Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-09-2016, 07:33 PM   #1
New Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 2
Default Mercedes Metris poptop conversions?

Has anyone any information on whom may soon start converting the Metris van into a pop top type camper van? I understand that Mercedes will not be importing the Marco Polo, but now that the Metris is here, was wondering if any US companies have expressed an interest in a similar conversion. I have found only Recon Campers, but am wondering if anyone has more up to date info on other US companies(or Hymer) expressing an interest in the conversion. Thank you.
__________________

thomaswclarke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2016, 09:01 PM   #2
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 207
Default

Reimo Americas has announced a Metris pop-top conversion:
Reimo Americas - Home

And GTRV (Garagable Top RV) a small converter on the west coast adds low-profile tops for a variety of van types:
GTRV - The Drivable, Garagable, Pop Top Camper!

And there was a long thread last year about Class B Micro Campers that included a number of good pop-top options:
http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f5...mper-3534.html
__________________

rockymtnb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2016, 09:58 PM   #3
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 425
Default

Nice find rockymtnb,
Seems like Recon campers won't be the only ones planning to upfit the Metris.
Recon Campers

My FB album on the Metris van
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...2388992&type=3


GeorgeB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 03:28 PM   #4
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 288
Default

I was surprised about the Metris when I was looking at 144 Sprinters. Obviously it looks like a nice replacement for a Vanagon/Eurovan. Too bad they aren't bringing the Marco Polo to the US, but having another fitout built could work too.

My wife and I were thinking full size class B but continue to evaluate our needs (dream vs. reality of how we use it). Our current thinking may actually lead us down the Metris path. I have always liked they Vanagon/Eurovan size but nothing has been available. We were thinking of a 144 sized Sprinter as a daily driver, but it wouldn't fit in our parking garage (we live in downtown Boston). The Metris may actually be a good compromise. The only downside really is the bathroom situation but that might be workable.

Overall Metris vs. a full size class B or Sprinter 144:

- Can park the Metris in our home parking garage - so no need for RV storage cost (for a full size class B) and no need to change our city rental spot to an outside spot (hard to find) to fit a 144 sprinter
- Use as daily driver. We live downtown but I work about an hour outside the city. Better size vs. a 144 as a daily driver. Although a 144 is about the size as a pickup truck so it wouldn't be too bad, but a Metris is much more car like. I currently drive a MINI two door so going to a Sprinter would be huge. Having a campervan as a daily driver opens up awesome opportunities for use not just on the weekends... could do short fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking excursions before or after work. The 144 would be better for this with a nice bathroom to shower before work but could still be possible with a Metris (rear shower, add curtain, etc... could be a bit strange to do that in a trailhead parking lot... )but not perfect.
- Able to use for most of what our usage is... base camp for hiking and fishing day trips and overnights on weekends (e.g. Friday, Saturday nights; return on Sundays). With a full size Class B we would need to go to an RV storage location, pull out the RV then use it for the day, etc. With a daily driver situation (Metris or 144) we would be ready to go from home.
- Still usable as a week long vacation vehicle but that might be pushing it with the size... but with the cost savings as a daily driver we might choose different options for vacation instead of using an RV.
- The 144 high roof would have the best stealth interior and bathroom setup, but I think an inside porta potti (like used on Vanagons and Sportsmobiles with the "50" layout) could work 99% of how we want to use it. For overnight stays could setup a porta potti outhouse style tent and shower in the campground lot (probably would have showered there anyway in the 144).

Either way it's awesome to have new options available.
Keyne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 03:43 PM   #5
BBQ
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: East
Posts: 2,484
Default

.

Mercedes Benz made a van announcement today (USA).
It is supposed to be something in addition to the Sprinter.
I don't know the detail; you can check the web for info.
BBQ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 06:16 PM   #6
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 288
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BBQ View Post
.

Mercedes Benz made a van announcement today (USA).
It is supposed to be something in addition to the Sprinter.
I don't know the detail; you can check the web for info.
Thanks BBQ. I searched but the only update I noticed today were sales figures. Would be great if they were going to make a model update... hopefully an addition.
Keyne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 06:53 PM   #7
BBQ
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: East
Posts: 2,484
Default

.

Here's the video


https://www.facebook.com/plugins/vid...66821094326%2F
BBQ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 07:33 PM   #8
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 288
Default

Cool. Thanks BBQ. The announcement appears to be the introduction of a Metris Worker van with an MSRP around $25K vs. $30K+ for the regular model. Hoping these vans gain traction in the US and then maybe they will add future models, engines, etc.
Keyne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2016, 03:07 PM   #9
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 288
Default

Good news! I talked to GTRV today (link below) about a Westy poptop conversion on a Metris. They said they are currently doing 8 conversions and have more in the queue. Their "Westy" layout is very similar to the Westfalia Vanagon camper and Mercedes Marco Polo layouts. Also, the roof looks very similar as well.

GTRV - The Drivable, Garagable, Pop Top Camper!
Keyne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2016, 03:22 PM   #10
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,240
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Keyne View Post
Good news! I talked to GTRV today (link below) about a Westy poptop conversion on a Metris. They said they are currently doing 8 conversions and have more in the queue. Their "Westy" layout is very similar to the Westfalia Vanagon camper and Mercedes Marco Polo layouts. Also, the roof looks very similar as well.

GTRV - The Drivable, Garagable, Pop Top Camper!
They are currently doing 8 Metris conversions? That is very good, I wonder if they are for buyers or a rental fleet?
__________________

gregmchugh is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 05:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.