Vanlife: Adventure Wagon MOAB Elevator is the Sprinter Van bed of your dreams

Recently at Interbike, Sportsmobile was on hand to show off one of their latest builds. As usual, the van was a jaw-dropping build out of a 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 Crew van that can be yours today (if you have the money). In addition to the usual Sportsmobile touches like an integrated shower system, bike repair stand mounts, and a full internal build out with a sink, fridge, microwave, furnace, water heater, etc, the van also had an interesting place to sleep.

Offered as a new option for Sportsmobile Sprinter builds, the MOAB, or Mother Of All Beds, is a product from Adventure Wagon out of Portland, OR. The modular bed frame is designed to telescope when moving it up or down inside the van so that it conforms to the tapered shape of the van shell.

Constructed from three telescoping panels with aluminum frames and bamboo plywood platforms, each panel includes a gas strut that pushes out on the track to make a tight fit. If you want to raise or lower the bed frame, you simply remove the panels, undo four bolts, move the tracks, refasten the bolts, and slap the panels into place.

Adventure Wagon says that future options will be available to turn the panels into their own shelves, and you can also use them to create temporary bulkheads while you travel.

Currently, the beds are available for Sprinters in the 144 and 170″ lengths in high or low roof, and either cargo, crew, or passenger van models. Version for the Ford Transit and Ram Promaster are coming soon.

You can purchase the beds directly from Adventure Wagon for $3,500 (currently on sale for $2,950) and install them yourself, or you can have them installed by your favorite Certified Adventure Wagon installer like Sportsmobile.

https://adventurewagon.com/products/moab-elevator-bed

And if you want to buy the entire van with it, Sportsmobile’s display van is currently for sale for just $138,076. But that includes a ton of options including the MOAB bed, AMP Electric running boards, Raptor Liner rocker panels and hood wrap, L-track bike mounts, Park Tool bike repair stand, Black Rhino Wheels Warlord rims, BFG A/T KO2 tires, custom sound system, seating for five, and a lot more. But more than just the dialed build – the real bonus to buying this van would be the fact that you don’t have to wait. Current lead times for Sportsmobile are up to a year, before they even start building your van.

https://sportsmobile.com/seats-beds/

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Shafty
Shafty
4 years ago

I think they’re just scratching the surface of what a modular interior could be. Those wall mount brackets need to be tool free adjustable. More than anything, a grid or all over approach needs to be used, so everything back there can move around without tools and stow away.

tegarland
4 years ago
Reply to  Shafty

I wonder what a second set of wall brackets would cost. Then there would be no need for tools.

Tom
Tom
4 years ago

I’d buy that bed tomorrow if it would only work in my Sprinter passenger van.

And if it cost a lot less than $3,500?!

Wesley Rhoads
Wesley Rhoads
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom

It does work the the passenger van.

tech9
tech9
4 years ago

This is a great idea and I could see this modular system working for lots of items.

The one part that seems like it would be a total PITA is what to do with your mattress when it’s time to move your bed height. Most people I know use the 8″ memory foam type mattresses from amazon in their campers or something close to that. While they are not crazy heavy, they are heavy enough that my GF could not move it on her own. Plus it doesn’t exactly just fold up/roll up. So what do you do with your mattress or sleeping pad that is more robust than lets say a camping pad?

Seems like a great idea, just wondering about the whole mattress situation.

Mr. Serious
Mr. Serious
4 years ago
Reply to  tech9

You could go for a “paco pad” or maybe a double layer of them. very comfy, super durable but still rolls up. used by boaters/rafters for years. It’s no 8″ memory foam, but a van isn’t an RV either, compromises must be made for ease of mobility.

FFM
FFM
4 years ago

Every Sprinter Van bed is the Sprinter Van bed of my dreams.

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

It’s nothing you couldn’t build yourself. Just get some unistrut, brackets and plywood.

Glen Glines
Glen Glines
3 years ago

I have a MOAB and as for building yourself, I can weld, can fabricate and do wood working but bought one anyway, I believe in rewarding a builder for his skill and invention. To build it just like a MOAB would be expensive once you see the machine work in the MOAB. As for the mattress my bed is in a Transit and with a few minor mods and 4 actuators my bed lifts a 8 inch mattress from sleeping height to over 48 inches of head room with the touch of a button. If I did not have overhead side storage I could push up to the roof. I can break it down and remove it from the van in less than 20 minutes. but I do not have to just hit the button and up it goes. A great product idea, well built and worth the money instead of trying to rip off another guys idea.

Stephen R Clarke
Stephen R Clarke
3 years ago
Reply to  Glen Glines

I’m an aerospace and automotive engineer. I was planning to build a very similar modular concept before I found Adventure Wagon. I looked at what it was going to take me in design and fabrication effort – and the time it would take me to get it done – and based on that, what Adventure Wagon provides is very cost effective. So I got one and love it.

Keelie Hartigan
Keelie Hartigan
1 year ago

You hit the mark as far as what I had been conceptualising with regard to expanding lightweight slats inside the sprinter van.. I agree with “SHAFTY” that to adjust the height etc without the use of tools would be ideal. preferably with weights rather than cables and a motor (using seatbelt straps for safety like the LIPPERT bed) I want to raise the made bed into the ceiling when not in use. Want to lower it at bed time without having to make the bed or reconfigure the van. I was looking at the Happijac bed but prefer that the MOAB bed doesn’t take up unnecessary room with brackets/fixtures. That you made three separate panels and can make it a bench etc is next level. Wish you guys were in Oz