Which Mercedes Sprinter is right for me?
This is a timeless question for all first time renters. To chose the correct model for your road trip plans, the questions and answers below will help you to make your choice.
Q: Can I come and see a rig at your office before I rent? How far ahead should I book?
A: Our fleet moves based on client reservations. So the presence of a unit in a particular location is determined as other rental clients choose their rental dates and locations. The monthly calendar is then created by these reservations.
So for example, Seattle is one of our regular locations. Availability however is subject to prior calendar reservations. So our units do not generally sit at a location waiting for a renter. They are usually booked considerably in advance.
Between March and the end of October, they are either rented, or in prep to travel or in service. So arranging a time to ‘visit’ is just not doable during high season.
If you would like to know which dates are open from/to a particular location. Or involving Seattle (or another of our rental locations) on a one-way, we can provide you with this availability. Availability is an ever-changing landscape.
Just let us know which month you are interested in – always provide date ranges when possible.
If you book 6-9 months ahead you can easily choose your desired dates and locations. If you are looking for dates “next month” you will likely not be able to choose exact dates. It is always best to plan ahead for maximum choice and availability.
Q: I am going on a multi-week road trip, should I choose the CS, RS or SS?
A: The CS or RS with a cargo pod is the best solution. Choose the SS, if you are a VERY conservative packer!
Q: My destination temperatures will be above 95 degrees, which vehicle is better for me?
A: Stay in an RV park with any of the non-solar models or rent a SOLAR/non-generator model ONLY.
Q: I will be traveling into cold temperatures, possibly with snow, which model should I choose?
A: The CS has radiant heating in the floor and walls which is very quiet. The RS and SS have propane furnaces which work well, but make more noise. SOLAR and Non-solar units heat efficiently.
Q: I have children(1-2). Can all of us sleep in the motorhome?
A: Select an RS or CS. As children on board can create more stress for parents new to this kind of travel, we highly suggest SOLAR units or recommend that you rent NON-solar units, but stay in campgrounds. You can also bring a tent, put the children in the tent, so the parents get a vacation too!
Q: Can I play books on tape? If so, how?
A: Yes, USB: Put BOOK on your cell phone
Q: On the reservation form, what if we are only using the motorhome for convenient travel and not sleeping in it?
A: Look at the feature row “seating by location”. This will tell you the number of persons that will sit in the front seats, then the second row seats, and then the rear seats. Luggage storage is helpful to look at as well.
Q: Can we stay outside RV parks?
A: Yes, choose SOLAR units.
Q: We are traveling to Seattle and staying in the city, which model is easiest to maneuver, park in an urban setting?
A: That would be the SS Agile. The RS and CS are easy to maneuver but you would choose parking strategies that take into consideration the height and length of the motorhome. Most hotels do have outdoor parking these days and end spaces on any street always work well. All of these units are street legal to park in the city as they are all under 23′ long.
Q: What is the gas mileage?
A: An RS model can get up to 22 miles per U.S. gallon (11 L/100 Km) using cruise control at 65 MPH (105 Km/h).
Q: How do I get a quote?
A: Use the QUOTE tool on this website to generate a quote.
Send your roadtrip destination(s), number of travelers, pets?, departure/return preferences, and any special needs you may have ( like EARLY departure, LATE return, etc). Receive same day QUOTE.
Q: How much storage space is inside the Motorhome?
A: Storage space is compartmental but surprisingly ample if you bring on-board the appropriate size luggage. Small Carry-ons or soft duffles work well. Pack minimally. That being said, an RS Adventurous can comfortably store 7 small carry on bags without interfering with the living areas. Cargo Pods that swing away can store 2 large suitcases and 2 carry ons or 4 carry-on bags.
Q: Do I need to bring anything besides clothes?
A: Not really ! See the inclusion page. Games and books are fun to bring.
Q: I can rent a motorhome for half the price! Why are the prices so high?
A: A 60K RV should be half the price of an 120K Motorhome! You do get what you pay for. A Mercedes Sprinter gets 19-22 MPG compared to the standard 4-7 MPG RV. A Mercedes purrs down the long and winding road. It is the ‘Four Seasons” on wheels. Style, luxury, sophistication for the explorer who cares about HOW they travel.
Q: Can I bring my Pet?
A. Yes with some restrictions. Please inquire. $10 per night; additional $150 security deposit.
Q: Can I get an EARLY departure ? ( or a LATE return)
A: Yes. The cost is determined by the specific needs and the current availability.
Q: My husband is 6’4″. Can he sleep comfortably?
A: Two male summer travelers from 2013, both over 6’5″, tell me that they absolutely did!
Q: Can I rent a Mercedes Campervan in Las Vegas and travel to the Grand Canyon?
Q: We want to travel to Yellowstone. What would the cost be?
A: It depends on your departure location and the total miles you travel. Mileage is the key factor in determining your cost. Here is a comparison of two weekly roadtrips: one to Yellowstone from San Francisco, and one to Yellowstone from Idaho Falls, Id. Yellowstone is 1105 miles (18.75 hr) from San Francisco. Roundtrip is 2210. Figure another 300 additional miles for adventure within the park and exploration down to the Grand Teton area. In a Solar unit, the cost, based on the miles, would be over $5900! For the week!. Compare this to flying in to Salt Lake City or Idaho Falls which are very close to the park. An average weekly SOLAR rental would be $3475 during the most expensive summer months and give you 1000 miles to explore. You could fly first class…on both legs!
Q: We want to travel approximately 3000 miles. What would the cost be?
A: We include 3600 miles with the monthly rentals: during low season, a SOLAR unit would cost $9800. During high season, the same unit would cost $13,200 but would include 4000 miles.
Q: What is the custom delivery charge to bring the motorhome to me?
A: We allow custom delivery/pick up to many non-standard locations, such as Seattle, or Albuquerque, New Mexico or personal residences adjacent to our standard locations. The cost is based on driver time; $1.90 per mile; fuel cost; and occasionally airfare for our driver to return to home base. Please inquire.
Q: What is the cost per week and how many miles are included with the solar units?
A: Winter Rates= $2950 (1000 miles) A: Summer Rates= $3375-3475 (1000 miles)
Q: What is the cost per week with the non-solar units?
A: Winter Rates = $2625 (1000)
Summer Rates= $2875 (1000)
Q: Why do Mercedes Sprinters cost more than some B+ and class C motorhomes and low end class A’s? Why don’t they cost less, considering their smaller size?
A: Mercedes Sprinters are more expensive to build due to the higher costs of manufacturing the “exterior shell”; adapting to unusual shapes; and working with limited space.
Q: I can stay at a fine hotel for the same price. So why should I consider a luxury motorhome rental?
A: The quality of your life comes from the quality of your choices. These incredible motorhomes grant you immediate access ‘backstage’ to Nature’s most incredible and theatrical ‘numbers’. You cannot experience the wonder and splendor of natures spontaneity from inside your hotel room. If you visit the most beautiful spots, often remote spots, or choice National and State park sites in these amazingly sophisticated motorhomes: you begin to understand that your stay is
- on your own terms
- with the amenities of a fine hotel
- immersed as both observer and participant in the middle of nature’s magical stage
- and getting there in the unbelievably comfortable ride of a Mercedes Sprinter…..will transcend you. Transport you. Reshape YOU.
Then there is no equating the experience of staying in a hotel with staying in a Mercedes luxury Sprinter.
A Mercedes Sprinter Rental is a luxury personal limo that becomes your luxury hotel anywhere you wish your hotel to be. And that, is priceless.
Q: Is there a time of year that would be less costly?
A: All motorhome travel costs are based first on the cost of the motorhome, next on the number of nights, next on the number of miles, and lastly on the season of travel. The months of November thru March are 12% lower in cost, if all other factors remain the same.
Q: There’s only the two of us. Why would we want 3 or 4 seats at the front?
A: Four seats provide a roomy area to eat, entertain or relax with another couple. More importantly, a 3rd seat and one of the captain’s seats provide an eating area at the front for the two of you that’s much easier to use than the two front captain’s seats. Having separate eating and sleeping sections is a convenience normally found only in larger motorhomes. Not only can the two of you get up and retire at different times, but you need not convert the bed at the rear into a lounge or dinette to eat. Extra seating also increases openness at the front.
Q: In your units, can I listen to my books on tape?
A: I use my iPod, input thru the auxiliary plug up front. I just copy the disks to the iPod. Any walkman-type CD player wouldn’t work just as well as long as it has a USB plug or aux plug. I see Amazon still has CD players for under $20. Then you plug from the headphone output, into the auxiliary input in the RT. Cable for that is at RadioShack.
Q: How many showers can I get from the fresh water tank?
A: Four to six if you conserve water.
Q: What appliances can I run on the auxiliary battery? The generator?
A: The auxiliary battery(ies) will power the lights, refrigerator, roof vent fan, TV & Home Theater system, and water system. The 750w inverter in the non-solar units provides limited 110V power to the galley and AV cabinet receptacles. The generator in the non-solar units will power all these plus the air conditioner and/or heat pump, and microwave portion of the oven. In the SOLAR units that have NO generator, a 2500w inverter is present to power the major appliances. Quietly.
Q: Can I run the refrigerator on 12V for several hours?
A: Yes. The refrigerator will draw up to 15 amp. while on 12V(depending on fridge model), and the auxiliary battery has 120-225 amp.(depending on vehicle model) at full charge. However, actual battery life will depend on what other draws are made on the battery.
Q: How noisy is the generator?
A: 72 Decibels at a distance of 10 feet from the van’s exterior.
Q: When I am not plugged in, and in the high temperatures of the desert, can I use a non-solar unit’s generator to power the air conditioner?
A: We advise you to plug in when the temps are 95+ degrees as the generators do not like high temp operations and may be damaged from reflective heat.
Q: What air conditioner settings provides the best cooling?
A: Medium fan setting and number 6 to 7 on the temperature dial. Setting the A/C on maximum at all times may freeze the compressor.
Q: What appliances can I run on Propane gas?
A: The furnace, refrigerator, stove, water heater, and barbecue. In the solar units, the refrigerator runs on electricity supplied by the aux. batteries( really the SOLAR panel).
Q: Isn’t propane dangerous?
A: No. Propane is non-toxic.
Q: We have elderly parents and just never know…what if there is an incident that interrupts our roadtrip plans?
A: You can ALWAYS apply your payments to a future trip. No expiration! You can also purchase “trip interruption” or “trip cancellation” insurance from our insurance vendor.
We sincerely hope this little Q and A helps your think about the range of possible factors that should be evaluated when choosing a model for your particular road trip.