Why You Should Rent a Storyteller Overland MODE 4×4 Van Before You Buy

Mike and Karla Hayes and their cat Foxy are the perfect example of why you should rent a Storyteller Overland MODE 4×4 before you make the jump to purchase. They rented a Storyteller Overland Beast MODE 4×4 van on GoCamp for three days before they purchased a 2023 Beast MODE of their own.

During those three days, they travelled around Flagstaff, Arizona. Unfortunately, their trip wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. A storm cell left them spending most of their time inside of the van instead of exploring all that Arizona has to offer. That said, it was a great opportunity to get acquainted with all that the MODE adventure van has to offer.

“Fortunately our three day trip was chock full of cold temps, high winds and plenty of rain (and even snow). Fortunately you ask? Yes, because it forced us inside for the better part of 72 hours — a true torture test of vanlife,” writes Mike.

The Hayes’ trip is a perfect example of what GoCamp has to offer those looking to “try before you buy” a camper van. So, why try a MODE 4×4 adventure van? Read on for three reasons we think you should try out these awesome rigs!

a side view of a Storyteller Overland Beast MODE 4x4 with a ladder drives down a dirt road on a sunny day

Rent a Storyteller to Test Out Downsizing

In Mike and Karla’s case, they were downsizing from a 33′ Class A motorhome. That’s a big transition going to a 21′ Class B camper van.

If you’re going to consider #vanlife full-time, whether you’re downsizing from a house, apartment, tiny home, or an RV, it’s a transition. Renting a camper van before you buy one can help soften the learning curve that comes with living in a Class B vehicle.

Maybe you’re just considering buying an adventure van for your weekend jaunts and vacations? Don’t underestimate what it’s like to travel in this space. It’s a big adjustment from the hotel / Airbnb life. But give it a few days in a rental and we’re confident you’ll love it!

And if you’re used to camping in a tent… Well, you’ll likely never want to go back.

Try Out the Features

Will you actually use the toilet? The shower? Keep the Groove Lounge up or put it down and use it like a couch like Mike and Karla?

Storyteller Overland MODEs are packed with top of the line features. Here are the features you can expect in their 2022/23 models.

  • Dreamweaver™ Bed/Convertible Work Surface
  • GrooveLounge™ 2-Seater Convertible Sofa Bed
  • MODE COM 11″ Full Color Touchscreen Control System
  • Removable Upper Cabinetry
  • High Powered Ceiling Intake/Exhaust Fan
  • Dimmable LED Ceiling Lights
  • Dimmable LED Under Cabinet Lights
  • Dimmable LED Cargo Area Lights
  • Cabin Air Conditioner
  • Diesel Fired Heating System
  • Water Control System
  • (8) 110V Outlets
  • (6) USB Ports
  • (3) 12V Outlets
  • Garage Cargo Area w/ L-Track
  • Side and Rear Door Bug Screens
  • Privacy Shades for All Windows
  • Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • Sheep’s Wool Insulation

Get Experience Boondocking

Storyteller Overland MODE 4×4 vans are built for the back roads. That means you can travel and camp far from over crowded campgrounds. We recommend renting a MODE before you buy one so you get experience packing your water, food, supplies, and gear to explore off-grid.

Then, when your new MODE arrives in your driveway, you’ll be ready to just hop in and go on your first adventure as a van owner!

A Storyteller Overland Beast MODE 4x4 drives through the hot, dry desert

Want to read more about the Hayes’ “try before you buy” experience?

Read their trip report here. And you can visit their blog to read about why they did end up purchasing a 2023 Storyteller Overland Beast MODE.

Rent a MODE

Did you know? GoCamp has nearly 40 Storyteller Overland MODE 4x4 adventure vans available for rent.

Whether you want to try before you buy or need a van that can handle a big adventure, click the link below to browse MODEs all over the country!