Maxi-'Mog: Is this Mercedes-Benz Unimog Camper the Ultimate Motorhome?
The Winnebago may be the classic way to have a home away from home while enjoying the open road, but for those who desire to drive where there are no roads, this Mercedes-Benz Unimog camper may be the perfect motorhome.
Given the off-road prowess of the Unimog, the idea of building a portable home away from home atop of Mercedes-Benz's ultimate off-roader isn't anything new. In fact, similar Unimogs have long served as the expedition vehicle of choice for those brave or brash enough to venture into the far corners of the globe.
This particular Unimog, shown at a recent European off-road vehicle show in Germany, was designed and fabricated by Michael Bocklet. Like other Unimog campers, Bocklet's conversion largely consists of a blocky body fixed to the Unimog's subframe, allowing for the truck to twist and portal axles to articulate over rough terrain. The camper body itself is fabricated from fiberglass, finished with a 2-mm thick reinforced outer layer.
A lockable passage allows occupants to climb from the cab to the camper. A washroom, consisting of a compact toilet, washbasin, and shower, is placed behind the driver's seat, directly across the aisle from a wardrobe. A small kitchen and fridge are packed inside, along with Alcantara-trimmed benches. An elevated double bed is placed at the very back of the camper body.
Apart from the compact home strapped on its back, this show truck is essentially a bone-stocl Unimog U4000. Power comes courtesy of a 4.3-liter turbo-diesel I-4, producing 218 horsepower. Portal axles, a central tire inflation system, and three locking differentials help ensure the 'Mog won't get stuck -- but if such an event should occur, the truck's hydraulic system is hooked up to a seven-ton front-mounted winch.
Sound like your ideal camper van? Rest assured this Maxi-'Mog won't carry a Minnie Winnie price. Bocklet is more than willing to build duplicates of his camper for customers, but each will carry a price tag of roughly $306,000.