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Old 07-29-2018, 08:01 AM   #1
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Our 2018 4X4 2500 HR is here!!

Hello everyone! I've been a Mercedes-Benz Tech for 13 years now and recently discovered how cool Sprinters are! We have always been Land Cruiser owners and are on our 5th one, (A 100 series this time).

My dealership doesn't sell, or work on Sprinters but our other dealership in Rocklin does and so the wife and I stopped by one weekend to look at them. The Sprinter Sales Manager was there on his day off and he spent the better part of the day walking us around and explaining the good options to order and what options are not necessary! He showed us his newly arrived 4X4 with dual sliding doors! I absorbed all the information with much excitement and when we got home I started building and editing, and building and editing until I was sure I built the perfect van for us!

I sent it to him for his opinion and he said it was perfect and let me know he had one slot left open for a 144" 4X4 and he sent my build to the factory and they had accepted it!!

The order was placed in January and it couldn't have been more perfect! The Sales Mgr text me and asked if we were home because he wanted to come "take a look at our Nissan Patrol" he has always wanted to see! Not too much later he arrived in the driveway with our girl!! What a nice surprise! It arrived at the dealership July 12, our 21st wedding anniversary!!!

It's a cargo and I optioned the heck out of it with the exception of all the windows, electric step, roof-top AC, and rear air and heat. I got a heated windshield, rear wiper blades, heated swivel seats.

The only option I couldn't get was orange seat belts! The factory wouldn't allow it with swivel seats.

We got the factory emergency flashlight and the wheel chock though!!


Photos of the rig!! https://photos.app.goo.gl/X9fJtiCERVnmCLEAA


MODEL: 2018 M2CA4X


709 Blue Grey
VU9 Leatherette black
C02 Driver Efficiency Package
C04 Active Safety Package Plus with Parktronic
C05 Premium Appearance Package
F01 Swivel Seat Package (Fleet Only)
X27 Additional Battery Package
X30 Low &High Range 4x4 Package
053 Label Override Package
AP2 Protective Bar &Extended Exhaust
CL3 Leather Steering Wheel
CT1 Rear Spring Vibration Absorbers
D03 Roof - High
D13 Roof Rails
ES2 12V Power Outlet Rear Compartment
E40 Trailer Hitch - Wire Harness w/7 Pin Connector
E46 12V Power Outlet- Driver Seat Base
FF8 Overhead storage slot, front center
FJ1 I/P Hinged Lid-Center Stack Bin
FY1 Security Alarm
FY7 3-Button Remote Control
FZ9 Keys - Two Additional Masters
F49 Electrically Heated Windshield
H01 Heat Insulation for Rear Compartment
H04 Heat Insulation for Front Compartment
H15 Heated Co-Driver Seat
H16 Heated Driver Seat
H22 Defroster - Rear Window
LB9 Illuminated Exits
LD4 Lights-Convenience Load/Pass Comp
VA7 Storage Net in Hinged RR Doors
V25 Cargo Side Wall Paneling - Waist Height Hardboard
V36 Rear Roof Trim
W17 Fixed Window, Right Side Front
W70 Tint for Rear Windows and Rear Side Windows
W73 Rear Door Step - Bumper, Gray
W78 Window rear door and washers/wipers
Y26 Wheel Chocks
ZH4 Downhill Speed Regulation for 4x4
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:26 AM   #2
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Congrats. Awesome van and welcome.

What are your plans with the van?
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:53 AM   #3
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Better put your name in for the Sprinter Tech training and better decide if you like the commute to Rocklin, I see changes in your future!

We are in Walnut Creek now, but had an Auburn address (Bald Hill Road, just above Ophir) for years. I still have a brother outside of Penryn, so we are familiar with the area.

I know you were in Flagstaff at Overland Expo earlier this year, I'm guessing you have lots of ideas for the van that you are considering. The best advice any of us can give for right now is to get out and use it! That's the best way to determine your needs.

Congratulations!
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:05 AM   #4
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Congrats. Awesome van and welcome.

What are your plans with the van?
Thanks for the welcome! We are truly “over the moon” with our girl!

I’ll post photos of our first outing last weekend!
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:12 AM   #5
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Better put your name in for the Sprinter Tech training and better decide if you like the commute to Rocklin, I see changes in your future!

We are in Walnut Creek now, but had an Auburn address (Bald Hill Road, just above Ophir) for years. I still have a brother outside of Penryn, so we are familiar with the area.

I know you were in Flagstaff at Overland Expo earlier this year, I'm guessing you have lots of ideas for the van that you are considering. The best advice any of us can give for right now is to get out and use it! That's the best way to determine your needs.

Congratulations!
LOL! Yes, because our Benz Dealership does not have the Sprinter Franchise I am not qualified to do warranty work on our girl!

Which I’m okay with because I know the Techs there and have no worries about their work!

In addition to that Mercedes-Benz is running a promotion right now so we got a 5 year/100K mile extended warranty! That’s pretty neat!

We didn’t get to attend Expo this year but we really like the interior kit from Adventure Wagon and the MOAB too.

We want to keep the factory panels but use the rest of their kit.

The last three weekend mornings we have come out in the mornings and sat inside with our coffees on the swivel seats and just talked and planned!!
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:18 AM   #6
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Last weekend we took all the camping gear out of the Land Cruiser and put it in the Sprinter! With just over 100 miles on the odo we headed out for “her” first camping trip to a favorite area in Hope Valley. Engaged 4WD, made it to camp, there was thunderstorms, lightning, rain, then it cleared out to provide a nice sunset!

So we just had our Dometic 50qt freezer/fridge, Goal Zero Yeti 400, camping kitchen, and we threw an air mattress between the wheel wells!

Things we learned on this first trip-

1- Screens on slider and back doors= genius. (Thanks @gratefulpursuit for the informative post)
2- It’s dark without windows!
3- Motion sensor alarm works. Oops!!
4- Heated swivel seats are cozy with morning coffee.
5- The fridge will be raised to open from top with a hinged countertop.
6- Oddly we own a LOT of supplies that match the blue-gray. Meant to be!
7- She is awesome with steep grades and windy roads.
8- It’s nice to be able to stand up inside the rig.

Overall the first adventure was easy, exciting, and left us super optimistic. We are in love with Ellie3 and the possibilities for this build!

Thanks for looking!!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2gHGJUbeEk4mmngH9
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