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Gallery: Rugged campervans (and campervan-like 4x4s) of Germany's Abenteuer & Allrad show

Gallery: Rugged campervans (an...
Another high-riding Toyota Land Cruiser camper courtesy of Desert-Tec
Another high-riding Toyota Land Cruiser camper courtesy of Desert-Tec
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Not a camper van, but a neatly integrated camper from Off-Road Bohlen
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Not a camper van, but a neatly integrated camper from Off-Road Bohlen
A look inside a very simple interior in Off-Road Bohlen's pop-up truck-back camper
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A look inside a very simple interior in Off-Road Bohlen's pop-up truck-back camper
This Off-Road Bohlen camper is built on a 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ78
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This Off-Road Bohlen camper is built on a 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ78
Ruggedized Mercedes van from Iglhaut Allrad
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Ruggedized Mercedes van from Iglhaut Allrad
One of the most striking small expedition campers of the show, the Mercedes G-Class-based Lennson 3C from LeTech
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One of the most striking small expedition campers of the show, the Mercedes G-Class-based Lennson 3C from LeTech
G-Raid pop-up G-Class
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G-Raid pop-up G-Class
A couple Gs - G-Raid's pop-top towed on the back of a G 6x6 truck
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A couple Gs - G-Raid's pop-top towed on the back of a G 6x6 truck
The four-sleeper Volkswagen T6 Summermobil
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The four-sleeper Volkswagen T6 Summermobil
We decided the Summermobil's interior was a bit too plain and simple to include in our VW campers of the show list, but it's an affordable package - €44,191, as listed at the show
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We decided the Summermobil's interior was a bit too plain and simple to include in our VW campers of the show list, but it's an affordable package - €44,191, as listed at the show
Summermobil VW T6 camper van
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Summermobil VW T6 camper van
The Lennson 3C's Cs stand for "Cross Country Caravan." It includes LeTech's portal axles for that high stance and a composite camper module built by Orangework
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The Lennson 3C's Cs stand for "Cross Country Caravan." It includes LeTech's portal axles for that high stance and a composite camper module built by Orangework
"LeTech" sounded French on first read, but it's short for Lennartz Technik, a very German brand that specializes in the very German (okay, also Austrian) G-Class. The company's portal axles have underpinned special-edition Mercedes models like the G63 6x6 and Maybach G650 Landaulet
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"LeTech" sounded French on first read, but it's short for Lennartz Technik, a very German brand that specializes in the very German (okay, also Austrian) G-Class. The company's portal axles have underpinned special-edition Mercedes models like the G63 6x6 and Maybach G650 Landaulet
Desert-Tec's worldly roof makes the Land Cruiser look an awful lot like a high-roof camper van, though its nose is just a little too long
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Desert-Tec's worldly roof makes the Land Cruiser look an awful lot like a high-roof camper van, though its nose is just a little too long
Desert-Tec's high roof helps the Land Cruiser become an integrated camper with storage, roof bed and more
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Desert-Tec's high roof helps the Land Cruiser become an integrated camper with storage, roof bed and more
Desert-Tec's Land Cruiser has a zebra theme inside and out
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Desert-Tec's Land Cruiser has a zebra theme inside and out
Another high-riding Toyota Land Cruiser camper courtesy of Desert-Tec
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Another high-riding Toyota Land Cruiser camper courtesy of Desert-Tec
This one looks a little less "campervan" than the zebra model with non-alcove high roof
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This one looks a little less "campervan" than the zebra model with non-alcove high roof
Pop-top Mercedes van from Terranger Offroad Technik
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Pop-top Mercedes van from Terranger Offroad Technik
Seikel highlights its Crafter 35 4Motion with snorkel and other off-road upgrades
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Seikel highlights its Crafter 35 4Motion with snorkel and other off-road upgrades
Seikel builds off-road parts and systems for Volkswagen vehicles
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Seikel builds off-road parts and systems for Volkswagen vehicles
Pop-top Toyota Land Cruiser from Tom's Fahrzeugtechnik
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Pop-top Toyota Land Cruiser from Tom's Fahrzeugtechnik
Pop-top Toyota Land Cruiser from Tom's Fahrzeugtechnik
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Pop-top Toyota Land Cruiser from Tom's Fahrzeugtechnik
Mercedes Sprinter-based HRZ-Reisemobile Sahara
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Mercedes Sprinter-based HRZ-Reisemobile Sahara
Huenerkopf has developed a Sprinter with slide-out, creating that love seat alcove you can see through the door
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Huenerkopf has developed a Sprinter with slide-out, creating that love seat alcove you can see through the door
A look down the hall of the expanding Huenerkopf Sprinter SLO camper van
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A look down the hall of the expanding Huenerkopf Sprinter SLO camper van
Huenerkopf Sprinter kitchen unit
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Huenerkopf Sprinter kitchen unit
Huenerkopf Sprinter bathroom
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Huenerkopf Sprinter bathroom
In place of an in-bathroom sink, the Huenerkopf Sprinter SLO has a pull-out sink stored neatly in the cabinet
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In place of an in-bathroom sink, the Huenerkopf Sprinter SLO has a pull-out sink stored neatly in the cabinet
The faucet swings out over top the pull-out Huenerkopf sink
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The faucet swings out over top the pull-out Huenerkopf sink
We reckon you could just use the kitchen sink, but Huenerkopf keeps things a little more hygienic and separate with its slide-out sink across from the bathroom
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We reckon you could just use the kitchen sink, but Huenerkopf keeps things a little more hygienic and separate with its slide-out sink across from the bathroom
Swivel seat inside the Huenerkopf Sprinter camper
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Swivel seat inside the Huenerkopf Sprinter camper
And that's what separates the Huenerkopf from other Sprinter camper vans - the slide-out segment increasing living area inside
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And that's what separates the Huenerkopf from other Sprinter camper vans - the slide-out segment increasing living area inside
Huenerkopf's Sprinter SLO camper wore a big window sticker of €129,350 
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Huenerkopf's Sprinter SLO camper wore a big window sticker of €129,350 
One of the best things about Abenteuer & Allrad is that it has way more G-Class-based expedition motorhomes than we're used to seeing in the US or elsewhere
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One of the best things about Abenteuer & Allrad is that it has way more G-Class-based expedition motorhomes than we're used to seeing in the US or elsewhere
A peek inside the ICS Offroad Mercedes G 4x4 Adventure
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A peek inside the ICS Offroad Mercedes G 4x4 Adventure
The ICS Offroad G 4x4 Adventure is a fairly simple expedition rig based on a Mercedes G-Class 250 4x4
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The ICS Offroad G 4x4 Adventure is a fairly simple expedition rig based on a Mercedes G-Class 250 4x4
The ICS Offroad G 4x4 wore a sticker of €78,451, which was marked down to a show price of €70,500
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The ICS Offroad G 4x4 wore a sticker of €78,451, which was marked down to a show price of €70,500
As much as we liked ICS Offroad's G-Class campers and larger expedition vehicles, our favorite was this MAN TGE camper van. Outside of a pair of concept camper vans from MAN itself, this is the first camper van we've seen based on the new TGE ... and it looks like years of fun
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As much as we liked ICS Offroad's G-Class campers and larger expedition vehicles, our favorite was this MAN TGE camper van. Outside of a pair of concept camper vans from MAN itself, this is the first camper van we've seen based on the new TGE ... and it looks like years of fun
Right up in the grille (and winch) of the Max Hunt camper van
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Right up in the grille (and winch) of the Max Hunt camper van
The MAN TGE "Max Hunt" camper van includes a hardshell roof-top tent 
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The MAN TGE "Max Hunt" camper van includes a hardshell roof-top tent 
Developed with help from ICS Offroad, the "Max Hunt" is one of the first MAN TGE camper vans roaming the globe
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Developed with help from ICS Offroad, the "Max Hunt" is one of the first MAN TGE camper vans roaming the globe
Another ICS Offroad G-Class expedition truck
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Another ICS Offroad G-Class expedition truck
ICS Offroad shows another G-Class expedition camper with hard-sided pop-up
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ICS Offroad shows another G-Class expedition camper with hard-sided pop-up
The hard pop-top of this ICS G-Class camper module features plenty of window space
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The hard pop-top of this ICS G-Class camper module features plenty of window space
Inside, ICS Offroad gives its G-Class motorhome a stylish blend of black and white furnishings
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Inside, ICS Offroad gives its G-Class motorhome a stylish blend of black and white furnishings
Flow Camper offers a nostalgic, hippie-esque take on the modern VW Transporter camper van
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Flow Camper offers a nostalgic, hippie-esque take on the modern VW Transporter camper van
Flow Camper keeps things groovy at Abenteuer & Allrad 2018
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Flow Camper keeps things groovy at Abenteuer & Allrad 2018
Flow Camper uses removable camper boxes for increased versatility
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Flow Camper uses removable camper boxes for increased versatility
We first looked at the Flow Camper in 2016, and this was our first time seeing it in person
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We first looked at the Flow Camper in 2016, and this was our first time seeing it in person
The psychedelic, retro flavor continues with this specially painted VanEssa VW camper van
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The psychedelic, retro flavor continues with this specially painted VanEssa VW camper van
A look inside VanEssa's VW camper van. VanEssa specializes in removable camper modules and solutions for vans and trucks from numerous manufacturers
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A look inside VanEssa's VW camper van. VanEssa specializes in removable camper modules and solutions for vans and trucks from numerous manufacturers
Reimo VW Weekender camper van
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Reimo VW Weekender camper van
Reimo offers an extensive lineup of camper van modules. Here it shows its VW Weekender package with removable folding three-seat bench, along with a Weekender kitchen block
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Reimo offers an extensive lineup of camper van modules. Here it shows its VW Weekender package with removable folding three-seat bench, along with a Weekender kitchen block
A look in the back of the Reimo VW Weekender
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A look in the back of the Reimo VW Weekender
The Behl Mobile Vito v-Artista camper van had the most stylish interior among Mercedes vans we checked out
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The Behl Mobile Vito v-Artista camper van had the most stylish interior among Mercedes vans we checked out
Swivel seats in the Behl-Mobil Mercedes v-Artista
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Swivel seats in the Behl-Mobil Mercedes v-Artista
The Mercedes Vito-based Behl-Mobile v-Artista was priced at €75,965,  according to a spec sheet that was inside
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The Mercedes Vito-based Behl-Mobile v-Artista was priced at €75,965,  according to a spec sheet that was inside
Behl-Mobile Mercedes v-Artista outdoor shower
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Behl-Mobile Mercedes v-Artista outdoor shower
Behl-Mobile shows its VW Transporter package, this one with 4Motion 4WD
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Behl-Mobile shows its VW Transporter package, this one with 4Motion 4WD
Inside the Behl-Mobile VW Transporter camper van. This one wore a sticker price of €44,863
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Inside the Behl-Mobile VW Transporter camper van. This one wore a sticker price of €44,863
Our favorite Behl-Mobile of the bunch, this Fiat van is part bike hauler, part camper van
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Our favorite Behl-Mobile of the bunch, this Fiat van is part bike hauler, part camper van
This Behl-Mobile has a ramp loading system for a dirt bike and still packs in kitchen equipment, cabinetry and other camper van amenities
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This Behl-Mobile has a ramp loading system for a dirt bike and still packs in kitchen equipment, cabinetry and other camper van amenities
Outdoor shower and motorcycle ramp on Behl-Mobile's special Fiat van
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Outdoor shower and motorcycle ramp on Behl-Mobile's special Fiat van
This Behl-Mobile Fiat conversion looks unassuming enough from the front, but packs some serious hardware in back
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This Behl-Mobile Fiat conversion looks unassuming enough from the front, but packs some serious hardware in back
Inside the Behl-Mobile Fiat bike hauler/camper van
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Inside the Behl-Mobile Fiat bike hauler/camper van
"We build indivdidually" - we took that to mean the Fiat bike hauler was a custom build for a customer
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"We build indivdidually" - we took that to mean the Fiat bike hauler was a custom build for a customer
A better look at Behl-Mobile's bike loading system
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A better look at Behl-Mobile's bike loading system
This one wasn't really an exhibition vehicle, as it was parked in a little area behind the tents, but it was a pretty cool truck with carefully matched/integrated camper back. It was also one of the few Isuzus we saw, adding a different nameplate to the VWs, Mercedes and Toyotas that otherwise dominated
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This one wasn't really an exhibition vehicle, as it was parked in a little area behind the tents, but it was a pretty cool truck with carefully matched/integrated camper back. It was also one of the few Isuzus we saw, adding a different nameplate to the VWs, Mercedes and Toyotas that otherwise dominated
Inside the LeTech Lennson 3C
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Inside the LeTech Lennson 3C
Inside the LeTech Lennson 3C
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Inside the LeTech Lennson 3C
Inside the LeTech Lennson 3C
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Inside the LeTech Lennson 3C
Inside Tom's Fahrzeugtechnik's Land Cruiser HJZ79 Doka expedition vehicle
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Inside Tom's Fahrzeugtechnik's Land Cruiser HJZ79 Doka expedition vehicle
Another Land Cruiser-based small motorhome from Tom's Fahrzeugtechnik, this HZJ79 Doka variant was priced at a cool 175,000 euros
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Another Land Cruiser-based small motorhome from Tom's Fahrzeugtechnik, this HZJ79 Doka variant was priced at a cool 175,000 euros
Orangework shows a slightly less yellow Lennson 3C
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Orangework shows a slightly less yellow Lennson 3C
This Orangework/Le-Tech Lennson 3C was listed with a more modern G500 base with 416-hp engine and 7G-tronic Plus transmission
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This Orangework/Le-Tech Lennson 3C was listed with a more modern G500 base with 416-hp engine and 7G-tronic Plus transmission

The Volkswagen badge may have dominated among the grilles of camper vans and truck campers at Abenteuer & Allrad 2018, but not every camper there was a "people's car." From expanding Sprinters, to pop-top Land Cruisers, there were plenty of camper vans - and 4x4s with neatly integrated, color-matched camper cabins - that wore badges from the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Fiat. And this group included some of the most impressive small motorhomes of the show.

MAN TGE 3.180 "Max Hunt"

The fully fortified "Max Hunt" camper van is a custom build that's been out doing some serious #vanlife world touring. At Abenteuer & Allrad, it was being displayed by ICS Offroad, one of the specialists that helped make it a reality. It jumped out to us because it's the first MAN TGE camper van that we've seen in the wild and follows the two MAN-built concept camper vans from earlier this year. The TGE, which launched last year, is basically just a re-badged VW Crafter, but the MAN badge really adds a hint of toughness, seeing how that same badge appears on some of the largest, most powerful expedition motorhomes in the world (more than a couple of which were parked outside the show).

As much as we liked ICS Offroad's G-Class campers and larger expedition vehicles, our favorite was this MAN TGE camper van. Outside of a pair of concept camper vans from MAN itself, this is the first camper van we've seen based on the new TGE ... and it looks like years of fun
As much as we liked ICS Offroad's G-Class campers and larger expedition vehicles, our favorite was this MAN TGE camper van. Outside of a pair of concept camper vans from MAN itself, this is the first camper van we've seen based on the new TGE ... and it looks like years of fun

But the Max Hunt doesn't even need the extra hint of toughness because ... well, just look at it. It's an ultra-rugged 4x4 camper van with an off-road bumper, winch, snorkel, rock rails and plenty of auxiliary lighting. The van was all closed up at the show, so we don't know much about the interior, but we know it sleeps at least two inside the hardshell roof-top tent up high.

You can read more about the Max Hunt and follow its adventures via blog and YouTube.

LeTech Lennson 3C

If you're wondering what we mean by campervan-like 4x4s, the LeTech Lennson 3C demonstrates nicely. This compact 4x4 camper rides on a modified G-Class chassis and carries a camper box that's color-matched to the cab, with an inside pass-through from cockpit to camper. So it provides a camping experience similar to a camper van, but from atop a more rugged, off-road-proven vehicle base.

The Lennson 3C's Cs stand for "Cross Country Caravan." It includes LeTech's portal axles for that high stance and a composite camper module built by Orangework
The Lennson 3C's Cs stand for "Cross Country Caravan." It includes LeTech's portal axles for that high stance and a composite camper module built by Orangework

The original Lennson 3C started life as a 2007 G 320 CDI before LeTech (Lennartz Technik) installed a set of its portal axles (the same ones used on the G500 4×4² and G63 6x6) and reached out to Orangework for a composite monocoque camper to drop on back. The package is also offered on newer G500 models.

According to the Orangework spec sheet for the original 2007 G 320 build, the Lennson 3C includes a kitchen with dual-burner, fridge and sink, a convertible seating group/bed, air heating, a hot water boiler, and a full electrical system with 280 watts of solar and a 160-Ah lithium-ion battery pack. There's even a small bathroom with toilet wedged inside.

LeTech has extended the wheelbase to 3,428 mm (135 in), and the 5,700-mm (224-in) Lennson 3C measures over a meter (3 feet) longer than a stock G-Class. But with its portal-raised ride height, lightweight composite construction and upgraded suspension, it's a light, compact integrated motorhome based on one of the most capable off-road 4x4s out there - sure to be a hoot.

Orangework shows a slightly less yellow Lennson 3C
Orangework shows a slightly less yellow Lennson 3C

Orangework showed a sandier-colored G500 Lennson 3C at its booth, with some slightly different specs (e.g. 320-Ah li-ion battery). We didn't get a chance to ask "how much?", but a 2017 review from Germany's Explorer Magazine puts price at a cool €365,000 (approx. US$424K).

Hünerkopf slide-out Mercedes Sprinter SLO

Hünerkopf specializes in fitting commercial and custom motorhomes with slide-out expansion modules and luxurious interiors. At Abenteuer & Allrad, it put the spotlight on its own small expanding motorhome, a Mercedes Sprinter van with a driver-side cabin pop-out that increases interior space, creating a sort of love seat alcove inside.

Huenerkopf's Sprinter SLO camper wore a big window sticker of €129,350 
Huenerkopf's Sprinter SLO camper wore a big window sticker of €129,350 

Hünerkopf makes use of the added space by creating an interior that's as interesting to behold as the lopsided exterior - a slim, midships washroom sits between the slide-out lounge and the rear bed, relying on a slide-away sink drawer and swivel faucet across the way in the living area cabinet for hand cleaning. Knotty wood furniture and trim abound, giving the cabin a warm, natural look throughout.

The Sprinter SLO on display wore a big, red window sticker of €129,350 (approx. US$150,000).

Those are a few of our favorites, but there are plenty of others that missed quite narrowly. See all the unique camper vans and 4x4 campers of Abenteuer & Allrad in the photo gallery.

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