A California company converts Mercedes-Benz minivans into $83,000 campers with pop-tops— see inside the Metris Anacapa

The Metris Anacapa.
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Automotive Design and Fabrication (ADF) converts 126-inch Mercedes-Benz Metris vans into campers with pop-tops known as Metris Anacapa.
The van can sit and sleep up to four people with the help of a passenger seat that can be converted into a bed and the pop-up roof with another sleeping area.
The pop-top was tested for safety on rollover and approved by Mercedes-Benz.
The 2020 Metris version starts at around $ 83,000, though the final price may vary depending on add-ons and funding.
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Automotive Design and Fabrication converts 126-inch Mercedes-Benz Metris vans into Metris Anacapa motorhomes with a pop-top roof.
The conversion of the Metris Anacapa is "the culmination of [ADF ]’s 15 years of experience in converting delivery vans and, according to its manufacturers, was developed both as a daily driver and as an adventure delivery van.
According to a Vimeo tour of the van, ADF's goal when building the Anacapa was "to embrace the heart and soul of the old Volkswagen van in the Westfalia style". This inspiration from Westfalia is reflected in the size of the delivery van and its pop-top, which has been approved by Mercedes-Benz and tested for safety.
The Mercedes-Benz Metris 2020 recommended by ADF as the basis for the construction starts at $ 35,590. Together with the conversion of around $ 39,990, the total price of the Metris Anacapa is around $ 83,000. ADF also offers the Anacapa as a rental unit.
The California-based company Automotive Design and Fabrication has two conversion options based on Mercedes-Benz Metris: Anacapa and Mr. Chillmore. The former is the company's latest model. ADF also converts the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinters into campers and vans for service or business purposes.
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The Metris offers 208 horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of torque. It also has an 18.49-gallon fuel tank that gives the van 20 to 22 miles per gallon.
The Metris Anacapa.
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According to the ADF, the Metris Anacapa can play multiple roles as a bedroom, office, kitchen, living room and guest room.
The Metris Anacapa.
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With the help of its pop-up roof, the van can accommodate four people.
The Metris Anacapa.
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The kitchen of Metris Anacapa includes a propane hob with two burners, a sink, a 12-volt refrigerator and an underfloor storage, in which the propane tanks required for the operation of the oven can be accommodated.
The Metris Anacapa.
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The sink and stove are located in front of the van's sliding doors, so passengers can use them both inside and outside the van. And because the tap can be pulled out, the sink can also be used as an outdoor shower or hose.
The Metris Anacapa.
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The outward-facing part of the kitchen also has a small folding table that creates an outdoor dining area. But for those who prefer to eat indoors, ADF can install an optional dining table inside the building.
The Metris Anacapa.
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The front passenger seat can be turned inwards and offers additional seating in the living area.
The Metris Anacapa.
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The front passenger seat row can slide one foot back and forth, creating space for more storage space in the rear of the van or standing room in the front area. It also serves as the Anacapa's lower bed when unfolded and supported by the Van's ottoman.
The Metris Anacapa.
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Standing room can be reached by lifting the Pop-Top's bed while not in use.
The Metris Anacapa.
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There is also a multi-purpose storage unit that runs over the inside height of the van and can serve as a pantry, closet, or storage room for equipment.
The Metris Anacapa.
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Metris Anacapa's 18-gallon freshwater and 5-gallon gray water tanks are both stored in the same floor-to-ceiling unit.
The Metris Anacapa.
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The state of charge of the battery can be checked by the kitchen on a control panel. The panel also has USB and 12-volt charging ports that accompany the additional 12-volt sockets in the rear of the van.
The Metris Anacapa.
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While the van does not come with solar panels, its manufacturer has built in portable connectors for solar panels.
The Metris Anacapa.
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Outdoor lights, a tailgate and a lifting kit are among others optional.
The Metris Anacapa.
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