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How Much Does A Mercedes Sprinter Van Conversion Cost

Mercedes Sprinter Campervan against sandstone background.

Without a doubt the most luxurious campervan is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van.  A campervan conversion built on a Mercedes Sprinter is a very expensive purchase.

But how much exactly does a Mercedes Sprinter van conversion cost?

On average, a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van conversion costs between $50,000 and $100,000.

The price you spend might depend on whether you intend to do full-time vanlife, or just need a part-time camping rig.

If you’re not specifically interested in a Mercedes Sprinter Van, check out our guide for the cost of other camper van conversions.

The campervan conversions built for full-time vanlifers tend to include more storage space for personal belongings and bigger water tanks.  Whereas “part time rigs” are usually a little more geared towards short adventure trips, with more space for bikes, kayaks, etc.

Your typical Sprinter van conversion will have the basics: insulation, a vent fan, a bed, small seating area, storage, and finished interior.

But in addition, Sprinter conversions are typically loaded with other “luxuries” like an off-grid electrical system, solar panels, fridge, plumbing, water storage, heat/AC, two-burner stove, toilet, and possibly a shower.

If you are not set on a Mercedes Sprinter, this post covers the process of choosing the perfect van for a van conversion. This includes other popular models like Ford Transit, RAM Promaster, Chevy Express, Ford Econoline, etc.

There are a few different ways to obtain a Sprinter Campervan. This post breaks down the cost of different types of Sprinter conversions.

  • New vs Used Mercedes Sprinter Van
  • Professional vs DIY campervan conversion
  • Purchasing an already converted Sprinter Van

What Kinds of Mercedes Benz Sprinter Vans Are There?

A couple is hanging out side their Mercedes Sprinter Campervan.
Photo: Los Muertos Crew

There are many different models of Mercedes Sprinter vans, so it can be a little confusing to tell them apart.

But here’s a quick summary of the types….

Cargo Van, Passenger Van & Crew Van

Sprinters come in either cargo, passenger, or crew models.

The Cargo Sprinter is just an empty shell in the back with few or no windows.

The Passenger Sprinter has seats for 12-15 people and windows on all sides.

And the Crew van is a hybrid of the two, seating for 5 people.

Length, Wheelbase, and Roof Configurations

Mercedes Sprinters have three different lengths: 144” wheelbase, 170” wheelbase, and 170” wheelbase extended length.

The two available roof heights are Standard (only for 144”) and High Roof.  Most campervans are built with the High Roof version because it’s one of the vans that are tall enough to stand up in.

Gas Or Diesel Engines

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is available in either gas engines or diesel engines.

Sprinter Class Ratings

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter comes in 5 different class ratings: 1500, 2500, 3500, 3500XD, and 4500.  These class ratings mostly just correlate to increased payload.  Most Sprinter camper vans are built on the 1500, 2500, and 3500 rated Sprinters.

I wrote another post that goes into more details about the difference between Mercedes Sprinter Class Ratings.

Difference Between Mercedes, Dodge, and Freightliner Sprinters

You may see Sprinters with three different brand names on them: Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, Dodge Sprinters, and Freightliner Sprinters.

All you need to know about the three brands of Sprinters is that they are mechanically identical.

They were just sold under different brands in the past to avoid certain import taxes.

New Vs Used Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van Cost

A mercedes sprinter campervan
Photo by Jordan Irving on Unsplash

For these prices I am going to limit the range to just the most common Sprinter types used for campervans.

I’m only quoting prices for high roof, cargo Sprinters.

While some camper van conversions are built with standard roof, the vast majority are built with a high roof van.  And most campervans will begin with a cargo version (cheapest and ready to convert right away).

And I’m also going to exclude the 3500XD and 4500 Sprinters, because their payload is usually overkill for a conversion van.

New Mercedes Sprinter Van

Buying a brand new Mercedes Sprinter van costs between $47,000-$65,000 just for a base model.  When you start adding on additional features (swivel seats, roof racks, parking assist, etc) you can pretty easily push the price up to $70-80,000 dollars.

Used Mercedes Sprinter Van

The prices for used Mercedes Sprinters have a MUCH wider range depending on condition and mileage.  But excluding the really high-mileage vans (250,000+), the price for a used Mercedes Sprinter is typically between $25,00-$60,000.

If you are looking for that really budget-friendly used Sprinter van, the most popular model is the T1N Sprinter. They are all getting up to pretty high mileage at this point.  But T1N Sprinters can often reach 300,000 miles with good care and maintenance.

Professional vs DIY Sprinter Conversion

Winnebago Revel Mercedes Sprinter Van Conversion

If you are starting with a blank van, you can decide whether you want to have your Sprinter professionally converted or do a DIY camper van conversion.

Professional Sprinter Van Conversion

There is no shortage of professional van conversion companies to convert your Sprinter.

From the well-established conversions, like the Winnebago Revel 4×4 Sprinter and Sportsmobile Sprinter Conversion to smaller conversion companies like Vanlife Customs, Freedom Vans, and more.

Professional campervan conversions range from basic weekend road-trip campers or to luxury class-B RV conversions.  You can usually build your dream van from templates they have, or some will build a completely custom van conversion.

The cost of a professional Sprinter van conversion ranges from $40,000 to over $150,000 (just conversion cost and labor). Here is a more in-depth guide for a professional camper van conversion cost.

But if you are not handy, then it might be easy to justify the extra cost to have a professional conversion.

Sadly, most of the budget-friendly van conversion companies don’t usually convert Sprinters.

DIY Sprinter Van Conversion

The (potentially) much more affordable route is to do a DIY Sprinter van conversion.  I say potentially, because there’s really no limit on how much money you could spend on your DIY van conversion.

But just removing the cost of someone else’s labor makes it hard to reach the price of a professional camper van build.

An average DIY Sprinter Van conversion cost is between $15,000 and $50,000.  This does not include the cost of the van.  But of course there are the extremes when it comes to do-it-yourself conversions, ranging from $5,000 to $100,000+.  But typically, people aren’t going to invest in a Mercedes Sprinter and then do a cheap conversion.

You should consider that DIY van builds take a lot of time.  Plan for around 350-550 labor hours to complete a van build from start to finish. Here is a guide for how much our camper van conversion costed.

Head over to our vanlife page for helpful guides for every step of the van conversion process.

Buying A Used Pre-Converted Campervan

The last way to get your hands on a Sprinter campervan is to buy a used pre-converted campervan.  This will typically be done through private sellers, though some RV dealers may sell used Class-B Sprinter Campervans.

You can find a used pre-converted van through various marketplaces like Conversion Trader, Vanlife Trader, The Van Camper, Van Viewer, RV Trader, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and Ebay.

The cost of a used Sprinter campervan is generally between $50,000-$150,000.

A man and his Husky beachside camping in their Sprinter Campervan.
Photo: PNW Production

If you are buying a used professional camper van conversion, then ask the seller for paperwork to help appraise the vehicle.  Generally, a professional campervan conversion can be trusted to have good craftsmanship (but not always).  Plenty of “professional” van conversion companies have cropped up since vanlife exploded around 2020.

When buying a used DIY van conversion it’s much more like “buyer beware”. You have no idea the level of craftsmanship that went into the conversion.

And it’s a little tricky to find a price that both the seller and buyer agree on.  The seller will almost always try to recoup all the money that they put into it.

But the unknown quality of craftsmanship introduces a lot of risk into the purchase.  Issues can range from minor things like crooked woodwork to major things like bad electrical wiring that could burn the whole van down.

So buyers have good reason to insist on a pretty deep discount compared to the money invested in the van.

Conclusion: Mercedes Sprinter Van Conversion Cost

Winnebago 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Van Revel Conversion
Photo by Jordan Irving on Unsplash

Since the Mercedes Benz Sprinter is the most luxury van on the market, they tend to be the most expensive campervans.

But the total price depends on the way you acquire said campervan (i.e. new or used, professional conversion or DIY).

If you are more budget-minded, you could do a used van with a DIY conversion for around $30,000-$70,000.  If you are aiming for a new Mercedes Sprinter Van with a professional conversion, you will probably spend between $60,000-$150,000.

Now, that’s obviously a lot of money.  But a well cared for Mercedes Sprinter Camper Van can actually hold it’s value much better than most vehicles.

Sprinter camper vans, especially high roof and 4×4 ones, are highly sought after.  So probably more than any other van, a Sprinter can be viewed as a decent investment (at least in the short term, since time kills all vehicles).

For most van lifers, a 4×4 Sprinter is the dream van they would buy if money wasn’t a factor.  So if you can afford a Sprinter campervan, then by all means, go find or build the perfect Sprinter for you.

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