Columbus, Ohio-based conversion-shell manufacturer Mauck2 LLC has created four widebody Class C-based models built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis that are being marketed to an array of specialty buyers, including the RV consumer.
”We are quickly ramping up,” said Andy Mauck, Mauck2 LLC founder and president.
The company builds 88-inch-wide bonded-fiberglass-and-galvanized-steel shells that are assembled on the 11,030-pound GVWR Sprinter 3500 cab chassis. Interiors are then completed by Creative Mobile Interiors, also of Columbus, and sold and distributed by DATTCO Inc., a family owned New Britain, Conn., transportation company.
For the RV market, Mauck2 is promoting a Mauck2 Personal Traveler that’s ”designed for people who want to travel, but not stay overnight in it regularly,” Mauck said.
The 24-foot Personal Traveler features a marine recycling toilet, microwave, small refrigerator and galley and bathroom sinks. A driver-side couch — with opposing reclining chairs — converts into a bed.
”We are trying to get away from every sale being a custom-build,” Mauck said, noting that Mauck2 continues to take custom orders. ”It’s still a developmental enterprise. It’s quite a niche product, particularly for the RV industry. It’s halfway between a conversion vehicle and a traditional RV.”
Mauck was the designer in the 1990s of the Mauck Special Vehicle (MSV), which gained cult status among some RVers because of its unique, futuristic styling.
The company currently is generally building a Mauck2 model a week in a wing of a 25,000-square-foot factory in Columbus that it shares with fabricator MRS Industrial Inc.
”We don’t modify anything that Mercedes-Benz does on the Sprinter chassis outside of the approved guidelines,” Mauck said.
Other models currently in production include the Mauck2 Golf Mobile/Tailgater, designed to hold two golf foursomes and all their gear; the Mauck2 Limo, a variation of the classic limousine seating 14 people complete with a rear cocktail bar; and the Mauck2 Shuttle, a high-end shuttle bus that also can seat as many as 14.
MSRPs range from $90,000 to $150,000, Mauck said.
Body builder Mauck2 LLC, Columbus, Ohio, is looking to break into the RV market with a stylish Mauck2 Class C motorhome shell built on an imported Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cab chassis.
“We’ve only built four at this point,” said Mauck2 President Andy Mauck. “But we’ve got a lot more in process. We think we can get to several hundred units a year in a combination of several markets. We are open to anything.”
Mauck was the designer in the 1990s of the Mauck Special Vehicle (MSV) which gained cult status among some RVers because of its unique, futuristic styling.
The bonded fiberglass-and-aluminum Mauck2 carries over some of the MSV’s characteristics but adds some wrinkles of its own, including an 80-inch-wide radius body, panoramic windows and a top-hinged rear hatch.
“It’s a bit bold,” said Mauck. “But I think that the Sprinter is a phenomenal chassis. The wide body makes a difference on what you can do inside.”
The Mauck2 can be converted into an RV, a business entertainment coach or a transit-type bus with passenger seating. The Hyatt Place at Grandview Yard in Columbus offers the use of a Mauck2 to its customers. “They use it for outings, business groups and touring around town,” Mauck said.
Mauck said he has had discussions with several RV manufacturers about providing them with Mauck2 shells, but has not received any commitments yet.
Featuring an 11,030-pound GVWR equipped with a 6-cylinder, 3.0L turbocharged Mercedes Benz front-diesel engine, the Mauck2 shell is 16 feet, 4 inches long from the back of the cab.
The company shares employees and 25,000 square feet of factory space in Columbus with fabricator MRS Industrial Inc., the owners of which are investors in Mauck2 LLC.