Meet our new Overlander's team member.  Kermit is over land vehicle number three (and the second 'we' have built).  We hope, that we now know what works and what doesn't (third time lucky) and will create the ultimate expedition machine that will see us around the entire continent of South America and beyond. 

We first Kermit build was as an ultra light weight camper conversion. We trailed him on our mini South America Expedition. The setup had its benefits, but it was also just too flimsy and didn't hold up to the daily life on the road and hardcore over landing off-roading.

Kermit is soon to undergo a major renovation on a 1st class camper fit out.  Follow our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels for he gets on. You can also see the specification on Kermits Ultimate Build page.

 

Here's the spec:

Land Rover 110 300TDI special vehicles build. 

2" Terrafirma heavy duty lift kit 

100AMP alternator 

Massive 33" Hankook mud terrain tires. 

Warn hydraulic super winch 

Full length roof rack with integrated ladder

Swing away spare wheel carrier 

Safari Snorkel 

Ventilation grilles 

2x LED light bars 

LED working light

T-Max 48" Hi-lift jack 

2x NATO jerry cans in front runner mount

Full width lockable roof storage

2x 100W solar panels 6

x Amber beacons 

2x 32L water containers with taps 

Roof Tents Limited RT-02 roof top tent with annex 

2 x 48" LED lighting in tent 

Terrain 2m Awning 

Smev single burner hob and sink with micro switch tap 

Custom 'kitchen pod' with storage

Custom 'fridge pod'

Dometic 3 way fridge 

LED Interior Lighting 

Custom fold out bed

2x multi speed fans

1000w power invertor 

180aH deep cycle leisure battery 

Custom shelving to hold 8x storage boxes 

Cargo net fitted to interior roof 

Instant hot water heater

2x Propane tanks

Air compressor 

Carbon monoxide detector

Smoke detector 

Fire extinguishers 

MUD console with rocker switches 

Car battery voltmeter

Leisure battery voltmeter 

2x USB charge ports

1x Marine 12v cigarette charge port 

Center console

 

What Worked:

  • His lightweight design of the rear meant that it didn't put any unnecessary strain on the truck. 
  • Again, the solar panels were amazing.
  • Fitting a super large 180ah leisure battery provided enough power for the whole night.
  • The cheap LED lighting from eBay was ideal.
  • The roof top tent was very spacious.
  • The water containers heated our water up perfectly. 

What didn't Work: 

  • Our 3 way fridge was just too big for the space we had.
  • Carrying propane was also a pain, as we needed new parts to fit gas bottles in every country. 
  • The instant water heater worked, but was questionable on a safety aspect.
  • Although roof top tents work for other, for our style of stealth camping we felt exposed and even with a machete next to us, there were some sketchy moments.  Also, putting it up and down every day was a pain in the ass.
  • Having our water on the roof caused some issues with handling, and when going over 1500m the build up in pressure inside the tubes would cause one end to shoot off.