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Kermit


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Kermit


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.  

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Dougal


Our first Land Rover and second expedition vehicle 

Dougal


Our first Land Rover and second expedition vehicle 

Dougal began life as a Mountain Rescue Ambulane for Breacon Beacons in the 1970s.  He is now classified as a historic vehicle, so we thought we'd take him on a journey of a lifetime before he retired.

Before embarking we made a series of modifications to make it possible to live in  as comfortable as possible for the 13 months (the original plan) we would be using for him. 

After a full service and change of many of the old rusted engine parts we set to building the rear.  I (Gwyn) did all the electrics, plumbing and carpentry myself with the help of YouTube videos and manuals.  Over 20 days he was transformed from an old ambulance to a practical camper. 

Land Rover Series III 109

Year of Manufacture 1977

2.5 Normaly Aspirated Diesel engine 

4 Speed plus over drive 

Top Speed ~60mph

 

Here's the spec:

Smev double burner Hob and Sink with running water

Dometic 3 way fridge 

Shower with 30 minutes of running hot water

1000W Solar Pannels 

1000W 12 - 240v power inverter

Additional heaters fitted front and rear

Additional Fans fitted front and rear

Reverse camera and monitor 

USB charging points added in Cab 

13000lbs Winch fitted

60W Front spots

Rear working light

Awning to the rear

Double bed and plenty of storage 

 

 What Worked: 

  • Large rear space was great for everyday living and stealth camping.

  • The solar panels were AMAZING.

  • The Smev sink and hob worked a dream.

  • The shower was a God send. 

 What didn't work: 

  • For the coutries we visited the water heater was somewhat redundant.

  • The construction of the rear was heavy.

  • Choosing a vehicle with an aftermarket engine and parts, caused some issues.

  • The sleeping area was a bit 'tight'.

  • The fridge wasn't vented correctly and heated the rear when it was on.


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THE MYSTERY MACHINe


The over landing addiction starts...

THE MYSTERY MACHINe


The over landing addiction starts...

This was the turning point for The Overlanders in our method of travel.  Whilst planning our Overland North America Expedition we decided the best way to travel would be by RV.  Having researched what was available we found a company in L.A offering super rad campers for hire ie Escape campers.  

Travelling with this method offered us a cheaper alternative on accommodation and increased our flexibility in the country. 

After spending over 3 months in the van, we had fallen in love with it and our newly acquired taste for over landing in our own vehicle.  It was the start of something new.

Ford E350 Van 

Auto Transmission 

Here's the spec:

Seats for 4 and collapsable table (inside) 

Rock 'n' Roll bed which was bigger than a double 

Rear kitchen area 

Manual water tap and sink 

Coleman stove 

Electric 12v fridge 

Awning to the side