GXV Builds the Global Traveler Camper

Global Expedition Vehicles’ “Global Traveler” body can be mounted on a pre-1990, low mileage chassis. This is a critical development for rest of the world (RTW) capable platforms and travelers looking to manage their camper investment. The Mercedes 1017 is a RTW chassis that will operate on nearly all grades of diesel and enjoys worldwide support.

Mercedes 1017 – 4X4 as specified below:


  • Wheelbase – 143’’ (5842 mm)
  • Front axle –10,560 lb (4800kg)
  • Rear axle – 17,160 lb.(7800kg)
  • GVW – 26,840 lb (12,200kg)


  • Engine – 6 cylinder, type OM 352 A V, 5.675 cm3 (364 cubic inches), turbo-charged,
  • Horsepower -168 at 2800 RPM
  • Diesel – high and low sulfur, Bio diesel
  • 24 volt negative ground

Transmission / Driveline

  • Transmission – 5-speed
  • Transfer case – 2-speed, VG 500-3
  • All wheel drive
  • Brakes – Hydraulic, dual circuit

Chassis Options from GXV

  • Front Winch – up to16,500 # Electric Super Winch
  • Rear Winch – up to16,500 # Electric Super Winch
  • Rear Bumper with Trailer Hitch
  • Auxiliary Fuel tanks
  • Heavy-Duty Aluminum Rear Bumper – Black Powder Coat
  • Heavy-Duty Off-Road Front Aluminum Bumper, Equipped for Winch, Black Powder Coat

MB 1017



For the Global Expedition Vehicle Camper, the team at GXV has focused on world available components and is fully self-contained. Use of marine-grade components and a design that is intended to survive rough use the Global Traveler is a serious choice for real-world overland travel.

Global Traveler Body

  • Body dimensions – Length 17’6″ (5359 mm), Width 8’ (2438mm), Height 7’2″ (2209mm)
  • Body ConstructionBody Construction- SCS (Structural Composite Sandwich) 3 ply body panels. Polyurethane foam insulation sandwiched between 0.120 (3mm) exterior, and 0.080 (2mm) interior fiberglass reinforced polyester (see details on engineering pg)
  • SCS Panel connections are made with an 1344 # per square inch adhesive bond which eliminates metallic heat conduction paths and matched thermal coefficients which eliminate distortion.
  • SCS Wall thickness 2.36″ (60 mm)
  • SCS wall Insulation rating is R-20
  • SCS Floor panel, 4.33″ (110 mm), with integrated welded steel frame and surfaces of fiberglass reinforced polyester
  • G-KAS mounting (GXV-Kinetic Attachment System) is a 3-point connection with 2 structural isolation bearing points and one or more pivot points. (see details on engineering page)


Entrance Door / Storage Compartments

  • Dometic Entrance door
  • SCS storage doors, 2.36’’(60mm), integrated into the body walls
  • Entrance Stair System of Aluminum and Stainless
  • Double seals with heavy duty 3-point lock
  • 3-point Stainless Steel safety cylinder locks, keyed alike
  • Stainless steel hinges on all doors
  • Oversized storage compartment accessible by 4’x4’ doors located on the left & right at the rear. Full 8’ width storage area will hold one ATV or two small motorcycles.


Windows / Skylights

  • Seitz window
  • Integrated Blinds and Mosquito Screen in Windows
  • 2 Dometic Skylights, with Integrated Blinds and Mosquito Screen


Body Options

  • GXV exclusive Natura™ Opening Wall and Armor Vision™ windows
  • Ramps and winch for toy loading.
  • Cab-to-Cabin pass Thru



Inner Dimensions of the Cabin

  • Length: 17’4″ (5232 mm)
  • Width: 7’7″ (2311 mm)
  • Height: 6’7″ (2006 mm)


Kitchen / Galley / Dining

  • Seating area for up to 4 people with adjustable swivel top table on pedestal is located on the left side at the front of the cabin
  • Seating area converts into additional sleeping area
  • Wood dining table
  • Booth seats are covered in faux leather or upholstery
  • 31’’X 15’’ storage cabinet with shelves above refrigerator
  • Storage cabinet above with 3 drawers below located adjacent to dining
  • 2 reading lamps illuminate the dining table area.
  • Dometic skylight
  • Hand crafted Maple, Alder or Laminate kitchen cabinets
  • All drawers and cabinet doors are equipped with positive locking hardware
  • Stainless steel sink has prep area / drain board incorporated into it, single handle faucet
  • Marine grade Vitrifrigo stainless steel 2-drawer 2.7 cu. Ft. freezer / 3.7 cu. Ft. refrigerator with a positive lock system.
  • Webasto Diesel Cook top. Flameless diesel burner is integrated into a CERAN® cooking surface designed for 2 small, or 1 large, pot or saucepan. Control panel includes a temperature control, high-elevation button, and hot surface indicator.
  • Sharp microwave/convection oven with bake, roast & grill features. 1.5 cubic foot, stainless steel
  • Stainless steel towel bar


Bed Area

  • Queen-size mattress with suspension and ventilation system – located in the rear of the living area. Size: 60″ x 80″ ( 1524 mm x 2032 mm )
  • Windows with Screens and Roller Shades located at both the head and foot of the bed
  • Reading lamp
  • Above bed storage compartments
  • 36’’ deep Wardrobe for hanging clothes with pull-out closet rod


Wash Room

  • Thetford Cassette Toilet – With easy removal and waste disposal system.
  • Oval Stainless Steel Sink with faucet
  • Shower – Adjustable height head
  • Teak medicine cabinet with mirror
  • Teak sink cabinet for storage with solid surface counter-top
  • Dometic opening skylight


Interior Finishes

  • Cabinets: Maple, Alder or Laminate
  • Counter Tops: Laminate
  • Flooring: Plynyl® or Engineered Hardwood
  • Walls: White washable surface
  • Ceilings: White Fiberglass


Interior Options

  • Magazine rack
  • Slide-out Pantry located in lower cabinet line: 15″ x 36″
  • Electric Bed lift to raise and lower bed allows easy access to under-bed storage
  • Ventilation window in wash room


Utilities and Technical


  • Honda 3K gas generator with remote electric start from cabin
  • Outback 120v Inverter: 2800 Watt, Mobile, 30 amp AC input, 120v/60Hz. With true sine wave AC electricity and integrated smart battery charger
  • Solar panels – 2 high-efficiency 175 watt PV modules
  • Outback solar charge controller with solar harvesting and battery charging algorithms
  • Control panels for power management and monitoring of liquid levels
  • Battery main switch with overload interrupter
  • DC power supplied by (3) AGM batteries: 765Ah, 12V
  • Marine Grade wiring, and switching systems
  • Power outlets for 12V DC and 120V AC
  • 120V shore power connection



  • Webasto EVO 3900w Air Heater with low fuel consumption (.05 to .13 gph during operation), operates at variable temperatures via electronic thermostat. Short heat up times cycles. Includes High altitude control module.
  • High Altitude Control Module for EVO Air Heater
  • Webasto Hydronic Thermo-90 Coolant Heater operates from 6,100 to 26,000 Btu. Provides engine-off heating, maintains minimum operating engine temperature, and preheats engine in cold weather. Includes 7 Day digital timer with alarm
  • 13,000 BTU Low Profile Air Conditioner
  • Fantastic Vent #6600 with RF Remote in Kitchen Area


Water Supply

  • 125 gallons (473 liters) fresh water tank
  • Stainless Steel Indel Marine hot water heater
  • 32 gallons (174 liters) gray water tank
  • All plumbing is installed within the cabin envelope, so there is no exposure to outside temperature
  • Water filtration system


Audio-Visual System

  • 1 ceiling mount TV monitors. Monitor will swivel for optimal viewing angle.
  • Mobile TV Video System: CD, DVD, AM/FM, SD Card, MP3 connection
  • 4 Cabin Speakers
  • Powered TV antenna



  • Marine grade Cabin Lighting: Low Amp draw Fluorescents and Spots
  • LED Reading Lights at Dining and Bed
  • Motion-sensor LED light above at entry door
  • Large under-bed lighted storage compartment


Safety Equipment

  • Fire Extinguisher


Utility and technical Options

  • Hella HID 4,000 Lights
  • KVH Satellite Dish
  • Evaporative Cooler
  • Fischer Panda 4 kW Generator: 120v 60 Hz. with Super Silent Technology. Genset coolant is coupled to truck coolant for warm starts in cold conditions. Powered by a Kubota Z482 twin cylinder diesel. Produces up to 50 amps at 120v with a noise level rating of 48 decibels at 20 feet.
  • Additional Battery Capacity
  • Rear Backup Camera
  • Heat Exchangers to Work with Diesel Hydronic Boiler, for backup heat
  • Built-In Coffee Maker
  • Fire & smoke detector/alarm
  • Extraction Mats mounted on rear, qty. 4
  • Spare Tire mounted on rear with manual hoist


Bath with hardwood

Dinette with large window.


Electronics Panel

Fridge with side drawers

Fridge with side drawers. Protective film is left on the fridge for transit.


Impressive Galley

Under bed storage

Access to under bed storage


Closet and drawers.

Bed view

View of the hall from the bed.

Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar travels include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. He lives in Prescott, Arizona IG: @scott.a.brady Twitter: @scott_brady