the ford transit, were you unaware, just so happens to be america's bestselling van. it has an all-wheel drive version, which also means it's more capable—and alabama-based camper-van builder storyteller overland, builder of the mercedes-benz sprinter–based beast mode, is taking advantage of that. the company is now offering a transit-based version of its entry-level mode van, called the mode lt.
the mode lt uses a transit with a 148.0-inch wheelbase and ford's 3.5-liter turbocharged ecoboost v-6, which puts out 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. storyteller overland describes the mode lt as a capable enough off-roader; the awd transit, they say, is not for "rock crawling or hyper-aggressive off-roading." still, it is capable enough for "leading you up to tahoe for a weekend ski getaway or carrying you and your crew down a backcountry gravel road for a night of boondocking under the stars."
storyteller does not have pictures of the mode lt interior yet. however, the company says it will sleep three passengers. features like the groove lounge and the hidden interior halo shower system will carry over from the mercedes version; the mode lt will also offer a portable cassette toilet, a microwave, a refrigerator/freezer, and a portable induction cooktop. exterior amenities include a roof rack, a side-mount ladder, a powered awning with dimmable leds, and 90 watts of solar panels (which can be expanded to 600 watts).
pricing for the storyteller overland mode lt starts at $153,748, making it about $4000 cheaper than their classic mode 4x4 with a sprinter. another advantage is that because the mode lt is a ford transit, it has access to ford's massive dealer network for servicing. buyers can place orders at a storyteller overland dealer. the company says mode lt vans will begin shipping in late 2021.