Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and V-Class are virtually the favorites when it comes to camper conversion in the Mercedes-Benz Vans line. For those who want it factory-made, they also have the Marco Polo to turn to. However, the most practical vehicle bearing the three-pointed star mark that can be used for this purpose by far is the Unimog truck because of its versatility in tackling tougher terrains where vans are normally hindered.
Recently, a custom camper based on the Mercedes-Benz Unimog was sold in a Bring A Trailer auction, providing us a glimpse of the truck’s potential in off-road, outdoor adventuring.
The camper’s exterior showcases a refined gray finish on both the cab and rear box, which accentuates its expedition-ready aesthetic. Equipped with dual Front Runner Outfitters roof racks and a custom removable aluminum roof for the cab, this Unimog is good to go in any overland adventure.
Its other custom features such as aluminum side curtains for the front doors, a custom front bumper with a two-inch receiver, and auxiliary lights add more to its rugged charm.
The camper’s functionality extends beyond its exterior. The interior is a carefully crafted space highlighted by a kitchenette with a two-burner propane-fueled cooktop, Engel fridge/freezer, and ample storage cabinets.
Meanwhile, the dining area doubles as a sleeping space, with black vinyl-trimmed benches that fold into a comfortable bed. A flip-down DVD player and Pioneer stereo offer more entertainment options to the mix.
On the front end, the cab is finished in a distinctive green and houses two individual seats trimmed in beige fabric to create a comfortable space for the driver and passenger. Tech add-ons like the Sigtronics intercom system, a backup camera, and a Cobra 29 CB radio further enhance the driving experience.
The electrical system supporting the camper’s array of amenities includes a roof-mounted 250-watt solar panel, dual 12-volt AGM deep-cycle batteries, and twin 24-volt to 12-volt converters.
This 1964 Unimog is powered by a 2.2-liter inline-six engine partnered to a six-speed manual transmission with two reverse gears. The M180 engine is aided by an electronic fuel pump and ignition system.
The auto is also fitted with a dual-range transfer case, portal axles, and differential locks, allowing it to conquer varying off-road obstacles along the way.
The Unimog rides on 20-inch steel wheels finished in gray and hugged by 275/80 Continental MPT 81 tires to ensure optimal traction. Additional features include Koni shock absorbers and a spare steel wheel, emphasizing its readiness for the road less traveled.
The camper conversion was recently sold for $28,000. The truck prides itself on being in service with the German armed forces before it was converted and subsequently imported to the US in 2005. This puts an extra flavor of character to its six-decade-long heritage.
The Journey Continues
With a unique blend of military history, off-road capabilities, and camper comfort, this custom 1964 Unimog 404 stands as a remarkable testament to the Mercedes-Benz truck’s versatility. Whether traversing challenging terrains or settling into a campsite, this expedition-ready camper is a symbol of adventure and endurance.