Steve for Sale

For sale 2005 Mercedes Sprinter 308 2.2 CDI with full camper conversion. Mercedes Sprinters are the workhorse van for most tour bus operators in Chile, Peru and Argentina because of their reliability and economy. The van is amazingly efficient, it’s a 2.2l CDI which can eke out up to 1000kms on a 75l tank of diesel when cruising highways. In Chile you’ll pay~50,000 Chilean Pesos (~$100 or £50) to fill it up.

The van also has good ground clearance ~8inches, and can cope with the majority of unmade roads you’ll find in Chile, Bolivia etc. just fine. It was bought and converted in Chile, and is perfect for two people to travel and live in in comfort (even luxury – it’s got a wine rack and wood burning stove after all!)  It was designed

and built for two people ski touring, although could easily be used as a base for a bigger group with the use of tents etc. The van would also be a great base for kyaking or surfing as it is well insulated, has lots of storage and the wood stove gets lots of wet kit dry quickly.
The kit list is as follows:
– Double burner gas hob with 6.5kg gas bottle.

– 70l of water storage- Electric water pumps providing running water for the sink and cold outdoor shower.

– Ample seating in the back can comfortably accomodate 5 people (6 at a squeeze) for great van socials!- Lots of storage inside that swallows all our climbing and ski gear.

– Skylight/roof vent.- Seating coverts into a double bed.- Sink with tap fed by electric pump and external drain.

– 100Ah liesure battery to supply power to lighting and pumps and provide start assist to the starter battery if required.- Split charging relay for liesure battery

– Solar panel and solar charge controller- LED lighting- Woodburning stove to keep you cosy and warm in the coldest of places.

– Fully equiped kitchen/dining set ( pots, pans, utensils, plates, knives, forks etc.)- Smoke and CO alarm

– 3 bottle wine/whisky/pisco rack.

– A bunch of storage boxes and tupperwares to keep everything organised and orderly.

– Radio/CD player with jack for MP3 player- Small 12v  to 220v AC 150W inverter for charging electronic devices.

– Roofrack

– 12v air compressor/tyre pump

– Second spare wheel

– 20l jerry can

-Fire extiguisher

– Smal folding shovel (the toilet or for digging the van out if you get it stuck somewhere!)

– Warning triangle

– Spare fuel filter

– Spare oil filter

– Selection of spare bulbs and fuses

– Feather duvet, pillows and bed linen

Basically the van has everything you need for your South American adventure so all you have to do is rock up, do the deal and take the keys!
The van is an ex-ambulance and has 165,000 kilometers on the clock currently. We have had a lot of work done on the mechanics to make sure the van was reliable for our trip so should run trouble free for a good few tens of thousands of miles yet. We have had the following work done:
– Clutch and dual mass flywheel replaced at 155,000km, only Mercedes Original parts used, all receipts will be provided.

– Full engine rebuild at 155,000km, only Mercedes Original parts used, all reciepts will be provided.

– New Maxxis Bravo AT tyres fitted at 162,000km

– gearbox and diff. oil changed at 155,000km

– Drive shaft centre bearing replaced at 163,000km
LEGAL DOCUMENTATIONThe revision tecnica (Chilean MOT or roadworthiness test) is valid until August 2015Vehicle insurance  is valid until 31st March 2015Permision de circulacion is valid until the end of August 2015
The bodywork is well used, but sound.
The van will be available in the first or second week of September (expect about another 20,000kms on the clock i.e. 185,000kms total) in Santiago Chile. Please get in touch for more details.
We are looking for 7.5m chilean pesos for him including all the kit listed above. We will be advertising the van for sale on Chilean car sites too as Sprinters in good working order are highly sought after vehicles in Chile, when we were trying to buy the van we found that good vans would sell in 24-48 hours. Although our preference is to sell to other travellers so Steve can continue his adventures after we have left South America!

Steve the $6m van!
Steve
Steve from the back.
Steve from the back.
Bed out inside the van, breakfast in bed anyone?!
Bed out inside the van, breakfast in bed anyone?!
Van looking nice and cosy with wine and dinner on the go!
Van looking nice and cosy with wine and dinner on the go!

 

The wodd burning stove in action. Cosy and warm despite negetive temperatures outside. He'll make you want to park in cold places!
The wood burning stove in action. Cosy and warm despite negetive temperatures outside. He’ll make you want to park in cold places!
Loads of seating for you and guests! Evene better there's storage under all the bench seats.
Loads of seating for you and guests!
The Kitchen Unit, this thing can produce some awesome dinners...
The Kitchen Unit, this thing can produce some awesome dinners…
...and what's inside? Upstairs lots of food storage, downstairs pots, pans, utensils, plates etc. Oh don't forget the wine rack!
…and what’s inside? Upstairs lots of food storage, downstairs pots, pans, utensils, plates etc. Oh don’t forget the wine rack!
The Complete Package
The Complete Package

 

8 thoughts on “Steve for Sale”

  1. Hi! And happy travels. Wondering if you think Steve could work for two adults and a 6yr old? We would be VERy interested. And of course, what is your price? Thanks
    Karen

    1. Hi Karen, I guess it could work, but you might need to do some work to make space for the 6yr old to sleep. Currently the bed opens out to 1.85m x 1.15m and is very comfortable for 2. There is a cusioned area next to the bed 89 cm x 55cm that could be extended to 120cm x 55cm if you slide the drivers seat all the way forward and added a cushion and a board to support it. The other option is to sleep crossways accross the van, we have done this on very cold nights when we want to keep the wood burner going, but this isn’t that comfortable if your tall. This is probably difficult to picture so I’ll send a sketch of the cusioned area when the bed is out.

      In short it kind of depends how much comfort you would be looking for the van is super comfortable for two. Two plus a 6yr old would be doable, but might be a bit cramped.

      Tom

  2. Hello! Hope your travels are going well. I am in Santiago currently and in the market for a camper van to drive to Costa Rica. Is the van still available for purchase?
    Thanks and Safe Travels

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