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What is overlanding? Wikipedia states, "Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road-capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping. It often lasts for extended periods of time (months to years) and spans international boundaries."

Overlanding did not originate in America, and it is a little different here. You would be hard-pressed to find a bicycle out in the desert, and most people don’t go overlanding for quite that long. However, the spirit of the activity is the same.

Do you want to give overlanding a try? Great! You will need some gear.

In The Overlanding Vehicle Builder’s Guide, veteran racer, off-roader, and journalist Don Alexander provides a terrific overview of what to consider when building your overlanding rig. This includes the planned duration of the trip, the number of people in your party, how far off the beaten path you want to go, and the creature comforts you require.

Understanding those wants and needs shapes what gear you need for the best experience. Covered are the strengths and weaknesses of the types of vehicles themselves, modifications to the vehicles to make them more capable, accessories (lighting, camping gear, food and water storage, etc.), and equipment for trail mishaps and recovery. Driving techniques and trail rules and etiquette are also included.

If you are ready to build a rig or just want to know more about the hobby, this book is a great guide to help you get started. r

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What is overlanding? Wikipedia states, "Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road-capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping. It often lasts for extended periods of time (months to years) and spans international boundaries."

Overlanding did not originate in America, and it is a little different here. You would be hard-pressed to find a bicycle out in the desert, and most people don’t go overlanding for quite that long. However, the spirit of the activity is the same.

Do you want to give overlanding a try? Great! You will need some gear.

In The Overlanding Vehicle Builder’s Guide, veteran racer, off-roader, and journalist Don Alexander provides a terrific overview of what to consider when building your overlanding rig. This includes the planned duration of the trip, the number of people in your party, how far off the beaten path you want to go, and the creature comforts you require.

Understanding those wants and needs shapes what gear you need for the best experience. Covered are the strengths and weaknesses of the types of vehicles themselves, modifications to the vehicles to make them more capable, accessories (lighting, camping gear, food and water storage, etc.), and equipment for trail mishaps and recovery. Driving techniques and trail rules and etiquette are also included.

If you are ready to build a rig or just want to know more about the hobby, this book is a great guide to help you get started. r

Pages : 176
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 448 color photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613257487
Product Code : SA529

Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

Chapter 1: What Is Overlanding?

The Freedom to Explore, Responsibilities, and Consequences

Dispersed Camping

Leave No Trace

 

Chapter 2: Overlanding Vehicles

Important Questions

4WD versus AWD 

Solid Axle versus Independent Front Suspension

Roof Weight-Bearing Capacity 

Brands and Models 

 

Chapter 3: Overlanding Newcomer Tips

Driving Tips

Vehicle Tips

Gear Tips 

Other Tips 

 

Chapter 4: Overlanding Trailers, Adventure Vans, Truck-Bed Campers, and Expedition Rigs

Trailers

Adventure Vans

Truck-Bed Campers

Expedition Rigs

 

Chapter 5: Building an Overlanding Rig

Determine the Type of Overlanding that You Prefer

Cause and Effect 

Build Options 

 

Chapter 6: Suspension, Steering, and Brakes

Suspension Components

How Suspension Works 

Solid Axle versus Independent Suspension

Steering 

Brakes 

 

Chapter 7: Tires and Wheels 

Selecting the Best Tire Type 

Off-Road Tire Design Features 

What Type of Off-Road Tire Is Best for Your Specific Needs? 

Optimal Tire Size

Tire Pressure

What Off-Road Tires Need to Do 

How to Measure for Optimal Sidewall Heights and Tire Pressures 

Off-Road Tire Pressures 

Options for Airing Down Tires

Tire-Pressure Deflators 

Deflators, Replacing Valve Stems, or Adding a Second Valve Stem 

Tire-Pressure Gauges 

Reinflating (Airing up) Tires

Onboard Air Compressors

Compressed CO2 Systems

Multi-Tire Inflation/Deflation Systems

Wheel Specifications

 

Chapter 8: Vehicle Protection

Potential Hazards

Skid Plates

Rock Sliders

Bumpers

 

Chapter 9: Electrical Accessories, Electronics, and Lighting 

Auxiliary Switch Solutions 

Auxiliary Lighting 

Radio Communication 

Satellite Messengers 

GPS and Smartphone GPS Applications 

Electronic-Calibration Modules 

Batteries and Jumper Batteries

Inverters 

Power Sources/Power Stations 

Battery Isolators and Monitoring Systems 

Generators 

Solar Panels 

High-Output Alternators 

Estimating Electrical Power Needs 

 

Chapter 10: Vehicle Recovery Gear, Winches, and Trail Tools

Recovery Tools

Multi-Use Tool Kits 

Winching Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Road Building

Winter Recovery 

 

Chapter 11: Engine and Driveline Upgrades

Engine Upgrades

Automatic Transmission Coolers 

Cooling System 

Drivelines 

Ring-and-Pinion Gear Upgrades

Front Axle Shafts 

Rear Axle Shafts 

Selectable Axle Lockers 

Limited-Slip Differentials and Detroit Lockers 

Driveshafts, Yokes, CV Joints, and U-Joints

Full Axle Assembly Swaps for Solid-Axle-Housing-Equipped Vehicles

 

Chapter 12: Overlanding Adventure Accommodations

Rooftop Tents

Ground Tents

Awnings

Privacy Shelters 

Annex Rooms

Portable Toilets

Portable Showers

Sleeping Bags

Ground Covers and Cots

 

Chapter 13: Gear Storage, Food Storage, and Preparation Gear

Refrigerators

Ice Chests

Water Tanks and Pumps

Slide-Out Drawers

Storage Bags

Hard Storage Cases

Stoves, Griddles, Barbecues, and Skottles

Propane Tanks and Mounts

Kitchen Gear 

 

Chapter 14: Fluid Storage, Tools, and Medical Items

Fluid Storage

Tire Repair Kit

Tools and More

 

Chapter 15: Driving Tips and Tricks

Using the Controls

Climbing Hills

Descending Hills

 

Chapter 16: Passage Through Tough Terrain

Spotting Rules

Verbal Communication and Verbal Commands

Hand Signals

Spotting Tips

Driving Tips

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