Sprinter Tour 2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van to Make 20,000-Mile Journey

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Daimler Vans USA is announcing that a specially equipped Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van is touring 50 U.S. national parks this summer as part of a 20,000-mile journey of discovery. Piloted by author and photographer Rob Wilson, with his wife Jan as co-pilot, the Sprinter Interstate 3500 model has been upfitted by Airstream to serve as a high-tech, fuel efficient and highly practical RV for the cross-country tour.

 

From the Rockies to the Everglades - a once in a lifetime experience

 

Rob and Jan will start their journey at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado on April 28, 2010. After touring through the southwest, the couple will travel through California and up to the wilderness of Alaska. Back through the continental U.S., the Sprinter Interstate 3500 will cross the plains of the Midwest, ultimately arriving at Acadia National Park in Maine in late September. From there, a trip down the east coast ends at Mammoth Cave in Brownsville, Kentucky around November 27th. Sprinter Tour 2010 culminates in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association's National RV Show in Louisville, KY, November 30 - December 2nd. The Wilson's entire 20,000-mile route and scheduled stops are listed later in this release.

 

Following the Tour with Digital and Social Media

 

During Sprinter Tour 2010, the public can follow the Wilsons' progress at www.SprinterTour.com, which includes a Google Earth tour tracking feature as well as background information about the Tour, the Sprinter and the Wilsons. Plans also include a Facebook fan page, Twitter feed, YouTube channel, and Picassa photo albums.

 

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Interstate 3500 -- The Comforts of Home

 

Airstream, maker of the iconic "silver bullet" trailer, was founded in 1931 and is the oldest and most recognized RV brand in the world. Based in Jackson Center, OH, Airstream has fitted the Class-B Interstate 3500 with seating for eight people, a kitchen and bathroom as well as a bedroom for two, complete with a 19-inch flat-panel LCD TV, which can also serve as a daytime lounge area. Bucket seats in the cockpit can swivel to face a removable table that seats four at mealtime.

 

The galley features a convenient 1.2-cubic-foot convection-microwave oven and a stainless-steel two-burner cook top that's flush-mounted under a glass cover. A 3.1-cubic-foot refrigerator is cooled by an AC/DC compressor that uses 90 percent less power than conventional models.

 

The Sprinter Interstate comes with a high-efficiency 13,500 BTU Carrier air conditioner that's mounted on the roof, plus a 2.5-kilowatt Onan propane generator for those nights in the wilderness when power hookups aren't available. Its 32-gallon fresh-water tank has a water heater for taking hot showers and washing dishes.

 

Although the Sprinter Interstate is less than 23 feet long and 80 inches wide, people up to 6' 2" can stand comfortably inside the cabin. For worry-free backing-up, the Interstate comes with a 5.5-inch LCD screen in the dash that displays the area behind the van whenever it's in reverse. The Wilsons' Sprinter has also been equipped with GPS navigation, a satellite TV-audio receiver and a special laptop with mobile wireless access.

 

A Fuel-Sipping High-Technology Diesel

 

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Interstate is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel that produces 154 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,200 to 2,400 rpm. Most important, the Sprinter engine gets 30 percent better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine. The Sprinter's four-valve-per-cylinder diesel features centrally located piezo-electric injectors, CDI direct injection, a variable-nozzle turbocharger and exhaust gas recirculation. Building on this foundation of advanced engine design, the Sprinter engine incorporates an oxidizing catalytic converter and a maintenance-free particulate filter.

 

About the Sprinter

 

The highly successful Mercedes-Benz Sprinter made its European debut in 1995, and a new-generation Sprinter was launched globally in 2006. Since 2001, the Sprinter has been sold in the U.S. by Freightliner, the leading manufacturer of medium and heavy-duty trucks in North America, and since 2010, through select Mercedes-Benz dealers.

 

Both Mercedes-Benz USA and Freightliner are divisions of Daimler AG, the world's largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. In the U.S., the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is targeted toward small businesses, while the Freightliner version continues to be available to its established customer base of commercial vehicle operators.

 

About Airstream

 

In 1931 Airstream began with one man's dream to create lightweight travel trailers that slipped cleanly through the wind. And with it was born another dream, one of new freedoms, new places, new experiences, and new friendships. It was a dream so powerful and so enduring that it did more than create a new way to travel, it created a new way of life shared by thousands upon thousands of families.

 

The Airstream Interstate continues the tradition of extraordinary design and handcrafted quality that has made Airstream world famous. Since 1974, the brand has been producing motorized recreational vehicles that provide a comfortable and convenient way to discover the adventures that await you around the next bend.

 

About Daimler Vans USA

 

Located in Montvale, NJ, Daimler Vans USA, LLC is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC responsible for sales and marketing of Sprinter commercial vehicles in the U.S. Marking the return of the three-pointed star to the U.S. light-duty commercial vehicle market, Daimler Vans USA markets the Sprinter van line through a network of Freightliner and select Mercedes-Benz dealerships. More information on Sprinter vans can be found at www.freightlinersprinterusa.com  and www.mbsprinterusa.com

 

Sprinter Tour 2010: Great American Parks

Park

Location

Date

Rocky Mountain
Great Sand Dunes
Mesa Verde
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Arches
Canyonlands
Capitol Reef
Great Basin
Bryce Canyon
Zion
Grand Canyon
Petrified Forest
Carlsbad Caverns
Guadalupe Mountains
Big Bend
Saguaro
Joshua Tree
Death Valley
Sequoia
Kings Canyon
Yosemite
Lassen
Redwood
Crater Lake
Mount Rainier
Olympic
North Cascades
Glacier Bay
Wrangell St. Elias
Kennai Fjords
Denali
Gates of the Arctic
Glacier
Yellowstone
Grand Teton
Theodore Roosevelt
Wind Cave
Badlands
Voyageurs
Isle Royal
Cuyahoga
Acadia
Shenandoah
Smokey Mountain
Congaree
Biscayne Bay
Everglades
Dry Tortugas
Hot Springs
Mammoth Cave
RVIA

Estes Park, Colorado
Mosca, Colorado
Cortez, Colorado
Montrose, Colorado
Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
Torrey, Utah
Baker, Nevada
Bryce, Utah
Springdale, Utah
Arizona
Holbrook, Arizona
Carlsbad, New Mexico
Van Horn, Texas
Alpine, Texas
Tucson, Arizona
San Bernardino, California
Amargosa Valley, Nevada
Visalia, California
Badger, California
Mariposa, California
Redding, California
Crescent City, California
Medford, Oregon
Tacoma, Washington
Port Angeles, Washington
Bellingham, Washington
Gustavus, Alaska
Copper Center, Alaska
Seward, Alaska
Denali Park, Alaska
Bettles, Alaska
West Glacier, Montana
Wyoming
Jackson, Wyoming
Medora, North Dakota
Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City, South Dakota
International Falls, Minnesota
Houghton, Michigan
Akron, Ohio
Bar Harbor, Maine
Front Royal, Virginia
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Columbia, South Carolina
Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida
Key West, Florida
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Brownsville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky

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June 29
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September 30
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October 9
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October 28
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November 27
November 30

 

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