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What’s in your winch bag? The basic gear you should be carrying

The other day I ran into the proud owner of a well-built four-wheel drive. Eager to talk shop, he began to list a few of the numerous pieces of equipment he had installed on his new vehicle. The list included 37-inch tires, aftermarket wheels, a 4-inch lift, lights, a roof rack, a front bumper, and…

Buy this truck and drive to South America for the price of a Rubicon

I love browsing through the depths of the Expedition Portal for sale sections. Besides seeing some seriously cool vehicles, you get a peek at the many adventures they’ve had through the years, and the many adventures still to come with new buyers. Just the other day I stumbled upon a perfect example, a 2003 F-250…

Overland Expo West 2017: It Begins Again

Now in its ninth year, the 2017 Overland Expo commenced again, this time in a new location in the tall pines outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. Previous years have suffered unusually extreme weather conditions, but this year’s show kicked off under sunny skies with clear views of the snowcapped summit of Mount Humphreys. Although official numbers are…

American Overlander: Gerber Center-Drive with Bit Set

I’m not sure how it happened, but I’ve become somewhat of a multi-tool nerd. I think it started while evaluating tools for an extensive review for the Fall 2016 issue of Overland Journal. In that roundup I tested Gerber’s Multi-Plier 600 Basic and was impressed with its ease of use, thoughtful selection of functions, and…

EarthRoamer’s 2017 XV-LTS

EarthRoamers aren’t the most agile or affordable of overland vehicles, but they do have an undeniable cool factor. Something about combining granite counter tops and wine coolers with 41″ tires and bead-lock wheels seems to appeal to people, and in truth it’s not hard to see why. These vehicles are luxury apartments on wheels, and now the…

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