Camping is about getting away from civilization. About getting in touch with the nature. But sometimes it may be difficult to reach the remote spots that guarantee all these. And a true test for your RV. But where there is a will, there is a way. And where there is a G-Class, there is surely a way.
This is not the G-Class that we usually spot in the city or in the off-road. The long wheelbase and a snail-shell in the back shows so. This is the Mercedes-Benz 290GD.
Introduced in 1979, the G-wagen–based 290GD was sold almost exclusively as a service vehicle, available to governments for military, police and medical use. It came standard with four-wheel drive and a 95 HP 5-cylinder diesel engine, hooked up with a 5-speed manual transmission. The vehicle was available in a variety of wheelbase and cab configurations.
The camper in the picture is for sale and the owner claims a very low mileage, only 40 000 miles (about 64 300 km) on the odometer. The vehicle has spent most of its life as a Red Cross ambulance, before being converted into a camping version and, of course, the Red Cross logo has been removed. But as a reminiscence of its medical past in the battle field, the 290 GD is bulletproof!
If you want to have it, you have to pay pretty much for it, although it is close to turning 40 years old. This Jack-of-all-trades comes for $54 000, but for the money, you get a flat screen TV and a full kitchen in the back. The seller never mentions the outdated furniture, but think of it as vintage. It was hardly ever used, says the sales ad.
The 1979 G-Class camper boasts extra insulation to keep out road noise, engine noise, heat and cold.
So what are you planning for your next holiday?