With lots of aluminum and steel inside, this Benz can be configured for both work and play.

Remember when conversion vans meant window drapes and mini blinds, with wood trim on everything and velour captain’s chairs that almost always came in some ugly shade of green? We’ll give credit to Hartmann Tuning for taking that concept in a decidedly different direction with the Vansports Camper Sprinter, though we’re not entirely sure weekend vacationers are looking for the kind of steel-and-aluminum interior ambiance you often find in upfitted cargo vans.

Hartmann starts with a high-roof Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 Kombi. Outside, the company adds a front spoiler, side sills, a rear apron and a set of alloy wheels finished in anthracite-gray metallic. Considering the entire van is finished in black with dark tinted windows, there’s a definite CIA surveillance theme happening here.

Vansports Camper Sprinter
Vansports Camper Sprinter

As you would expect, most of the transformation takes place inside. The roof and walls receive special treatment for noise reduction, with a modular aluminum floor installed to secure seats and other furnishings. The neat thing about this is that all equipment inside can be removed relatively easily, converting the Vansports Camper Sprinter into a cargo van with an aluminum rear floor. Perhaps the aforementioned look isn’t so out-of-place after all.

The furnishings include side cabinets that feature a sink, a double-burner stove, a mini fridge, folding table, and two (yes two) folding beds that are arranged lengthwise and encompass a good chunk of the interior when set up. Leather adorns all the seating surfaces, a roof-mounted air conditioner keeps things cool, the interior is festooned with LED lighting, and naturally there’s an external plug for hooking up to campground power

Sometimes these tuning companies can get a bit out of control on styling, but we rather dig Hartmann’s posh weekend camper that can also double as a work van.

Source: Hartmann Tuning



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In 2003, Heinz HARTMANN GmbH in Neuss began to implement tuning under the name VANSPORTS.DE for Mercedes-Benz utility vehicles like Sprinter, Viano, Vito and many more. HARTMANN GmbH was established in 1952 in a small repair shop in Holzheim. Throughout the decades it has become one of the greatest and most successful workshops for utility vehicles in North Rhine-Westphalia. Following the slogan “Transporters and Vans from Mercedes-Benz deserve so much more”, step by step Thorsten HARTMANN converted the tuning-idea into practice.


Beginning with a small HARTMANN-series, a Sprinter 316 CDI Kombi with automatic transmission, 3.665 mm wheelbase, a high roof and two air conditioners was the addressed object. The vehicle – in-house fondly called VANSPORTS Camper Sprinter - had to endure the following HARTMANN SP6 exterior modifications: front spoiler, side sills and rear apron. A set of alloy rims by VEST with a special coating in matte anthracite-gray-metallic suit the Sprinter perfectly – particularly because the radiator grille, door handles, mirror caps and the tag bar as well as the a/c cover on the roof are all coated in the vehicle color. Adhesive stripes in the same color as the wheels breaks up the distinct exterior optic.


The majority of the conversions at HARTMANN, however, concern the interior of the Sprinter. As a first step, the roof and side walls received a so-called anti-drumming product followed by an isolation. A modular aluminum system floor by Schnierle was installed in order to secure the single seats, as well as the other camper furnishings. Also by Schnierle, three movable single seats have been mounted, whereby the driver seat has a swiveling bracket. All seating options are completely upholstered with black Gaucho-leather with contrast seams and waffle pattern. The door panels and the lower dashboard are lined in Alcantara. Also the roof liner - including the A- and B-pillar - are covered in black microfiber. Subsequently, the side panels as well as the driver and passenger area have been lined completely with black Porsche carpet. The aluminum entry strips at all doors and the milled pedal pads shine in a brushed stainless steel surface. On the contrary, the decorative parts of the dashboard appear in a black-glossy carbon design. The leather sport type steering wheel with a flattened bottom is the perfect match for this exquisite ambiance.


The VANSPORTS Camper furniture can be removed at any time. The set consists of side cabinets, including a sink with 12 liter each for fresh water and sewage, a two-flame spirit stove – a feature that will not cause any carbon monoxide problems – a compressor cooling box with 18 l capacity, a folding table, side panel cabinets at the back to the left and right, as well as two folding beds arranged lengthwise across the complete internal width of the vehicle (length 1.950 mm). The Sprinter also inhabits a 230V external connection, an extra vehicle battery, a 12V internal splitter and the LED-living space illumination - just to mention a few minor details. Even the TÜV approved this special recreational vehicle “Camper – Office Furniture”. Now, the only right thing to do is to hop in and hit the road...