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Top Ten Outside Van Builds of 2022

Our teams have completed over 100 custom van conversion this year! It takes a whole team of highly skilled craftspeople to consistently turn out such exceptional builds over and over again. Here’s a look at our top ten builds of 2022! Let us know what your favorite builds have been by leaving a comment on our social media.

10. ROAMN – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 170 Dually

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Built in 2021 for a family of three, RoamN is ready to do just that: roam! When the realities of remote learning intersected with a desire to explore the United States together as a family, we were able to fulfill this families wants and needs. RoamN’s marshmallow, cream, and birch interior colors make the cabin and sleeping area feel even bigger and brighter than a 170″ wheelbase already affords.

09. YARAK – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144

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Yarak embodies the falconry term in its fit and nimble prowess. Don’t let the sparse interior fool you, this van was built to be a prime motorcycle hauling vehicle. An onboard hydraulic-assisted moto ramp folds up and out of the way when in motion while quickly and safely lowering for a sturdy loading platform. With an 880 lbs. load capacity, raised perforations throughout the aluminum ramp increase traction for wheels and boots. To keep gear stored and close at hand, an Adventure Wagon mule bag fastens to overhead Mac VersaTie Track.

08. OBI – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 170

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With custom flares installed in the rear quarter panels, extended sleeping space offers maximum rest on the 2-panel bed. Below, when a hidden panel is extended across the galley aisle the dinette benches create an additional sleeping space. A side and rear ladder create external storage solutions for bikes with close connection to the ARB air compressor. OBI is outfitted with an Agile “No Rub” Front Tire Fender, Agile Ride Improvement Package, 17” Warlord wheels from Black Rhino, and (5) BFGoodrich K02 tires. The spare tire is kept nestled below, just in case.

07. ROLLING STONE – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144

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When not traveling with their sporting dogs to agility competitions, this active couple thrives in the outdoors. Rolling Stone is outfitted with exterior bike mounts, a robust interior cabin heating system, and makes for a great overall basecamp while exploring National Parks. We installed two Rogue dog crates which were powder-coated to match the van’s Graphite Grey exterior color. These aluminum crates keep dogs safe and secure when riding over various terrain and provide a designated den for them to relax in. The American Kennel Club has helpful information regarding traveling with a dog.

06. UPLIFT – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 170 DUALLY

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Store small items in rear stuff sacks and longer items below or alongside the beds. Uplift offers a chance to fill up on blended smoothies or soups thanks to the mounted Vitamix. A large bamboo galley includes a rectangular deep under mount sink, counter top mounted faucet with pull down sprayer, induction stove, and drop in cutting board sink cover. Did we mention there’s an indoor shower, complete with shower head, interior light, ceiling fan, soft door, interior VersaTie track, and grey water tank?

05. WOMBAT – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 170

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Showcasing a kitchen nestled within the slider door, easy outside entertaining is possible with a hidden pullout prep table. Deploy both Rolef garage and slider door screens for serious bug protection and enjoy the extended Fiamma awning offering maximum shade. Inside Wombat, the galley kitchen features an upgraded rectangular deep under mount sink and countertop mounted faucet with pull down sprayer. Keeping everything tidy is easy with recycling and trash bins tucked into a cabinet built into center of galley! Another unique element of Wombat is its floor to ceiling closet that with four internal shelves, a wide pull-out step to get in and out of bed, and lower housing unit for a future cassette toilet.

04. DRY FLY – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144

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Built for a solo angler adventurist, Dry Fly is ready for adventures traveling to Washington’s Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, Oregon’s Rogue River, Wyoming’s Little Laramie River and beyond! The passenger side dinette houses a removable porta potty. The slider doorway includes a drawer that pulls forward and is outfitted with small, medium, and large compartments specifically for fly fishing gear. When it’s time to make dinner, the kitchen area features an overhead microwave, induction stove, Vitrifigo DW180 RFX Stainless Steel Double Drawer, rectangular deep under mount sink, and a countertop mounted faucet with pull down sprayer.

03. ORION – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 170 EXT Dually

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A hard garage wall reinforced with a steel frame separates the passenger cabin from cargo area. In the garage, notched storage spaces hold gear. Internal Mac Track and bike mounts keeps bikes secure next to quick access of the exterior shower connection and on-board air compressor. Orion’s powered by 630Ah of lithium-ion batteries working with an inverter and secondary alternator. On the roof, a Packasport Apollo offers 25 cu. ft of storage and 180W of solar power. Not to be outdone, an Agile Off-Road Ride Improvement Package, Method wheels, Toyo tires, and Backwoods Front Bumper with Bull Bar including Rigid lights round out this wholly impressive rig.

02. OUISTITI – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 170

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We’ve never built a van like this before and thoroughly enjoyed crafting every unique feature and detail! This family of four with two littles under the age of 3 are planning for an epic six-month adventure across the United States. Starting on the east coast, they’re looking forward to showing their children some of America’s national treasures. Using their roof rack to carry kayaks, exploring family-friendly towns where everyone can have fun on a hike, in the water, or relaxing at basecamp is a must. Look out Colorado, Utah, California and everywhere in-between!

01. TAILS – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144

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The ultimate biking van is here. Tails was built with avid cyclists in mind whether they’re mobbing down single track deep in the woods of British Columbia, trekking upwards on petrified sand dunes of Moab, embracing joyous torture that is cyclocross, and everything in-between.
Inside and out, Tails is a complete mobile bike mechanic station. A handful of Tails’ many bells and whistles include: a garage gear glider, custom tool rolls, a rear door flip down worktable, Molle Panels, and an ARB air compressor with multiple attachment sites.

We’ve maximized every inch of this 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144. Tails is a full basecamp for overnight adventures. Kitchen features include a deep, rectangular under mount sink with pull down sprayer faucet, overhead cabinetry and microwave, Isotherm 4.6 cu ft stainless steel refrigerator, multiple 110V, USB-C/USB, and 12V outlets, and 20-gallon freshwater tank.

Staying off-grid for extended adventures, Tails is loaded with a robust Lithionics power system, boasting 945Ah of power alongside a 2000W magnum inverter. For sunny days, the rooftop houses a 140W Zamp solar panel. All this power is more than enough to power and charge your highest output components.