It’s easy to pack a lot of amenities and gear into the largest of campers; there are even multi-million dollar RVs that fit a sports car in a mobile garage. But for some adventurers, the goal is to get outside and explore, not to bring the kitchen sink.
That’s why we’re loving the Mistique, a custom-built adventure van from Oregon-based Outside Van. Like Sportsmobile and other outfitters, Outside Van creates campers from base vehicles like the Dodge ProMaster, Nissan NV, or Mercedes Sprinter. We’ve featured Outside Van before, but unlike the jet-set luxuries of the Valhalla build, the Mistique is a compact adventure van that gives you just what you need and nothing more.
Built on a Mercedes Benz 4x4 144” 2500 Core Series, the high-roof Mistique can accommodate two people and their gear in its relatively short length. It features Outside Van’s premium interior package, which means marine grade flooring, full insulation, ceiling and wall paneling, and flush mount LED overhead lighting. Two people can sleep on the three-panel bed that is removable for when you need more cargo space. Overhead cabinets, sun shades, swivel front seats, and a removable dining room table keep the van functional for long-haul use.
While you won’t find any bathrooms, kitchens, or showers in this mini-beast, there’s plenty of room for bikes, snowboards, or climbing gear underneath the bed. A roof vent will keep you cool in the heat while an exterior awning provides shade. Mesh pockets on the rear doors maximize space, and the whole design looks perfect for a couple or a single adventurer who likes cooking outdoors and packing light.
Even in this minimalistic build, Outside Van’s work doesn’t come cheap. Each build-out is custom, so pricing varies, with many running well over $100,000. But for people who have the cash and lack the inclination or time for a DIY build, maybe Mistique is the one for you.