Epic Trips to take in your Mercedes-Benz Van
Living in a van down by the river is considered a step down in life for some, but for a growing group of adventurers and nature lovers, it’s the perfect setting.
All sorts of thrill seekers and travelers are buying up Mercedes-Benz Vans to take on their outdoor excursions. Paddle boarders, surfers, kayakers, rock climbers, dirt bikers, skiers, snowmobilers, cyclists, hunters and basic pleasure cruisers all call these vehicles their home on wheels.
In particular, the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 has become a popular model for outdoor enthusiasts who like to get off the beaten path. The Sprinter can be special ordered from Mercedes to allow for customization. Or there are are a plethora of RV options available from companies like Winnebago, Sportsmobile, Airstream and other custom upfitters that utilize the Sprinter as platform to create custom camper vans. For example, the Winnebago Era utilizes a 4WD Sprinter and is available in various floor plans and comes equipped with a toilet, sink, shower, bed and small kitchen.
Camper van conversions based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter have plenty of room for gear and passengers, and the super-high roof height available allows most people to stand up inside. They also are very fuel-efficient, compared to regular motor homes — getting around 20 mpg.
Camper vans also are very nimble. You can parallel park them and take them to remote places where long RVs are not allowed. Sprinters also easily navigate narrow, twisting roads to get you deep into nature and far away from it all.
These amazing Sprinter camper vans serve as the ultimate ride to get you to wherever your heart desires, and once parked, it becomes a cozy and efficient base camp for all of your outdoor adventures.
So where should you take your Mercedes-Benz camper van? Here are some ideas for amazing road trips in your van.
Trestles, California is a surfers paradise; known for its consistent waves, people have been flocking to this beach since the 1940s. This collection of surf spots in Southern California ranks among the top places to hang ten in the continental U.S. Trestles is actually a part of San Onofre Beach State Park right outside of San Clemente. It is comprised of three beaches known as the Uppers, Lowers and Middles. Each beach has different wave characteristics that are ideal for surfing and can cater to all abilities. Trestles is inaccessible by vehicle and requires a walk down to the beach from the Trestles Bridges.
Camping is available at nearby San Mateo Campground, a short hike (via a 1.5-mile nature trail) to Trestles Beach. All campsites include a fire pit and picnic table. Other amenities include a dump-station, hot indoor showers, and flush toilets. Camping is available year-round.
Many camper van enthusiasts love to haul their toys along with them. Whether it’s a dirt bike, 4×4, ATV, or other off-highway vehicle (OHV) — trail riding has become a very popular pastime. The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System in West Virginia includes hundreds of miles of trails across six counties. All of the trails are open year-round. There are a variety of trails ranging from easy to difficult.
You must obtain a permit before riding the Hatfield-McCoy trails, and no camping is allowed directly on the route. However, there are many campgrounds near access points.
Moab, Utah also is a OHV heaven. The dessert has many trails suited for ATVs and much of the public lands are open to ATVs. The White Wash Sand Dunes is a particularly popular place. It’s a rugged and remote area with no facilities or drinking water, so everything must be packed in. However, camping is widely available.
You can go where the snow is, no matter how far away the nearest hotel is. Skiers, snow boarders and snowmobile riders love the freedom and flexibility that traveling in a camper provides.
While some traditional campgrounds close for the winter, there are plenty that stay open. Additionally, winter travelers can explore dispersed camping, or primitive camping. Basically, this just means camping anywhere in a National Forest that is outside of a designated campground. The camper van crowd calls this boondocking.
People who venture away from ski resorts and off the trail into the snow do it for the solitude, deep powder, and wildlife viewing. Popular options include National Parks. These are usually packed to the brim in the summer with thousands of tourists. However, in the winter things are much more peaceful. For example Rocky Mountain National Park gets more than 650,000 visitors each month during the summer, and about 70,000 visit in the winter months.
Just remember to pack accordingly and prep your van for freezing temps.
If you would like to get away to some of the world’s most pristine regions, wade into a rushing stream and cast a line into a beautiful mountain river, then a fly fishing excursion should be on your to-do list. The best part of going fly fishing in your camper van is that you can have a home base on wheels in order to get closer and stay nearby the rivers.
Some of the best fly fishing rivers are located in Montana, including the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Jefferson, Red Rock and Ruby. There are literally thousands of miles of heralded trout streams and pristine lakes in Montana.
Fishing Access Sties in state parks are available on a first-come basis, and these campsites cannot be reserved. Montana fishing access sites are located along many of the state’s major rivers including the Yellow Stone, Clark Fort, Flathead and Missouri. Find a map of the state’s fishing access sites, here.