The life of Britt Steele and her partner Nathan took a 180-degree turn when they discovered their fascination for life in the camper van: “There are just endless possibilities. Everyone who travels in a van has their own story to tell and their own philosophy of life,” the Australian says enthusiastically. After her first trip in the van, at that time still with a temporary bed and little storage space, she and her partner were immediately on full of passion for vanlife. The two former cycling professionals turned their lives upside down: Soon they will give up their apartment in Melbourne, get on the plane, send their Sprinter by ship to Brussels and travel for at least two, maybe three or more years through Europe, Asia and North America. Their motto: “Just keep moving!”
Cycling is the best way to see the world! The people you meet, the places you can ride and the health benefits are incredible.
The first night in their own Sprinter was a mixed experience for the two Australians: “We were always afraid that someone would suddenly knock.” So it was even nicer to wake up in nature – Britt and Nathan forged plans which other places they would like to explore with the Sprinter. In addition to their jobs, they did the conversion of the van on their own. Nathan took over the technically complex tasks like the installation of the electronics and the solar module. Britt designed the van and assisted him. “Somehow we finally managed to make the vision come true. Even if there were some setbacks. In the end, however, our mistakes helped us to develop unplanned solutions and thus achieve an even better result.”
Britt and Nathan were full-time cycling pros for a long time. Whether hiking, skiing, cycling, snowboarding or mountain biking – both are always on the move. Choosing the right van wasn’t easy for them: it had to be spacious enough to stow at least four bikes and other sports equipment. It also had to be high enough for both to stand upright. They chose the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, built in 2013, which they got at an auction in Melbourne. Another bonus: The reliability of the Mercedes-Benz brand and the worldwide service network. This means they don’t have to wait forever for parts even in remote locations. Their great journey to Europe, Asia and North America began at the beginning of 2019. They do not yet have any plans for the period after that. But one thing is certain: their bikes are always with them.
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.