If you want to live the life of the van, you might as well build a platform that can go anywhere, including away from the grid. This highly personalized Mercedes-Benz Sprinter does exactly that. Take a tour of the impressive creation.
This build started out as a harmless two-wheel-drive Sprinter 170 ext that the owners named Bruce. Now that it wears a dark green and black paint scheme that no longer gives the motorhome a rugged appearance, but the Line-X coating protects the body from chips and scratches. Now the owners are calling the Bruce Banner rig because it’s pretty big.
The exterior also features a new bumper with a large brush bar. A ladder provides access to a full length roof rack for transporting loads of equipment. At the rear there is a heavy toolbox and a spare tire.
To get to hard-to-reach places, the van now has a 4×4 transmission with a Dana 60 front axle, Dana 70 rear and hub lockers for even more traction if needed. It runs on 37-inch tires and the ride height is 8.5 inches higher as well.
The owners intend to take Bruce Banner far enough off-road that help cannot easily access it. To save yourself, there is a 12,000 pound winch, recovery boards and a jack. They also carry specialized first aid kits for humans and dogs on board.
Although the exterior is sturdy, the interior is very welcoming. The owners decorate it with shades of brown, tan, and green that create a dark but naturalistic environment. There are 40 gallons of water available and 600 amp hour of batteries. The cooktop, heater and hot water use diesel, so there is a 28 gallon reserve fuel tank in case more fuel is needed.