At Motor1.com, we follow Advanced RV closely. Whether it’s news about the Cleveland-based company’s unique B Box RV or the many custom motorhomes it builds for its customers, Advanced RV’s work is always innovative, interesting, and groundbreaking. highest quality. Its latest build is called the Kelvin, and it’s based on a short wheelbase (144 inch) Sprinter van with 4×4.
The anonymous owner of the Kelvin is a traveler and photographer who wanted to work on the road and be able to go anywhere from urban centers to back roads in the wilderness. But he also wanted a van with all the comforts of home more a large home office. Just one of those two goals is pretty hard to hit in the short-wheelbase Sprinter, let alone both, but Advanced RV did it.
The interior layout of the Kelvin is similar to the brightly colored Baja that we shared previously, minus the bright colors. Instead, the Kelvin is understated with two-tone accents on the windows and a large strip of muted blue around the lower half of the interior. The galley kitchen features an impressively long stainless steel countertop that is located across the aisle from one of Advanced RV’s impressive large wet tubs. There is a 40 gallon freshwater tank, a 25 gallon gray tank and a 25 gallon black tank on board. The Kelvin doesn’t have solar power, but its impressive 11 kWh of lithium batteries are charged by a second alternator while the van is on the move.
The rear storage of the Kelvin is located under a fixed platform and is fully finished. It is as beautiful as the rest of the interior, right down to the same floor. The cargo floor has four large panels that allow the owner access to each of the van’s mechanical systems below, while still leaving ample room for bikes and other gear above that can be secured via inlaid rails. The rearmost part of the bed can also be removed, allowing larger items to be stored in the garage.
The home office is what really sets the Kelvin apart. As a photographer, the vehicle owner needed a workplace that could accommodate a large external screen. Advanced RV has designed a new configuration that uses a Lagun table and the front passenger seat rotated to face the rear. The large external monitor is mounted on the wall behind the pilot and swings out for a better view, while the owner’s laptop and hard drives are stored in a temperature-controlled cabinet. The setup is smooth and should make any digital nomad green with envy. I certainly am.