110+ Must-see Overland Vehicle Builds with Full Parts Lists

Our comprehensive collection includes more than 100 detailed overland vehicle builds that our team reviewed and featured since 2017. Spanning all budgets and vehicle types, from vintage SUVs to custom 4×4 vans. Get inspiration and look up detailed parts list for each build below!

Station Wagons Crossovers SUV Trucks Vans Custom Budget Builds Guides By Make

Station Wagons

AWD Crossovers

Crossovers are becoming increasingly popular platforms for overland vehicle builds. With the right modifications like skid plates, all-terrain tires, and suspension lifts, crossovers make excellent overland expedition vehicles for those who don’t require extreme rock crawling capabilities (Check out Best Off-Road Crossover Guide here). Some of the best examples of overland crossover builds can be found in this section.


SUVs are a mainstay of overland vehicle builds due to their inherent cargo capacity, ground clearance, and available four-wheel drive systems. Full-size SUVs like the Toyota Land Cruiser, Jeep Wrangler, Ford Expedition, and Chevrolet Suburban have long been popular platforms (Check our Best Off-road SUV Guide here). Their body-on-frame construction and solid rear axles are ideal for off-road use, while spacious interiors and extensive aftermarket support make them comfortable habitats for extended overland travel.


Trucks are hugely popular overland platforms thanks to their rugged construction, immense customizability, and immense hauling capabilities. Mid-size Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, and Jeep Gladiator, as well as full-size trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, RAM 1500, and Toyota Tundra offer plenty of payload and towing capacity for gear-heavy expeditions. Their body-on-frame design paired with solid axles make them highly capable off-road when modified with lifts, tires, skid plates, and differential lockers. Some of the best overland truck builds are represented in this section.


Vans have become wildly popular platforms for overland vehicle conversions thanks to their spacious cargo capacity perfect for building out customized camper interiors (Check out VanLife guide here). Full-size vans like the Ford E250/E350, Mercedes Sprinter, and Ram ProMaster offer cavernous space to create a livable habitat on wheels complete with beds, kitchens, storage, and power systems.

Custom Conversions

For those seeking the ultimate in self-contained overland vehicles, custom conversions on heavy-duty truck platforms deliver. Massive 4x4s like the EarthRoamer and Global Expedition Vehicles are based on commercial trucks like the Ford F-550 and utilize diesel power to haul multi-ton campers loaded with every possible amenity.

Budget Builds

You don’t need the most expensive vehicle to start overlanding. With some creativity and elbow grease, budget-friendly platforms can be transformed into capable overland rigs. Older SUVs like the Toyota 4Runner, Isuzu Trooper, and Land Rover Discovery can often be found for cheap and make great overland builds.