Inside the Van Life Craze

June 20, 2017 by Ryan ZumMallen, @Zoomy575M

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van has carved a niche as the vehicle of choice for devotees of van life, a subculture — not unlike the tiny-homes craze — for people pursuing an active, mobile lifestyle of water and snow sports, among other outdoor activities. met with the enthusiasts to learn how they have transformed what was originally designed as a cargo van into a customized vehicle for their maximum-adventure lifestyle.

In the stories below, Sprinter owners Kristen Bor, Eric Lizerbram and Jeff and Crystal Robertson outline the ways they’ve customized, explored and, in some cases, lived in their vans.

Environmental Advocate Escapes Policy Job for Van Life Adventures

Kristen Bor left a Washington, D.C., office to explore the country in her custom Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and help others enjoy the outdoors.

Kristen bor in the snow

Kristen Bor with her custom Mercedes Sprinter Van. (Photo: Ryan ZumMallen/

Man and His Van Both Built for the Surf Life

When he’s not in scrubs, Eric Lizerbram lives an endless summer life in his custom 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4.

Eric lizerbram inside van

Eric Lizerbram takes his custom Sprinter van surfing. (Photo: Ryan ZumMallen/

Passion for Travel Drives Husband and Wife to a Custom Sprinter

Business partners Jeff and Crystal Robertson travel the West Coast in a van that is equal parts adventure-seeker, mobile office and full-time home on wheels.

Jeff Robertson looks out the window of his sprinter van

Jeff Robertson and his wife Crystal run a guided tour business, Le Grand Adventure Tours, out of their custom Sprinter. (Photo: Ryan ZumMallen/

Read More: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter News and Features

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