rely with their trusted logistics company on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Because: Especially on long distances you need a vehicle you can rely on, they explain. “In order to preserve our high meat quality, we pay a lot of attention to the welfare of the animal throughout its lifecycle, from breeding to slaughtering. Respect for and proximity to the animals play a significant role, as well as keeping them in a species-appropriate environment.” On our website, customers learn where each piece comes from and which special taste experience it provides. Good taste is the result of raising animals in a healthy and species-appropriate environment. This also includes asking yourself questions such as: “Where does the meat that we buy for a couple of Euros and put on the grill actually come from?”

The principle of “cow-sharing”.

In the villages, it used to be very common to distribute a slaughtered animal among all the villagers. Normally, each of them received one eighth of the cow. In other words, the principle of “cow-sharing” or “crowdbutching” has been in existence for decades. However, in keeping with the spirit of the age, the concept has now been given a modern name. EinStückLand relies on this long-proven method. The benefits are clear: Even before being slaughtered, the animal as a whole has been sold. Nothing is thrown away in the end and there is no overproduction.

A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter drives along a pasture with Galloway cattle

The concept: The animal is not collected for slaughtering before all of it has been sold.

A business model based on fair intentions.

The two founders first came up with the idea for their start-up at Christmas 2016. “My father asked us if we wanted to market Galloway cattle in Hamburg. His herd was becoming too big and there were not enough buyers”, Hinrich reports. That gave them food for thought. Both of them quickly realized: They did not want to devote all that effort to a one-off campaign. Therefore, they spontaneously asked other breeders if they had marketing problems as well. Their model for success? According to Lina and Hinrich, proper planning and motivation are the most important things when it comes to founding a company. “It was not our principal objective to become rich. This also means that you do not rip off your business partners or keep pressing them for the lowest prices.” The farmer and the butchers involved receive the most money from all the companies in the chain, followed by the founders themselves and their logistics specialist. “That was important to us from the outset.”

You have to stand fully behind your own idea and build up your business with a certain idealism.
A woman with a package is running towards a delivery van

More than just organic: For the start-up company, good taste begins by raising animals which are healthy and grow up in a species-appropriate environment.

This is how the foundation a success.

Lina’s and Hinrich’s best tips for the successful foundation of a company:

  1. Believe in your idea and be totally motivated.
  2. Always keep on track even though, at least initially, everybody seems to know better.
  3. Invest enough money and establish a limited liability company, for example.
  4. Bring a legal counsel on board and clarify from the start how to protect your interests adequately.
  5. Stick together when founding a company with one or more partners. Money isn’t everything!

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  • A box filled with packaged meat and lined with straw insulation
  • A box with a label from EinStückLand is marked with a stamp
  • A man hands a parcel with the inscription “EinStückLand” to a parcel delivery man

Completely sustainable: the shipping process.

Lina and Hinrich receive the eartag as well as information on the age, gender and pedigree of the animal from the farmer. Once the cattle has been marketed, it is taken to the butcher. It requires time to do a thing well: It takes at least two-and-a-half weeks until the meat is well hung. Then, the couple picks up the meat from the butcher and packs it. When it comes to the shipping carton, they also take care to live up to their sustainable philosophy. It consists of a straw insulation and cold packs filled with water. The meat packages are distributed throughout Germany via express delivery by their logistics partner with a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. In this way, the vacuumed meat arrives in a cooled state. The customers can freeze the meat straight away so that it will last him for several weeks. “Our customers mostly come from households with two to five people and include all age groups.

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EinStückLand cooperates with a logistics partner who distributes the meat packages overnight.

A man runs towards a parking van

When the meat is processed, the boxes are delivered well-cooled to the customer’s home.

Every beginning is hard, especially when you are a founder.

A lot of hard work was involved in what seemed well-designed from start to finish and sounded like a perfect business idea. One obstacle was the foundation of a GmbH (limited liability corporation) and the process of finding a name. Even worse: In the beginning, Lina and Hinrich were unable to find a butcher with whom they wanted to cooperate. “This could have resulted in the failure of the entire project.”

And what are the everyday challenges of a start-up? “You are always faced with new situations. Initially, there is neither regularity nor an established routine. This means you always have to be on your toes and mustn’t allow yourself to get stressed out. Besides, you have to be immune to the fact that for a while everybody will identify you exclusively with your start-up.”

Looking into the future with a clear conscience.

Lina and Hinrich want to provide fresh ideas for the industry. “We want to reach all those who are tired of buying cheap meat and supporting giveaway prices.” They have committed themselves to fostering animal welfare. “The aim should be to establish more small-sized businesses rather than a few large ones.” It is planned to expand the product range: Soon there will be pork and poultry and the farm shop is due to be further expanded. Later, the product range on the internet will be widened and there is also supposed to be an online farm shop. Besides, EinStückLand will expand its business into different cities in Germany.

Pre-packed meat is put into boxes filled with straw

The boxes with fresh meat are at the core of the EinStückLand concept.

Sustainable, regional and fair: With their start-up, Lina and Hinrich want to create an alternative to meat from the discount store.

Two glasses of beef stock with a label from EinStückLand

Whatever is not sold in the boxes with fresh meat, the customers will find in “Deine Speisekammer” – the (online) farm shop.

An oblong cardboard box that says “Guten Appetit! (Enjoy your meal)”

In the farm shop, the same principle applies: Respect for living creatures and the sustainable use of resources have priority.

A couple is standing behind a shop counter

Lina and Hinrich know what good meat looks and tastes like.

Photos: Tim Wendrich

More Links to explore: einstueckland.de – @Facebook@YouTube

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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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Travelling from coast to coast in Canada: a “nomadic business” in a Sprinter.

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Ray and Madison travel across Canada, offering solar and electrical installations for caravans and camper vans. Their own Mercedes-Benz Sprinter serves them both as their home and office.

An upfit for the journey.

Ray and Madison from Canada have specialized in customized solar and electrical installations for caravans and camper vans, and since April 2008 have been developing so-called off-grid solutions for travellers. What is unique about their business is the fact that they themselves are touring the country and live and work in their van. “We have spent a good part of our marriage in our self-converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter”, says Madison. Living and working on the road – is it even possible to combine the two? “We have everything we need in order to feel good in our van and arrange the space we have according to our specific requirements”, assures Madison. This includes a custom-made solar system so that the batteries in the vehicle are always charged, as well as cross-country tires, two light barriers and a fully personalised interior equipment with desktop computer, toilet and water system.

A man and a woman are sitting in a converted Sprinter in front of a computer

In their Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ray and Madison have everything they need in order to work on the go.

A concept that helps you to hit the road quickly.

The concept of “Ray Outfitted” is quite simple: In their Sprinter, Ray and Madison travel across Canada and equip the DIY campers of their customers individually as required and as their customers’ budgets permit. “We like to take an empty van and convert it for a customer so that he or she can hit the road quickly”, says Madison. Originally, they had determined a fixed route and advertised it on social media and their own website. Now that they have a better understanding of the needs and requirements of the market, they pursue a more orderly approach and establish themselves in a particular region for an extended period of time. The short-term rental of workshop and retail premises allows them to carry out large projects independently of the weather conditions. And everybody has the opportunity to obtain online information on further plans and route updating.

A Sprinter drives through a desert landscape

On their website, everybody can track the route and the availability of “Ray Outfitted”.

Being a couple and business partners at the same time.

Ray and Madison complement each other perfectly on various levels. With over 15 years of experience in the automotive and the shipping industry, Ray is capable of manufacturing, repairing and upgrading almost anything. He is a certified car mechanic and has spent a good part of his life working on vehicles and engines of all kinds. He has even constructed racing cars. Madison, on the other hand, is responsible for the commercial and administrative part of the business. Together they offer an enormous range of services: from pure project consultancy through local construction and installation services to community support.

A group of people with several camper vans

For Ray and Madison, good and long-term relations with their customers have top priority.

Individual service for individual customers.

What distinguishes “Ray Outfitted” is their wide variety of individualisation options. The company’s motto is: Get to know your customer and his goals first. “A camper van owner who wants to modify his or her vehicle will have a different experience with us than a do-it-yourselfer who needs assistance in realizing certain projects; and for a customer with an empty vehicle or no vehicle at all, who is looking for a partner or an outfitter for the camper van of his dreams, it will be different again”, Madison explains. The fact that the couple mostly visit their customers is a comfort appreciated by many people, as the alternative often is turning to specialist shops which are far away. In this way, Ray and Madison have managed to get about a lot and see and experience a great deal. But the most important experiences for them were the conversion of their own camper, which took them only 36 days, and their own journey – 35,000 kilometres across two countries with temperatures of minus 25 up to plus 45 degrees Celsius. Up until now, they have travelled 70,000 kilometres, met with dozens of travellers on the road and on the internet, and completed a training with different manufacturers and professional installers.

The greatest benefit of living in a vehicle is mobility.

Work and travel.

Living on the roads of Canada – that sounds rather inspiring. However, a “nomadic business” holds challenges – on top of those that a new company is always faced with. But Ray and Madison are sure that nothing in life that is really worthwhile is simply handed to you on a silver platter. “It is a pleasure to work hard for this dream and for our customers’ dreams. A part of what we offer our customers is to make the setbacks, which inevitably occur during the conversion of a camper van, less difficult and time-consuming for them.” Before founding “Ray Outfitted”, the couple had saved money for a period of two years and generated additional revenue with backup-plans. “The greatest benefit of living in a vehicle is mobility”, says Madison. Personal networking is more powerful and does a lot more than an e-mail. If you look at a map and trace the route that “Ray Outfitted” completed in the last six months, this seems rather illogical as they left out the main attractions. But the couple chose this route deliberately and intentionally. “We love to explore and enjoy the wonders of the natural world, but where necessary, our customers and the business are our main priority. For us, the decision is easy – ‘Ray Outfitted’ is our dream. This clarity is something that we are grateful for in our careers.”

A man in the driver cabin of a Sprinter

Ray is a certified car mechanic with more than 15 years of professional experience.

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: Ray Outfitted

More Links to explore: rayoutfitted.com@Facebook

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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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Carrying out a van conversion single-handedly: These are the main points.

The interior of a converted van

Enthusiasm and self-motivation are the main drives that help move forward any DIY project. However, without a plan and without any structure you will not get very far. Only if you approach the matter from a long-term perspective will you avoid unpleasant surprises on the road.

The first test.

The single-handed conversion of a van turns individuals who were vaguely interested in travelling before into true vanlifers. Those who have decided to follow this route should try to find out how to make optimum use of the interior design of the vehicle for their own special needs. The challenge is no less than to turn a surface area of a few square metres into a real home. Functional factors should be taken into account without neglecting what you need to feel good. At the same time, the single-handed conversion of a van can be regarded as the first important test: It puts the do-it-yourself-spirit – which is so important to vanlifers – to the test, and is therefore a good indication for how one’s future life “on the road” can be turned into a success.

The interior of a van during the conversion work

The conversion of a van requires careful planning.

The storage space.

The optimal usage of storage space is another factor that should not be underestimated. As a first step it is recommendable to make a list with all the utensils you definitely want to take along. Especially hobby equipment like surf and snowboards require a lot of space and have to be stowed in an intelligent way. As a consequence, many vanlifers become real space-saving experts. The Swiss couple Debbi and Dominic have learnt to create large stowage areas within a small space. “Most of our storage room is to be found below the living spaces,” explains Dominic. Any space wasted by the hollow structures in the van is thus outweighed by the new storage space created in the interior of those structures. It is a matter of being creative! If there are hollow spaces in the vehicle, these should by all means be filled up later. If it is not possible to do this, most probably the layout is not ideal, and you should – sooner rather than later – draw up a new plan.

The right seating concept.

In planning the conversion, it should also be clarified who is going to ride and live in the van. Will additional passengers be transported in the van from time to time? The answer to such questions provides guidelines for the direction the conversion will take. Many vanlifers who travel alone or with a partner deliberately choose to install two seats only – the driver’s and the passenger seat. The choice of the right seating concept is a decision between the option to be able to transport several people simultaneously and the advantages of a larger living space.

A man and a woman are sitting in the driver’s cabin of a van

Most vanlifers travel alone or with a partner and therefore do not require more than two seats.

The energy supply.

When it comes to the supply of energy, the decisions you take are usually irrevocable. Therefore, you should check carefully which electrical appliances you want to install. What will be really important when you are on the road? Once a decision has been taken, it is necessary to ascertain how much electricity the selected devices will need. Do they need 12 volts or 230 volts, is a voltage transformer or even a generator necessary? Do you need heated water? And what will be used for heating it? Fuel or gas? Insulation plays a decisive role in the energy concept of the vehicle, too. Vanlifers Mike and Jess recommend taking this point particularly seriously. “Good insulation is incredibly important. For this purpose, you have to find the correct glass for the window panes since they lose and gain heat. In extreme weather conditions, however, the only solution are aluminium-coated windscreen covers which are simply a must-have for vanlifers,” explains Mike.

A man is standing in the opened sliding door of a van

Mike and Jess take along the aluminium-coated windscreen covers even when it is raining.

Cooking in the van.

Reaching a decision on the right kind of energy and adequate storage space also has to do with the question of how you want to transport and prepare your food. Apart from the power supply, the size of devices such as the fridge and the cooktop must be taken into account. Where are you going to put the pots, pans, dishes and the cutlery? Are there other kitchen utensils that you cannot dispense with? Or is a kitchenette unnecessary because you always eat out anyway? The vanlifer couple Max and Lee have settled for a compromise. They made a conscious decision not to cook in the vehicle. Nevertheless, to them, this solution is also an integral part of the van. “We have positioned the gas hose for our stove tops in such a way that we can unfold a table at the rear of the Sprinter. On this table, a gas stove can then be connected with the gas hose,” Lee reports. This particular solution prevents food odours and saves a lot of space.

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Sanitary facilities: inside or outside?

Installing sanitary facilities can be a critical issue. Many vanlifers have no problem with attending to their personal hygiene and emptying their bowels outdoors. For others, however, it is difficult to imagine living in the van without a toilet and a shower. If solutions such as portable outdoor showers are ruled out, then the next big challenge needs to be tackled: dealing with the sanitary situation. It must be clarified how and where fresh water and waste water tanks, canisters, pumps, hoses, faucets and shower connections can be installed. However, there can be an elegant solution to what sounds like a lot of wasted space. Vanlifers Nick and Maggi show us how it works. On a surface of about one square metre, they have installed a very comfortable shower area as well as a composting toilet. “Our shower takes heated water from a 150-litre-water tank. Taking a shower at home is still fun,” says Maggie.

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The correct installation of the sanitary facilities in the van is a matter of millimetres.

Sleeping en route.

Even the German poet Heinrich Heine knew: “Sleep is the most delicious invention.” For many vanlifers, a good night’s sleep is an important aspect, too. A major challenge in this context consists in reconciling this need with living comfortably during the day. A popular and effective solution is turning the living into a sleeping area and vice versa. Vanlifers Lexi and Cody show us how easy this can be. “During the day, our sleeping area becomes a lounge area with table,” explains Lexi. Using a single board, the lounge area can easily be converted into a large bed. “Covers, pillows and blankets are hidden beneath the seat bench. The conversion takes less than five minutes,” says the young American. In this solution, she and her boyfriend Cody benefit from having both a spacious living and sleeping area.

Two individuals are lying in a bed in a van

A comfortable bed is important to vanlifers, too.

Vanlife safety.

All the windows and doors are closed, the locks of the van are locked, but is that sufficient? Unfortunately not. Even a home on four wheels is not protected from break-ins. Especially the van’s large windows make it rather tempting for thieves to look inside. Our suggestion: Do not reveal too much. Simply fit some curtains or install a privacy screen which serves to discourage unwanted visitors. We strongly recommend you to keep your valuables safe and protect yourself from robbery or burglary by installing a safe or an alarm system. However, vanlife safety can be taken even further. The following things should be reviewed, too: Do you heat with gas and therefore require a gas detector? Are boarding devices required? Is it necessary to install safeguards for small children or pets? Do cabinets and drawers remain closed during the journey? And is the luggage well secured?

Let’s get started.

Once the main considerations regarding the conversion of your can have been completed, you can get started. A realistic assessment of your own abilities is important! Even the best and most independent vanlifers should consult other people in certain situations. It is imperative that aspects which concern the general safety – respectively the road safety – of the van be reviewed and accepted by experts. Once this step has been completed, there is nothing to stop you from finding your personal fulfilment on four wheels.

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In order to master the conversion, in certain situations, assistance from a third party can be necessary.

Two men are installing a wall cabinet in a van

Wall cabinets help create storage space, too.

A woman removes a hose from an opening

The gas hose can easily be removed from the opening.

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: Max & Lee, Debbie & Dominic, Mike & Jess, Nick & Maggie, Paweł Czerwiński, Lexi & Cody, Mark Atkins

More Links to explore: Max and Lee, Mike & JessNick & Maggie, Lexi & Cody, GoVan    

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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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A start-up for temporary nomads.

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Camper Retreats offers vanlife enthusiasts the opportunity to experience adventurous road trips and the modern nomadic lifestyle for two weeks.

Sampling vanlife.

What does the vanlife feel like? Many people are inspired by the idea, but only a few truly dare to leave the so-called “normal life” behind. The start-up, Camper Retreats, offers an interesting solution: temporary vanlife – accompanied by true digital nomads. The team consists of four people who, because of their experiences and their passion, have chosen to offer others a taste of the vanlife. Together with Vamos, there Mercedes-Benz 602 D, they are currently planning a road trip from the Algarve in Portugal to Spain. Their motto is: “Be free, be in nature, be yourself and live your life best possible.”

A woman in a landscape of fields, in front of a white camper van

Britt, the head of Camper Retreats, was already on the road in the Mercedes-Benz Van before the start-up was founded.

A mix of adventure, leisure and work.

A little yoga in the morning and then a kite surfing session followed by a group breakfast. Then a few hours of work. This is what a typical day looks like. Alongside living and working space, the Mercedes-Benz Van offers the entire team storage space for their various activities. Nevertheless, the team does not get bogged down by details. “It would not be true vanlife if everything was planned 100% beforehand”, explains Britt, the head of the group, with a wink. What makes this start-up so different to a normal travel agency? “It is not about travelling or working, the community or a special location. What makes this project so special is the combination of all of the aspects”, says Britt.

The offer from Camper Retreats:

  • Accommodation: fully equipped Mercedes-Benz camper vans (including bed linen, towels, etc.)
  • Insurance: if a vehicle suffers damage
  • Breakfast every day
  • Activities: hiking, surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, etc.
  • Internet: a portable wireless hotspot provides Internet access for up to 12 devices

How to become a temporary nomad.

To ensure the ideal road trip, the team travels to all of the spots in advance and ensures that the van is suitable. “We do a lot of research, talk to the locals and people who have already travelled to the places”, explains Britt. The start-up is dear to the hearts of everyone on the team. “We want to give everybody the opportunity to experience vanlife – at an affordable price. A lot of people incorrectly assume that living like this is very inexpensive. But this has to be learned first.” Anyone who wants to participate, can apply online. The team then gets in touch either via e-mail or private message. The team receives a lot of applications and chooses the candidates very carefully. Because in the end, the group spends a lot of time together even when enough private time is planned. “We are looking for like-minded people. Adventurers, digital nomads and free thinkers who either accompany our group with their own van or want to test out the van lifestyle”, says Britt.

A yellow Mercedes-Benz van next two people with surfboards in the evening

Sporting activities such as surfing are an integral part of the programme and the camper van provides storage space for the necessary gear.

View through the front windscreen of a camper van, showing two people looking out over the sea

Before every road trip, Camper Retreats travels to the destinations and checks whether the van is suitable.

Cliff landscape by the ocean

A worthwhile destination for road trips: from the Algarve in southern Portugal down to Spain.

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: Snailhouse Campervans, Britt Daemen

Travelling like a king: the most luxurious Mercedes-Benz van conversions.

A converted luxury Sprinter seen from the inside

You don’t need to fly first class to enjoy luxury and comfort when you travel. MYVAN takes a look at camper van conversion partners who prove that you can still live in the lap of luxury while being on the road.

The Maybach among the vans.

Whether V-Class or Sprinter, travelling with the family or a vacation for just the couple, vanlife or a weekend away – these vans guarantee that you travel first class. On board the vehicles from Mercedes-Benz and the following conversion partners, long journeys are anything but strenuous and spartan. From a van with a mobile office or a fully equipped entertainment system onward to a comfortable home on wheels: these vans leave no wish unfulfilled. But which van is the most luxurious? You can answer the question yourself – Take a look.

Leisure Travel Vans – Five-star hotels on wheels.

Luxurious travel and living combined – This is the promise of Leisure Travel Vans from Canada. The new Sprinter from the company with a long tradition are fitted with all manner of first-class features that are difficult to top when it comes to luxurious camping. The moment you enter a Sprinter from Leisure Travel Vans, you immediately feel at home. Sophisticated design and high-grade materials express the outstanding quality at first glance. Taking a closer look quickly reveals the vehicle’s sophisticated details: cleverly positioned storage spaces, wind sensors on the awning, an extendable HD television and much, much more. The latest model from the Canadian manufacturer is based on the new Sprinter. Alone the driver assistance systems, multifunction steering wheel and MBUX guarantee a comfortable driving experience.

Klassen Luxury Vehicle Manufacturing – Vans as state vehicles.

If luxury is not enough, then Klassen from Germany is the right address. The portfolio of Sprinter and V-Class vehicles also includes extra security in every situation. Offering armoured glass and vehicle extensions, Klassen manufactures state vehicles along with luxurious Sprinter and V-Class models. These vehicles provide such outstanding security and passengers can enjoy the comforts of the HD television, individually adjustable leather seats and the minibar. The “Jet Van” leaves no wish unfulfilled when it comes to comfort and entertainment. Some of the vehicles are also adapted to the needs of wheelchair passengers and specific models even feature an integrated wheelchair with a lift in the interior of the Sprinter.

A luxurious Sprinter seen from the inside

A comfortable journey with a view: the Sprinter from Klassen.

Becker Automotive Design – Noble Sprinter for Hollywood.

A completely handmade interior and modified suspension systems are the core elements of the Sprinter from Becker Automotive Design. The first-class electronics in the Sprinter ensure that the numerous comfort features in the interior all function perfectly. Becker’s customers include numerous Hollywood stars, reflecting the exclusiveness of the Sprinter from the US American manufacturer. The Sprinter also represents an outstanding choice for business travel with larger groups. Thanks to the Wi-Fi, large screens together with generous seating and storage spaces, the vehicles can be effortlessly transformed into a mobile office. The rear compartment also contains a small bathroom with a toilet, saving valuable time on the way to the next meeting.

A luxurious Sprinter seen from the inside

Luxury for travel or mobile offices – The Sprinter from Becker Automotive Design.

Senzati – Luxury Sprinter and V-Class from Great Britain.

Naturally, luxury on four wheels is not only available in the Sprinter. Alongside the Sprinter, the British company Senzati also specialises in the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. The company transforms the favourite among families, outdoor athletes and business people into a mini private jet on wheels. The spacious sedan from Senzati in no way forgoes the luxury of the Sprinter: HD television, hi-fi speakers and a minibar are just the beginning. In addition, the large windows and panorama roof in the V-Class from Senzati invite passengers to lean back and enjoy the comfort of the spectacular interior together with the exceptional view.

A converted Sprinter seen from the inside

The luxurious spacious sedan: the V-Class from Senzati.

El Kapitan – Barrier-freedom in the Sprinter.

Fine leather upholstery, high-quality loudspeakers and HD televisions ensure outstanding comfort in the luxury Sprinter from El Kapitan. The vehicles also offer the same comfort for wheelchair users. The US American manufacturer has installed a wheelchair lift on the rear door of the Sprinter. There is no need to move from the wheelchair to the seat in the vehicle, as the seating itself simultaneously serves as a luxury wheelchair that perfectly matches the high-quality interior of the Sprinter. This guarantees that there are no barriers to enjoying the comfortable and luxurious travel experience in the Sprinter.

Airstream – Mobile homes and silver bullets.

Airstream not only manufactures the legendary travel trailers know as silver bullets. The company also offers the US American market new camping vehicles based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The Sprinter is the perfect platform for the bodies from Airstream. The collaboration of two companies with their rich traditions creates a camper van that transforms every trip into an experience. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning beneath the automatically extending awning. Conjure up delicious meals in the integrated kitchen at lunchtime and enjoy a refreshing shower in the evening after a long day outdoors. Currently, the Sprinter from Airstream are only available on the US market.

The interior of a camper van conversion based on the Sprinter

The double bed in the Sprinter conversion from Airstream provides couples with plenty of space for a relaxed night’s sleep.

A camper van from the inside

The new Sprinter from Leisure Travel Vans is the Canadian manufacturer’s highlight.

A luxurious Sprinter seen from the outside with the side door open

As elegant on the outside as on the inside: The Sprinter from Klassen.

The bathroom in a luxurious Sprinter

A view of the bathroom on board the Sprinter from Becker Automotive Design.

The interior of a luxurious V-Class

The V-Class from Senzati is available in numerous colour combinations.

A wheelchair on a lift with a lake in the background

The wheelchair integrated into the seat in the Sprinter from El Kapitan reflects the high-quality ambience.

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.

Sprinter

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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Customised fireplaces thanks to the Atego, Sprinter and Vito.

A man stands next to a Mercedes-Benz Vito, in the background a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

For ten generations, Ofen Weiss has been building custom-made fireplaces and tiled stoves with passion and a love of detail. With support from the fleet of Atego, Sprinter and Vito, the family-owned company brings a sense of comfort into their customers’ living rooms.

Tenth generation family business.

The Ofen Weiss family business looks back on a long and rich history: founded in 1689, the company has been passed on from generation to generation. “Then and now, Ofen Weiss stands for trust and the love of good and honest craftsmanship. I am very proud to have the privilege of continuing to run our company in the tenth generation with the same passion and dedication as my forebears”, explains Volker Weiss. The managing director is also a master stove builder. With his family background, there was no escaping the profession – the trade basically runs in his blood. Today, the family-owned company has seven employees. “We strive to maintain the high level of quality that my father established. At the same time, we want to remain individual and authentic. So we would rather stay small and compact than grow too large and loose our heart.”

A man in work clothing sits in a living room with various stoves in the background

Tenth generation family business: Volker Weiss took over the company from his father.

From potter to stove maker.

The history of Ofen Weiss began in 1689 when Leonhard Weiss became an independent craftsman with his “Stove and cutlery market”. Initially, he manufactured pottery jugs and plates. Over the course of the years, stone building replaced pottery, the company’s original business. Stove makers used to be known as “crockers” because they made the pot or cup-shaped stove tiles themselves. The term “potter” also has its origins in the past: This originally referred to crockers who also produced the stove tiles. In southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the name is still used for the profession.

Craftsmanship spanning tradition and the modern.

Once upon a time, the tiled stove was the heart of the home. It was positioned prominently in the room and heated the entire house. Since the advent of modern central heating, the stoves serve more as prestige or design objects, explains Volker Weiss. “We primarily build heating stoves. These are bricked-in, plastered objects with panorama glass on three sides. This has been the most popular design among customers for many years.” A lot has changed over the years when it comes to innovative technology. Combustion control systems ensure that people no longer have to regulate the stoves by hand. A control unit manages the airflow fully automatically. A door contact and temperature sensor controls the fire perfectly. “This increases the efficiency, creates less exhaust gas and a better combustion process – everything is optimised”, explains the master stove builder.

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Ofen Weiss’ vehicle fleet.

  • Vito: The Vito keeps the service employees flexible. Small parking spaces and narrow roads are no problem at all.
  • Sprinter: The Sprinter is the perfect vehicle for installation work thanks to its large cargo space. Alongside all of the material and the necessary tools, the stove builder also has space for a Euro pallet.
  • Atego: The stove builders use the Atego to deliver material to the building site and transport heavy stove inserts. The tail lift simplifies work enormously.
  • Sortimo shelves ensure optimum workplace organisation and are installed in all three vehicles.

  • A Mercedes-Benz Vito drives along a road
  • A craftsman examines the glass for a stove
  • Two tradesmen on the floor, taking measurements
  • A man lowers the lifting platform of a Mercedes-Benz Atego

Living the art of craftsmanship: stoves from Ofen Weiss.

From customer advice to the calculation and offers along with drafts and visits to the various building sites – the master stove builder’s working day is full of different tasks. “To begin with, we advise the customers extensively and determine what they actually want.” Would they prefer a large visible fire or long heat storage? We explain the benefits and disadvantages, and which stove best matches their requirements. “The people who come to us often have special requests. But fulfilling these is one of the best parts of the job.” The next step consists of viewing the premises where the stove will be installed: how large is the living area, where will it be located? Once these details have been cleared up, it is time to start the drafts: “Bricked-in stoves and tile stoves are built to last a lifetime or even longer; that is why they need to perfectly match the customer’s wants and needs.”

A good stove is well-designed, well-planned and made to match the customer’s wishes. And it also has to function well.
A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter drives along a road through the green

The family business Ofen Weiss stands for trust and the love of good and honest craftsmanship.

Two men in work clothing stand at a table and examine drafts

Customised heating fireplaces, fireplace stoves and bricked tile stoves: Ofen Weiss offers all kinds of wood-fired stoves.

A tradesman coats a stone with plaster

Living the craftsman’s trade, high-quality materials and a love of detail – this is what Ofen Weiss stands for.

A craftsman cuts a hole in a wall

A varied profession: as a stove builder you are a tiler, bricklayer, plasterer, stove builder and metal worker at the same time.

One hand using a circular saw, the other hand holds a stone against the saw blade

High-quality materials forms the foundation for the long-lasting stoves.

A finished stove with a stack of firewood next to it

Modern or traditional: The company has a diverse portfolio.

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: Louis Cieplik

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Sprinter

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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Travelling in a van with children – tips for a relaxed vacation.

A child with a donkey in the forest, a van in the background

How do you modify a van to make it suitable for kids? How do you keep the boredom at bay? How do you make the journey comfortable for the entire family? We answer the most important questions about travelling with the kids on board.

For beautiful memories.

Children can make a vacation unforgettable – in both the positive and negative sense. Almost no one is as honest and intuitive about the way they feel right now as children. Travelling in a van can become a major challenge. Space is more restricted than usual and there is usually no way to really get away. But we have researched in the vanlife community and found helpful tips and tricks to make the next van journey with the kids a success.

A boy walks along the beach towards a van

Vacation on wheels – always an adventure with children.

The right equipment for the van.

Rule number one: the van should never create a risk of injury. Glass bottles and kitchen appliances need to be stowed away safely and, if possible, a three-point belt should be provided if not present in historic vehicles. Safety first! Also important: the smaller the space, the quicker it begins to feel cramped. So there is never bad weather. With the right clothing, there is an outdoor activity in every weather condition that provides relief in case of tensions or small disputes. Poor sleep makes bad moods almost inevitable. That is why good beds also need to be a high priority. A simple and bright interior design also creates a good mood and a more spacious feeling. A large dining table lets the entire family eat together or share activities in the evening. If the children are a little older, a tablet or smartphone is a good way to stave off boredom. Remember that these also need USB ports to recharge the batteries or power banks.

Beds in the van

Family-friendly equipment: comfortable beds for well rested and happy kids.

A table set for dinner in the van

A large dining table for shared meals and board games in the evening.

Equipment stowed in the van

Equipment for camping or leisure activities should be stowed away safely.

The right activities.

If the children are bored during long journeys, you should be prepared, otherwise things can quickly become unpleasant. Thinking up activities to keep the children busy beforehand is a clever solution. Ideal gadgets range from simple playthings, books or cuddly toys to more creative purchases like a mobile baby bouncer with light. The van should also be properly equipped for the outdoor enthusiasts in the family. This means functional clothing, surfboards, tents, etc. Those who prefer the indoors can enjoy board games or mobile Wi-Fi in the van. Involving the children in the various tasks also makes sense and has some definite advantages: firstly, it is an ideal cure for boredom. Secondly, it strengthens the bonds within the family and thirdly: you have less to do yourself.

Harmony in the family.

A group of people in a confined space for hours on end, in the worst case. You cannot always avoid conflicts between siblings. But you can do something about them. Regular stops are a good way to keep things harmonious in the van. Spending time outdoors with nature is an even better solution. Small fights or boredom often occur because of a lack of oxygen, not enough movement or simply a full bladder. Not only good sleep is essential for a good mood. The right food can also make a world of difference. That is why you should always have provisions on board.

Why travel with children?

Sure, travelling with children can be a challenge. But they also make for an unforgettable adventure. Here are four reasons why children also benefit from a van vacation:

  1. Travelling broadens their horizons. Children absorb new information like sponges. From cultural awareness to intuitive behaviour – every journey boosts their general knowledge.
  2. Travelling strengthens their sense of responsibility. What do I need to pack for the journey? How can I keep myself occupied? How can I help when navigating, for example? Children never ask themselves these questions if they stay at home in their comfort zone.
  3. Travelling encourages acceptance and patience. Travelling can bring up the best and the worst in people. Living in a confined space, boredom or endless waiting in the queue for the toilets: There is rarely a better opportunity to practice patience. Especially for children!
  4. Travelling strengthens bonds. When you travel together, you share many experiences that create bonds. Whether all the time spent together or tackling challenges: the experiences forge lasting bonds.

Children playing next to a yellow Sprinter

The more time spent outdoors in the fresh air, the less trouble in the van.

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: busverliebt.de; Michael Nehrmann; Ramona Carraro; Go-VanJF Lefebvre

Sprinter

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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“Nomad Coffee”: the dream of owning a mobile coffee bar.

A man and a woman are standing inside a coffee truck

When Daniela and Enrique met each other, they started dreaming of selling coffee out of a truck. Their route took the young couple from New Zealand to Chile.

Getting to know each other under a kiwi tree.

The brown fruits of the kiwi trees hang high. Enrique is supposed to pick them. It is his first job here in New Zealand where he has gone in search of something new in his life. Two hours have passed when his work is suddenly interrupted. Enrique hears voices behind him. He notices an accent that he recognizes immediately because he has the same accent when he speaks English. He is still absorbed in his work when he feels someone touch his shoulder. Immediately he turns around. “Hi, I am Daniela,” a young woman says to him in fluent Spanish. “And my name is Enrique,” he answers in return. Not feeling uncomfortable at all, a seemingly eternal moment passes in which both of them remain silent and then, full of curiosity, smile at each other.

A man and a woman on a beach

The two South Americans met in New Zealand.

Falling in love unexpectedly.

“Back then, we had left our homelands to have new experiences and get to know new places, possibilities, flavours and cultures. And of course, each of us had expected to be left to his or her own resources,” relates Daniela. But neither of them will be alone in New Zealand for very long. When the Argentinian and the Uruguayan get to know each other better day by day during their work as fruit pickers in the picturesque Bay of Plenty, they fall in love with each other. Their trip to self-discovery quickly turns into a happy-go-lucky love story. After work they often sit down together to talk. And, of course, one of the predominant subjects is the time after the adventure they experienced in New Zealand. How are they going to proceed?

A woman and a man are standing in front of a truck

Daniela and Enrique are happy that they took the plunge and moved to New Zealand.

An idea has been born.

A very special idea keeps coming up again and again. “From an early age, Daniela dreamt of having her own coffee bar one day. I, on the other hand, am very interested in large vehicles,” relates Enrique. The two put two and two together: Why not start a coffee shop on wheels and thus build a future together? When – after expiry of their residence permits – the young couple returns to South America, they decide to establish their future home on neutral territory once again. Daniela and Enrique want to settle down in Chile, more specifically, in Puerto Natales. “The mountains, the climate – all that bears a striking resemblance to New Zealand and we have now reached the point where we simply need these breathtaking landscapes,” says Daniela. In Puerto Natales, where they are surrounded by huge glaciers, mountain ranges and the deep-blue Pacific Ocean, they decide to go off in search of what is a major goal for them: a shared mobile coffee bar.

A truck that makes you shiver.

“We found it without having searched for it. I therefore think that it found us,” relates Enrique. After doing some research, they came across an old Mercedes-Benz LO 809 full of character that seemed to have appeared out of nowhere. “We went to see it the next day. When the engine was started, a shiver ran down my spine, it was simply magical,” says Enrique with a sparkle in his eyes. While the couple were still sitting in the vehicle, they took a decision: They would definitely buy the truck. “But as we were unable to pay the entire transfer money right away, we made a hand-written contract with the then owner and in the next moment held the keys in our hands,” Daniela remembers. They called their project “Nomad Coffee”, the name being an indicator of the direction they wanted to take.

A green truck is parked in a field

The Nomad Coffee Truck was originally painted in green and used as a passenger bus.

It pays off to keep going.

Unfortunately, the conversion was anything but easy. “As we have little know-how, we decided to delegate a good part of the work to others. However, many people abused our trust and that cost us a lot of time, money and energy,” recounts Enrique. Nevertheless, the young couple decided to keep going. One year later, they had finally reached their goal. “This truck is exactly what we wanted. A major highlight is the space distribution in the interior with kitchen, bar and seating area. In other words, it is really an authentic coffee bar on four wheels,” says Daniela with great enthusiasm. They are planning to get started very soon. “During the off-season in Puerto Natales, we are planning to drive along the Chilean coast and offer our coffee specialities there. During the peak season, we want to be a reference point for all those travellers who are driving along the promenade of Puerto Natales,” says Enrique. Arm in arm with Daniela, he is standing in their shared coffee truck. And once again, a seemingly eternal moment passes in which they look at each other happily without saying anything.

The interior of a truck during its conversion

Notwithstanding all the difficulties, the conversion was a major success.

A woman is standing at the entrance of a truck

Daniela is now the proud owner of a coffee bar on wheels.

A green truck is parked on dry grass

Even before its conversion, the Mercedes-Benz LO 809 was a feast for the eyes.

A black truck passes a church

The Nomad Coffee truck is at home in Puerto Natales, Chile.

A black truck is standing at a bay

Being close to the sea is extremely important for Daniela and Enrique.

A black Mercedes-Benz LO 809 is parked at the roadside

The desire to have a mobile coffee bar became stronger and stronger.

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: Daniela D’Angelo & Enrique Duarte

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Sprinter

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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