New Roadtrek CS stolen from Florida

 New Roadtrek CS stolen from Florida

A brand new Roadtrek CS-Adventurous has been stolen from outside a Hampton Inn in Lakeland, FL, located just off the I-4 highway.

stolenrtThe owner just took possession of it and he has lost everything short of the clothes on his back at this point.

It is a Silver CS-Adventurous with a tan interior.  It is on a 2013 Mercedes Benz 3500 series chassis, VIN WDABF4CC9D5800084, with an Ontario license plate number BSYP 068.

The theft happened sometime overnight and was discovered a little before 5 AM January 28, 2014.

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • I have a Sprinter. How did they get it? It thought the only way they could get it would be to steal the key. Is there something Sprinter owners need to do besides securing their keys?

    • other than armor-plating the doors so they can’t force your door locks and getting bulletproof glass for all the windows, there’s not much you can really do against these highly motivated thieves. the usual M.O. for these thieves is to bring an engine control unit (ECU) and security key immobilizer unit (SKREEM), break into the vehicle, swap the vehicle’s ECU and SKREEM for theirs, and drive away. it’s a 5 minute job. the motivation is the parts – they can sell the engine, transmission, catalytic converter, even the air bag, for nosebleed prices.

      • Has the owner sent a copy of the police report to eBay and Craigslist? Those two sites are the places that it’s most likely to show up, either whole or in parts.

  • see what happens when you stay in a motel instead of sleeping in your RT?

  • Will keep an eye out from Brandon, fl

  • What Campskunk said!

  • if i had a sprinter, i would put a kill switch in it somewhere. there’s an electric fuel pump that feeds the high-pressure mechanical pump on the motor. some hidden wiring and a switch that only you know about, and nobody’s driving that thing anywhere.

  • When one of our family’s antique cars was stolen and reported within an hour of it being missing, the local law enforcement said it was probably in a truck in pieces and across the border…..never did find it.

  • Kill switch won’t stop them from stealing it with a tow truck.

  • This vehicle was probably disassembled, frame carefully cut, crated up, and loaded into a shipping container for the islands. The port of Miami is the conduit for southbound stolen goods.

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