Survival Basics on Mercedes 1017 Chassis

Survival Basics mounted on a Unimog U-500. Shown with optional Armor Vision™ Windows



Survival Basics is an adaptable Expedition Body that will fit a large variety of truck chassis. Survival Basics is also adaptable to your budget. We will custom build Expedition models from 10 feet to 27 feet in length. This model is called Survival Basics, but it is anything but basic when compared to competitive units on the market. GXV goes the extra mile on durability, using 60mm composite sandwich body panels and marine grade components. We can custom install this body on your supplied chassis or ask our professionals to locate a chassis for your specific travel requirements.


Global Expedition Vehicles are much more than an extreme off-road RV.

Whether you have a journey or destination in mind, our vehicles are designed and built for self-reliant travel to remote parts of the globe. With our Expedition Vehicles, count on engineering that will withstand treacherous off-road routes and extreme weather conditions.

All GXV off-road RV’s are built with marine grade materials and components, which are superior to the usual 4×4 motor home standards. With GXV quality, the ruggedness of back-road travel will not transfer into the interior of our off-road camper.

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•   Survival Basics 16′ 6″ Standard Floorplan   •

Complete Specifications

Survival Basics Expedition Body

  • Body dimensions – Standard length is 16′ 6″.  Standard width 96″.
  • Custom lengths from 10 feet to 27 feet
  • Body Construction – Composite Sandwich 60mm body panels.  A highly insulated structural core sandwiched between interior fiberglass reinforced polyester (see details on website engineering page)
  • Entry Door with Window and 3 point Stainless Steel lock system.
  • Seitz® window Integrated Blinds and Mosquito Screen in Windows
  • Stainless/Aluminum Entry Stair System, Manual Operation
  • LED Marker Lights
  • Rear of Body Squared for Maximum Storage
  • Underbed Storage Compartment with Left and Right Access Doors
  • Entry Door with Window and 3 point Stainless Steel Lock System


Body Options

  • GXV exclusive Armor Vision™ windows (see details on engineering page)
  • Dometic Skylight with integrated blinds and mosquito screen
  • Cab-to-Cabin Access


Survival Basics Interior

Interior Dimensions

  • Length: 16′ 1″ (4902mm)
  • Width: 91″ (2311mm)
  • Height: 6′ 7″ (2006mm)


Kitchen / GalleySurvival Basics, 16.5 ft (1) copy

  • Laminate cabinets with laminate countertop
  • Positive locking-latch equipped drawers & doors
  • Stainless Steel Sink with Single Lever Faucet
  • Cooktop: Single Burner Induction
  • Refrigerator (3.2 cu/ft) / Freezer Combination (.4 cu/ft)
  • Convection Microwave with Grill, Bake and Roast (1.2 cu/ft)
  • Upper Cabinets


Bed Area

  • Premium Queen Inner Spring Mattress (60″ x 80″)
  • Upper cabinets above foot of Bed area
  • 12v and USB outlets


Wash Room

  • Wet Bath with Stainless Steel Sink and Shower
  • Thetford® Cassette Swivel Toilet
  • Teak Medicine Cabinet with Mirror


Interior Finishes

  • Cabinets – Laminate 
  • Countertops & Table – Laminate
  • Flooring – Commercial Vinyl
  • Walls – White Washable surface 
  • Dining Booth – Fabric or Vinyl


Interior Options

  • Refrigerator Upgrade to 2-Drawer Stainless (Refrigerator 3.7 cu/ft, Freezer 2.7 cu/ft)
  • Countertops of Solid Surface
  • Extra Upper Cabinets
  • Bunk Bed, stowed at ceilingGXV 16.5ft Basics, Wetbath with Cassette Toilet (2) copy


Utilities and Technical

  • Marine Grade Wiring with Sealed Connectors Throughout
  • Custom Blue Sea Control Panel for Systems Management and Monitoring
  • AC Source Selector for Generator or Shore Power Charging
  • 12v with 120v, Consisting of Shore Power Inlet and Interior Outlets
  • Outback 2500w Inverter/Charger, 120v
  • 2ea Solar Panels, 200w. Total 400w
  • Outback MPPT Solar Charge Controller
  • Automatic Circuit Breakers for all 12v DC and AC Circuits
  • 765 amp Hour, AGM Batteries (3 batteries @ 255ah each)
  • Energy Efficient LED Lighting



  • Webasto® Dual-Top Diesel Air Furnace & Water Heater.  Variable from 5,100 to 13,300 BTU
  • Exhaust Fan with temperature settings & rain sensor
  • 9,000 BTU Air Conditioner

Water Supply / Plumbing

  • 90 gallons Fresh Water Supply (340 liter)
  • Water Pump – Variable Speed, 4.5 gpm (17 lpm)
  • 28 gallon (105 liter) Gray Water
  • PEX Water Piping Installed within the Cabin Envelope


Audio-Visual System

  • Available as an option


Utility and Technical Options

  • World Charger to allow for battery charging from non-120v power
  • Additional 200w Solar Panels & AGM Battery Storage
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Wall Mounted LED HDTV, 12v on Adjustable Wall Mount
  • Mobile Audio System: CD/DVD & AM/FM Radio, USB, Bluetooth Sound Bar
  • Microbiological Water Purifier


Base Price: $189,000 USD

Please call for further details – (417) 582-5050

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