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Benjen The Fire Engine. 4x4 4WD Mercedes Sprinter With a Bespoke and Beautiful Conversion

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Vehicle Description

**THIS VAN IS NOW SOLD** – Van has now been sold but if you are interested in more info on this conversion or have a van you would like converted please get in touch, thanks.

After much consideration we have decided to sell our very rare and unique 4×4 camper van conversion. The plan was to keep it and rent it out, however as we have just moved house and have a baby on the way, we need to prioritise our time and sadly can’t justify keeping it only for very occasional use.

This van has everything you could need to go off into the wilderness and experience the van life dream in the comfort of a beautiful camper conversion.

IN BRIEF:

2006 MWB Mercedes Sprinter 316 2.7 CDI 4×4 with only 61000 miles! Ex Fire service van.

Twin sliding doors. Gross weight approx 2.9t giving 600 KG payload!

2 seats.

MOT in Jan with NO ADVISORIES. Lots of service and work history, excellent body work, recent service with oil and filter changes.

Brand new bespoke conversion only just completed.

275w solar, 12v electrics, washroom/toilet, raised sofa pulls out to king size bed, 2 ring gas burner, seats and pull out tables, sink with fresh and waste water, diesel heater, storage, garage, shoe rack and more!

The van and history.

The van is a 2006 (first registered December ‘06) Mercedes Sprinter with selectable 4×4.

This van is one of the rarest Sprinters around, as not only is it 4WD, it is also a high roof and with the bulletproof 316 2.7 CDI 5 cylinder engine giving 160bhp and the best pay off between power and economy.

The van was originally a North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service van, then bought by a private company in 2016 for use still as a fire van. I bought it in 2018, first meticulously stripping it out before starting the conversion. As it is an ex emergency vehicle it has very low miles, has been immaculately looked after and maintained to meet emergency service standards.

Bodywork – the van has been garaged for most of it’s life, and the body work is generally in superb condition for the age. Welding has been done in the van floor where fire equipment was originally fixed through. Additionally I have treated all sills and cavities with Dynax S-50 rust prevention. Underneath was factory undersealed with heavy duty stone chip over all wheel arches and undercarriage, and last year I waxoyled underneath the full van for good measure.

4 all season tyres with plenty of tread on original Merc wheels, plus spare. The cab is in excellent clean condition, and aside from a missing air vent cover and a few holes in the dash where fire service equipment was mounted the cab is very tidy. Fire service installed immobiliser requires key and push button to start.

It’s had about £1200 in recent mechanical work done including fan belt, anti roll bar bushes, new turbo valve, ball joints for MOT, flange seal, oil, filters and hand brake cable, and there are no advisories on the MOT. I have receipts for all this work.

Bad points (all superficial but I want to be honest) –

Drivers door had some corrosion (common on most Sprinters) but this has been filled, sanded and sprayed and the door is solid with no issues. The rear door had some corrosion around the door handle, and an aluminium plate was fitted over this by the fire service, I have treated and filled internally and the door is solid. There are a few superficial scratch/rust marks from it’s time as a fire engine, most of which have since been treated and sprayed. Some vinyl wrap is still on one side over some treated rust spots – I decided to keep it on as a reminder of it’s fire engine days.

The van has been previously part resprayed and due to marks where the vinyl wrap came off the van could do with a respray as it’s various different shades of red. This is however superficial and the body work is in great condition.

4WD works 100% as it should mechanically but has an occasional display fault on the button as the light can flicker on and off. I believe this is just a sensor at the transfer case.

Finally – some naughty mice got under the bonnet when we were in Scotland over winter and chewed a small section of the insulation, but thankfully nothing else, (except some shoes).

Conversion Description

This is a brand new conversion designed and built with hiring out in mind, with gas and electric work fitted accordingly. There are a few left over jobs I will complete in time for the sale. Literally 100’s if not 1000’s of hours in total have been spent completing this over 10 months, it’s been a labour of love with meticulous planning of the layout and no expense spared with the work.

Insulation:

It has been insulated with a combination of foil backed self adhesive foam and 50mm celotex on the roof, and 25mm celotex on sides and floor, with expanding foam filling in the gaps.

Electrics –

110AH leisure battery with Duratec split charge relay for charging when driving and cut off to prevent over charging.

275w roof mounted solar panel with MPPT charge controller gives excellent charging when off grid.

12v LED spotlights, (2 touch sensitive lights over bed, 2 over seating, 1 over kitchen and 1 in washroom). Chrome and black light switches.

2 x USB charging sockets and 2 x 12v sockets.

Portable 120w 12v inverter included for 240v – enough for laptops etc.

Qualified electrician installed 240v mains electric hook up with double chrome socket, RCBO trip, 1 x standard mains and 1 x outdoor mains extension cables, (fitted after photos taken).

12v cooler included, but the space has been designed to fit a 12v compressor fridge, e.g WAECO.

2 x external lights (original fire van) have been rewired for night time camping light.

Bed –

The raised bed is multi use and can be used as a raised sofa or bed, where it can be slept on width ways up to about 5’9′. Additionally it pulls out to make a massive king size bed for ultimate sleeping space for 2 people!

Tables, seating and storage –

Underneath the bed are 4 pull out drawers giving plenty of storage for clothes and other bits. 2 individual tables pull out for dining, with opposite facing seats. Under seats provides lots of additional storage, and there’s a cupboard over the cab for additional storage.

Hob –

2 burner Dometic gas burner with 7kg propane bottle. Fitted in a regulation gas safe locker with drop vent to underneath. Extractor fan over hob.

Sink and water –

Copper pipe tap with 12v Whale water pump and switch. 25ltr fresh water and 20ltr waste water under sink. Storage area with door currently used for rubbish and recycling.

Toilet/ Wash room –

Thetford Porta Potti Excellence, washed, sterilised and ready to go! Wash room has been completely water proofed for washing and includes an extractor fan and plug hole.

Windows and Vents

Dometic Mini Heki roof vent with blackout blind and fly screen. Spinning roof extractor vent. Small rear sliding window with yellow blackout roller blind and custom window frame. Sliding window on door with custom made window frame and yellow blackout roller blind.

Heating

2KW diesel heater fitted under passenger seat provides excellent heating to keep you toasty warm during cold winter nights, with the added bonus that it can dry your wet shoes on the shoe rack where the heat comes into the van!

Garage

Massive rear garage/storage area at the back, easily big enough for extra luggage, mountain bikes, other bits of kit etc.

Extras

Finished in white painted pine cladded sides, danish oiled pine cladded ceiling. Lots of other stuff including door hatch to cab allows for privacy when camping but viewing out of rear side window during driving, oiled pine worktops, shoe rack storage, kitchen drawers with kitchen stuff, over cab storage, carbon monoxide alarm, shelves, blue tiled splash backs, kitchen hanging rack, folding step, cutlery, bowls, camping chairs, folding tarp/awning and spice rack all included!!

Potential upgrades:

Space allocated for a 12v compressor fridge.

Space allocated for a gas hot water heater under sink to upgrade to hot running water/shower.

Awning brackets already attached so a Fiamma awning can be installed.

Add a set of All Terrain tyres (e.g. BF Goodrich AT) on this van and you’ll have the ultimate go anywhere luxury 4×4 camper, and it will make the van look even better!

I think I’ve covered everything and been as honest as possible. I have 100’s of photos of the conversion process and other photos of it finished. I’m happy to share these with any genuine interested buyers to show the work that’s gone into it. Available for viewings in Kendal, and questions welcome but please no time wasters as we’re very busy with house and baby prep!

Ready to Hire Out
Landlords Gas Safe Certificate
Guaranteed Appropriate Payload
240v Electrical Sign off
DVLA Motor Caravan Registration
From Quirky Campers
Looks promising with the right paperwork
£21,000
Vehicle Make and Model

Mercedes Sprinter 4×4

Current Mileage
61,400miles
Contact Information
Specification
Transmission Type
Manual
Vehicle length
5.90meters
Berths
3

Standard 4’6″ width double sleeps 2 up to approx 5’9″ across the van, and bed extends out to a mass 6’6″ x 5’9″ can sleep 2-3 people.

Belted Seats
2
Maximum Weight (MAM or MTPLM)
3,500kg
Unladen Weight Verified?
YES - the vehicle has been weighed since completion
Unladen Weight
2,900kg
Gas sign-off supplied
None