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Old 03-13-2014, 02:20 AM   #1
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Question Who traveled the farthest to pick up a Sprinter?

I've seen many threads on "fly and drive" adventures to purchase a Sprinter! I've done many of these trips for vehicles myself. Flew from Denver to Maine to pick mine up!


For those of you that did the same......how far did you go?

I had to go the southern route to avoid a blizzard on bald tires!




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Old 03-13-2014, 05:23 AM   #2
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Elkhart, Indiana to San Diego. http://www.midwestautomotivedesigns.com/?page=products

2200 miles

BINGO! Your trip was about 2200 miles also :)
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:54 AM   #3
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How about who traveled the farthest to almost pick up a Sprinter

My first attempt at buying one. I flew out to Boston MA from Fresno CA only to find black death under the cover and rust in all the wrong places. I needed a van though so I went double or nothing and instead of flying back home I flew to Phoenix AZ and got my first Sprinter. I ended up getting lucky and getting a really solid van.

The one I am working with right now I ended up flying from Fresno CA to Little Rock AR and drove it back.

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Old 03-13-2014, 06:04 AM   #4
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Great story!
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:16 AM   #5
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I flew from Portland Oregon to Boston Mass, then rode a bus to Dover NH, where the owner picked me up, bought it from him in Maine, South Berwick. Drove the Few miles to the Atlantic Coast to the Hamptons, where I stepped in the Ocean, before Driving down to Boston to pick up a friend that joined me of the drive home. He flew over from Fairbanks AK. We drove, I90 to Chicago, then I80 to SLC and then I84 to Portland. Yes, went a long ways for a sprinter. Bought a 2002 118" Passenger with 187,000 miles on it. Love the super short wheel base, had a great adventure driving the US and eating small (only family own places) all the way across the USA. Would do it again. So I pretty much crossed the entire US for mine, short some 130 miles +/-. I hope others find happiness in their Van, We are making happy times weekly.

added a few pictures from the trip, Freedom Rock, Oregon Trail, MY AK friend banging out a tune on his Pipes in Penn State, and my most special Passenger.....
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I flew from Portland Oregon to Boston Mass, then rode a bus to Dover NH, where the owner picked me up, bought it from him in Maine, South Berwick. Drove the Few miles to the Atlantic Coast to the Hamptons, where I stepped in the Ocean, before Driving down to Boston to pick up a friend that joined me of the drive home. He flew over from Fairbanks AK. We drove, I90 to Chicago, then I80 to SLC and then I84 to Portland. Yes, went a long ways for a sprinter. Bought a 2002 118" Passenger with 187,000 miles on it. Love the super short wheel base, had a great adventure driving the US and eating small (only family own places) all the way across the USA. Would do it again. So I pretty much crossed the entire US for mine, short some 130 miles +/-. I hope others find happiness in their Van, We are making happy times weekly.

That's got to be a record!

Make no mistake...., Hampton Beach should never be referred to as "the Hamptons"

I flew from the area where Derekhski bought his, to Michigan. Then drove it back to Maine and built my entire conversion IN STEALTH MODE, IN A LOWES PARKING LOT, while living in a hotel with the ex wife!

We had just sold our last catamaran and moved onto land. We wanted to do land for a little while and build the new boat. So, I built the conversion in the Lowes parking lot. :)

Took me about exactly a month to fly to Michigan, drive back and do the whole converion.
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:30 PM   #7
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Bought my 2008 Sprinter in Nashville Tenn. Drove it back to Surrey British Columbia ,Came back via the Grand Canyon then traveled up the coast from L.A. following California 1 and 101 all the way home it was a great trip.
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:18 PM   #8
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i only drove about three miles to get mine...

found it for sale by owner in a church parking lot down the street from my shop.
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:34 PM   #9
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Default Re: Who traveled the farthest to pick up a Sprinter?

I bought all my Sprinters on Ebay. The most recent was quite a drive, but it was quite a deal too:

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Perhaps we need to include the time component, none of this "took a tour of the country on the way back" I was 3 days from leaving for the airport to getting to my driveway:

Per Cole, uploaded pics in first 24 hours

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It took another 6 months to sell the old Sprinter Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser MB. The wife, not so happy then. But once it sold for a profit, she was happier.

Then on vacation the new Sprinter looks like this:

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Old 03-13-2014, 02:40 PM   #10
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Default Re: Who traveled the farthest to pick up a Sprinter?

Time? I first negotiated with the seller in September. Suggested that I could make the trip at Thanksgiving to pick it up. I was in the neighborhood 12/31 and picked it up.
Wife asked what I wanted for my birthday...(the answer was, Short and Tall) Next day I was driving it home.
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