Outside Van Introduces ‘Slim Chance’ Concept Van Conversion

Outside Van has introduced its new concept van conversion, Slim Chance, built on a 2023 Mercedes Benz All-Wheel Drive 144 Sprinter, the van manufacturer announced.

An ode to the kiteboarder, foiler, and the wake surfer, Outside Van designed the build in partnership with professional kiteboarder Ewan Jaspan and Naish USA, the company said.

Slim Chance is Outside Van’s first concept conversion built on the new 2023 All-Wheel Drive Sprinter chassis.

Working directly with Agile Off-Road of California, Slim Chance features a brand-new RIP Kit suspension upgrade featuring Fox Shocks tuned specifically for the increased weight of the conversion and the performance characteristics of the new All-Wheel Drive system, Outside Van said.

The primary feature of the conversion is the murphy bed and gear wall. Since Slim Chance’s primary function is to be a support vehicle for gear heavy extreme water sports, the van features modular storage using a combination of strategically placed L-Track and MOLLE Panels. Complimenting the gear wall is Outside Van’s gear glider, which is mounted to the floor and can be slid out for easy access to stored items. It features L-Track mounting points, tie-down points, and a drain to accommodate wet items. There is also a Yakima Skybox 12 mounted on the roof rack. Additional MOLLE Panels have been mounted throughout the van. The gear wall can be un-latched and folded down to reveal a bed platform with memory foam cushions.

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Slim Chance features a power system centered around a 960 Amp-Hour Lithium Battery Power system that can be plugged directly into shore power or can be charged either by a secondary alternator or a 140-Watt solar panel mounted on the roof. The system powers the outlets, along with all components such as the JL-Audio sound system, air compressor, Milwaukee Tool Packout tools, as well as the Starlink. The system also powers the Rigid Industries external light package which includes a 50-inch light bar, SAE fog lights, 360 Series fog lights, side scene lights, and dual radiance pro backlights.

Another feature of Slim Chance is the Dual Galley System that is comprised of two bamboo islands that are bridged via a folding panel, Outside Van designers said. The galley features a stainless-steel sink that draws filtered hot or cold water from the 24-gallon freshwater tank, microwave, refrigerator, and an induction cooktop hidden by the fold out extension panel. The driver side island features storage drawers, while the passenger side island features a fold out external work table and a hidden spice cubby.

The van is also equipped with an external wet platform, the company said. Working in collaboration with Pakmule, this platform is mounted to the hitch and features CNC-cut teak wood inserts and a shower curtain system that allows for showering privately outdoors, elevated from the ground.

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A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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