I first read about the Sprinter “Penthouse” van conversion by Sportsmobile when reporter Larry Edsall wrote about it in The Detroit News in May 2008.
“The Penthouse features an electrically powered and reinforced fiberglass top with five vinyl windows to provide light and ventilation,” wrote Edsall. “The electric top can support a roof rack” and when raised offers additional interior height. “The overhead bed features its own reading lights.”
Sportsmobile‘s first conversions were for the VW and Ford vans. The pop-up system vans and their conversions were “state-of-the-art at the time, but very basic compared with today’s,” states the website.
Sportsmobile introduced the pop-up roof system to the Sprinter to provide room for extra beds or additional storage area.
The 54-year old company has always specialized in the conversion of vans. “To the best of our knowledge, we are the oldest in the U.S. While we convert vans for all kinds of uses, our primary market has always been travel vans, also known as camper vans, Class ‘B’ motorhomes, recreational vehicles (RVs) and van conversions.”
The Penthouse option is also available on Sportsmobile’s ProMaster, Transit, and Chevy van conversions. For prices and other specifications, check out the Sportsmobile‘s website.
Photos: The Sprinter’s Penthouse roof system adds sleep room for two or more people; or elevates a bed so equipment can be stored. (Source: Sportsmobile)
Great post Julianne,