Before your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cargo van becomes an essential tool for your business, it has to be properly equipped. The first step in this process is knowing which Sprinter model you have. With this correct information in hand, you’ll be able to begin the upfit process with confidence and ensure perfect fitment of bulkheads, van shelving, and more.
Read on as we walk through the simple steps of Sprinter model identification.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Models
The Sprinter cargo van is available in five models (1500, 2500, 3500, 3500XD, and 4500) and three different wheelbase/body lengths (standard, long, and extra long). In addition, there are two roof options (standard and high). Not including engine and drivetrain choices, there are 18 different variants of the Sprinter cargo van.
That said, figuring out the specs on your Sprinter is essential for ordering the right upfit gear. Perhaps the easiest Sprinter to figure out is the 1500, as it only comes in the 144-inch wheelbase.
The standard roof height van measures approximately 98 inches from the ground to the top of the van.
The high roof height van measures approximately 109 inches from the ground to the top of the van.
The 144″ wheelbase models measure approximately 144 inches between the front/rear axle and the full body length of the van measures 233.5 inches.
The 170″ (regular) wheelbase models measure approximately 170 inches between the front/rear axle and the full body length of the van measures 274.3 inches.
The 170″ (extended) wheelbase models measure approximately 170 inches between the front/rear axle and the full body length of the van measures 290 inches.
Identifying Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Models
Look at the Badge
The badge on the rear doors will display the Sprinter’s model number (2500, for example). While the model number won’t provide all the information you need (such as wheelbase, body length, or roof height), it’s a good starting point. And, like mentioned earlier, if you have a Sprinter 1500, you already know the wheelbase.
Review the Window Sticker
The definitive source for all the details about your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is the factory window sticker, sometimes called the Monroney sticker. You should have received this document when you took delivery of the van from the dealer (it’s required by federal law). The sticker will provide all the essentials, including wheelbase, body length, and roof height. If you purchased the van second-hand or misplaced the sticker, then continue on for other options.
Locate the VIN
Your van’s vehicle identification number (VIN) is a vital detail that can help you determine a Sprinter’s configuration. The VIN can be found on the:
- Vehicle’s certificate of title or official registration
- Sales contract or dealer maintenance records
- Area where the windshield and dashboard meet (driver’s side)
- Certification label on the door jamb (driver’s side)
Uses a VIN Decoder
Vehiclehistory.com, decodethis.com, and similar websites provide a free VIN decoder that supplies an overview of your van’s configuration, including wheelbase, roof height, and body length. Don’t rely on these tools as the sole source of information about your Sprinter (nothing is perfect). Instead, use these results to verify the specs you’ve collected from other sources.
Reach Out to Mercedes-Benz
Contact a local Mercedes-Benz dealer for help, especially if you purchased the Sprinter there. Otherwise, reach out to the customer service team at Mercedes-Benz USA for assistance. Provide the VIN and see if it’s possible to get a replacement window sticker. You can also ask for a “build sheet” which specifies all the configuration information about a particular Sprinter.
Upfit Supply and Your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
With the correct model information at hand, you’re all set to outfit your Sprinter with shelving, a ladder rack, partition, and more. And, Upfit Supply’s team of professionals is ready to help. We’ll identify the perfect gear for your business and your industry; contact us today.