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This Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been transformed into a custom off-grid camper van built for roaming the desert — see inside 'Gayle'

This Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been transformed into a custom off-grid camper van built for roaming the desert — see inside 'Gayle'
  • Ohio-based Advanced RV has created its newest camper van conversion on the body of a four-by-four, 144-inch Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500.
  • The build — nicknamed Gayle — was created for a client who wanted an off-grid capable camper van that could handle remote environments, specifically deserts.
  • The build comes with a bed, a kitchen, open storage units, and an enclosed bathroom with a shower and a toilet.
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Ohio-based Advanced RV has created Gayle, a converted camper van on the body of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Like any non-mobile home, Gayle comes with a bed, a kitchen with a filtered water faucet, and an enclosed bathroom with a shower and toilet.

The converted van — which sits on a four-by-four 144-inch Sprinter 2500 — was specifically built for a client who wanted an off-grid capable van that could handle remote environments, specifically deserts and "open plains," according to Advanced RV.

Advanced RV specializes in custom camper van conversions built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, which includes the company's The Last Resort build equipped with a kitchen, two showers, and bed on a 144-inch Sprinter 3500. While The Last Resort was built on a Sprinter 3500, Advanced RV selected the Sprinter 2500 body as the starting point for Gayle because it's lighter and therefore more off-road capable, according to the company.

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To brighten up the interior, there are reading lights by the front driver and passenger seats, as well as light bars that run throughout the interior of the tiny home on wheels.

To brighten up the interior, there are reading lights by the front driver and passenger seats, as well as light bars that run throughout the interior of the tiny home on wheels.
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The mattress platform can also be manually leveled by using a hand crank.

The mattress platform can also be manually leveled by using a hand crank.
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... including the air compressor that allows him to inflate and deflate his tires according to the terrain.

... including the air compressor that allows him to inflate and deflate his tires according to the terrain.
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The client also wanted specific aspects of the van to be manually operated …

The client also wanted specific aspects of the van to be manually operated …
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Advanced RV also included a thermal blanket for colder nights.

Advanced RV also included a thermal blanket for colder nights.
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… which is topped with a modified Purple mattress.

… which is topped with a modified Purple mattress.
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These battery systems are all stored underneath the bed in the mattress platform ...

These battery systems are all stored underneath the bed in the mattress platform ...
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But if the battery needs to be recharged by the alternator while the van isn't moving, management software can automatically start a "regeneration protocol" to run the engine and charge the system, according to Advanced RV.

But if the battery needs to be recharged by the alternator while the van isn't moving, management software can automatically start a "regeneration protocol" to run the engine and charge the system, according to Advanced RV.
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… while the alternator can charge the van whenever the engine is in use.

… while the alternator can charge the van whenever the engine is in use.
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The solar panels can plug into Gayle's power grid for direct charging …

The solar panels can plug into Gayle's power grid for direct charging …
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This battery system can be charged with the alternator or the portable solar panels.

This battery system can be charged with the alternator or the portable solar panels.
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… as well as a 3,000-watt inverter onboard.

… as well as a 3,000-watt inverter onboard.
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For example, there is a six-module lithium battery system that provides 828 amp hours ...

For example, there is a six-module lithium battery system that provides 828 amp hours ...
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The van is capable of staying off-grid for several weeks by using several power sources that have been included in the build.

The van is capable of staying off-grid for several weeks by using several power sources that have been included in the build.
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This loop then heats the interior of the tiny home, hot water, and water tanks to prevent it from freezing.

This loop then heats the interior of the tiny home, hot water, and water tanks to prevent it from freezing.
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To provide warmth on a cold night or winter trip, Gayle is equipped with a diesel furnace that brings heat to the glycol loop system.

To provide warmth on a cold night or winter trip, Gayle is equipped with a diesel furnace that brings heat to the glycol loop system.
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The bathroom and kitchen sources and discards its water in the insulated 36-gallon freshwater and grey water tanks.

The bathroom and kitchen sources and discards its water in the insulated 36-gallon freshwater and grey water tanks.
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There's also plenty of storage all throughout Gayle, including the open-concept cubbies, drawers on the kitchen unit, cabinets, and an aluminum over-cab storage.

There's also plenty of storage all throughout Gayle, including the open-concept cubbies, drawers on the kitchen unit, cabinets, and an aluminum over-cab storage.
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The horizontal refrigerator across from the kitchen — and under the microwave — keeps food cold and fresh.

The horizontal refrigerator across from the kitchen — and under the microwave — keeps food cold and fresh.
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When the van doors are open, there's a fold-down table to allow for outdoor dining.

When the van doors are open, there's a fold-down table to allow for outdoor dining.
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For cooking homemade meals, there's a portable induction cooktop that can be stored in the top drawer of the kitchen unit when it's not in use.

For cooking homemade meals, there's a portable induction cooktop that can be stored in the top drawer of the kitchen unit when it's not in use.
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The sink is also layered: there's a wooden cutting board on the top, a drain insert in the middle, and a grill on the bottom.

The sink is also layered: there's a wooden cutting board on the top, a drain insert in the middle, and a grill on the bottom.
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The kitchen space comes with a countertop and sink that has both a traditional pull-out faucet, and a smaller filtered water spigot to provide drinking water on the go.

The kitchen space comes with a countertop and sink that has both a traditional pull-out faucet, and a smaller filtered water spigot to provide drinking water on the go.
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There's a panel inside of the bathroom that allows users to control the bathroom's vent, water pump, and lights.

There's a panel inside of the bathroom that allows users to control the bathroom's vent, water pump, and lights.
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Gayle's walled-off bathroom also holds the medicine cabinet and shower with extendable shower curtains.

Gayle's walled-off bathroom also holds the medicine cabinet and shower with extendable shower curtains.
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The weight conservation theme also extends to the bathroom, which holds a composting toilet that eliminates the need for a black water tank.

The weight conservation theme also extends to the bathroom, which holds a composting toilet that eliminates the need for a black water tank.
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There's also a side window with the same opening capabilities.

There's also a side window with the same opening capabilities.
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To enhance the van's insulation, Advanced RV took out the rear windows and replaced them with smaller awning-type windows that can open to let in fresh air.

To enhance the van's insulation, Advanced RV took out the rear windows and replaced them with smaller awning-type windows that can open to let in fresh air.
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And instead of a heavy air-conditioning unit, Advanced RV built in two fans that circulate the air.

And instead of a heavy air-conditioning unit, Advanced RV built in two fans that circulate the air.
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This includes doorless cabinets, which was done by implementing what the company calls "open-concept cubbies."

This includes doorless cabinets, which was done by implementing what the company calls "open-concept cubbies."
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In order to further the van's weight conservation, Advanced RV designed the camper van with lighter interior components.

In order to further the van's weight conservation, Advanced RV designed the camper van with lighter interior components.
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Gayle is protected by a front bumper grille guard for rougher trips.

Gayle is protected by a front bumper grille guard for rougher trips.
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The lighter weight also allows the vehicle to better handle mud and sand, which is important for the client who's keen on traveling to remote locations.

The lighter weight also allows the vehicle to better handle mud and sand, which is important for the client who's keen on traveling to remote locations.
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According to Advanced RV's YouTube video tour of the Gayle build, a 2500 is easier to handle, especially in tight spaces with obstructions.

According to Advanced RV's YouTube video tour of the Gayle build, a 2500 is easier to handle, especially in tight spaces with obstructions.
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