Are you dreaming about a road trip this summer? What about a loop from Wyoming’s snow-capped Grand Tetons to steaming Yellowstone National Park? Or down California’s winding coastline through Big Sur? Now, you can do these road trips in a Sprinter 4×4 camper.
Sportsmobile 4×4 Sprinter vans are a work of art, and one camper van rental company specializes in these off-road vans. Mercedes Sprinter vans have the luxuries of home but the ability to take you off-grid.
Moterra Campervans, based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has a fleet of Sportsmobile Sprinter vans. They also have campervan rentals in San Francisco and Salt Lake City.
If you’ve had your eye on a Sportsmobile for living the van life, this is the perfect way to give one a try.
Why a Sportsmobile 4×4 Sprinter camper van?
Sportsmobile is one of the oldest and most-trusted custom Sprinter van company out there. Moterra Campervans looked at a half dozen custom campervan companies before settling on Sportsmobile.
“When a Sportsmobile comes out, it’s retitled as a Class B RV and certified by Mercedes,” said Moterra co-founded Trevor James. “Nothing they do is home built; I’ve never seen a better van build. We have a lot of customers who are interested in buying a Sportsmobile and want to try it first.”
Their fleet of custom Sportsmobile 4×4 vans consists of pop-top campervans and high-roof campervans. Each van comes with eight-foot ceilings, a sink, refrigerator, two-burner camping stove, outdoor shower, toilet, swiveling captain’s chairs, solar panels and a 24-gallon freshwater tank.
“Pop top Sportsmobile vans are our biggest seller,” said James. “A lot of people are nostalgic for Westfalia vans. The Sportsmobile is more modern, slightly roomier and a more reliable version, so it ticks the box for a lot of people.”
Where to take your rented Sportsmobile 4×4 camper
Moterra’s locations are strategic, offering a wide variety of road trips across various landscapes. Rent a Sportsmobile in Salt Lake City and head down to Utah’s Mighty Five. Rent a van in Jackson Hole to explore 2.2 million acres of national park and national forest service land. Pick up a campervan rental in San Francisco to hit up wine country, Yosemite and Big Sur in one fell swoop.
“We have a number of people who use the Sportsmobile as a mountain bike base camp,” said Trevor. “There’s the Wind River range just outside of the Grand Tetons with national forest land requiring a 4-wheel drive camper. You aren’t limited to a certain number of adventures like you would with a 24-foot RV.”
The Sportsmobile vans are only 19 feet long, easy to fit into any campsite or parking space. Trevor said they are perfect for seasons van lifers or for people brand new to camping.
“Our main goal is to remove barriers for people so they can enjoy their trip and get off the beaten path,” Trevor said. “One of our core missions is to get as many people out to explore this wild, beautiful landscape outside our back door.”
Another bonus of renting a campervan with Moterra is custom itineraries. Just give Moterra a little info about where you want to go in the Sportsmobile and they’ll design you trip complete with links, articles, apps and GPS coordinates.
Check out the video below of a van tour of this Sprinter 4×4 camper!
What it costs to rent a 4×4 Sprinter van from Moterra
You might experience a bit of sticker shock when you see how much it costs to rent a Sportsmobile. These off-road vans start at $299 per night, which at first glance, may seem steeper than other campervan rental companies.
“For the price you’re getting a level of service that you don’t get with other companies,” said Trevor. “It’s not uncommon for us to spend an hour on the phone with future guests, getting them into the right van and sharing our knowledge of the region to help them plan the perfect trip.”
Trevor said their fleet of 4×4 Sprinter vans comes with every single thing you’ll need for a camping trip.
“You’ll notice other campervan rental companies charge you for the extras,” he said. “Our Sportsmobile camper vans have nice touches, like good silverware, coffee mugs and composite granite countertops. Each van is equipped with four camp chairs, a camping table, a two-burner stove that can be used inside or out. We didn’t want to nickel and dime people for their campervan rental.”
The vans have fully-equipped kitchens, bedding and sheets, even bath towels. They have safety features like GPS, a first aid kit and backup cameras and sensors.
The Sportsmobile vans are meant to be a luxury experience, perfect for someone who has never camped before. There’s even a grocery service so when you arrive to pick up your camper, it’s fully stocked. Talk about a high-end camping trip!
Moterra’s experience with Sportsmobile 4×4 vans
So far, so good for Moterra and its 4×4 Sprinter vans. The vans are all under three years old with no major mechanical problems. Trevor said its important to keep up on the maintenance, and then the vans run great.
Sprinter vans run on diesel engines, so get around 20 miles per gallon when fully loaded. Trevor said it’s possible to see the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone on just one or two tanks of gas.
Moterra has struck a niche with campervan enthusiasts. The company started just a few years ago, with locations in San Francisco and Salt Lake opening in 2018.
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Kristin Hanes is a journalist and writer who lives on a sailboat and in a Chevy Astro van in San Francisco. She worked in radio news for 15 years before a massive layoff in 2016. Kristin has written articles about alternative living published in Good Housekeeping, Business Insider, Marie Claire, SF Gate and The Bold Italic, among others.