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Building an Overlanding Vehicle Series

If you’re reading this, chances are that you have a 4WD and are interested in Overlanding. In this series of articles (contents below), we will discuss the key points in turning your standard 4WD into a vehicle that you can use for Overlanding adventures. Some of the articles will cover items which are essential such as tyres and recovery equipment, whilst others will cover things that will make your adventures more enjoyable. Before we get into it, what do we mean by “Overlanding”? Probably the best description that we have found is as follows.

“Overlanding describes self-reliant adventure travel to remote destinations where the journey is the primary goal. Typically, but not exclusively, accommodated by mechanized off-highway capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping; often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and often spanning international boundaries. While expedition is defined as a journey with a purpose, overlanding sees the journey as the purpose.

Overlanding is about exploration, rather than conquering obstacles. While the roads and tracks we travel might be rough or technically challenging, they are the means to an end, not the goal itself. The goal is to see and learn about our world, whether on a weekend trip 100 kms from home or a 10,000 km expedition across another continent. The vehicle and equipment can be simple or extravagant - they, too, are simply means to an end. History, wildlife, culture, scenery, self-sufficiency - these are the rewards of overlanding.”

Here at 4x4Explorer, we have travelled extensively throughout New Zealand, the French and Italian Alps and the Pyrenees. In writing this series of articles, we have largely drawn on our own experience, having built vehicles both here in New Zealand and in Europe. Over the years, we have developed our set up to suit our needs. This process is one of continual improvement and change. What suits us, may not suit you, so feel free to take the ideas and build what works best for you.


Building an Overland Vehicle: Contents


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