Cupboards & shelves above with reading lights and 12V sockets.
Removable and rotating dining area table.
Bi-Fold doors into shower room: Basin; Cassette toilet with SOG system; Shower tray and curtain; Opening Roof vent; Wall mounted cupboard and under sink cupboard.
Full width transverse fixed double bed with memory foam mattress and Froli springs bed system below.
Enlarged custom made side panels allow extra width to obtain the bed length.
Reading lights; Wrap around storage cupboards; Large Heiki roof lights and rear door windows surround the bed area.
Under bed chest of drawers accessed from habitation area.
Compressor fridge above half-size wardrobe with Tambor sliding door.
3-burner gas hob and combi-sink with glass lid.
6 Kitchen drawers and cupboards above withTambor sliding cover.
Collapsable and extendable kitchen worktop.
Large lift down overcab storage shelf.
Internal Fresh water tank located under the seat.
External insulated Waste Tank.
Flyscreens and blinds, including Cab blinds & side door flyscreen.
Insulated wall, ceiling and door carpeting to eliminate condensation.
Insulated floor and hardwearing commercial type easy wipe flooring.
4m Fiamma Awning.
What’s The Rear Storage Like?
The La Strada Regent S is spacious for this size of campervan and has the following:
2x 11kg gas bottle locker.
Small electrical cupboard with trip switches and consumer panel.
Large 150ah gel battery cupboards and impressive Truma 6KW diesel heater.
Water heater with additional electric option.
3000w inverter fitted to the side panel, which runs a 240v power point.
3 additional cupboards.
Enough space for two Brompton folding bikes and two storage boxes.
Ordered at the Stuttgart German motorhome show, in January 2015.
At the time just 3 German camper manufacturers were building on the Sprinter 4×4 chassis, all were exhibiting at the show.
La Strada had the complete package for what we wanted. Incidentally La Strada, were the only manufacturer at the time, that had a UK dealer and Certificate of Conformity or COC.
The price and specification were finalised in Germany with La Strada. We had to complete the purchase through the UK dealer, who dealt with the import and DVLA.
We opted for left hand drive. This kept the price down and as we drive mostly in Europe, it seemed a better option.
What’s The External Finish?
Exterior Colour – Kiesel Grau or Pebble Grey
Tyers – Chunky BFG Goodrich with black steel rims.
Which is The Interior Colour Scheme?
Interior finish – Silver line with Burgundy Red furniture and drawer fronts.
Seating – Burgundy leather upholstery.
What 4×4 System is it?
The 4×4 system is part-time switchable – so It’s more than capable of tackling some serious terrain.
Why The Sub-6M Length?
As the Sprinter is under 6m, it allows more flexibility for travel.
It can fit into a standard size parking space too and is easier for getting to those out of the way places -such as mountain tracks.
Is It An Off-Grid Campervan?
We don’t have to rely on an EHU connection. This enables us to be on the road for long periods of time without having to look for electric.
A fixed Solar Panel charges the habitation battery. A Compressor Fridge, Diesel Heating and Hot Water and 12V lighting and power points provide the necessities to ensure off-grid travel.
The longest period of time without using EHU is 4 months during Summer travel.
Is This Our First Motorhome?
No, far from it!
We’d always had touring caravans, but had hired motorhome’s for trips to New Zealand in the early 00’s. In 2004 we decided to change from tourer’s to a motorhome.
The La Strada is our 3rd motorhome, but have owned several other motorhome brands during the course of running a Motorhome Hire Business.
Our first motorhome was a Swift Bessacarr. This proved problematic, as it wasn’t geared for skiing trips. Frozen internal water tanks, meant having no water whilst condensation was an issue too. So, we decided to change to a German manufacturer.
The second motorhome we bought was an A-Class Carthago Chic i47, which we had for 8 years. After which time we decided to downsize!
Why Change To a 4×4?
Whilst touring Austria in 2012, we were driving over a steep mountain pass with a serene valley and lake below. Stopping at viewpoint for a photo opportunity changed our outlook on what we wanted from a campervan.
As we scanned the lake through binoculars, two Land Rovers caught our attention. Laden up with rooftop tents, canoes and fishing lines floating out into the lake looked too tempting. The smokey remnants of the previous nights’ campfire smouldering on the pebble beach looked idyllic.
The idea was born and we decided that a 4×4 was going to be our next campervan! A very long hunt then began for that perfect off-road campervan manufacturer.
Back at home we researched and absorbed as much information about 4×4 campervan’s as we could digest and our love with the “Overland” scene began.
Why a Mercedes Sprinter 4×4?
We’d also had Fiat motorhome’s and a few Ford Transit’s, both privately and in the business. All were fine workhorses.
There was only an odd occasional blip from both manufacturers.
However, no mainstream campervan manufacturer used the 4×4 systems available from these base vehicle manufacturers.
So that’s where the Mercedes Sprinter came into the picture.
Also, the Mercedes Sprinter longevity factor and renowned reliability appealed. Hopefully engines capable of 200,000 to 300,000 miles and chain-drive systems, as opposed to a belt on the other commercial vehicles will be an advantage over the years.