Overloaded: a dangerous oversight, or a necessary evil?

I’ve been thinking about weight a lot lately. No, not my body weight, though I could gain to trade a few pounds of fat for muscle. I’m talking about vehicle weights, specifically gross vehicle weight ratings. “The gross vehicle weight rating, or gross vehicle mass is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified […]

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four-wheel drive the new vs. the old

In principle, four-wheel drive is a pretty simple concept. Power from the engine is sent through the transmission to a transfer case that sends power to the front and rear wheels. In the last couple years, traction control, antilock brakes and stability control programs have become integrated into modern four-wheel drive vehicles, vastly improving their […]

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Why is Overlanding in the U.S. so expensive?

Over the last few months, I’ve been following an interesting trend in the U.S. overlanding communities. Heavily overbuilt rigs with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment strapped to them, and I can’t help but think how unnecessary all that is. I’m not saying that the heavy steel bumpers, big 35-inch tires and roof-top tents […]

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Our Adventuremobile

Meet our Adventuremobile, a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. We picked up the Jeep back in March 2016, with a little over 50,000 miles. For what we were getting, it was a steal… or so we thought, we’re still finding problems a year later. Those problems haven’t prevented us from taking this vehicle to some […]

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Is less more? Why downsizing can the be right solution

The space in my trunk where a great big footlocker containing all my camping gear, tools, and other equipment now sits empty. Actually, I can’t remember the last time my trunk was empty that thing was always in there. Removing the foot locker was a difficult decision. Throughout my childhood, this same footlocker, packed with everything […]

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Overlanding? What makes the perfect rig?

Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal.  Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road 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 spanning international boundaries. Source: Wikipedia I’ve […]

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Lessons learned in off-road recovery

In the last six months, I’ve learned a lot about driving off road. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes, and getting stuck has often been the consequence. Getting stuck off road can’t always be avoided. Tricky terrain can leave you stranded if you don’t have the right equipment and skills. So, before you head […]

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How do you drive off road?

How do you drive off road? It’s a question many 4×4 owners ask themselves. There’s a lot of skill and experience that goes into successfully navigating a vehicle over treacherous terrain. Learning to drive off road takes time and practice. Sometimes that means making mistakes. You won’t really know how to really handle a situation […]

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