Storyteller Overland Acquires Global Expedition Vehicles
Adventure Vehicle Manufacturers Merge and Gear Up For Growth
Class-B adventure van manufacturer Storyteller Overland has announced the acquisition of Global Expedition Vehicles. LLC (GXV), best known for designing bespoke, upscale overlanding rigs. The merger will put both companies in a better position to meet the growing demand for rugged off-road recreational vehicles while expanding Storyteller Overland’s reach into a new market segment.
“This merger is an exciting moment for the entire overlanding community,” said Jeffrey Hunter, founder, and chief executive officer of Storyteller Overland, via a press release announcing the acquisition. “For us, this is simply the next step in keeping our promise to constantly inspire and equip our growing community of adventurer travelers all around the world with the proper gear, resources, and mindset to ‘Live Free, Explore Endlessly, and Tell Better Stories.'”
The acquisition of GXV is only the latest strategic move for Storyteller, which has already established itself as a leading brand in the overlanding space. The company’s popular “MODE” camper vans offer solid off-road performance, making them excellent options for boondocking in remote locations. But a GXV vehicle is even more rugged and capable, giving owners the ability to confidently drive just about anywhere.
Terms of the merger were not disclosed, but Storyteller execs have revealed that Global Expedition Vehicles will maintain its name and branding. Mike and Rene’ Van Pelt —the company’s husband and wife founders—will also stay on as President and Vice President, respectively. The company will continue to operate out of GXV’s Springfield, MO headquarters, with the Van Pelts reportedly playing an active role in steering the path of the combined companies.
“We are confident that Storyteller Overland has the vision and expertise to build on the legacy of standard-setting, premium quality, boutique-style expedition vehicles that GXV has been synonymous with for 17 years,” Rene’ Van Pelt says. “The rugged 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.”