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This Rugged Mercedes-Benz Unimog Has a Solar-Powered Off-Grid Cabin

1987 Mercedes Benz Unimog U1300L Camper Conversion 01 Hero
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Upgrading large (and sometimes compact) vehicles with off-roading essentials for adventure on the go is rapidly gaining popularity. Custom builds range from modified vans to trucks and everything in between. Wabi-Sabi Overland, the blog started by couple Yvonne and Michael Fuchs, has been documenting their unique builds and adventures like many other outlanders, and now the pair’s beloved 1987 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1300L is up for auction.

1987 Mercedes Benz Unimog U1300L Camper Conversion 2
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The team began work in 2017 on the cabin, which was added to the Unimog truck they acquired in 2019. It went on to travel far across the states, with proof of maintenance and care on the blog. The drivetrain has a 6.0-liter turbo diesel engine and an eight-speed manual transmission. And the dual-range transfer case and locking differentials contribute heavily to the vehicle’s off-road worthy reputation. As for the electronics, it has 300 amp hours worth of Battleborn lithium batteries and the necessary parts to manage the 600-watt solar panel system for true off-the-grid living. Also onboard are fresh (30gl) and gray (16gl) water tanks, a rear camera system, and plenty of storage space.

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The off-road-friendly additions include a cab roof rack with storage boxes, a snorkel, mounted recovery boards, and a custom front bumper with an integrated winch. Inside the cabin, we can find a sleeping area, kitchenette, dining space, bathroom, and shower near the entryway. The white living area is complemented by subtle oak wood and LED lighting. Sleeping quarters are somewhat tight at four feet wide, but the six-foot length should work for most people. A composting toilet is featured in the bathroom, along with more storage and a vent fan.

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Currently titled in Oregon, the 1987 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1300L Camper Conversion is being auctioned now on Bring a Trailer until May 8th. Bidding is up to $125,000 at this time.