The Vans and Campers of Overland Expo East

Overland Expo is a fantastic event for so many reasons. It’s a place to meet world travelers, make new friends, eat great food, and learn new skills. You can take classes in driving, find new ways to pack, get advice on planning your trip, and even receive tips and tricks on how to cross a border in Africa when the guards are less than accommodating. Basically, if you look hard enough, you can find information on just about anything overland at this event, but there’s one thing you won’t have to look hard for, and that’s cool vans and campers. They’re literally everywhere, from massive 6×6 trucks to old-school pickups and brand new Sprinters. While we didn’t have time to capture each one, we did manage to snap photos of a few of our favorites. So without further ado, here’s a look at the vans and campers of Overland Expo East 2019.

There were some truly spectacular builds at Expo East this year, but this Ford was, without a doubt, one of our favorites. Was it perfectly polished and restored? No. But was it authentic and unique? Absolutely. This truck had more character than most of the show’s vehicles combined, and we couldn’t help but love it for that.

If a more polished and reliable Ford suited your style, then Goose Gear’s FiftyTen F-350 would certainly have caught your eye. We have a full-length feature story coming out on this shortly, but let’s just say that it performs even better than it looks.

The Storyteller Overland Sprinter was definitely one of our favorite off-the-shelf “RV” options at the show, probably because it didn’t look or feel anything like one. They come standard with a Front Runner roof rack and powered awning, solar, massive battery banks, four-wheel drive, a side access ladder, and an interior that quite frankly, is head and shoulders above what most folks are offering. Oh, and the icing on the cake? They’re available through a nationwide dealer network with RV financing.

 

Main Line Overland had some seriously fantastic builds at the show, like their Range Rover Sport and Safari Porsche, which you can see here, but I dug the simplicity of this Tacoma and Four-Wheel Camper combo. It had just the right amount of capability to get you out into the backcountry in comfort without spending loads of cash on modifications.

As usual, Sportsmobile showed up with two stellar rigs: a Sprinter, and one of their new Sportspmobile Classic E-Series vans. Each offers impressive off-road capability, a comfortable interior, and the reputation and quality that has made Sportsmobile the company they are today. You can more about their E-Series builds on our feature vehicle story here.

General Tire had one of the best Jeeps of the show in their booth. This tan JK with an Ursa Minor top was giving us some serious vehicle envy.
It may not really be a rooftop tent, but who cares? This thing is awesome.
We’re not quite sure who this camper belongs to, but we’re willing to bet they could read your fortune.
This Defender is pretty much perfect. Hop in, turn the key, drive around the world.
The OK4WD Colorado Bison was already one of our dream rigs, but adding a fireplace and chimney to the camper took it to the next level.
Just getting a look at Four-Wheel Camper’s new Project M shell was hard enough, but getting a clean shot of it was impossible. People were all over this thing!
The Thule/Tepui van remains one seriously cool truck, and I don’t think we will ever get tired of seeing it.

AT Overland had a boatload of Habitat and Summit campers at this show. They were in the vendor area, scattered through the campgrounds, and generally popping up everywhere you looked, including on the Adventure Imports and Maxtrax Gladiator.
They were far from alone in the wedge camper category, though. Alu-Cab, Go Fast Campers, and Vagabond Outdoors all showed up with sweet rigs in various booths and parts of the campground this year.
In addition to the Storyteller Sprinter, another off-the-shelf option was present from Winnebago. Their brand-new Revel looked great, and we actually had to hold people back to get a clear photo of it. You could say it was just a little popular.

As much as I liked that new Revel, this older model with bigger tires and more modifications made me love it more. I can’t wait to see what the new model will look like with a similar kit.

If you didn’t see the feature we did on this beautiful custom Series III Land Rover, you need to check it out. You won’t be disappointed! Check it out here. 

   

We figured we would top things off with this rig. Don’t get us wrong, we like big trucks, but holy smokes, does this thing have a lot of gear. That’s an expedition truck, towing an off-road double-axle trailer, hauling a large storage box, two kayaks, a roof tent, UTV, and a motorcycle at the very back. Sometimes less is more, and based on the for sale sign by the truck, this owner might agree.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Managing Editor.