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How To: Getting Water in Mexico Part 2

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I wanted to quickly update my original post on getting water in Mexico.  Although water purification centers seemed to be everywhere in Baja, we’ve had a bit more difficulty finding them on the main land.  It’s not that they don’t exist, it’s just that the towns on the mainland are bigger and more crowded.  In addition, many of the purification…

The XPCamper Build

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We’ve been living full time in our XPCamper now for 6 months!  This isn’t just stationary, plugged-in, on the grid camping — we’ve put over 15,000 miles on the rig as we explored Canada, Alaska, and Mexico.  My point is this: the rig is receiving a lot of wear and tear.  We’re popping the camper up and down at least…

Merry Flippin Christmas – A Letter from Boris

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Dear Jonny,
What do you think your playing at mate?!
I’ve been faithfully carrying you around the Central Asian continent for 8 months now and how do you repay me? You get us stranded in Zahedan, Iran. The one country in the region where you can’t access any cash to buy your way out of trouble, and the one region…

Disaster Strikes in Iran, The Nightmare before Xmas (in Zahedan) & The 6 Disciples of Boris

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I’m finally in Iran
(just over the border from Pakistan, Iran)
I received a friendly welcome from the Iranian border guards and was directed towards immigration and customs. They took my paperwork and told me to sit and wait. 2 hours later I was free to go. Well, free to go with an escort. They weren’t over just yet. Baluchistan…

How To: Getting Water in Mexico

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The XPCamper is quite amazing in that it holds a massive 70 gallons of fresh water.  Before we crossed the border into Mexico, we filled it up to the top.  How long does 70 gallons of water last you in Mexico?  I estimate that we used about 75 gallons of water the first 30 days in Mexico (about 2.5 gallons per…

The Badlands of Baluchistan, A Braking Boris & Holidaying in Quetta

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Bahawalpur Estate where the BBQ was held
(Bahawalpur, Pakistan)
Armed with my Iranian visa I set off for the border. Seven smooth days with no problems, then I’d be out of the region’s trouble spots and safely in Iran enjoying the famed hospitality I’d heard so much about.
My first stop on the tour of Southern Pakistan was the city…

An Outback in the Outback

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If you’ve been a fan of Central Overland for a while, then you know I can be a bit cynical about over-baked trucks and SUVs. Having every possible widget on the finest possible platform is simply not imperative to overland travel. (I hope you’ll humor me by ignoring the fact that I drive a Slee-built Land Cruiser.)
This video will…

Rock Auto To The Rescue

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By Scott
Before starting our trip to South America, I spent a couple months and a couple thousand dollars getting El Tigre ready for the journey. Most of that money was spent at RockAuto.com. Despite their barebones website, their prices, speed of delivery, and customer support is excellent (by the way, we are not sponsored by anyone).

Oops

They recently…

EVENT: Vermont Overland Trophy 2013

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For the FULL event details and best pictures check out my article on Motus:
VOT 2013: That Mud Tastes Like Maple Syrup!
This was the inaugural Vermont Overland Trophy and I was asked by Alex of Columbia Overland to join his team to help with photography, social media, navigation and physical challenges. I drove up from Maryland in the Sportsmobile…

Securing the Rig – Part 2

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As mentioned in my earlier post, Securing the Rig (where I talked about window security film), we did a couple other things to help improve the security of our vehicle.
Reading other travel blogs, we found that a common way to gain entry is the feared “screw driver attack.”  Basically, the thief punches a screw driver right through the car door, just…

Our new home

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We’ve been living in the XPCamper for two months now, and we’ve put over 7,000 miles on our truck.  So, how’s everything working out so far?
Diesel Powered Stove & Heater
The stove, heater, and water heater in the XPCamper run on diesel fuel.  There is a 3.5 gallon fuel tank in the back of the XP (it isn’t connected…

Securing the Rig

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After reading dozens of blogs and reading about vehicle break-ins, we decided we really needed to beef up the security of our rig.  There are several common weak points that thieves exploit, but the most common were the door locks and the windows.
The simplest method thieves use is to break the windows of the vehicle.  This isn’t subtle, but…

Crossing into Thailand from Laos with Your Vehicle (At Vientiane / Nong Khai)

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I recently crossed into Thailand from Laos at the Vientiane / Nong Khai border. As I was after a 60 day visa for me and my truck I thought I’d share the process I went through.

Exit Vientiane
Drive your vehicle as far to the front as possible then park and get out. Head to any of the offices with your…

U.S. Customs Crushes Land Rover Defender

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I hope you’re not a fan of Defenders.  If so, you probably don’t want to watch this video.
In Baltimore last week, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol sadly destroyed a Land Rover Defender 110 which it seized in April after discovering that it had been altered to appear older than it was.  Shocking as it may be, it’s not an…

Maximum Risk…

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We are finally leaving the campsite and on our way to the USA. We should be there in a few days to meet Mum.Another piece of good news is we’ve sorted our auto insurance for the USA. We have been dealing with the ex-pat department at AIG Insurance. Dealing directly with the underwriter so this is much easier than the…

Progress! Exhaust, Gauges, and Fiberglass Fender Install

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Exhaust Install

1.75″ Walker Front Pipe – 31321
Walker 31321 Manifold Gaskets x2
1.75″ x 2.25″ Walker Reducer
2.25” Magnaflow Stainless Steel Universal Catalytic Convertor – 91005
2.25” Magnaflow Stainless Steel Muffler – 13255
2.25″ x 10′ Length of Straight Pipe
2x Universal Muffler Hangers
1x 1.75″ Muffler Clamp
4x 2.25″ Muffler Clamps

I would have preferred to have a…

Keys to Gauging Overlanding Vehicle Reliability

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This article is part of a series titled  Selecting the Perfect Overland Travel Vehicle.

 
Watching this really jogged my brain back into action on this series.  A half-million miles total, with about 125,000 of them off-pavement?  And not one significant breakdown?  That, in a 23-year-old nutshell, defines reliability.
It also defies logic.
Most of us will never spend that much…

Lust: GXV Safari Extreme

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Need some extra leg room? How about some extra off road performance? Is your Winnebago just not extreme enough for your hardcore overlanding needs?  The glorious maniacs over at Global Expedition Vehicles can help you out with their GXV Safari Extreme.

Typically built on a Unimog U-500 or BAE SD-Brazos frame, the Safari Extreme will make you the raddest dude in Dogtown (or the Serengeti or Antarctica or…

China Part 3 – The Slow Road to Happiness, The Flood, and The Great Chinese Dumpling Challenge

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The morning after the accident was a slow start. Nobody was sure what to expect. None of us had ever been in this situation before. Still there were things to do. I needed to fixed Boris’ right rear spring. I’d been driving on it for over 1000km, and a solution need to be found before I disabled my car even…

BFG 255/85R16 tyre review, Shorty’s Back in Joburg from London – 25500 kms later

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Terrains travelled, traversing roads

Terrains travelled, long roads

Terrains travelled, desert roads

Terrains travelled, snow roads

Terrains travelled, snow roads

RE: The BFG MT’s report:
So Shorty, the Toyota short wheel base has just arrived back in Johannesburg from London after leaving on the 19th January 2013. The interesting thing is that we drove the same roads so our tyre…

A Quickie Update From Costa Rica

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I guess we should never be surprised when we have vehicle problems, considering we drive on lots of pretty rough roads. Over the past couple of weeks Scott has had his nose under the hood and under the truck much more than normal. He recently replaced the fuel filter, air filter, and oil filter as part of his regular maintenance…

A Closer Look at the XPCamper

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When people first see the inside of our XPCamper, typically the first thing they say is, “Wow!  It’s just like a boat!”
It is like a boat in many ways!  There are very few sharp corners on the XPCamper–almost all the corners are smooth and rounded.  The composite shell looks a lot like a boat, and has a pretty low…

Vehicle Performance is Paramount

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This article is part of a series titled Selecting the Perfect Overland Travel Vehicle.

Vehicle performance will have an impact on every trip you take.  Anyone who has spent time behind the wheel of a heavily-laden Vanagon has a story to tell about being passed by an old lady on a Hoveround during a routine hill climb.  Conversely, those of you with keys…

Problems with the car…

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So, having some bad luck with the car at the moment, meaning at the moment we have left Russia and returned to Sweden, we took excited back into finland and took the ferry to Stockholm while we work out what to do. Didn’t expect the car to have so many issues after just a few hours on relatively good Russian…

Uzbekistan Part 2 – Russian Teachers, Samarkand’s Delights and Tashkent’s A-List Mechanic’s

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My Russian teachers Rukhshona 4 and Ezoza 6.
Samarkand is a famous historical city and one with many of its great architectural buildings still in excellent condition. I’d heard a lot about it from other travellers so I was looking forward to the visit. It was also only a short 300km drive which made for a gentle and relaxing 4.5 hour…

Vehicles of Overland Expo 2013: OTHER COOL RIGS

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When is a 6×6 Pinzgauer not cool? NEVER!

More amazing overland rigs from Overland Expo 2013! There are so many cool rigs out there that people have modified for overland travel that don’t fit into the categories already talked about (Vans, Land Rovers, Toyotas, Jeeps & Big Rigs). This post is to highlight those other options that you might not…

CruiserFest 2013

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What
From planning a cruiser expedition to adventure photography, hone your skills or learn something new at one of our Land Cruiser skills classes. Visit the first ever Land Cruiser Heritage Museum – an extensive collection of iconic Land Cruisers. The Cruisers on display range from a 1959 FJ25 to a 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser VDJ78Rs being used for the Expeditions…

Vehicles of Overland Expo 2013: BIG RIGS

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This was the year of the Mog at Expo for sure.

The big rigs had a big presence at Overland Expo 2013 with the Unimogs taking center stage with a big display/gathering at the center of the vendor area. The big trucks dropped a lot of jaws with their sheer size, plethora of features, luxury amenities and price tags. It…

Vehicles of Overland Expo 2013: TOYOTA

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The fabled badge known for quality & reliability world-wide.

Toyota was out in force at Overland Expo 2013. I think almost every type of 4×4 Toyota was in attendance, except the venerable Hilux. The Tacoma and 80 Series Land Cruisers were for sure the most plentiful. From stock to heavily modified overland expedition rigs, they were all there. It is…

How Much Off-Road Capability Can I Live Without?

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This article is part of a series titled Selecting the Perfect Overland Travel Vehicle.

Overland travel, or overlanding, is not the same as a road trip.  Although improved roads, highways, and [gasp!] interstates will undoubtedly be part of each of our travels at some time or another, so too will be some remote backcountry exploration.  These parts of our trips will place…