I have a few passions. My Mercedes Sprinter Van is one of them serving as a worktruck, mobile recording studio, camper, green room and more. At the time replacing my 70’s box truck, the Sprinter’s 21mpg out performed the old trucks 8mpg (even after a new engine and tranny). The purchase became a lifestyle change adding safety and creature comforts to gigs–a fridge, place to rest, water, microwave–and much bigger work and play radius with lowered fuel and lodging costs.
The Sprinter is not without complications, as expected with any ‘luxury’ vehicle or work truck. Thanks to the Sprinter-Forum, enthusiastic owners, mechanics and outfitters share experiences helping and encouraging and enriching each other’s varied van experiences.
To give a little back to the Sprinter community, my wife and I will be hosting the Northern California Sprinter Campout, specifically for Sprinter van owners ( and similar Transit, Promaster, Eurovans are welcome too) at Lake Concow Campground in Butte County, California, October 20-23, 2016.
Interested Sprinter van owners please read on…
NorCal Sprinter Van RV Campout Guidebook 2016
Leave a comment here or on the Sprinter Forum Nor Cal Sprinter Campout Thread
Details are below as posted on the Sprinter Forum Thread.
Hi Sprinter Fans,
We have decided to host a Northern California Sprinter Campout,
Thursday October 20 through Sunday, October 23, 2016, at the beautiful Lake Concow Campground.
This is going to be informal and fun. We just want to hang out with ya’ll, share some enthusiastic stories and wisdom and meet new friends—put a face with the posts
Here is a YouTube slide show of the site:
The only cost for attending is the campground fee of $15 per night per vehicle, or $5 day use (if not staying overnight) Cash or check payment. Reservations are not required, but a head count as we get close would be great. People deciding to attend last minute without prior notice will be welcomed whole-heartedly. This place is spacious and one joy of Sprinters is to travel on a whim.
All Sprinters are welcome, Class B, Class C, DIY, commercial rigs, whatever. Come one come all to this Sprinter-centric event (And I suppose if there is a Transit, Promaster, Eurovan, Sportmobile or domestic vans, we wouldn’t turn you away.)
Our ’05 DIY Conversion Sprinter will be open for viewing and discussion (except during nap time and dog timeouts) and we encourage others to show and tell. This is my big chance to detail the van which I always put off.
The late October dates 20-23 we’re chosen in the hopes that many will be able to attend. I have always wanted to attend SprinterFest on Oregon, but the holiday weekend is too busy for a 500-mile trip, and it’s only one day with no overnighting. I reckon many California based Sprinters are in the same boat.
My career is that of audio/video production and tour management. Since I herd musical cats for a living, why not round up some Sprinters for a weekend? This is our home campground for the quick valley heat getaway and we are often the only ones there. Concow Campground is excited to host the Sprinter herd at their corral.
What to Bring
2.Bring everything else you need. BYOEverything.
3.Camp chairs for evening hangouts.
More on Lake Concow Campground
Concow is three miles off Hwy 70 from the top of Yankee Hill about 20 miles up (2500’ elevation-paddleshift to 4th ) into the foothills beyond Oroville, Ca. It is a privately owned 40 acre campground on the shore of Lake Concow and can host from 1 to 100+ vans on site with no designated sites, spacing, or camp capacity. It’s proximity makes for an easy 2 hour drive from Sacramento or Nevada County, 3 hours from the Bay Area and 2.5 hours from Reno-Tahoe area. This is a great stop off point for those on a bigger Fall adventure. We would be tickled if a half dozen rigs showed up.
-October Concow weather will be 70’s and 80’s with night lows in the 40’s and 50’s. Perfect for Sprinter camping. It traditionally rains only once before Halloween in Nor Cal, so it should be nice. Rain or shine event.
-The campground is mostly flat and the open site plan will allow friends to round up Sprinters together or park far away from the crowd in a manner most campgrounds do not allow.
-40 acres to hike, bike around.
-Dogs OK. Leashed dogs and dog runs only please.
-Lake fishing (with license of course).
-Fresh water from many spigots on site. Pit toilets, showers (refreshingly unheated and rustic), and a dump station. There is no A/C power in the campground which shouldn’t be an issue for most of us.
-The nearest store is the Dome Store at Hwy 70 and Concow Road which has Ice, basic groceries and Diesel.
-Solid Verizon service, AT&T only works with a booster.
-No campfires except the community campfire ring please. (Unless dry season has ended)
-Set Up, Early arrivals. Show up earlier if you want, no reservation necessary.
-6PM Meet and Greet, Potluck dinner (for those that want to participate).
-10:30AM Rally up the Hwy 70 Canyon to Quincy or Taylorsville area. Hwy 70 though the Feather River Canyon is the most granite laden scenic byway of Northern California. Originally built as “U.S. Highway 40 Alternate” in 1928, It was lovingly blasted out with surplus WW1 munitions after the railroad already established the preferred route. There are many photo ops with train and highway bridges crossing over one another. Feather River Canyon is RailFan heaven.
Here is an video of Feather River Canyon posted a few years back:
More on Hwy 70 from Wiki:
-6PM: Happy Hour (BYO) & Possible Folk Artist Performance
-7PM: SprinterTed. There is a stage and I will supply a video projector, small PA and lighting and open the floor up to anyone who would like to speak or share video or pictures (bring it on a thumb drive) about anything Sprinter related: adventuring, buildouts, stories, maintenance, the highs, the challenges. Heck, make a Sprinter skit and entertain us. 15 minutes maximum please. How about a live streamcast Q & A via Skype with a couple of the Sprinter Forum contributors we all love? There will be a sign up list posted as we get closer. If commercial outfitters want to show their stuff, that is a possibility.
-Campfire: Roast marshmallows, make s’mores.
10AM: Dirt Day Trip. There is nearby dirt 2WD and 4WD roads for off road adventuring. We can take the high road loop that overlooks the lake or go farther back into the hills and drop back to Hwy 70 via Jarbo Gap for the return trip.
Sprinter Line-Up for pictures.
Say our goodbyes.
Head for home. Of course, you can stay over Sunday (or longer…just $15 more per night)
So this is the plan. We are open to suggestions, ideas and comments. And would love some replies from ya’ll about participation interest at this early planning stage. Please leave a comment or PM.
Thanks and hope to see you at the Nor Cal Sprinter Campout.
Dale & Karen
Please leave a comment below or on the Sprinter forum or thru my email here.