GXV exclusively uses Armor Vision windows. These windows use dual-pane glass that is burglar, scratch, and fade proof with high thermal qualities. They are flush to the exterior and have dual stainless-steel locking points for extra security. These awning-style windows slide down mid-point to the horizontal position for ease in cleaning from the inside of the vehicle. Integrated privacy blinds and mosquito screening provide 100 percent sealing with no gaps for insects to get through. Optional stainless-steel protection plates provide security and protection if you plan to ship your expedition vehicle to another country. All entry door and compartment hatch cover latch mechanisms are integrated into the body panels with a three-point stainless-steel latching mechanism. This provides a high level of security as well as strength and durability.

GXV utilizes efficient marine grade wiring and electrical components to maximize available power and minimize electrical consumption. Typical flooded batteries can only be used to around 50 percent of their rated capacity without damage to the battery and also need to be located in a vented exterior compartment due to the hydrogen outgassing during charging. AGM batteries remove the outgassing element and offer a bit more useable amp-hours before battery damage occurs but still aren't perfect. GXV utilizes lithium-ion batteries, which are the ultimate, although quite expensive. With lithium-ion batteries there is no outgassing and the full rated amount of the battery capacity can be used.

Solar panels and optional wind-powered generators provide recharging power through an Outback MPPT charge controller to help keep these batteries charged up. In addition to an Outback 2,800-watt true sine wave inverter, many units are equipped with a diesel-powered generator to provide AC power whenever needed. Expedition vehicles rarely plug into shore power, but dual external power inlets are provided to accommodate either 50- or 60-Hz utility power when available. GXV units are dual voltage capable.

Plumbing needs are met by a 125-gallon fresh-water tank and 25- gallon gray-water tank. A cassette toilet is provided for convenient waste disposal when traveling overland. All plumbing is installed inside the vehicle to prevent any possibility of freezing when camping in cold weather. A water filtration system is provided, and filling the fresh-water tank from a stream is possible via a water pump and the microbiological drinking filter installed at the kitchen sink. HVAC systems consist of a 15,000-Btu air conditioner with heat pump and a Webasto hydronic heating system that also serves as an engine block preheater. Domestic hot water needs are met by an Isotherm hot-water heater, which is heated by the Webasto boiler.

Interior and Amenities

The interior of our particular Safari Extreme was finished with quarter sawn teak cabinetry with four coats of hand-rubbed varnish. The flooring was oiled teak. The dinette window was installed in a natural opening wall. This panel can be opened to give you a much larger opening so that you can take in a larger view or bring more of the outside ambience into your RV. This is a real plus when viewing wildlife or just taking in an awesome sunset and is a photographer's dream come true.

The galley is furnished with marine grade components. A stainless-steel sink is recessed into the granite counter top while a microwave/convection oven is located in the cabinetry over the two-drawer stainless-steel refrigerator/freezer unit. The drawers latch into place for travel and, unlike traditional hinged doors, prevent any food containers from falling out when the fridge is opened after travel. Interior cabinets are also made with locking latches. A simple push of the button locks the cabinet or drawer and prevents it from opening during travel.

If you're the kind of traveler who wants to truly explore, overland travel is a great way to see the world. Overland travel is gaining in popularity and the annual Overland Expo is a great place to introduce yourself to this kind of travel and meet with other overlanders. Global Expedition Vehicles is an excellent choice to custom-build an expedition vehicle tailored to your needs. GXV's owners are seasoned overland travelers and fully understand what works and what doesn't and can use that experience to help design the perfect vehicle for any prospective buyer. The UXV on a Ford F-550 or Dodge 5500 series domestic pickup truck chassis of your choice is perfect for domestic travel or for getting into small rural towns when traveling abroad. The Safari Extreme and Global Traveler series on Mercedes chassis are perfect for international travel, while the Patagonia and Pangea are designed where a larger vehicle is desired and can be offered on any choice of domestic or imported heavy-duty chassis, including eight-wheel drive if you want to go whole hog. Extraordinary travel requires extraordinary vehicles, and Global Expedition Vehicles can certainly meet those needs.

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