Frequently Asked Questions

Why build on the Metris platform?

We spent a lot of time looking at different van platforms available in the U.S. While we like the Sprinter and Transit, we really love the Westy conceptually because of its compact size and pop-top headroom and second bed. The VW T6.1 would be a solid option if it was available in North America. Since it isn't, the next best modern Westy option is the Mercedes-Benz Metris. The Metris is larger inside than the Ford Transit Connect, has German pop-top options, has decent power and towing capacity, and has front seats that will accept a swivel base (for us, you can't have a camper van without a swivel passenger seat). We also love the dual sliding door option because of the flexibility in accessing important interior features from outside the van. The hatch rear door creates an integrated awning when open...great for protected outdoor cooking or hanging a curtain for an outdoor shower.

What is the Eiger-1 Camper pricing?

We are targeting $80-90K for a full-featured Eiger-1 Camper. This includes the base van and all the standard features shown on this page. Options are extra and individually priced at our cost plus a reasonable profit (see below). A 25% cash down payment is required.

Which pop-top do you use?

We use the German SCA 152 pop-top which we believe is of superior quality and crash-worthiness to the Reimo product. The SCA 152 includes a very comfortable, spring-supported mattress and three windows, two of which can be fully opened. We locate USB outlets at the two forward corners. All pop-tops are painted to match the van color.

Do you use 80/20 aluminum extrusions?

No. 80/20 is a hobbyist framing system...some even call it an aluminum "tinker toy". We use a professional-grade, German system designed for industrial applications with patented, hidden connectors. It is lightweight, beautiful, super strong, and does not require brackets, Loctite, or regular bolt tightening. Nothing is going to shake loose.

What is the lead time for a new Eiger-1 Camper?

8-12 months including new van acquisition.

Do you use the Reimo bench/bed system?

No. While the Reimo bench/bed does include belt restraints, we don't like how much it costs and how uncomfortable it is to sit and sleep on. We build a very comfortable "rock and roll" bench/bed with 4" Dacron-wrapped, removable cushions that is 79" long when fully extended. Our 3/4" bamboo pivot table has two mounting locations and can be pushed out of the way to a locked position above the fridge/freezer. The table top can be detached from the table leg and then be clipped to the back of the bench backrest. The Eiger-1 Camper is designed for two-person use and as such doesn't include rear seat belt restraints, however we do expect to offer this in subsequent models.

What options do you offer?

We are giving you the flexibility to make your Eiger-1 your own. Options include the following: ARB Touring awning with custom mounting brackets, ARB twin air compressor connected to starter battery, swivel driver’s seat, sliding door operable side window(s), Kenwood 10” stereo head unit and speaker replacement, solar panels, porta potti ottoman/garage and Thetford porta potti, and 1.5” lift, all-terrain tires and off-road 16” wheels.

Is Eiger Vans a Swiss company?

While the Eiger is located in Switzerland, we're located in Seattle. We chose "Eiger" because it reflects the German heritage of our ownership, the Metris, the pop-top we use, and our framing system. But also because it is symbolic of the quality of our build and the adventure our customers are seeking. Eiger climbers don't compromise and neither does Eiger Vans.

Can I convert a Metris I already own?

Yes, if your Metris is the 126" wheelbase model and has dual sliding doors. Either passenger or cargo model is fine. We will do a van delete on the final cost which should reduce the price by about $40,000. Converting your own van significantly reduces the lead time quoted above.