Mercedes-Benz is building on the success of the Marco Polo travel vans by offering more diversity with their newest offering -- the camper van conversion, catering to the more adventurous crowd. This new package does not directly come from Mercedes. Instead, it is the product of Tischer, a German company that specializes in converting pickups into recreational vehicles.
If you check out the German tuner’s page online, you would see a number of similar conversions for different brands and models such as the Land Rover Defender, the Volkswagen Amarok, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max, Ford Ranger, and to the Dodge Ram. As you know, Mercedes’ X-Class is somewhat based on the Navara, much like the Renault Alaskan. And that is why it should not come as a surprise that Tischer is adding the X-Class to its lineup.
The cabin is designed like a cove and the inside area measures 1.5 meters wide with nearly two meters of headroom. It offers plenty of space and includes a kitchen with a three-burner gas stove for cooking while on the road. It has enough space for three seats, which can easily be transformed into an extra bed when needed. The best part is that the entire cabin is demountable.
Apart from the ones mentioned above, the X-Class camper van conversion also comes with goodies like the fold-away wash basin, a toilet unit that swivels, and a built-in bathroom with enough space for a shower. Mercedes says that the sandwich configuration of the cabin is stable at all times, while also featuring a high level of insulation.
If Tischer’s kit is not enough for you, VanEssa’s heavy duty pull-out module may interest you. It is a German company that specializes in providing various vehicle add-ons for those with an appetite for camping. Overall, the-add on weighs around 250 kilograms (551 pounds) and comes with a fully loaded kitchen, that comes with a number of niceties such as a cool box, with enough space for supplies and crockery. Of course, it comes with cooking and washing up facilities, plus another pull-out module that stores extra space for your things.
Teak wood is used all over, which makes it resemble the deck of a yacht, while making it waterproof too. There is even a roof tent that has a rear-facing entrance if you would like to have some extra privacy.
If this conversion interests you, you might want to check out the X-Class camper van, between January 13 and 21 at the Caravan, Motor, Touristik (CMT) show in Stuttgart.