Wow !! Was that a difficult decision .... In our article "Our dream of a van becomes reality" , we talked about how and why, after a long search, we decided on the "independent" of CS motorhomes. But which equipment and accessories should we order? How should we configure the vehicle? Read below how our van was finally equipped and produced.
The configuration of our motorhome (Mercedes-Sprinter)
The configuration of the base vehicle was independent of the considerations for the actual motorhome. We informed ourselves in forums, test reports and friends, who use the Mercedes-Sprinter, once in general to this van. We were particularly interested in experiences and possible weak points with regard to the engine, the chassis and other aspects of the base vehicle. The information collected was then the basis for the order. Of course, we have also taken into account the following criteria of our entire "van" project :
- Longevity, solidity, economy and reliability
- Suitability for extreme tours at different times (eg Northern Europe in winter)
- relatively high independence from media and supply (water, electricity, etc.)
- a certain understatement from the outside (only recognizable from close up as a mobile home right away)
- a certain off-road ability to use also unpaved roads and paths
- highest possible resale value
- Suitability for tours over several weeks in the smallest interior
- Maneuverability and concomitantly small dimensions (save toll and ferry charges)
- Suitable for our requirements as a blogger (charging options for many devices etc.)
The result was the following configuration for a Sprinter from Mercedes as the basis for our van (overview / if you are interested in explanations, simply open the fields):
So we ordered the Mercedes-Sprinter on 05.03.2017 at CS motorhomes and at the end of May "our" vehicle arrived there. Now it's time to expand ....
The Mercedes Sprinter becomes our "Independent" of CS motorhomes
Before we go straight to the chosen equipment and combinations in the interior, we would like to give you some impressions of the first finishing works on the following pictures. In any case, we were extremely impressed with the love of detail and the precision with which the vehicles are upgraded. CS motorhomes is more to be understood as a manufactory, which nevertheless responds strongly to individual customer wishes within the framework of its own model range and standards.
Before we continue to document the interior design, we want to share the details of our vehicle "Independent" (model of CS motorhomes) in the overview below (total overview / if you are interested in opening the individual points):
In total, we reach a weight of 3150 kilograms including a filled fuel tank, 20 liters of fresh water in the tank and an assumed driver's weight of 75 kilograms - which is at least not enough for Sirko .... 🙂
Now, however, it continues with the expansion:
Slowly it is clear at this time that we have consciously decided for bright colors in the interior. Our combination does not necessarily seem to be widespread, according to the feedback from Mr Oltmanns (CS motorhomes). However, after we had thought about it in advance and compared some demonstration vehicles and samples, we are still completely convinced of our decision. In any case, we would choose the following combination again :
- Wood decor: maple with beech strips set down
- Upholstery: anthracite 187
- Ceiling Covering: Gray (Light)
- Floor: chopsticks beech
- Side cover: gray (light - analogous to the ceiling)
- Worktop: maple
At the end of July the time has finally come: We are going to Henstedt-Ulzburg to take over our "Independent". From there, we continue immediately on the first maiden voyage - a road trip through Norway. Along the west coast and on our way back through the Dovrefjell, we put our box car through 4,500 kilometers through its paces - and love it a little more every day ... 🙂
Below are some pictures of the finished vehicle ...
From today's point of view, we have done many things right and would only decide differently in detail (car radio, daytime running lights). In any case, we are looking forward to many kilometers, endless road trips and lots of adventures with our van, from which you can read again soon ....
Further information, a configuration and the price list can be found on the homepage of CS motorhomes.
If you are interested in what we have equipped our van for the first ride, click here:
All images from the production courtesy of CS motorhomes from the documentation for the manufacture of our vehicle
This report reflects our opinion, experiences and beliefs, which have not been affected in any way by additions or benefits of CS motorhomes.
Sprinter is a registered trademark of Daimler Benz AG.