Storyteller Overland goes global with purchase of industry-leading expedition vehicle manufacturer

Birmingham, Ala., and Springfield, Mo (Jan. 18, 2022) – Two great adventure vehicle manufacturers with outstanding reputations for success in delivering innovation, quality, and excellent customer experiences are now coming together in a merger designed to create a powerful leader in the overlanding and adventure travel world.

Storyteller Overland, which is the insurgent leader in the Class-B RV Adventure Van space, announced today that it has acquired Global Expedition Vehicles, the world’s leading manufacturer of Expedition Vehicles and bespoke Adventure Rigs. 

Why Global X Vehicles?

“We are confident that Storyteller Overland has the vision and capability to continue building on the legacy of standard-setting, premium quality, boutique-style vehicles that GXV has been building for 17 years,” said Rene Van Pelt, co-founder and owner of Global Expedition Vehicles with her husband, Mike. “The Adventure Trucks that we build are a natural progression, the next step up for Storyteller customers in the line of overlanding vehicles. This merger will allow both companies to grow and expand in a collaborative production of the Adventure Truck Series together.”

Global Expedition Vehicles will continue to provide its expansive lineup of custom Expedition Vehicles to its customers in North America and beyond. Merging with Storyteller Overland will create a new expansion of the market for the Adventure Truck Series, which will be offered on a Ford F550 or Ram 5500 chassis. 

What’s Next?

As a result of this acquisition, Storyteller Overland will be in a greatly enhanced position to introduce the world’s first higher volume, production models of the GXV style Super C RV and Adventure Trucks. While the custom Global X and GXV rigs will continue to be built in Springfield, MO; the higher volume, repeat build Adventure Truck units will be built by the Storyteller team in their newly expanded facilities in Birmingham, AL to meet the increasing demand for this type of off-road, off-grid, long range expedition vehicle.

As with Storyteller’s industry-leading line of Class B RV adventure vans, known as the “MODE4x4” range (including the Classic, Stealth, and Beast MODEs), the new Storyteller GXV line of Adventure Trucks will feature a focused floor plan and game-changing feature set that is RVIA certified and which will be made available for purchase with the same type of “see-through” no-haggle pricing via Storyteller Overland’s nationwide dealer network. 

Moving Forward Together

Global Expedition Vehicles will keep its company name and legendary brand intact. Mike and Rene will remain heavily involved in steering the combined destiny and future growth of the business as President and Vice President of Global Expedition Vehicles, LLC & GXV.

“The heart of Global X will remain here in Springfield, with our same world-class artists, designers, and technicians continuing to craft the world’s finest custom expedition rigs for clients right here at our shop. So in that way nothing will change,” noted Mike Van Pelt. “GXV is growing and expanding with the Adventure Trucks collaboration with Storyteller, but we will remain just as involved as we always have been. We also hope to be more involved in adventure travel with the current GXV owner community, mixing work with as much overland travel as possible.”


“This merger is an exciting moment for the entire overlanding community. We are grateful for our partnership with the Van Pelts and the stellar team they have built at GXV. Obviously we are huge fans of the products and reputation they have built, and we are energized by the thought of what we will build together moving forward. For us, this is simply the next step in keeping our promise to constantly inspire and equip our growing community of road trippers and adventure travelers with the proper gear, resources, and mindset to ‘Live Free, Explore Endlessly, and Tell Better Stories.’”

Jeffrey Hunter, founder and chief executive officer of Storyteller Overland.