November 10, 2022 2 min read
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Nickname: Lil Khaki
Make & Model:2021 Mercedes Sprinter High Roof 4x4 144" - Automatic
HEST products: HEST Dually Long
Critical dimensions for your bed platform: I modified a Van Compass 'Flip and Load' bed frame to work for a sideways/flare set up. I'm very pleased with it so far.
Length: 76-80"Width (at narrowest point): 53" Height: 37"
Is this your daily driver or getaway car?
I am a touring musician and this is the vehicle that my band Rising Appalachia ('22 HESTIVAL Headliners) takes on the road with us. Good napping space for long drives is a must! It's also my personal adventure rig for the time between tours.
On your average weekend adventure, what is the gear set up you bring with you? How did you navigate gear storage needs into your rig set up?
My rig is a lot more utilitarian than a lot of the newer sprinters that have all the bells and whistles on the interior. For my average weekend adventure, I'd definitely pack a mountain bike, climbing gear or splitboard, my Jet Boil and Aeropress, as well as a guitar. Most of the gear goes under the bed so the passenger zone is uncluttered and cozy.
Any cool custom details you’re proud of?
The bed.. see above!
Coolest place you’ve taken your rig to?
So far my favorite trips have been up Lincoln Creek off of Independence Pass in Colorado.
Any projects in the pipeline to get the truck even more adventure ready?
It's definitely a work in progress. Next steps for me are insulating and paneling the interior. Hopefully someday soon I'll add a brush guard, too!
Biggest challenge in your build out?
So far the biggest challenge was installing and wiring in the Espar heater with an elevation kit. Thankfully the flares, windows and vent went in easily, thanks to a good friend of mine with expertise.
Tips for others looking to do the same to their vehicle?
Find other people doing similar things to their rigs. I've found the DIY van build-out community to be super supportive and encouraging so far.