The Sprinter Motorhome, a Look at Class C Mercedes-Benz Sprinter RVs

The Class C Sprinter motorhome is a downsized fuel sipping RV that has everything a big Class A motorhome has, but in a more compact and maneuverable package. This increasingly popular motorhome is based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis and achieves 15-20 mpg. Yes, that's no typo, 15-20 mpg!

The equipped V6 turbo diesel engine is one of the cleanest burning diesels around. It's matched to a 5 speed automatic transmission. The motorhome has a tight turning radius and at 25 feet in length it's able to navigate backcountry roads and congested city streets with ease. Even U-turns are possible.

Impressed? Then lets dig a little deeper into the world of go-anywhere fuel saving motorhomes. Get ready to drool over some of the sexiest designs in the RV industry.

Sprinter motorhome by Winnebago
The View, a Class C Sprinter motorhome made by Winnebago (Unauthorized use not permitted)

I'm going to cover each manufacturer and give you the scoop on unique floorplans and features available with this impressive lineup of compact RVs.

But first I'll list a few similarities. Here are some optional features that are fairly common among Class C Sprinter motorhomes:    

  • Back-up camera with color monitor. The monitor is cleverly positioned where the rear-view mirror would be. That way you can keep your eyes on the road ahead instead of having to look down at a in-dash monitor.
  • In-dash GPS and iPod connector
  • Onan LP or diesel generator
  • Heated holding tanks

From here the options and designs run the gamut. Follow me for a peek through the windows for a better view.

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Leisure Travel Vans

Exterior of the Serenity Sprinter motorhome
The Serenity has a low profile and is just under 10' high

Leisure Travel Vans produces two Class C Sprinter motorhomes. The Serenity and the Unity.

Serenity Sprinter motorhome by Leisure Travel VansLeisure Travel Vans Serenity

Great features that can be found on both models include:

  • Front captain's chairs that swivel for additional seating in the living area
  • Solid wood cabinetry
  • LED aisle lighting with LED accent lights
  • Opening skylight with screen and privacy shade
  • Garbage can recessed in countertop with flush lid
  • Optional side turn cameras - gives you rear side views on the dash monitor, eliminating blind spots
  • Battery boast - uses power from your house batteries to start the motorhome in the event your chassis battery dies
  • Recessed low profile 13,500 BTU ducted air conditioner with heat pump for even heating and cooling (heat pump uses electricity to conserve propane)

Serenity

Serenity Sprinter RV
Interior of the Serenity, an elegantly constructed Sprinter RV by Leisure Travel Vans

The Serenity features an eye-catching molded fiberglass curved body. The aerodynamic body reduces wind noise and improves fuel economy. Its low profile makes parking in most garages easy.

Inside, choose between a rear corner bed or a dual purpose power sofa. The power sofa is outfitted in Ultra leather and adds additional living space during the day. When it's time to hit the hay, the sofa converts into a bed padded with comfortable memory foam.

An "L" shaped sofa dinette located in the mid-section features Ultra leather and converts into a bed for additional sleeping.

Unity

The Unity Sprinter motorhome is Leisure Travel Vans most popular model. It's available in 3 floorplans...

U24IB (Island Bed)

Sprinter motorhome with island bed
The Unity U24IB with a full-time walk-around bed

This non-slide floorplan features a walk-around island bed in the rear. The U24IB has a generous 60 cubic feet of exterior storage space and includes a pass-through exterior storage compartment. The front dinette converts into a bed.

U24CB (Corner Bed)

Sprinter Motorhome by LTV
Unity U24CB galley and corner bed

The U24CB features a rear space-saving corner bed and a booth dinette slideout, both of which provide for a larger living area. The dinette can be swapped for a Flex-O-Bed (sofa that converts into a queen sized bed with air mattress) or a U-lounge. A euro recliner chair across from the dinette makes a comfy spot to kick back.

U24MB (Murphy Bed)

Sprinter motorhome Unity with murphy bed
The innovative murphy bed on the U24MB Unity Sprinter motorhome

The star of the U24MB Sprinter motorhome is the unique queen-sized murphy bed (wall bed) located in the mid-section slideout. By hiding the bed in the wall you have a living room by day, and a bedroom by night. And since there's no bed in the rear, this space is devoted to a bathroom with a size that rivals those found on large Class A motorhomes.

The living area has two reclining "theater style" seats with a view out the window on the opposite wall. And when you tire of the view outside, a 26" LCD TV pop-ups from the counter. The recliners can be swapped for a U-shaped lounge if desired.

Winnebago

View Profile Sprinter
The View Profile by Winnebago has a sleek aerodynamic body
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Winnebago offers two Class C Sprinter motorhome models, the View and View Profile. Features that stand out on both models include:

  • TrueLevel holding tank monitoring system - instead of using probes that can corrode, this system uses sonar technology which provides a more accurate tank reading.
  • Front captain's chairs swivel for additional seating in the living area.
  • Optional exterior speakers with remote control extender provide entertainment outside.

View

The View is available in 2 floorplans. Both include a front overhead bunk with ladder and privacy curtain.

24J (Corner Bed)

View Sprinter Motorhome
Winnebago View 24J with the optional front entertainment center
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The 24J View is designed with a rear full-time corner bed. A slideout houses the booth dinette. The booth dinette can be swapped for a sofa dinette that converts into a bed. And instead of a cabover bed, you can opt for a front entertainment center or storage cabinet.

24M (Sofa Sleeper)

Winnebago View Sprinter motorhome
The 24M View by Winnebago has a nice sized galley
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The 24M View features a full wall slideout which houses a bench dinette and a Comfort Sofa Sleeper. The sofa sleeper folds out into a bed with an inflatable mattress. By omitting a fulltime bed there is plenty of room in the living area. The rear bathroom is quite spacious too. Other benefits are a larger wardrobe and larger galley area. A front cabover storage cabinet is optional.

View Profile

View Profile Sprinter motorhome
Interior of the View Profile by Winnebago
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The View Profile has a sleek low profile exterior and is available in one floorplan, the 24G. This Sprinter motorhome features a rear slide with a walk-around queen bed. The rear bedroom also includes a nice sized wardrobe. Another slideout houses the Comfort Sofa Sleeper with movable table. A 26" LCD TV mounted on a swiveling stand is situated opposite the sofa sleeper above the galley counter.

Fleetwood RV

Jamboree DSL Sprinter
Jamboree DSL Sprinter motorhome by Fleetwood RV

Fleetwood RV has four Class C Sprinter motorhome models. The Jamboree DSL and Tioga DSL (which vary only in branding) and the Jamboree Sport DSL and Tioga Ranger DSL (which again vary only in branding).

Jamboree DSL/Tioga DSL

Fulltime corner bed on the Jamboree DSL Sprinter motorhomeFulltime corner bed on the Jamboree DSL

The Jamboree DSL/Tioga DSL come in 2 floorplans. The 24D floorplan features a fulltime corner bed in the rear (as shown below) and a slideout houses the booth dinette and refrigerator/pantry. The 24R arrangement has a rear slide with a fulltime walk around bed, in addition to a sofa dinette slide.

These Sprinter motorhomes are decked out with dual pane windows, a whole coach water filtration system, and a recessed 3-burner cooktop. 

Both floorplans feature a cabover bed or the optional cabover entertainment center with 32" LCD TV and home theater. The cabover bed features a privacy curtain and sliding side windows. It's perfect for sleeping an extra guest or 2 little ones.

Other nice features that come standard include:

  • Dual 6V deep cycle batteries
  • Heated holding tanks
  • Onan 3.6kW MicroQuiet LP Generator
  • 12' electrical patio awning

Jamboree Sport DSL/Tioga Ranger DSL

Sprinter Motorhome by Fleetwood RV
Sofa dinette on the Jamboree Sport DSL by Fleetwood RV

Fleetwood RV offers 2 floorplans for the Jamboree Sport DSL/Tioga Ranger DSL. The 24L has a rear gaucho sleeping sofa with table and a slideout housing another sofa. The rear gaucho can be swapped for a queen bed if desired. The 24R has a rear slideout with a fulltime walk around bed in addition to a sofa dinette slide.

Galley on the Jamboree Sport DSL Sprinter motorhomeGalley on the Jamboree Sport DSL

Nice touches include:

  • 3 burner range with conventional oven - don't see too many Sprinter motorhomes with a conventional oven (a great feature, especially when boondocking!)
  • Auxiliary emergency start assist switch on dash - uses your house batteries to start the motorhome in case your starter battery dies.
  • Cabover entertainment center with 26" LCD TV
  • 12' electric awning
  • Dual 6V deep cycle batteries

Coach House

Coach House Sprinter Motorhome
Coach House Platinum II 241XL with slide extended

Coach House offers the Platinum II with an impressive 8 floorplans, each available with or without a slideout. The company prides itself on its sleek one-piece fiberglass shell.

Coach House Sprinter Motorhome
Platinum II 241XL Sprinter motorhome interior

Nice features that come standard with this Sprinter motorhome include a tankless water heater, front privacy drape on overhead track, heavy-duty R-18 insulation, and a 26" flat-panel HD TV with DVD player. Optional features include:

  • Security alarm w/keyless remote
  • Solar battery charger

Thor

Citation Sprinter Motorhome
Citation Sprinter motorhome by Thor

Thor creates the Citation Sprinter and Siesta Sprinter motorhomes, which vary only in branding. There are 2 floorplans. The 24SA features a corner bed and booth dinette slide. The booth dinette can be swapped with either a hide-a-bed sofa and table, or a U-shape dinette. The 24SR has a rear bedroom slide featuring a walk around bed, in addition to a sofa dinette slide.

Siesta Sprinter motorhome
Siesta Sprinter 24SA floorplan with corner bed and optional U-shape dinette

Nice features that come standard include:

  • Ceiling ducted air conditioning - provides even cooling throughout the coach.
  • Fluorescent ceiling lighting
  • Onan 3.6 KW LP generator

Forest River

Forest River builds the Solera and offers 2 floorplan choices. The 24MS layout features a murphy bed (wall bed) and the 24S has a corner bed.

The 24S also includes a flush floor dinette slideout and 67 cubic feet of exterior storage, pretty darn good for a Sprinter motorhome. The 24MS boosts a large living area with electric reclining theater seats. At the touch of a button a queen size Serta mattress drops from the wall, transforming the living room into a bedroom.

Nice standard features include:

  • 3.6 KW Onan LP generator
  • Arctic package
  • Three burner range with conventional oven

Choices

There you have it, a great selection of compact fuel sipping Class C Sprinter motorhomes to whet your appetite. Now you'll just have to decide what your priorities are...

As you've seen, each manufacturer has a different approach to cramming the most livability into a limited amount of space. It's a balancing act when deciding how much storage, living, and sleeping space goes into a small motorhome. More living space usually means less storage space, and vice versa.

You may have to make a few compromises when going small, but with all the benefits like awesome mpg, superior maneuverability, excellent reliability, and the sexiest looks of any RV out there, the Sprinter motorhome truly has no competition.

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