After 291,000 proud miles throughout the Western U.S. and up to Alaska, it was time to begin the retirement process of Mike’s trusty 1993 Ford E-250, a full size cargo van that he’d bought and converted into a little home on wheels.
After doing some homework, we settled on the Sprinter. Made by Mercedes-Benz but with a triple “personality” of Mercedes, Dodge, or Freightliner, depending on the badging, these diesel vans come in a variety of flavors, with varying ceiling heights and wheelbases. From the outside, this one looks like a Dodge — which will be nice for trailheads, where you don’t want your rig to look too fancy-schmancy if you’re going to leave it there for a few days.
He found one slightly longer and taller than Van over in Rocklin, CA, near Sacramento — just 90 miles from Reno — and we decided to buy after a test drive and weekend pondering. This 2006 model has just 96,000 miles (low for a diesel), a 158-inch wheelbase, a 6-foot ceiling, and is 22′ long.
And so a new era begins.