The Mercedes-Benz Metris Weekender is the best campervan you've never heard of
This campervan is the best road trip vehicle
Campervans and RVs are having a bit of a moment right now: people are paying top dollar for them, plus the whole #vanlife garbage. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a better new campervan than the Mercedes-Benz Metris Weekender.
A big selling point of the Metris Weekender is that it's a collaboration between Mercedes and an up-fitter, Driverge Solutions. This gives you the benefit of a factory warranty on the van, something no other campervan can get you. It also is very compact as far as Class B motorhomes go; at 202 inches it's shorter than a Honda Odyssey. This makes maneuvering it considerably better, especially for people who aren't used to driving large vehicles. In addition, the pop-top only adds about 4 inches to the overall height, so as not to compromise handling or pracitcality
The Metris Weekender is nicely appointed inside. It is a Mercedes, but their vans aren't nearly as luxurious as even a base A-class. However, it certainly has some nice features. Although it's not big enough for a toilet or shower, it can seat 5 and sleep 4 - an impressive achievement. The rear bench seat slides out on rails and folds down into a bed for two, while two more can sleep up in the pop-top. There are also USB charging ports in the pop-top, allowing for convenient charging.
It also comes with some handy features, such as a table that folds out in the cabin, along with swiveling driver and passenger seats. It comes standard with curtains on all windows, along with a handy storage area under the rear seats.
In addition to the standard features above, Mercedes has many things you can add on to your Metris weekender. You can get a pull-out kitchen in the rear cargo area, a retractable awning, mosquito nets, and a tent that attaches to the rear liftgate. While these are expensive additions, they definitely add to the camping experience. You can also get trailer hitch a bike rack that swings out to allow the tailgate to open.
At around $80k, the Metris Weekender is reasonably priced. That may sound like a lot of money, but most class B motorhomes are over 100k. Considering that you're getting a minivan-sized camper that sleeps 4 and has a kitchen, it sounds like a pretty good deal. The Metris is also a great campervan base, offering many good options, such as stability control, at a reasonable price. A Metris with lots of nice options is around $40k, which is on the pricey side, but I would say that it's worth it.
Overall, the Metris Weekender is an excellent little van, combining many nice options into a small, reasonably priced vehicle. The Weekender is the perfect vehicle to just get in and go wherever you want, a nice little home on wheels.