Overland Car Talk – All you Want to Know about Overland Vehicles
How do we deal with car troubles in the middle of nowhere? Where and how do we find workshops? What have been our favorite workshops on our overland journey?
Learn about our favorite overland recovery gear and equipment – we’re talking
winches, rooftop tent, air filters, and, of course, tires!
Meet the overland communities and
Land Cruiser communities throughout the world. Enjoy stories about other overlanders’ rigs, whether 4×4 or 2×2.
This is part 3 of a 3-series story on how to keep your overland vehicle on the road. Find part 1 here and part 2 here. At the Chilean Automobile …
This is part 2 of a 3-series story on how to keep your overland vehicle on the road. Find part 1 here. In India, our jar with bolts saved our …
This is part 1 of a 3-series story on how to keep your overland vehicle on the road. In 2003, we acquired a well-used LWB (long wheel based) 45 series …
So what’s the story, fat or skinny tires? In this blog post we share 13 opinions from experienced overlanders. From the beginning of our journey, 17,5 years ago, we’ve had …
Japan’s enthusiastic Land Cruiser community was dedicated to making our journey in their country memorable in every possible way. Their mission was successful. They managed to get us a tour …
Coen had gotten an address of Yakmobil, a company that designs and manufactures custom boxes for (off-road/overland) vehicles. It is situated outside Ulaanbaatar. Our visas were about to expire and …
I remember from our planning phase, in 2003, that Coen was much charmed by a Land Rover Series—one of the earlier models. I, on the other hand, had no clue …
A typical campfire discussion: Land Rover vs Land Cruiser. The pros and cons, jokes about the other and the passion for your own. The stories are never ending, including the …
Covid-19 screwed up the tradition of having our annual Overland Reunion in May, but who cares? We made more than up for it last weekend (late August). Probably because so …
“Holy shit, they are not working!” There is panic in Coen’s voice as he slams on the brakes. I hold my breath and feel how the Land Cruiser increases speed. …
What can happen with your winch if you don’t use it regularly and don’t do any maintenance?
Land Cruisers produced in Brazil, equipped with a Mercedes-Benz engine and called Bandeirantes?! What started with a perplexing photo in Uruguay grew into a fascinating story in Brazil. In 1984, …
In our Uzbekistan Budget Report we detail our road-trip expenditures on documentation, fuel, the Land Cruiser, camping, and more.
What do you do as full-time overlanders (travelers) when Covid-19 spreads across the world? Despite everything we saw happening in China last winter, how many of us realized this might …
How can you keep your overland vehicle safe without breaking the bank. Here are low-budget car safety tips and tricks.
In our Kazakhstan Travel Budget Report we detail our road-trip expenditures on documentation, fuel, the Land Cruiser, camping, and more.
How can you not drive with functioning brakes for 8 years? It was time to get to the core of the issue and fixe those brakes.
Full time overlanding in a LandRover Defender 130 called GrizzlyNbear, rock climbing and hiking. Here’s how Leigh and Stephanie do it.
Both enjoying careers at home while loving (long-distance) journeys, Marijke and Joost share how they combine work and travel.
Our Tajikistan travel budget report, detailing travel expenditures during our road trip including documents, fuel, camping, car workshops.
Russia Travel – Tips on preparing for a long-distance road trip in Siberia during winter; how to stay comfy in your overland rig.
Our Kyrgyzstan travel budget report, detailing travel expenditures during our road trip including documents, fuel, camping, car workshops.
38 Years and new to camping when setting out on a 6-month overland journey from Europe to Central Asia. How to deal with fears of camping?
To buy new AGM or Gel batteries we drove to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where we also found a place to weld a new battery box on the chassis.
What is the favorite recovery gear on our overland journey, and what do we like about the overlanding essentials? The winch, hi-lift, saw?
At age 13, the book First Overland inspires Chris to overland to Asia. Here are Chris & Charlie, driving from the UK to Australia.
Ever heard of Guyana’s Tapirs? Take a look, they are quite a sight. But they are not at all what you’d expect. No wildlife, but cars!
When a joke becomes reality and you raise your thumb to hitchhike to China, and in Kyrgyzstan you buy an old Lada Zhiguli to drive back home.
Tips for a Rear-door, All-weather Protection, DIY Awning. A car awning for your overland vehicle to protect you in sun and rain.
You like to do an overland trip, you want to visit the Japan Rugby World Cup, and you turn sixty. Why not combine all? Meet Mark & Sue.
The Land Cruiser Restoration is coming to an end. Almost 100 days since we disassembled the Land Cruiser, we have our home on wheels back.
olombia is home to many old Renault 4s and Coen is a happy man. News in 2019 about the prototype of an electric, convertible e-Plein Air.
Two months in a city, it’s unusual for us. We have things to do in Bishkek! The Land Cruiser needs an overhaul and we’ll meet overlanders.
The Land Cruiser renovation is progressing with difficulty. Bureaucratic hurdles, renegotations and car part shopping in La Paz.
How to keep mosquitoes out of your overland rig and face? Here is our car mosquito netting, homemade mosquito repellent and more tips.
Is it miscommunication, cultural differences, or something else? Our Land Cruiser Restoration in La Paz, Bolivia, quickly goes pear-shaped.
Meet Wamuyu and Dos from Kenya. They started their journey in, Africa, are driving up the Pan-Am, and intend to motorcycle around the world.
After 7 years on the road, part of the chassis broke off. A restoration of the Land Cruiser was required and we found a workshop in Bolivia.
Become part of Landcruising Aventure with a DIY customized Paper Cruiser. Easy to make, fun kids as well as adults. Here’s how to get one.
Each year, an Overland Reunion is organized in the Netherlands (Twente). What type of overland event is it, for whom, and how to sign up?
Every year, past, present, and future overlanders – long-term (world) travelers with a private vehicle – meet in the woods to catch up and share during our overland reunion.
Roll-up blinds, blackout shades, insulation material and, while we’re at it, mosquito netting. Here are our car window shades for the Land Cruiser.
Travel information for your overland journey to Mongolia: budget, roads, gas stations, camping, and more in our Mongolia Travel Guide.
Can’t miss them: the vintage cars in Uruguay. Take a look!
Check out these inspiring solo women motorcyclists traveling across the world and what they have to say about their favorite motorcycle tool.
In our Russia Budget Report we specify our expenditures for documentation, public transportation, fuel, the Land Cruiser, and accommodation.
A flashback to the first Dakar Rally in South America. In the company of Argentineans we found a perfect spot to watch the spectacle.
Discussions abound on what is the right overland tire. Coen summarizes 15 years of overlanding in the 8 sets of car tires we bought, and why.
With 15+ years of experience on the road, Coen shares what he finds important when buying starter batteries for overland travel.
Romance Factory in South Korea saved our day, our trip, and potentially lots of other vehicles – they fixed the car’s failing brakes.
What requirements do women have for an overland vehicle? Is their must-have overland gear about colors and design or is there more to it?
Money matters, documentation, sightseeing, fuel and gas stations, car maintenance and more in our Japan Travel Budget Report.
These adventurous overlanders travel in a 2WD overland vehicle: a Mini, a TVR Chimaera, on a Vespa, and more.
From an Eezi Awn we switched to a Carpas Anaconda. Why? What do we like about rooftop tents, what not, and how often have we used them?
Rooftop tent, RTT, roof tent, car top tent: different names for a bedroom on our home on wheels. Why one do you buy, and why?
s a 4WD overland vehicle a must when traveling the world? Opinions differ and here are ours on the pros and cons of four-wheel drives.
Do you need four-wheel drive when driving in South America? Here are our impressions and experiences about needing a 4WD.
Do you need a 4WD when driving to Asia? Some feel a 4WD is a must, others don’t. Here are our experiences.
Finally it was happening, the Land cruiser 40 Meeting East, a major Land Cruiser aficionado event in Japan that is held annually in June. We had been thrown into Japan’s …
The Land Cruiser returned the factory where it was built in 1984: Toyota Auto Body, in Toyota City. Next, the Toyota Automobile Museum.
This year’s turnout has not surpassed previous Overland Reunions. And we’re happy with that as we feel we have reached some sort of sweet spot. You can wander about and …
As we weave our way through urbanized Honshu, we stop in Hiroshima, make new friends and kill the clutch in the middle of the highway.
The Land Cruiser returned to its country of birth, Japan, where on Kyushu Island we are spoiled by Friendee Auto Workshop.
November 29, 2016. We make new friends, admire hellish-looking ponds, and have our first car accident in 13 years on the road.
In Kyushu we joined the 19th Land Cruiser’s Festa near Mount Aso. Among so many BJ40s and BJ45s, our Land Cruiser was right at home.
Underground, above the ground, on foot, or varying from using 1 to 4 wheels or more. See the fascinating, nifty, and fun ways of traveling in South Korea.
The annual overland reunion in the Netherlands (2016) in photos.
This is part 3 of a 3-series story of the third overhaul on the Land Cruiser and how we remodeled the car with a water tank, sink, and a whole …
After 12.5+ years on the road we switched from water canisters to a water tank and sink. Here’s how we did it.
To get the Land Cruiser’s bodywork welded was the first challenge in the overhaul. In Guyana we succeeded, sort of: meet the 5 welders.
Overlanding in Venezuela: making new friends and becoming part of Destinos Inteligentes for a weekend.
Photos, impressions and information on the Overland Reunion 2015 in the Netherlands.
We met Academia 4×4’s founder in Bogotá and joined him for one of the fun and exciting competitions he organized: the Duel of Couples.
Part 3 in the series Problem Solving on the Road, this time focused on the car workshop in Quito, Ecuador.
A workshop is more than a collection of cars that need to be fixed. In fact, you could see it as a place of art.
As the years go by the wear and tear of the Land Cruiser continue. A while back driving off roads became less pleasant because my door increasingly rattled. First I thought it was the placement of …
With 70 past, present and future overlanders we had lots over info, adventures & challenges to share during our annual Overland Reunion in the Netherlands.
Problem solving on the road, at a car workshop in Ecuador to be exact, continues with stories on idler shafts, gearbox dismantles, and tires.
It started with an odd sound, it ended with new leaf-springs, and the transfer box taken down. Here’s part 1 of our car repairs in Ecuador.
As Coen inspected wheel nuts on Ecuadorian vehicles he noticed many were missing; what does this say about car mechanics?
Weird sounds and friction came and went for years. To get to the bottom of this we visited a workshop in Peru: Fire Wheels workshop in Lima.
Our Land Cruiser’s air filter rusted through. How did the car get to sport a fancy air filter like the Donaldson Full-View Pre-Cleaner?
Is it wise to do an 4×4 Off-road Training before your overland travels? We thought so and took a private course. Here’s what we learned.
From traditional road maps we moved on to the digital version: How do we use our Garmin GPSmap 60CSx in our overland trip?
Hella Marine Netherlands has been extremely supportive of Landcruisingadventure and has supplied us with Hella LED lights – read more how we use them.
Tips on where to get your car fixed, on what to do in case of a major repair (overhaul), and tips on where to find workshops in Bolivia.
During Landcruising Adventure’s 8th overland reunion overlanders met in the Netherlands to share stories & tips on exploring the world with their vehicle.
You think you need a 4WD to drive the Americas? Julie & J.B. show that you don’t. They drove in beautifully modified Citroën 2CV Fourgonette!
Overlanding in Asia in a unique set of vehicles. Check them out.
Searching for an excellent car workshop in South America? Here’s an impression of Ernesto’s immaculate garage, in La Paz, Bolivia.
When one of your batteries blow up and you’re in the middle of nowhere and find the kindest people who help you and trust you.
Rust is a never-ending issue with our Land Cruiser. A welder finds the creative solution of fiberglass repair where welding doesn’t work.
After the aluminum welding was done, it was time for projects that required welding stainless steel. Luckily we found the right man for this.
Aluminum welding is not a matter of course, let alone finding people who know how to do it properly. Luckily we met the Jeepeiros in Bélem.
New country, new impressions. In Guyana we appreciate the gesture of welcome when in need of getting a flat tire fixed.
The 18-hour SOL Adventure Rally and the 4-day Savanna Rally focus on the savanna of Suriname. We joined the dozens of teams and conquered our own challenges.
A Toyoteiros Charity Rally near Salvador da Bahia, to help bring attention to the needs of the nearby village of Maracangalha.
After the Land Cruiser’s overhaul we take it to Copacabana, Bolivia. There, right along Lake Titicaca our overland vehicle gets is blessing.
When the blinker breaks off because the fender is too rusted, we know the Land Cruiser needs TLC – time for fender repair in South Bolivia.