Wilderness Vans Ventures Into the Custom Camper Realm

Photo By: Wilderness Vans

Turnkey overlanding rigs are never cheap, but if you’re not the DIY type and still have some of the proceeds from your GameStop cash-out, the folks at Wilderness Vans have two new Grid Series overlanding rigs that may be of interest.

Photo by Wilderness Vans

Photo by Wilderness Vans

Photo by Wilderness Vans

Photo by Wilderness Vans

Photo by Wilderness Vans

Photo by Wilderness Vans

Based on Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis-cab platforms, Wilderness offers two base models with either a regular (F-450) or extended cab (F-550) chassis. Of course, the difference in pricing means a difference in features as well, but Wilderness Vans offer a wide range of interior options for both builds, so base prices should be considered guidelines more than anything.

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Unlike some other chassis-based builders who use carbon fiber boxes, Wilderness Vans builds their living spaces on an aluminum floor with a full aluminum box with strength and support based on a grid system, thus the name. They say they’ve perfected the process by building emergency and commercial vehicles over the last 40 years.

The Wilderness Vans website details the multitude of interior options and floor plans they offer, with expected bits like solar panels, a bathroom/shower, kitchens, heaters, A/C, battery packs for power, and apps to control it all. Snazzy interior wood finishes are also available. 

Photo by Wilderness Vans

Photo by Wilderness Vans

Photo by Wilderness Vans

Photo by Wilderness Vans

Photo by Wilderness Vans

However, the real innovation comes at the back of the Grid enclosures, which includes a large garage with a slide-out rack that will accommodate a pair of bicycles (or other large things) and another vertical storage space perfect for skis, snowboards, fishing gear, water toy paddles or other tall gear. Once tucked in, both storage lockers close flush and lock to keep gear out of sight and help keep mud or other detritus out of the camper and truck. 

There is also locking storage under the camper shell, simplified spare tire access, 68 liters of water storage and a 14-liter hot water tank, and a very wide variety of options to choose from. Prices start at $270,000 for the regular cab F-450 or $350,000 for the extended cab F-550 platform.

Photo by Brett Willhelm

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