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    Land Cruiser 200 (J20) D4D V8
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  1. Most of us are not satisfied with just working, we take care of our relationship, we meet family and friends, do hobbies and participate in clubs, go dancing on the weekend, to the theater, cinema, fine dining, and do sports. If you think that a long-term trip automatically brings a good balance, and analyze the whole thing a bit, you will quickly realize that there are also some things to consider when traveling. Our mind requires a certain amount of stimulation in order to feel fulfilled. This is where the work-life balance analyses that have been explored more deeply with the increasing burnout/boreout syndromes in our modern society help us. Of course, these are not issues that come up when traveling for 2-3 months. But that can happen quickly on longer trips. Article: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021/10/travel-sickness-from-boredom-travel-weary.html I hope my english is understandable, because it is not my national language. And hope it helps some traveler out there. Surfy
  2. After 115`000 Overlandingkilometeres in the past 10 years the familly is growing () and I have to sell (), because we cant travel with more than 2 Persons in our travel setup the same way. After doing a Transafrica (Europa-Kappstadt over the west (Mali, Nigeria, Congo), a half year in south america (u.a. Chile, Bolivien, Peru) and journeys in Europe and Iceland like you can see on the map below. The travelsetup is well approved, extremly comfortable, quiet inside (too with muddies), well designed, the Land Cruiser is in excellent condition. I did offer the Land Cruiser fully equipped, travelsetup with all equipment. A full list you will find on a link below. Specs: Modell: Toyota Land Cruiser 200 (J20) V8 Diesel Year: 2011 Buildup 2011-2012 (first overlanding trip at 16.9.2012) Kilometers done: 117`000km (72700 miles) Location: Switzerland It is an land cruiser 200 with european specs - hydraulic suspension with allows to lift and lower the car, to adjust the dampers. The Suspension is upgraded and provide excellent road and offroad handling. Here the short specs: AHC (Active Hight Control), Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Crawl, JBL 14-speaker system, Iphone Integration, USB Connection, Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Navigation, Anti-theft system, Sunroof, 11 Airbags, Pre Crash Safety System, Four-zone automatic air-conditioning, Pollen filter / Clean air filter, Active Traction control (A-TRC). The Engine is an 4.5l Diesel TwinTurbo V8 who has 286 PS/HP, 210 kw and 650 Nm - a dream to drive! He is equipped with an additional fuel tank, a winch, difflocks, 33" mud terrain tyres, sand ladders, ground anchor, a well sorted recovery kit, airbag lift, sideawning and an roof rack. He is currently at Toyota Nestle for the regular servicing/maintenance and is sceduled for the swiss MFK/TÜV at the end of august 2021. Details you will find here: Landcruiser 200 D4D V8 for Sale short description & Pricing english Landcruiser 200 D4D V8 for Sale full specs & Pricing (german) In the back of the Landcruiser you have a bed which allows you to sleep comfortable too with 1.95cm height, comfortable bed, fridge, freezer, watertank, hot water & external shower, foldable toilet (and tent), Side-Awning with 4 sides, and last but not least a clever fresh air concept in the car. The car Location is Switzerland, but after 5x international shipping in the past, I have the experiences to ship (or drive) him worldwide. Testride is just possible in Switzerland, Zurich. Overlanding-History: There are some threads here around my travels: I guess that you dont often see an car offer, which that many Pictures, Links, Blogs - which will show you if you would like that Setup for Overlanding. As I did ship the car severall times I am able to ship (or drive) it too to international locations. Surfy
  3. Thank you all for your input! I was able to collect some more international Plattforms, I dindnt know bevore! Surfy
  4. The principle is simple: a website allows landowners to offer an exclusive pitch in nature for a fee. The landowner has an opportunity to earn extra money. The landowner decides himself about the daily fee and what he wants to offer. Only a pitch, or also electricity and water, WC, shower, fireplace, firewood, Internet. A website operator provides a website, database, calendar function and credit card billing. Probably even a app for smartphones. He takes care of the maintenance of the data, takes care of reliable landowners, satisfied users. And he takes care of marketing, social media and gets a share of the fees. This is not a utopia, but a well-established business in Switzerland and Germany, for example. It could be a great business idea to ask the operators for a licence or partnership and offer it in your country? For me this is a win, too as traveller. Specially that I can legally can get a place exclusively just for myself or me and my friends. Would this work too in the US? Maybe it exists and only I don't know it? Article: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021/07/legal-camping-in-nature-alternative-to-campsites.html Surfy
  5. Why does the faraday cage not protect the electric too? Surfy
  6. I travelled over 70`000miles around the world with a V8 Diesel I bought new in 2011. People are asking me whether I would choose gasoline over diesel again for a trip around the world based on my knowledge as of today. This is in times where many countries forbid older diesel engines in larger cities. Smaller engines and car exhaust gas cleaning systems may have an impact on the reliability on fuel with less quality. And in times where the electric / hybrid cars still aren`t an option for real remote travels. Who did watch "Long Way Up" about the Panamericana with an electric Harley Davidson on Netflix TV? As normal travellers we cannot afford to order a huge truck to bring an electric generator into remote locations, like the team of Ewan McGregor did it in the TV documenation. Travellers from the US start to take gasoline based cars, travellers from Europe started to use diesel cars with downgraded emission standards or manipulated DPF in the near past. Also another question we have to think through - if we like to take an older or new vehicle. And we have to look how the vehicle emission standards develop, over the last years. And should we take a new rig with more security features like ESC, airbags, pre-crash system - or an old vehicle with less electronic? Which one is easier to repair, for which one do you get easier spare parts in countries in South America, Africa or Asia? Article: Diesel vs Gasoline for an worldtrip? Above are my thoughts. All in all, I would go for a new build-up with a new diesel rig today. What would you do? Surfy
  7. Do you mean the heat exchanger or general? The heat exchanger is from Helton. The vehicle build up is documented in my transafrica blog: http://transafrica2012.blogspot.com/p/die-schlafplattform.html Surfy
  8. This is my hot shower setup since 10 years, by using a heat exchanger to get hot water when the engine is running. Here I did start to collect solutions and components for a hot shower by gas, diesel, 12v, 110v/220v and solar at this link: US Market: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021/06/hot-water-and-shower-for-vanlife.html European Market (german): https://www.4x4tripping.com/2021/06/heisse-dusche-fuer-Overlanding-Vanlife.html For portable shower solutions the us market delivers more stuff, for components for DIY Shower Projects, Water Boilers (geyser) - the european market delivers more, therefore both are listened. Funny to try too get an overview over the international market. Like at example the Ironman 4×4 Eco Pressure Shower from south africa is sold a DrPrepare at the US market. trippin
  9. I was so lucky to be able to work on my rig! And to test my new power setup at severall trips I did went the way with crowdfunding to get one of the Ecoflow R600 Pro. Lucky me, because it will not hit the market with lifepo4. But the Ecoflow River Pro is near the same with Lithium batterys. The shipping did arrive late, at december 2020. I did remove my 95 AH Battery, a 25a DC DC Booster, a 600w Sine-Inverter, MTTP Solar charger, a Wall Charger and cables - it was 35kg - 77 lbs where I did spent around 1500$ 10 years ago. And I just add this small and lightweigt Ecoflow device with 8.5kg / 18.7lbs what isnt near that expensive. Here is my detailed review and new setup: Vanlife offgrid power solution with solar - [Leaving Land Cruiser Club] It is a perfect fit for overlanding purpose! Did was able to stay a week self-sufficent offgrid just with solar (and still full batterys afterwards). Would work too in a boat, a tiny house or similar. There are severall competitor products - but no one was able to fulfil our need that well. trippin
  10. I never did finish the trip description in english - time during corona to complete! --------------------------- I had lost a lot of time, had to be in 4 days in La Paz where my GF will arrive. And I had to head back - many miles more in front of me. Had a lot of fun while pushing over dirttracks - having fun has mostly their own cost.... After 4 hours having a lot of fun, with pushing with speed over dirt - something broke: My engine hood get hood hangs crooked. Later I recognize that that Part is broken: Toyota Parts 53420-60050 Hood Hinge Assembly How easy will the replacement be in Bolivia? Hopefully I`m able to follow my plans with tight timeframe.... I got it welded at a small mechanic at the road side - and did drive again with a bit less speed in direction of bolivia. Blogpost of the day in German with more pictures: PPP und die Panamericana With doing more harder offroad stuff - and with speeding in dirt my repair bill starts to get more expensive: These Parts wasnt available in Salta and my german mechanic has listed the repair parts till today - and my GF will try to bring them from Switzerland, if the parts will arrive quick enough. 53420-60050 Hood Hinge Assembly 43,24€ 88710-6B580 Tube Assy, Air Conditioner 340,91€ 88460-60400 CONDENSER ASSY 499,15€ That is was can happen - if you have fun during offroad driving.
  11. I did too wrote about recently. Never use the tow ball for recovery. You never know before, how much power will be necessary. In the Article is not just pictures and videos about what can happen... You find links to deadly accidents too. Article: Don`t use the tow-ball for vehicle recovery The article is too available in german language. Be always careful with 4x4 recoverys - just use gear who is rated for that purpose. Surfy
  12. @4x4tographer Thank you for mention the frontrunner tank! That looks pretty similar to my custom made one - I had bought 9 years ago. It was around 660$ to buy... And your link is the first one, who is pretty affordable - and also easy to strap them down. Above you can see, how they is mounted too. Surfy
  13. Very nice fotos! Like the idea for taking a fee for track maintenance and keeping a track clean! Optionally putting some trash bins, restrooms - even with optional fireplaces and firewood - would be a dream. Would hope to see something like this here in europe too! It did start in some mountain tracks between french/italy/switzerland - with just a fee - and no goodies jet Surfy
  14. I did detect this kind of flexible water tank inside of a facebook group recently. I really like this solution compared to other ways of water storage. They are a perfect mobile solution, easy to install and remove. And no water noise out of the tank, compared to classic water tanks. Article: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021/04/flexible-watertank-or-water-bladder.htm There I start to collect links to competitors too. Which water tank solution do you use? Feel free to add a comment here or at my blog - i will add them too. I guess the water tank gains on priority when you start do do extended trips. For weekends a jerry can is enough capacity for most of us... Surfy
  15. 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
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