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This Mercedes Sprinter has been converted into every mountain biker's dream camper van

Outside Van's 'Tails' all-terrain MTB camper
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Outside Van, van customization specialists owned by Fox Factory, recently converted this 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144 into a stunning off-road camper van, packing it with everything a mountain biker could possibly wish for. Named 'Tails' the van has everything an MTBer needs for weekends away or fully self-sufficient trips into the wild.

Outside Van's 'Tails' all-terrain camper

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Tails has the capacity to carry six bikes – two stored inside on a rear pull-out platform, and four more outside on the rear doors. It also carries a full tool chest on a pull-out platform accessed from the rear, an air compressor, a workstand, a rear flip-down tool-tray, and more.

Inside view of Tails

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As well as having everything you could need to look after your bike, Tails is not short on rider comforts either. As well as a full-width double and a convertible sofa/small bed, there's a roof-mounted 12v air conditioning unit, hot and cold water from a 20-gallon tank supplying the galley sink and rear shower system, an air heating system, and a pull-out toilet.

Making coffee inside Tails

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The kitchen area comprises an induction hob, under-mount sink with pull-down sprayer faucet, overhead cabinets, microwave, Isotherm stainless steel refrigerator, plus multiple 110V, USB-C/USB, and 12V outlets.

Tails power management systems

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Wherever you roam, you're highly unlikely to ever run out of power with a 140W Zamp solar panel, three Lithionics 945AH lithium batteries, and a 2000w inverter that will enable you to run whatever you need, including recharging e-MTB batteries.

Tails' radio system

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A two-way Midland MTX500 Micromobile radio helps you stay in communication with the outside world if you're out of mobile phone range, while the stock audio has been upgraded to a thumping six-speaker JL Audio sound system.

Tails' suspension system

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Suspension is a vital consideration when exploring on dirt roads, so Tails has been upgraded with front and rear Fox Factory Performance 2.0 shocks and more robust leaf springs. Everything rolls on 17in Yellowstone wheels and an Updownair four-tire inflation system has been fitted if you need to easily make tire pressure adjustments when hitting/coming off rough roads,

Tails' exterior lighting

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There's a plenty of exterior lighting too with a 50in Rigid Industries front lightbar, rear, side, scene and wheel lights.

We'd love a test drive, but as things stand Tails is a concept vehicle. You can contact Outside Van and check out loads more images of Tails over on their website (opens in new tab).

Richard Owen
Richard Owen

A seasoned journalist with over 20 years experience, Rich heads up the Bike Perfect team having previous been editor of What Mountain Bike magazine and written for MBUK, Bikeradar, Cycling Plus as well as many other magazines and websites. He’s been riding mountain bikes since the mid-nineties and mostly likes hitting flowy yet technical trails that point downhill. A jack of many trades, Rich has competed in cross-country, enduro and long distance events, not to mention also now adding gravel to his riding repertoire. Rich resides in North Devon and can mostly be found pedaling furiously around his local trails, or slightly further afield in the Quantocks, the Mendips or Exmoor. 


Rides: YT Jeffsy Uncaged 6, Canyon Spectral, Vitus Substance VR

Height: 175cm

Weight: 70kg