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 > Sprinter James Cook Camper Van $85,000 ??? (4x4?)

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LeeCaldwell

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Posted: 11/22/04 01:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

New here... Hello!

I've wondered when the James Cook Camper Van (or the equivalent thereof) would be available in the USA. Great to see Chrysler, Benz & Airstream get together to offer it, but...

WHAT JUSTIFIES A $85,000 PRICE TAG?

I'm blown away by this figure for a small mass produced camper van! The Sprinter itself is only about $30,000, so the Camper Van version should only be about half the price stated at the Airstream site (In My Humble Opinion).

What gives???

Also, is this available in 4x4 here or in Europe?

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Posted: 11/22/04 01:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, welcome to the forum.

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WHAT JUSTIFIES A $85,000 PRICE TAG?


If people are willing to pay it. What a country!!


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Go check one out in person -- lots of little details and features that add to the cost.

Oh, and like most RVs, you can get 'em for quite a bit below MSRP.

No 4x4 option in the USA, but you can get them in Europe.

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Posted: 11/22/04 02:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

4x4 in Europe? Is the Westfalia offered with 4x4 in Europe/Germany?

Have German contacts at Benz other there... What is the costs/exchange rate there?

My guess is there are no smog issues to deal with if importing a diesel, but not sure about safety issues.

Any major differences that you know of between the German and USA models?

I see you have one yourself. Please give me the scoop on good/bad with this new entry. honestly I'd like to see it in the low to mid $40's.


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The Sprinter is available as a 4X4 and asa 4WD in Europe.
(INTERESTING SITE FOR SPRINTER ENTHUSIASM HERE)
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Posted: 11/22/04 08:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you Jack, that is a very interesting site that looks like it is updated with new items as they become available.

The 4x4 Sprinter is more my style and at the cost of the Airstream-Westfalia I may have to do a conversion myself.

Do any of the converters have a floorplan that uses the rear section as a Toy Box with bed that folds up to the sides or lifts upward for Motorcycles & ATV's to be transported?

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Looked at one today, NOT IMPRESSED! Plastic everywhere. Way too tight of a design. I couldn’t even walk through the opening to the kitchen area without turning sideways. High roof nice on the inside. Fit and finish okay, but not $85K nice! (Volkswagan-ish). What’s with the funky swing out TV location? Plan on being “outside” all the time while camping in this rig.

The same roof -line (for interior height) on the largest/longest Sprinter with a different floor-plan design would be a better, more practical way to go IMHO.

Also looked at the Airstream Interstate. I couldn’t even stand up inside it! (I’m 6’2” and slim)

Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with both Airstream Sprinter B’s and the out-of-sight price tags made it even worse…

Sorry for the negative evaluation, but that is my honest humble opinion.

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That Mercedez-Benz James Cook Sprinter camper is one ugly looking Class B.

Just my thought after looking at one. Please don't yell at me!!


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Posted: 11/24/04 10:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Looked at one today, NOT IMPRESSED! Plastic everywhere. Way too tight of a design. I couldn’t even walk through the opening to the kitchen area without turning sideways. High roof nice on the inside. Fit and finish okay, but not $85K nice! (Volkswagan-ish).


Of course, "Volkswagenish".

Westfalia is a European conversion company that used to do the VW conversions, for both Europe & N.America (until 95, when Winnebago took over.) Mercedes bought a 50% (IIRC) interest in the company some time ago.

I prefer the Westfalia style interiors to any North American interior finish you can name.

Different strokes for different folks - that being said, I like the GWV layout best of all Sprinter conversions I've seen so far.


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Posted: 11/26/04 05:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've been told by our dealer that a 4X4 version will be available in 2007.

Julie


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