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  1. After our Trans-Africa and South America trip, I had taken a more relaxed view of the topic of "safety on the road", at least for our overlanding trips within Europe. Of course, we prepared for eventualities, thought through possible incidents and our possible reactions to them. I would never have thought that even after more than 400 nights of lonely wild camping, the pump could go so badly again - even on a seemingly tranquil trip in Europe or Spain. We were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, on a deserted beach in Spain. Article: In the wrong place at the wrong time - pure adrenaline - https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/05/in-wrong-place-at-wrong-time-vanlife-wildcamp-overlanding Not only was my ticker going - I was scared. Afraid that this was not going to end well. And with our reaction - we probably didn't improve safety for other travellers wild camping on the beach. The article is also available in german language Surfy
  2. Thanks for the hint! Here is the link to the Blog in english language: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/03/travel-tip-4x4-adventure-in-thailand-by-rental.html Surfy
  3. We had a wonderful off-road adventure in Thailand. It's been quite a while, but while rummaging through my data I stumbled across photos and our travel diary - and have incorporated this into a travelogue. The country offers a lot, apart from fords, rivers, dusty and muddy tracks. We were there in the dry season, in December - in the rainy season (May to October) many of our dirttracks would not have been possible at all, with a rental car with street tires. Friends of ours were on our tracks in 2018 in January and are still raving about their trip on their own. Outside the tourist areas, you can experience a much more untouched Thailand. Probably it is more a teaser than a travelogue. I try to show that we can live an adventure, without a lot of preparation or even to own a 4x4. And that you even dont have to spend a lot of $$$, to get addicted by that way of travelling, an 4x4 overlanding adventure. To travel solo abroad, without beiyng in a group - is part of the adventure in my eyes. Link: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/03/travel-tip-4x4-adventure-in-thailand-by-rental.html The article is also available in german language Surfy
  4. Surfy

    We’re back!!!

    Too the dog seems to be happy! Whish you nice trips with both of them, dog and rig!
  5. Another french overlander got jailed in 2020 in iran because of using a drone. We Overlander should avoid to fly them there. Specially if we do carry a passport labeled with one of those (military) actors against the 'axis of e...' Jailed for 8 Years, 8 Months - that is pretty long term. trippin
  6. I received a belated Christmas present from myself, an Ecoflow River Mini Wifi. I hereby announce a small Review - but I still need some time for it. If you have any test scenarios, just let me know here in the forum, via PM, or directly via blog. The first impression is quite passable in terms of performance, but it's already foreseeable that not everything is quite as rounded as it was with the big River Pro from the crowdfunding campaign in 2020. But: the thing is small, light, handy - and the key data (including USB-C with 100W) should be sufficient for travel purposes. I'm curious! The bigger River Pro was still too powerful, so I try again a downsizing for weight/space inside of my rig. Surfy
  7. There are some pretty deep detailed reviews around for the travel buddy: It is a device you should start using at driving time, because it needs an huge amount of time. And it is depending on the voltage you can optain, Those reviews are linked inside of the article. With those values - you should be able to do a pizza. Yes, at the restaurant they use 300 (c) degrees - and it is more cripy. But it works. At expo are more statements about those ovens. I love the engine bay solution - I have to do a basic test by myself too - using aluminum foil to cook something there Happy new year @ all!! Surfy
  8. After over 68350 miles of international overlanding (110`000km) with the rig showed above, done in the past 9 years it is definitively time for an analytic view. Which mod wouldnt we do again, which mod would we install on a newly buildup? From a Transafrica to journeys in Europe, Iceland, South America I had a lot of different terrain to use those mods listened below. My list of mods isn`t short: - Snorkel ( +Higher various types of venting ) - Front bar - winch - Ground anchor - Underride protection - Differential locks - Maxtrax sand plate / recovery - Larger tires (33") - Mudterrain tire tread (MT) - only 1x spare tire with rim - Spare tire carrier at the rear - Air heater (air vs water heater I explain below) - Additional fuel tank 180Liter - Heat exchanger to the engine (hot shower) Which mod was helpful? Which one was waste of money? Which one was really bad? And why? I did wrote an Article about: Mods I wouldn`t do again for overlanding or vanlife Here is the map of the journey till today: Surfy
  9. Good to see that nothing more happened! Wish u a quick recovery! Surfy
  10. Thanks for the Alternative! Too my 2nd Trasharoo is end of life, but was too abused with a lot of firewood (weight) during many of my trips.
  11. I often regret that shipping from australia is so expensive? I did detect an well working 12v oven. https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021/11/the-small-12v-oven-for-overlanding.html I want it... Also when my roadlife did more consist out of Campfire and BBQ - baking the own bread, using the self sufficent solar power - sounds too nice... The pricetag - is a bit crazy. I did survice the last 10 years without Pizza during overlanding - but.... trippin
  12. Absolutely jaelous - here in europe those are hard to find and pretty expensive! Surfy
  13. 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
  14. 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
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