The Itour Story
Until 2007 the Sprinter was built by Mercedes-Benz but sold in the US by Dodge. Soon that partnership dissolved and Mercedes-Benz marketed the Sprinter as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. To reintroduce the Sprinter to this market, Mercedes-Benz totally redesigned the body adding a longer and taller body to its various offerings. When this new body style was released, I reviewed the dimensions and felt my design could possibly be built. Here is where I ran into a wall. I searched for an upfitter that could see my vision. I tried showing my designs to several different companies. I could not convince them that there was a market for this touring coach. I knew there was a need. I was convinced that my design could be utilized, but someone else needed to see the vision, too.
I began searching for the right dealership and decided to use Mercedes-Benz of Ft Mitchell, KY. I met the Sprinter Sales Manager, Dan Tilley, and I learned that he was a believer which made the process of purchasing our Sprinter really easy. By this time I had decided that the only way to have the interior I had designed was to build it myself. Never could I have imagined what God had working behind the scenes.
When our Sprinter was delivered it was an empty chassis. Dan and I went to lunch and that is when God began His work. For the next couple of hours we discussed our vision of what we felt God leading us to do with the Sprinter. I explained my difficulty in finding someone willing to build my design. I explained that I was going to build the interior myself. Dan went on to suggest that we could use Midwest Automotive Designs in Elkhart, IN. They had been one of the first to be certified as a Master Upfitter for Mercedes-Benz and had been upfitting the Sprinter for over 15 years. I knew about Midwest Automotive Designs and had even approached them years earlier. Surprisingly, he said that he would contact Tim Gray, the president of Midwest. The next day I received a call and was invited to Elkhart, IN, to discuss my designs.