Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Lynnebago to-be!

While my blog WinnieViews has followed the adventures of our Winnebago View motorhome, this new blog will track the transformation of our new adventure vehicle, a 2005 Freightliner Sprinter van, affectionately called the "Lynnebago" (as it's a blank-slate camper waiting for me to design and build it).

Initially, the Lynnebago will be a multi-functional van serving as a cargo hauler to move stuff between houses (as I'm doing an in-town move this summer), but it will also do weekend duty as a minimalist camper van (so my old tent camping gear can get some use again).  I might even try some "stealth" camping with it in the city to be easily positioned for sunrise photo shoot.  We'll see how that pans out!

A longer-term dream for the Lynnebago is to become my international travel vehicle.  Since it's the 1st-generation Mercedes Sprinter, it does not have the additional pollution controls that newer diesel engines (like my View) require.  That means I can drive it in countries that don't yet have ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel like Mexico, and those in South and Central America.  Mercedes has sold these Sprinters virtually worldwide, so there is a decent parts and service network internationally, and the engine/chassis is extremely robust (often logging up to 500,000 miles by some FedEx trucks!).

So, who knows!  Lynnebago might one day make it to Mexico, drive the Pan-Am Highway to Argentina, or be shipped to Europe to caravan there for a year!  With it's 20+ mpg fuel economy, stealthy-looks, and smaller profile than a motorhome, it's ready to take me to some new and unusual places!