A popular RV maker has unveiled a more than $400,000 tiny home in a ‘box’ built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – see inside the Asteroid of Happiness

The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV in a factory
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
  • Advanced RV unveiled the Asteroid of Happiness, a camper van RV built on its “B Box” concept.
  • Advanced RV has seen an increasing number of sales.
  • See inside the tiny home on wheels, which can seat and sleep four people.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Popular camper van maker Advanced RV has turned a 170-inch (432cm) Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cab into a tiny home inside of a box on wheels named “Asteroid of Happiness.”
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV in a factory
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
But unlike most of the Sprinter camper vans currently available on the market, the Asteroid of Happiness wasn’t built inside of a Sprinter body.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV in a factory
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Instead, it’s based on Advanced RV’s “B Box” platform, which was unveiled last year. This “box” fully replaces the Sprinter body.
Close up of the kitchen and the sink
The kitchen inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
“When we discovered a box that would allow us to meet our clients’ objectives on a cab chassis, we pursued building a prototype because we knew of the spatial, insulation, and off-grid advancements a box would provide,” Mike Neundorfer, the president of Advanced RV, told Insider at the time of its release.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV in a factory
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Source: Insider
Using an in-house constructed “box” instead of the typical curved walls of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van creates more interior space, according to the team.
The kitchen Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV with a seat in front of the area
The kitchen inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Source: YouTube
Plus it’s well insulated, allowing the camper van to operate through all four seasons.
Inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV with an open door
Inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Advanced RV didn’t provide the exact price of this build, but Neundorfer noted in an email interview with Insider that the last three B Box vans were between about $US425,000 ($AU584,916) and $US490,000 ($AU674,374).
The exterior of the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV in a factory
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
And looking ahead, the company already has plans for 13 more custom B Box vans, a testament to the success of its in-house creation.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV in a factory
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
At the same time, Advanced RV has been seeing an increase in sales.
A speaker attached to a ceiling near the front of the van
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
This growth in business and popularity has been common for RV and camper van makers throughout COVID-19.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV in a factory
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
But Neundorfer believes Advanced RV’s success is potentially only “somewhat affected” by the rise of road travel throughout the COVID pandemic.
The top of the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
“Most of our clients have been in touch with us for years, so we conclude that our growth is more a result of our abilities and reputation and not so much a reaction to market trends,” he said.
Two windows open on the RV
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Now let’s take a look inside the new Asteroid of Happiness.
A window inside Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV
Inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
The van was made for a client named Willy, a designer and artist who travels with his family, according to a YouTube video tour of the van. He also helped design the van.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV in a factory
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Source: YouTube

 

Advanced RV started discussing the Asteroid of Happiness with this client over a year ago, and the van itself took over six months to build.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV in a factory
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
“To generate these sorts of ideas, you’re pulling together lots of other influences … [like] your experience in an old RV and how it might be enhanced or improved,” Willy said in the YouTube video.
A connection cord coming out of the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Source: YouTube
Overall, the tiny home on wheels stands at 24.5-feet (7.47m) long with a standing height of about 6.7 feet (2.04m).
An empty Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV under construction. Advanced RV
This tiny space includes two bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen, and a dining and lounge area.
A bar light on The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
The Asteroid of Happiness seats and sleeps up to four people, which is a “challenge [to do both] … in a small, nimble vehicle,” according to Neundorfer.
Kitchen, two seats, and dining table inside Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV
Inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
The van can sleep two adults and two children using the permanent bed in the back of the van …
The bedroom besides the kitchen
The bedroom inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
… and a pop-top roof with colorful LED lights that can hold two children’s sleeping bags.
The pop-top with lit purple lights
The pop-top inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
This smaller sleeping space can be accessed using the ladder.
A peak into the blue light lit pop-top
The pop-top inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
The permanent bed has a small curtain for privacy and under-bed drawers that can be used as a closet.
The bedroom with two windows and cabinets
The bedroom inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
The “upstairs” bedroom also has a curtain that can divide the space in half, giving the children more privacy.
Two children in the pop-top area with purple and blue lights
The pop-top inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Moving on, the bathroom is similarly divided into two spaces. One room has the shower …
The shower next to an open door
The shower inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
… while the other has a medicine cabinet, toilet, and sink. Your typical bathroom features.
The sink in the bathroom
The bathroom inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Both spaces are also vented.
The medicine cabinet besides a window
The bathroom inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Moving along, the kitchen is located just across the two bathrooms.
The kitchen with a sink and two windows
The kitchen inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
This cooking space has a single induction cooktop, cabinets, a microwave …
The kitchen with a countertop, sink, and microwave among two windows
The kitchen inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
… a coffee maker, a refrigerator and freezer, and a drinking water faucet besides the typical sink setup.
An open bathroom door next to the washer and dryer
Inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
There’s also a washer and dryer in the kitchen.
The washer and dryer inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV
The washer and dryer inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
The kitchen and its amenities are mounted and supported, creating a secured cooking area while the van is roughing it on the road.
The bed with drawers next to the hallway of bathrooms
Inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Unlike many camper vans that have removable and movable items – such as removable tables or bed panels – everything in the Asteroid of Happiness is secured into place for more safety and stability.
The driver and passenger seats
Inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Speaking of tables, the tiny home on wheel’s table is located in front of the two rear passenger seats.
The passenger seats with a table and the driver and passenger seats swiveled in
Inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
It’s secured down but can be folded and extended for more table space.
The passenger seats next to the kitchen
Inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
The front driver and passenger seats can then swivel to face the table, creating an on-the-go family dining room.
The two seats besides the kitchen inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV.
Inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
Now onto the exterior of the van, which has a garage that can fit four bicycles …
Garage with lights on
The garage inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
… and an awning with an attached light for leisurely outdoor afternoons under the shade.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV in a factory
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
All of these amenities are powered by the alternator and an 830-amp-hour lithium battery setup.
The lights outside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
The bathroom and kitchen are also hooked up to the 50-gallon (189l) freshwater and two 27.5-gallon (106l) grey and black water tanks.
A toilet behind a door
The bathroom inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
If you’ve enjoyed exploring the van’s design, you’re not alone.
The driver and passenger seats
Inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
The company has received deposits from other clients who have been interested in some design aspects of the Asteroid, according to Neundorfer.
A light shining on cabinets inside the Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV
But because the company “considers the design the property of the client,” it won’t build a duplicate of the tiny home on wheels, Neundorfer said.
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV in a factory
The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV