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Mercedes Benz
Sprinter 516

4x4 sprinter van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 516 4x4

Our Mercedes Sprinter van is a long wheel base 516 4×4.  Its a 5 tonner, meaning its gross vehicle weight (GVW) is 5 tonnes, making it a real rare beast!


GVW = the max a vehicle can weigh whilst staying legal and safe, this includes EVERYTHING, even the driver, all passengers, full water and fuel tanks, plus all our gear, hence being a family of 4, full time in this van, we can not get away with the 3.5 tonne version.


During 2019 we fully built this van out ourselves, in the middle of a field where we are parked up, whilst living in it... a really hard time and one awesome experience, we're so glad we had!

We really wanted this rig to be set up ready for any adventure, Martin being an engineer, has the skills to make this happen and we’re totally proud of the outcome.

It's a 4 berth with all fixed beds, a fully off grid adventure wagon, running solely on diesel and solar power.   


We have 500w of Panasonic solar up top, 280ah of leisure batteries and diesel powered cooker and heating by Wallas – plus the small and mighty Caframo 12v fans and an amazing MaxxAir roof fan.


Decked out with as much insulation as possible from the guys at The Sound Deadening Shop, to keep this rig cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter… this was essential for us and has 100% been worth it.

Winter Yokohama Geolander GO15 tyres on the wheels, these are known to be hard wearing all terrains and with the miles we do that’s just what we need, taking us through snow and minus temperatures to +40°c of sun and sand!

Updates on our journey are also happening on our socials – facebook pageyoutube channel and instagram - we'd love to see you over there!

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Our handmade home kitchen.  Self built in our 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter campervan and home for 2 years solid, touring Europe and the UK with kids, dogs and a cat.  Copper taps, real burnt wood worktop and cabinet front, real colourful tiles and a diesel cooker/heater.  Country kitchen in a van.  Van Journey family home 2019-2021
Bunk beds in our 5 tonne Sprinter 4x4 campervan.  Wooden clad walls, ceiling and wooden beds.  Small book shelves and fairy lights. Family campervan build.
Paleo, Corfu, our family by the 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter campervan.  Travelling Europe as a family with dogs a cat, 2020.
Mercedes Sprinter campervan on the Greek island of Kefalonia. Parked up by Poros beach during 2020. The Van Journey Family.
Small double bed in our Mercedes Sprinter campervan.  Fixed beds and 4 berth. Wood clad and burnt wood for warm and natural effect.  Decorative brass handle to access beds. Photo taken on Corfu island by photographers Kate and Martin of Van Journey.
Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 on an off road track on Kefalonia island, Greece.  A tip off from a local and a magnificent drive out in the sticks.  Beautiful turquoise sea, hot sun and goats for company.
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