You don’t need a decked-out camper van when it comes to camping. The van or truck you currently own, a basic cooler, some survival food, and a stout tent perched on any small splotch of dirt does the trick just fine. Lots of people grew up camping this way, and there is something magical about the nostalgic memories made camping with the bare necessities.
But, as many have discovered, you don’t have to camp this way if you don’t want to. With a pile of cash, adventurers can camp in full luxury and connectivity, and there’s something extremely tempting about that prospect. Motor coach manufacturers have been churning out new Class B camper vans as quickly as possible, and the market loves ’em. The newest example is this 2022 Sanctuary Sprinter camper van from motor coach manufacturer Thor Motor Coach, the latest Class B offering to join in on the #vanlife action. Other Thor Class B vans include the Sequence, Tellaro, Rize, Scope, and Tranquility. Creative names seem to be their thing.
The Thor Sanctuary Sprinter doesn’t reinvent the camper van scene, but it doesn’t have to. It’s built upon a 2022 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 4×4 van platform with a 144-inch wheelbase and a workable 19-foot, 8-inch exterior length (excluding the roof ladder). It can tow about 3,500 pounds, thanks to its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel that churns out 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, which is more torque-y than the gasoline 3.6-liter V-6 (280 hp, 260 lb-ft of torque) that powers the Ram ProMaster at the heart of the roughly similar Winnebago Solis Pocket but less than you get in the Ford Transit’s 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost (310 hp, 400 lb-ft of torque) that underpins the Thor Compass AWD Class B+.
The 2022 Sanctuary has many features beyond useful torque that make it competitive in the Class B van category: A cassette toilet, shower, sink, 190-watt solar panel, 24-lb propane tank, 19-gal freshwater tank, 4.8-gal black water tank, 20.0-gal gray water tank, 2.4-gal water heater, refrigerator, dual-burner gas cooktop, convection microwave over, stainless steel kitchen sink, fold-out exterior table, side steps, LED light bar, screen doors, pull-down shades, 24-inch cable-ready TV, 100-watt power inverter, an Onan generator, and more.
What we found interesting about the Sanctuary was the inclusion of standard Thule gear for the perfect touch of overland ruggedness: a Thule power patio awning with integrated LED lighting, Thule roof ladder and roof rack system, and a Thule bike rack on the rear door.
How much will the 2022 Sanctuary from Thor Motor Coach set you back? The adventure van starts at $148,680 for the 19P floor plan and $151,060 for the 19L floor plan. Optional off-road tires ($1,744)—seemingly BF Goodrich KO2s from what we can tell from the photos—and an optional re(Li)able Power Pack electrical system consisting of a 400-Ah lithium battery, 3,000-watt inverter, and 170-amp alternator ($8,495) make that price jump pretty quickly. That’s a cumbersome entry fee when contrasted to nostalgic camping that costs nearly nothing, but it just might be a worthwhile sacrifice for those who can swing it.
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