Since we left the United States we’ve driven about 20,000 miles through Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru.
It’s time to have another full service makeover. Although the Sprinter has been an absolute tank on the entire trip, he has sustained a few casualties that need attention. Since we’re going to be here in Huanchaco for a couple more months, I decided it was time to give the Sprinter some TLC.
There is a Mercedes dealership only 20 minutes away, so we checked the Sprinter in for a 2 week makeover. Mercedes dealerships are always an oasis in these countries. Quality and service, no matter where you are in the world. That is why I probably wouldn’t drive anything but a Mercedes around the world. They have the best dealer network on the planet.
The biggest area of focus is cleaning up the rust that has accumulated over the last 4 years of the Sprinter being in close proximity to the ocean. It’s pretty bad, especially around the windshield. This damage kinda freaked me out until we got to the dealership, and they showed me two other Sprinters with identical damage. Guess it’s pretty common here in Peru, right next to the ocean. And it is apparently completely fixable.
Back in Panama I tried to fix the rust spots on the roof, (remember that episode here), but now I think it’s time for the professionals to come in. They are going to remove the roof rack and do a complete clean up from top to bottom…
They will also fix my little fender bender that happened in Costa Rica.
And they will tidy up all the other little issues. The great part about having all this work done in Peru is that it costs a FRACTION of the price it would in the US. I can’t believe how cheap it is to get all this body work done, especially at a Mercedes dealership!
What I was really hoping for is that they could retro-fit the Sprinter with one of these slide outs. How crazy cool is this thing? If you could do it to a Sprinter, it would be bad ass. Not gonna happen in Peru though.