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 bodies from 10 feet to 20 feet in length. This body 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 SCS body panels and marine grade components. We 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.

Our 4wd camper when built on a Mercedes Unimog chassis can burn any mix of diesel fuel including High or Low Sulfur diesel, and/or bio-diesel found in the world, making this expedition vehicle a true go-everywhere vehicle. Please read the info on ULSD

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Complete Specifications

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Survival Basics Body

  • Body dimensions – From 10 feet to 20 feet in length, width 8’, height is custom
  • Body Construction – SCS (Structural Composite Sandwich) 3 ply body panels.  A highly insulating structural core sandwiched between interior fiberglass reinforced polyester (see details on website engineering page)
  • SCS Panel connections are made by a 1344 # per square inch adhesive bond
  • SCS Wall thickness 2.36″ (60 mm)
  • SCS Floor panel with 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)
  • Splash guards mounted in front and behind rear axle
  • Stainless/Aluminum Entry Stair System, Manual Operation
  • LED Marker Lights
  • Rear Luggage Compartment, with 3-point lock
  • Spare Tire Carrier with Manual Winch mounted on rear of body

Entrance Door / Storage Compartments

  • SCS entrance and storage doors, 2.36’’(60mm), integrated into the body walls
  • Double seals with heavy duty 3-point lock
  • 3-point Stainless Steel safety cylinder locks, keyed alike
  • Stainless steel hinges on all doors
  • 2 – Under Body Lockable Aluminum Storage Compartments (Left & Right), 1 Contains Gray Water Tank

Windows / Skylights

  • Seitz® window Integrated Blinds and Mosquito Screen in Windows
  • Dometic Skylight, with Integrated Blinds and Mosquito Screen


Body Options

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


Inner Dimensions of the Cabin

  • Custom


Kitchen / Galley / Dining

  • Adjustable Table
  • Converts into 2nd Sleeping Area
  • Cushion Covers: Cloth
  • Euro-Look High-Quality White Cabinets with Maple Trim
  • Laminate Countertops
  • Stainless Steel Sink with Single Lever Hot and Cold Water
  • 2 Burner Propane Cook-top
  • Refrigerator with Freezer
  • Convection/Grill Microwave
  • Ample Overhead Cabinetry/Storage Areas Under Booth Storage Areas


Bed Area

  • Queen-size Bed Area
  • Clothes Closet
  • Under-bed Storage Area


Wash Room

  • Wet bath with integrated shower
  • Cassette toilet
  • Counter with sink
  • Medicine cabinet with mirror
  • Exhaust fan


Interior Finishes

  • European GRP Wall Finish
  • Flooring: Engineered, Laminate or Plynyl®
  • Colors and materials may be chosen by client


Interior Options

  • Webasto Diesel Cooktop
  • Built-In Coffee Maker
  • Solid Surface counter-tops
  • Specialty wood for cabinets
  • Vinyl wall covering
  • Custom flooring
  • Custom upholstery
  • Large under-bed lighted storage compartment
  • Magazine rack


Utilities and technical


  • Controls for Systems Management and Monitoring
  • 12v with 120v Systems, Consisting of Shore Power Plugs and Interior Outlets
  • 1-180 watt Solar Panel
  • 120 volt Inverter
  • Automatic Circuit Breakers for all 12v DC Circuits
  • Breaker Box with Automatic Circuit Breakers & Interrupters for all 120v AC Circuits
  • 510 amp Hour, AGM Batteries
  • Voltmeter for Control of Battery Charge Level
  • Battery Separators to Allow Isolation of Truck to Cabin Batteries, While Allowing the System to utilize the Cabin Batteries in Starting the Truck, should the Truck Signal Low Amperage
  • Battery Main Switch with Overload Interrupter
  • Low amperage draw Florescent Lights, Coupled with  LED Spotlights
  • Flexible Arm LED Reading Light with Touch On/Off Feature and Night Light



  • Propane furnace


Water Supply / Plumbing

  • 150 gal Fresh Water Supply (570 liter)
  • Water Heater
  • 23 gallon Gray Water Poly Tank (87.4 liter)
  • PEX Water Piping Installed Within Cabin Envelope


Audio-Visual System

  • Available as an option.


Utility and Technical Options

  • Powder-Coated Aluminum Roof Rack
  • Hella 4000 Driving Lights
  • LED Reading Lights at Dining and Bed
  • European Lighting Control System-technology allowing all cabin lights to be controlled from back-lit Touch Panels. Includes dimmer and programmable features including a “welcome home” setting.
  • Motion-sensor LED light above at entry door
  • Radiant Heat Flooring
  • Audio-Visual System with CD/DVD/Tuner, TV, Powered Antenna & Speakers
  • KVH Satellite Dish
  • Backup Color Camera and Monitor
  • 230V Power System with Inverter
  • Additional Battery Capacity
  • Webasto Diesel Air Furnace
  • Webasto Hydronic Boiler and Heat Exchangers for backup heat
  • Air Conditioner, 13,500 BTU
  • Evaporation Cooler
  • Water Filter System
  • Extraction Mats mounted on rear, qty. 4
  • Spare Tire mounted on rear with manual hoist
  • Spare Tire & Rim
  • Front Spare Tire Carrier
  • Electric Winch with Front Bumper
  • Rear Bumper with Trailer Hitch
  • Body Graphics Package: The GXV Art & Design department can assist you. You may even be able to use your own photos!


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