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.
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.
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.
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.
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.