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Transfer Flow’s Toyota Tundra 46-Gallon Replacement Gas Tank

November 24th, 2014 There are few things more important while traveling than having enough fuel. Mileage between fuel stops varies in different parts of North America, but in the rural West, long distances between filling stations are displayed on road signs to alert drivers. I’m merely referring to our paved scenic byways, if we include the long-distance travel needed to reach some backcountry routes, then the total capacity needed to complete a loop, or just return to the nearest station, adding fuel capacity… read more »

Stocking Stuffers

November 23rd, 2014 While the most important thing this holiday season is time with friends and family, I am frequently asked for gift suggestions, often for the adventurer that has everything. Here is my top 10 recommendations for awesomeness this Christmas. . 1. Snow Peak GigaPower Torch: $39.95 There is nothing else sold for $40 that will make you more of a campground hero and aspiring pyromaniac than the GigaPower Torch. Spending 20 minutes preparing the perfect Boy Scout teepee fire thingy is dumb. The… read more »

30 Years of the Gelandewagen

November 23rd, 2014 Originally featured in the 2009 Gear Issue of Overland Journal - Few auto manufacturers can lay claim to producing the same model for three straight decades. But that’s exactly what Mercedes-Benz is doing in 2009, with the 30th anniversary of the Gelandewagen—its construction uncompromised, its styling conservative—even severe—but timeless, its configuration adaptable for any situation from a battleground to a Vienna opera house.   The venerable Gelandewagen longs not to be part of current fad, but may well upstage the vehicles… read more »

Backcountry Discovery Routes Launches Membership Program

November 22nd, 2014 Seattle, WA - (November 19, 2014) - Since 2010, the non-profit organization Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has inspired thousands of adventure motorcyclists to take advantage of the riding opportunities available in the United States.  BDR has produced five backcountry routes for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel.  These routes include feature-length expedition documentaries, maps, free-planning resources and GPS tracks used by thousands of motorcyclists each year.   Now, Backcountry Discovery Routes is announcing its Membership Program! The goal of the BDR Membership Program is… read more »

SOS: The Full Report – Part Two

November 22nd, 2014 The damage was pretty bad. My rim was horribly bent. The steering rack was once again split in half and this time the passenger side mount had been ripped off the cross member. The brake line was destroyed and so was the CV axle and the bleeder valve on the brake caliper. I knew that I needed my dad. We had just gone through this and we knew how to fix it and how to trailer it. But he was 500… read more »

Front Runner Expander Chair

November 20th, 2014 People love new features on their products. Each year manufacturers of every type and class make just enough changes on their products to make consumers think they HAVE to have it, Apple anyone? While I’d like to think our industry is exempt, it may be the biggest offender of all. Want a ten-room tent with cup holders in the walls, screened front porch, and skylights? They’ve got it. Need an oven or deep fryer at your camp? No problem. How about… read more »

A Budget Overlander, Forester Part III: Kitting It Out

November 20th, 2014 The first time I packed up the Forester for an overnight camping trip the rear end sagged down to the bump stops, it clearly wasn't the kind of "truck" I'm used to driving. Building this car has been a long lesson in keeping things simple and light. Though Subarus are built like Legos, modifications and cargo have to be carefully planned out to maintain a good balance between weight, handling, and power. Mechanical Upgrades The Forester's brakes are adequate out of the box, but if… read more »

Inuvik or Bust: To the End of the Earth in a BMW M Coupe

November 19th, 2014 Once again, the stories to be found within the pages of Expedition Portal's forums, never cease to amaze. With literally millions of forum posts in the extensive library chronicling the adventures of many a robust overland vehicle, this is the only one to feature a BMW M Coupe. Below is the story, one that will unhinge the most ardent 4x4 pundits who say such small cars are not capable of––adventure.  Story by Mark Cupido   Where to begin?! About a… read more »

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

November 18th, 2014 In nearly three circumnavigations of the globe and hundreds of thousands of overland miles, I have never had a puncture—not a single tire flattened by rock, stick, screw, or nail. This is not to say I have not experienced a flat or two, but it has usually been in sand dunes (a lost bead) while running very low air pressure. This does not necessarily merit bragging rights, as I have been entirely bemused by my luck. However, is it luck,… read more »

Sardinetaco: Rain Soaked and on Fumes

November 17th, 2014 It was three in the morning as I sat naked, confused, disoriented, and a bit groggy from the drinks of the evening. I was sitting in the reclined driver seat of my truck in a major city in South America, downtown, in an upscale neighborhood. It started as a travel day like any other, moving from one place to the next, just like we’ve been doing for the past fourteen months. We spent the past two nights camped at “The… read more »

Gone South

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SOS: The Full Report – Part One

November 14th, 2014 It all started on Saturday August 10th, 2014. I got up early to finish packing and for last minute checks on my Tacoma, Frankenstein, before hitting the road. I had a long way to go, a full day's drive, and as usual I was late getting started. It was practically a miracle I even left as I had just gotten the truck road worthy the day before after a different incident earlier in the month. That's a different story but needless to say, considering what I was about to… read more »