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This Mercedes Sprinter Airstream Conversion Is a Luxury Private Jet Without Wings

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author photo by Tyler Hoover March 2018

So far, my travels for my new TV project have taken me to several places I've never been, like Blytheville, Arkansas -- where their only landmark is a historic bus station. Even though the town's biggest claim to fame is a building that's used to get away, I really enjoyed my time there. I also liked checking out the closed Dr. Pepper museum in Waco, Texas, and a park with statues designed to recreate a violent cattle stampede in Frisco, Texas. During my travels, I've purchased 6 cars so far in this TV project, most of which to disastrous results -- but the one reliable vehicle following me along on this journey is a giant Mercedes Sprinter Airstream conversion.

Airstream is better known for their sleek, polished aluminum trailers, but they've also built several generations of RVs and limosine-style conversions. Utilizing the already luxury-badged Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, they convert the interior of the oversized, high-roof version to various configurations. I first encountered a Sprinter Airstream two years ago at the Dupont Registry lifestyle party during the festivities surrounding the Amelia Island Concours. That year, my trusty mechanic, the Car Wizard, tagged along -- and I remember finding him sitting in a Sprinter Airstream for an extended period while obsessively rubbing all the premium interior surfaces.

The Sprinter fit right in at the party, where it was parked next to luxury yachts and private aircrafts, as it's tricked out to look just like a multimillion dollar jet. It has ridiculously soft leather and suede surfaces, pull-out desks, a retractable television and overhead bin storage. The windows all have electric sunshades, and the seats are endlessly adjustable -- including extendable foot rests. When I was told the production company had purchased one of these to use for my project, I was thrilled. They had found a used 2015 model priced at half of its original $165,000 MSRP -- but the van only had 1,600 original miles on it.

Keeping me comfortable on the road wasn't the only reason for this purchase, as we needed a workhorse that could haul 6 people and tons of filming gear. In its stock configuration, the Airstream interior was designed to hold 8 passengers if you include the driver -- but we removed two of the seats to make room for all of the video equipment. We also needed something that could tow cars on occasion -- and this dual-axle, turbo-diesel-powered Sprinter is rated to tow up to 7,500 pounds, even with a fully loaded interior.

I'm sad to report that I've already had to utilize this Sprinter's towing capacity multiple times, even though we are only 6 cars into the 24-car purchasing marathon I've embarked upon for this TV show. We're also about to hit 10,000 miles on the odometer -- a number that will likely triple by the time this odyssey is completed. It's been nice to retreat inside of a luxury motor coach to lick my wounds after another hooptie breakdown. I'm certainly not looking forward to going back to the real world when this is all over -- where I wait on the side of the road for a tow truck just like everyone else.

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