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Back in 1951, a British advancing administrator asked engineers at a acclaimed German drillmaster and bivouac maker alleged Westfalia to about-face his Volkswagen bus into a camper. Westfalia installed a rear sofa, cabinets, and hand-sewn curtains to actualize a charming, independent rig they alleged a “camping box.” The little wünderbus was neither able nor reliable, but it was simple to assignment on, and would accomplish Westfalia a domiciliary name. A brace of decades and ancestors of Westfalia-modded camper vans later, VW debuted the Vanagon. It bedevilled a admirable Millennium Falcon-esque aciculate and boxlike artful all its own. When Westfalia angry the Vanagon into a camper, the aftereffect was commonsensical art, able of calmly basement and sleeping four. And admitting its 1992 successor, the Eurovan, was fast and safe, it lacked the Vanagon’s arbitrary mojo. North American sales were afflictive (VW awash alone 28,000 Eurovans against 130,000 Vanagons). The Eurovan was retired in 2003, abrogation us after a factory-built camper van for the abutting 17 years.
Now, in 2020, the #vanlife movement has absorbed in a cross-generational swath of van citizenry beyond Europe and North America. A abscess cardinal of companies advertise upfits of accepted Sprinters, Ford Transits, and Ram Promasters, while legions of Internet-fueled DIYers are modifying their own rigs. And van and RV camping accept exploded in the deathwatch of the coronavirus as bodies seek safe, independent agency of travel. By June 2020, for example, Winnebago’s sales were up 80 percent over aftermost year, while bookings on camper rental website Outdoorsy grew by 1,000 percent. According to Monika Gervasi, a agent for the RV Industry Association, sales of Class B van-style band has exploded. “What we’re audition anecdotally from dealers is that they can’t accumulate them in banal because of aerial demand,” she says. “A lot of bodies who hadn’t anticipation about RVing before, already states reopened in May, abounding the dealerships.”
Given its Eurovan acquaintance and hobbled by the agent emissions debacle, VW hasn’t brought its ironically alleged Type 5 and now Type 6 “California” band to North American dealers. But at continued last, we assuredly accept the airy almsman to Volkswagen’s iconic busses. Yet this Vanagon-sized pop-top is no VW, but the Mercedes Metris Getaway. And the five-seat, two-bed rig is not alone a anatomic ancestors hauler. It’s a fun-as-hell little RV.
The Break is the aftereffect of a three-way affiliation amid Mercedes, an upfitter alleged Driverge Vehicle Innovations, and Seattle-based VW restoration, repair, and rental operation Peace Vans. “We viscerally acquainted the gap in the market,” Peace Vans buyer Harley Sitner says. “Every distinct day, the best accepted chump catechism was: ‘When is a new avant-garde pop-top VW camper advancing out?’ Frankly, I got ailing of it. I capital to accompany out a new pop-top and all the abracadabra that delivers.”
Until 2016, North America had no able Vanagon- or Eurovan-scaled rig to upfit. Then, Mercedes brought its mid-sized Metris burden and commuter vans beyond the pond. The 16.8-footer was identical in calibration to the VW vans blanketing European roads. It was garage-able and powerful. Sitner set to assignment architecture out his own pop-top camper adaptation application European-imported components, and started affairs them in 2018. Mercedes of Seattle offered the camper on its lot. They bound awash out. Seeing the “growing appeal for a applied circadian disciplinarian that could bifold as a weekend break camper,” according to Mercedes upfit administrator Don Maxwell, Mercedes accumulated partnered with Peace Vans and Driverge to accumulation aftermath the build.
During two weeks of putting the Break (which goes on auction this abatement for $70,000) through assignment as a cream van and a abundance escape pod, my ancestors and I became enamored. Admitting it lacks that breach of a Vanagon, the Break shares added DNA with an old-school VW than a affluence Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey. The autogenous is spartan—with artificial trim, boxy copse coat flooring, chiral seats, and no galley or cabinetry. But that makes it able-bodied ill-fitted to the rigors of an alfresco lifestyle. And it still offers a nice Pioneer stereo assemblage and Mercedes’s bulk of assurance features: traction, lane, and adherence control, emergency braking, and dark atom warnings. Plus, it’s amid the alone band in the U.S. with rear blind airbags.
Inside, the Break has a ambush sliding bank with under-seat storage, three accept belts, and a removable, adjustable table. Crucially, that bench additionally calmly folds bottomward into a ample bifold bed. Overhead is the accomplishment de grace: a crash-tested fiberglass pop-top. Releasing a brace of latches and giving a affable advance creates a cavernous, tented autogenous with yet addition bifold bed ambuscade in the roof that lowers with a affable bottomward pull. Together, the mattresses provided roomy, adequate beddy-bye for all four of us. Both advanced seats circle 180 degrees and, with a disposable table, actualize a baby lounge ideal for agenda amateur and adequate amid airless burghal soccer matches.
Driving into the mountains, 17-inch Pirelli Scorpion A/T tires and about 2-inch lift lent our rear-wheel-drive van an advancing attitude and about 7 inches of clearance—plenty for North Carolina blaze roads. The Pirellis were analytic quiet and absorbed ambagious pavement, wet clay, and apart scree with aplomb. And the Getaway’s bound 36-foot axis ambit eased through backwoods switchbacks. I initially afraid that its turbocharged 2.0-liter, inline four would feel anemic, but with 258 pound-feet of torque, its 208 horses ran up the Blue Ridge Escarpment and abrupt blaze anchorage while carrying about 20 mpg. (To analysis the van’s 5,000-pound tow capacity, I additionally hauled our 4,500-pound baiter to our bounded ramp. No problem.) The council wheel-mounted paddle shifters were a revelation, accouterment burning downshifts on abrupt grades.
For 20 years, I’ve broken on eight of my own VW Vanagon and Eurovan Band and overseen buildouts of a 4×4 VW Syncro and a brace of veggie oil-fueled Ford Sportsmobile camping rigs for Jimmy Buffett. Having endemic full-galley band (with sinks and stoves), I’d consistently anticipation we bare one of those. But I’m now not abiding if that’s absolutely all-important for a traveling family. Unlike with the tighter borders of the two-person rear bench and scenery-blocking cabinetry of our Eurovan, my son and babe accepted at vast, motion sickness-preventing angle provided by the Metris’s all-embracing windows. They watched Star Wars acknowledgment to rear USB charging ports, and a abounding boilerplate bench accustomed affluence of allowance amid the two of them—a accustomed argument barrier. The van’s Fiamma F-45 covering deploys about instantly. We appropriately cloistral below it dining alfresco an alone Waffle House and bath out of rain showers at trailheads.
What would we change? Lighted affectation mirrors and bifold armrests (instead of alone a distinct close armrest) would be nice, as would added berth lights in the van’s midsection. Our analysis van’s USB and lighter ports were additionally active to the amateur array rather than the abetting corpuscle beneath the advanced seat. Mercedes affairs for a additional array base option, but this should artlessly be how the van is awash stock. Addition charge for hot, buggy climes like Charleston is breeze or zip-in screens for the bench ancillary and rear hatches. And we would accept actively accepted camper-style outward-folding, buried panes instead of the anchored ancillary windows. Mercedes should additionally contemplate four-wheel-drive. When 30-year-old Syncro Vanagon band commonly advertise for $50,000-plus in North America, there’s acutely a able demand.
The verdict? If your ancestors is in the bazaar for a high-end escape pod, you would do able-bodied to acerb accede this Mercedes. For the amount of a well-outfitted Lexus GX or a Ford F150 Limited Edition, you get a safe, fun, reliable, and conspicuously applied and able micro RV with added carriage accommodation than any minivan. It’s a rig that manages to abduction the zeitgeist of the admirable Vanagon—with none of the automated risk.
Not accessible to accomplish to the tens of bags of dollars on your own rig, or don’t charge one abounding time? Get a loaner.
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