Sprinter van conversions have become a favorite among vanlifers and professional RV builders alike.
Their interior height and range of available lengths allow for standing room and plenty of individual customizations.
The Mercedes Sprinter was the first European style van to become available to the North American market. And it was an instant hit with couples and individuals jumping in to convert them.
If you have a Sprinter van or are considering one, the conversions I’ve listed below are some of my favorites. I’ve collected these in my personal bookmarks over the last few years to admire as well as inspire my own conversions.
Here are 10 Sprinter Van Conversions to Give You Ideas and Inspiration
All these vans were converted by individuals, not professional companies. So although some of these builders were clearly very skilled, nothing here is outside the scope of what’s possible for your own build.
1. Ultimate Stealth Sprinter Conversion – An Apartment on Wheels
This is one of the first conversions that really made me sit up and go ‘WOW’. It really is an apartment on wheels, which as you’ll see from many others on this list is a design style that really appeals to me.
The bed sits on an electric hoist that is raised during the day to open up the comfortable seating area. At night the bed is lowered effortlessly. So it has a full size always made bed, and a comfortable seating area made with real home quality furniture, without compromising on space.
The van is also completely off-grid, with a solar and battery system that runs everything inside. There is no onboard gas as the stove runs on the vans diesel tank.
A very inspirational build, you can find out more about it here.
2. The Ultimate Home on Wheels Sprinter Conversion
This is another one that impresses me so much I can barely find the words.
Rob and Emily rewrote the script when it comes to van conversions with this one. The layout and design, the workmanship and overall finish on this van really set them in a league of their own.
They’re sure to inspire many copycats, I know I have taken great inspiration from their work.
You can follow them on their instagram.
You can also see with this build how the initial design and the finished conversion don’t precisely match. So be prepared to make adjustments as you go, you are going to meet hiccups along the way.
3. Unique Sprinter Conversion by This Moving House
This Moving House is a UK based van conversion specialist who has built up quite a following with their super clean and inventive conversions.
With their unique use of space and levels they have created van living spaces with up to 3 bedrooms.
You can follow Jack and his creations on his instagram.
4. Open plan feel 2019 Sprinter Conversion with Bathroom & Kitchen
Jess and Sarah from Uphill Adventure used the services of Frank’s Design Company to bring their dream Sprinter Van vision to life.
The van is completely self contained and off grid with 600W of solar and 400Ah of batteries.
There are lots of clever touches and innovative uses of space, you should check out heir full tour video below.
5. 2012 Mercedes Sprinter Van
Chesca and Ben converted this 2012 long wheel base Sprinter Van themselves, and they did a great job.
The Vanlife bug bit them while they were traveling. And they actually purchased their van from a UK seller while they were 7,000 miles away in Bali. They flew home to finalize their purchase and get started on their build.
You can follow their adventures and learn more about them and their van on their website.
6. Sprinter Van Home with 2 Person Office On Board
Chris and Sara both work online and wanted to build a comfortable home/office on wheels. So they wanted to fit a kingsize bed, two iMacs, a shower and toilet, a stove and oven, and a garage for their two bikes into their build.
A big ask but I think they pulled it off brilliantly.
Get a full tour of their awesome build below:
7. Amazing Homely Conversion by Van Life Builds
This unique layout is so cute and homely I’m seriously jealous. And you might have noticed, this and a lot of the other builds I’ve featured here are from the UK. I don’t know why that is, these are just the Sprinter builds that have caught my eye over the last 5 years or so.
I think it’s probably because the UK have had more time with these vans as they’re still somewhat new to North America.
Anyway, to see more from this stunning build click play below to watch the full tour:
Sprinter Van Conversion Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Sprinter van conversion cost?
A Sprinter van conversion will cost you somewhere between $30,000 right up to $150,000. There are a lot of factors that come in to play such as whether you purchase a new or used van. Convert yourself or opt for a factory conversion, the wheelbase, whether you want 4 wheel drive, and the quality of the fittings and amenities you want.
Is a Sprinter van worth it?
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is definitely one of the more pricy vans on the market, but it’s undoubtably also one of the best. If you want something with similar load capacity but is a bit less expensive, take a look at the Ram ProMaster.
How high is a Sprinter van? Can you stand in a Sprinter van?
The standard model has a roof height of 96.3 inches (244cm), and the high roof mode has a height of 107.5 inches (273cm). This is from the ground outside the van.
Inside, the standard model has a standing height of 67.7 inches (172cm) or 5 ft 7 inches, and the high roof model has a standing height of 78.9 inches (200cm) or 6 ft 7 inches.
So only the very, very tall will not be able to stand in a Sprinter van.
Are Sprinter vans expensive to maintain?
I haven’t owned one myself, but from all that I’ve heard and read, this is the one downside to owning a Sprinter, maintenance costs can be brutal.
But then again you will hear conflicting reports, you can read a more thorough article on this here, and check the comments there too.
I hope this article helps inspire your own van build whether you opt for a Sprinter or any other van.