CC Global: 2008 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 315 CDI – The Gardener’s Rig

Van Dijk’s van, parked on a dijk (dyke) road; I just had to take a few pictures when I walked by this combination. Owner Van Dijk is a gardener and a landscaper. In that line of business, a fullsize panel van with a raised roof is the preferred vehicle choice, it’s usually towing a flatbed trailer. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Iveco Daily have the upper hand in the flower power branch.

The van is used to transport the crew, the tools and all kinds of lawn and garden equipment. Such a big van is of course also ideal to haul flowers, plants, shrubs and other goods to be used for the gardener’s job. Obviously there’s a full divider between the cab and the cargo compartment; standard equipment.

The Sprinter also has a roof rack and a ladder at the rear. The fullsizer is powered by a 2,148 cc, inline-four turbodiesel, good for 150 DIN-hp @ 3,800 rpm. Maximum torque output 330 Nm (243 lbf-ft) @ 1,200 – 2,400 rpm.

Now to the other end of the business. A low and wide flatbed tandem axle trailer with dropsides all around, even at the front side. The stacks and the dropsides are easily detachable.

I mentioned it’s low. Can you see a major advantage of being low to the ground, combined with that ramp? You can walk up and down the bed comfortably and safely, with or without holding a wheelbarrow. Naturally, a pair of these ramps comes with the package, so that the trailer can also be used as a garden machinery carrier.

On a different note, kudos to you if you can identify the blue car in the background of the first picture!