The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is already available with an all-wheel-drive powertrain for folks looking for more traction, and now Vansports.de shows off upgrades to make the van more rugged for customers who want to go even farther off the grid.
The Vansports Sprinter gets several pieces of underbody protection that guard the engine, transmission, and rear differential using 8-millimeter or 6-millimeter thick aluminum panels, depending on the section. To shield the exterior, there are tubular rocker panels in matte black, and fender protectors cover the wheel arches. The van rides on 18-inch, five-spoke wheels with a black finish and chunky, all-terrain tires wrap around them. The company sells these components as a set for €7,780 ($8,403 at current exchange rates). As an option, there are diamond-pattern metal plates that defend the entrance into the side door and rear.
Vansports is working on some future upgrades for the Sprinter. The company plans to introduce a roof rack with work lights on it. An intake snorkel would improve the van’s water wading depth. Rock sliders are also under development.
The Sprinter is a common platform for creating motorhomes, and parts like this would be a step into modifying one into an overlander. If building your own rig, isn’t your style, then there are companies that build ready-made vehicles. For example, Storyteller Overland offers a machine with a battery system strong enough to run air conditioning overnight, and there’s a shower that works either outside or in the vehicle. Alternatively, Outside Van has a concept for an off-roading RV that has a focus on being lightweight and efficient.