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    Land Cruiser 200 (J20) D4D V8
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  1. At the summer of last year, we was very lucky to be able to travel. Not many countrys in europe did allows travelling during the first covid lockdown... So we was very lucky to be able to travel in sweden for three weeks! Here is our trip report with a lot of pictures: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021/03/vanlife-and-overlanding-in-sweden.html Surfy
  2. Oh, pooor Jeep! Surfy
  3. That many owners of travelling vehicles are fighting the weight with too much load is pretty common. That even travellers with Roof top tents have to take care, is less known. Not all cars are able to carry a roof top tent (RTT) under offroad conditions. Because the offroad calculation change the bill. Here is the calculation for a Ford Ranger Ute: 75 kg roof load capacity, 50kg on-road, 33.5kg offroad allowance. I try to collect the calculations for different cars and models together at the same place. Even for on-road trips you have to choose your RTT wisely to staying legally, the most roof top tent are above 50kg. Details of the calculation with the weight of different RTTs and diffrerent roof racks you find here: Article: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021/03/roof-load-weight-and-roof-top-tent.html Please consider the weight for your Buildup at a early planning stage. Surfy
  4. After some discussions about data crawlers and privacy I did try to do a writeup, about how you can get privacy. I want to show with that - that most of us dont have any privacy jet. And that it is not easy to get privacy, without starting new virtual identities anywhere.. At Facebook, at Offroadpassport and similar. Article: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021/03/howto-avoid-that-datacrawlers-can-catch-you.html I try to write in a easy understandable way, did a kind of very simplified presentation which can discussed controvers at detail, but hopefully helps to understand. Personally I try another way than staying complete anomyous. I try to sepearate the Data I`m providing to different providers. If you are using google, google drive and gmail you give any information just to one provider. If you split them (at example outlook.com for email, using startpage.com for websearches and Apple for Cloudstorage) the picture about you is incomplete (for each Datacrawlers). The mess about privacy is, that Crawlers are not really interested who you are. If you are using this "anonymous" device with new Accounts at Facebook, Insta, Youtube and use them daily lat logged in state - you will get too the custom advertising they assume out of your interests - like before... So to be honest - if you really dont want to feed the Datacrawlers - dont use them... No FB, no Offroadpassport, no smartphone Hope that help a bit, for understanding how privacy can work. If you dont want that your provider knows what you do - vpn will do the job. But that is not enough against the Datacrawlers.. And yes, I did start to publish my content too in english: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/ Hope without too many spelling failures?! Surfy
  5. No others like to test the App here? in Europe, Asia or even south america are more users online than in the us Here are the link to the Appstores, for those who dont want to read the review: https://www.surletapisduvent.fr/travelersmap/travelersmap.html Surfy
  6. Good everything runs well! For that I did carry a Delorme (Garmin) inReach at 2012 at my Transafrica and at 2015 for my south america journey. If something went wrong, you are happy you just have to press "sos" and a help signal with coordinates are sent automatically. Travelling without out of cell coverage is asking for the darwin award - at least in my eyes.... Surfy
  7. Happy Birthday from switzerland! Surfy
  8. Which one’s AWD system is better in large premium SUV class? You’ll find the answer in this video: Land Cruiser 200, GLS 450, LX 570, QX80, Range Rover, BMW X7, G63 in absolutely stock configuration: https://www.4x4tripping.com/2021/02/2021-Video-Vergleich-akuelle-SUV-offroad-fahigkeiten.html?m=0 Do we still need lockers on newer cars with 4x4 drive? Guess most of us - not... Surfy
  9. For my Trips like Transafrica, south america and europe I did use an MT Tyre, the Cooper STT 285 / 70 / R17 As long they are not aged, they was ok in Snow, good on roads and very good a muddy terrain. Rated till 99.4 mp/h (160 km/h). But unfortunately they are end of life. Also with my decent offroad usage - over the past 8 years and 68000 miles, too many roads was used. The next Plan is to driver the Transsibiria, the northern path compared to the silkroad. There I will hit roads like the BAM / ROB Video which may be harder than the stuff I did in the past. What tyre would you mount for tracks like this? Depending from the long wheelbase my car is a bit to big and heavy for that purpose, but because of the availability of spares tyres in remote ares - I probably should stay with 33" on 17" Rims. Definitively it has to be an MT, also if there is maybe 50% road on that journey. My Cooper STT are end of life New there are available: Cooper STT Pro or Cooper MTT Evolution. This is the Tyre Pattern von the MT Evolution: Does anyone has used this tyre? What tyre would you use for that purpose? Surfy
  10. Food for 4 days bring some weight.. packitgourmet.com like mentioned will be lightweight and is a meal. Add too Jearky dry meat, student food Surfy
  11. Wow, cool Mileage! And completely stock configuration! Guess I never will get such a deal - too much customisation on my Landcruiser. Surfy
  12. Thanks for the hints 4x4tographer! The rules get more any year. Starting from 2021 you need a flying licence in Europe (EU). With exceptions for drones below 250g. m Not so heavy to optain, but for a foreign traveller another thing wo has to be prepared. Surfy
  13. Here I did collect information about travelling with drones. About people who got fined, got to jail and the rules. It helps to be prepared. This Map by visualcapitaslist helps to get an idea about where more preparations is useful. If you are not on a worldtrip - you will need more preparation. Then the details counts too. That Equador raises a heavy fee is well known, that drones are forbidden at the Galapagos (Equador) or at Machu Picchu (Peru) - such stuff is not shown. Too such a map will outdate pretty soon, or is already outdated. Article: Travelling with a Drone On a worldtrip it is not possible to prepare any country that detailed! Sorry for all who think thats has to be done - we can talk after you did a >10 country and 6 months trip about. I did too link a video about - why it is beautiful to document your journey too by drone. There is a translate Button to the right Surfy
  14. Very funny! Thanks for sharing it. We dont need lockers, we need transformers! Surfy
  15. Also clean overlanding has his own limits. Even if anyone dig his sh*t - what most of us would call "clean" or zero trace. If enough people will visit the place - it will be over-used. There are solution around for that purpose too: https://www.4x4tripping.com/2020/05/die-perfekte-reise-camping-toilette-wc.html My opinion: For places with higher people count and an landscape who needs more time for regeneation, the gouverment should organice facilities/estrooms/transbins and cleaning - and an entry fee... Surfy
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