Extending a helping hand to the wanderlust-filled masses, Alabama startup Storyteller Overland has launched a rugged, ultra-versatile 4×4 camper van in Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit flavors.
New Atlas reported that the camper van features flexible multi-use furniture whilethe Mode 4×4 van reconfigures on the fly to adjust to the changing needs of driver and campers, working something like a rolling, habitable multitool. With solar-backed lithium power and a suite of equipment for all seasons, the Mode 4×4 travels the world in complete comfort, on pavement and off.
Storyteller lets each buyer choose a base van, either a 144-inch-wheelbase diesel Mercedes Sprinter with factory all-wheel drive or a 148-inch-wheelbase gas Ford Transit with Quigley 4×4. It showed both variants at Overland Expo, and each van featured some of the usual exterior accoutrements: off-road wheels (18 inches) equipped with BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A KO2 tires, large, rugged roof racks, side ladders and awnings. Storyteller stamped its signature on with stripes and badging.
Storyteller’s floorplan looks entirely conventional and European at first glance -– a kitchen block just inside the sliding door; a convertible dining area with dual-seat bench, swivel cab seats and adjustable table; and a flip-away rear bed and gear garage in back. The van sleeps a family of four.
Where the floor plan really separates itself from average is in its multifunctional furniture, starting with the FlexSpace wet bath positioned right behind the dinette. Rather than a full-time bathroom compartment, this space-saving solution rides inconspicuously as a storage bench. When it’s time to wash clean after a long day outside, the bench pops open to reveal a shower basin with drain, and the privacy curtain and shower head drop down from the storage cabinet overhead, quickly transforming the space into a slim, functional shower room.
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