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It's been a while since most of us have traveled, for obvious reasons, and the itch to get out on the open road is hitting us harder than ever before. Waking up, throwing open the doors to a custom camper van to take in Rocky Mountain vistas or Yosemite's great climbing walls seems like exactly what we all need after a year indoors.
Of course, that is an incredibly romantic view of van life. In all honesty most people love hot showers, regular toilets and sitting on their porch too much to put big bucks into upgrading a Sprinter or Econoline. But there's a way to have an amazing van life without the amazing budget, because Omaze is giving a van away.
Take one look at this Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 camper van conversion and you know that it is special. Complete with an $80,000 conversion from Vansmith, it features a 3.0L V6 turbodiesel that puts out 325 lb-ft of torque and has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, a 210W solar power system so you don’t have to worry about where you’ll charge your iPhone or drone at night, a Mazzair roof fan, an 85-liter fridge, a 5-foot-long kitchen, full-sized bed and an LED lighting system. It also includes Vansmith's Green Package, which, according to Omaze, includes, "wool insulation, blue-stained pine ceiling, bamboo countertop, carbon offset package with 72,000 lbs of carbon offsets," and a green logo.
The rest, you can customize yourself, to fit your lifestyle. Choose from a rear-mounted bike rack, upgraded suspension for tooling around Moab (or wherever you like to roam), throw some all-terrain rubber on there … the options are nearly endless, and it adds up to an awesome camper van worth $142,000.
You’re probably asking yourself, what does it take to win? First of all, according to Omaze, "no donation or payment is necessary to enter or win this sweepstakes." $10 will get you 20 entries, while $50 will get you 500 entries and $100 will get you 1,200 entries.
The donations themselves benefit the Justin J. Watt Foundation. According to Omaze, “the Justin J. Watt Foundation is on a mission to encourage middle-school aged children to dream big by providing them after-school opportunities in the community to become involved in athletics. These experiences are designed to help kids learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance, while in a safe and supervised environment with their peers. Your generosity will help these kids expand their horizons and learn valuable life lessons that’ll serve them well beyond their years on the playing field.”
If you want this van, and who wouldn’t, enter here. The deadline to enter is Dec 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.