12 Tips for Buying a 4×4 Overland Expedition Vehicle


hello guys and welcome to his-and-hers
headquarters in Seward Alaska yes this is our first educational video from our
new studio got an amazing backdrop of tokens from our travels
but today’s video is gonna be 12 questions you need to be asking yourself
if you’re in the market for or dreaming about an Overland expedition vehicle number one who are you that means are
you solo are you a couple are you a family this question really
needs to be asked because it determines how much space you need it also
determines the floorplan and layout that would best suit your needs make an
assessment of what you really need really need to exist and what you only
want because space is always a premium number too many things pivot around this
one very broad question but where do you want to go specifically where on the
globe do you want to go do you want to travel around North America or do you
have visions of locations abroad the reason why we’re asking is because it
determines what kind and size of chassis you need to be looking at some parts of
the planet are not as conducive to a large vehicle whereas North America is
very welcoming to large vehicles as everybody has seen by the RV’s larger
vehicles they come with a lot of compromises and in cities that were
built before vehicles and very tight off-roading situations they’re not as
desirable number three are you going to be able to find fuel so gasoline is
found around the world but for the most part diesel is the preferred fuel choice
for a global overland travel not all diesel is equal though what we’re
referencing here is the ultra low sulfur diesel so most engines built prior to
2007-2008 do not require this more environmentally friendly form of diesel
but the newer vehicles are not designed to run on the high sulfur diesel found
in many developing countries around the world and the furthest reaches of the
planet so ultra low sulfur diesel also tends to go hand-in-hand with death
fluid essentially it’s a fluid that is injected into the exhaust to reduce
tailpipe and Asians in countries with ultra-low
sulfur diesel it’s easy to find but you get to the edges of the earth and not so
much ultra-low sulfur diesel is very commonplace the United States Canada New
Zealand and most of Europe many countries in South America as well so
the list is getting longer every year now if you have a newer vehicle in mind
for your travels you aren’t completely out of luck because there are
workarounds to the issues so you just have to google it and learn a little bit
more about what you need to do for your vehicle number four you know it’s gonna
happen you’re gonna break down and are you gonna be able to find parts so if
you’re on the road long enough breakdowns are going to happen and you
don’t want to make finding parts any harder than it can already be look for
vehicles produced by global brands let’s take Mercedes for example their quality
manufacturer with dealers and aftermarket part sources everywhere on
the planet in the vast options of chassis suitable
for global overland travel you can also find vehicles with the chassis from one
manufacturer and the powertrain and drivetrain are gonna be from others for
example the military vehicles in the u.s. called LM TVs they have caterpillar
engines and Allisyn transmissions both of which have parts and service globally
on another side note our Mitsubishi Fuso chassis is manufactured by Mitsubishi
truck which is owned by Daimler Auto Group meaning that we will have
increased odds of finding parts you’re not going to be able to be paired for
everything but with a little forethought you can avoid a lot of hassle number
five when and where do you want to go camping with that questions let’s ask a
second one how necessary is four-wheel drive four-wheel drive is awesome it can
take you to amazing places but about 99 percent of the time it’s really not
necessary so if it’s not that necessary why pay for the added expense
maintenance and fuel consumption so that’s a really personal question and
probably falls right in line with how much do you enjoy off-road and
off-grid adventures we also like to think of 4×4 as an insurance policy
because when you need it you’re really glad you have it four-wheel drive is not
just for off-road adventures it’s also priceless when Mother Nature tries to
stop you in your tracks so having the ability to securely drive through mud
and snow is bound to be a benefit if you’re on the road long enough on a side
note don’t overlook all-wheel drive vehicles when combined with decent
ground clearance it’s more than adequate for for season and most off-road
travelling number six staying right in line with where and when do you want to
camp but let’s talk about the camping unit yes that place you are going to be
living so if you want to camp for extended periods of time in extreme hot
or cold conditions you have to be prepared the emphasis being on extended
periods of time because we can all put up with a lot for one two or three
nights considering how hot and cold our opposite they’re dressed quite similarly
when it comes to properly equipping your camping unit insulation is key an air
tight unit increases efficiency dual pane windows are invaluable and unique
components to heat and cool the camper box there’s another very important issue
to address in regards to winter camping its humidity and condensation something
we’ve learned is that this happens in every camping unit no matter how
expensive or how well insulated the box is the problem lies with the human being
beans and even the dog every breath
contributes to interior humidity and it needs to be regulated by cracking
windows or dehumidifier heaters and there’s a few other methods that are
worth googling you’re gonna have to be aware of problem areas corners without
good air circulation because of a mattress or seat cushion and the inside
of cabinets if they’re packed with clothes can all lead to mold if there’s
a problem that’s left unattended what kind of materials do you
want to have for the walls of your camp eating it generally speaking you’re
gonna be looking at some options of soft sided canvas fiberglass aluminum and the
more highly desired composite walls there’s obviously pros and cons to each
material and we recommend doing further research into this key component of your
camping in it number seven and dare I say the most important what is your
budget now that we have worked through where you want to go and what you want
to do we have to inevitably talk about money so you need to know what you want
to spend and what is your absolute top number because there’s going to be a
difference ours was ninety K for everything vehicle
flights postage personal modifications shipping the vehicle to our first
destination we wanted to spend around sixty four the vehicle in the end we
actually spent about eighty eight just for the vehicle because the right one
came along for most of us money really is the limiting factor so you can kind
of forget about your over landing vehicle dream and focus on real world
what’s your budget and your timeline because if time is on your side you can
pounce on the deal of a lifetime when it presents itself if you have the
abilities and the tools and the space and the desire you can consider building
a camping unit yourself and there’s a lot of benefits to a do-it-yourself
build either way we guarantee you’ll be turning a wrench and working on things
if you’re going to be traveling in a vehicle so let’s return to the camping
in it uh maybe you’ve heard of the acronym kiss that keep it simple stupid
there’s a lot of wisdom in that statement technology is great but
simplicity is critical and what we have learned in our years of spent
time-traveling in RVs and most recently in our expedition vehicle is that living
in a tiny camper might be a challenge but if it’s one that’s well thought
through you’ll actually come to appreciate the simplicity and efficiency
more and more every day number eight what components are you
gonna need for your journey refrigerator freezer heater hot water heater air
conditioner etc all of these components have one thing in common they’re gonna
need some type of a fuel source whether it’s electricity propane gas diesel
there is definitely going to be a fuel source electricity can be generated via
solar and stored in a battery bank or from an external source like a generator
or a good old-fashioned electrical outlet you need to research to see how
accessible propane is going to be along your journey from our conversations with
fellow travelers a lot of countries have special adapters you can find 12-volt
refrigerators and freezers 12-volt is common for the electrical side of most
heaters but an additional fuel source is needed to generate heat air
conditionings are primarily AC powered there are some very high-end 12-volt
ones out there that we would very much like to have in our camp in Canada all
in due time there are air tronic and hydronic diesel heaters electric stove
tops have come a long way but we’re fans of the diesel ceramic cooktops because
they consume minimal electricity and they D humidify the air as they work
number 9 let’s talk a little bit more about 12 volt electricity traditionally
batteries operate off of 12-volt DC power and it is relatively global
ideally you want components that utilize this current so you’re not using AC
power inverters all the time also consider your battery bank
we recently upgraded to 304 and lithium batteries
so considering our solar and the small electrical footprint of our camper we
shouldn’t really have any battery issues for at least a decade
in other words embrace the 12 volt and we have said this for years install
extra USB outlets for charging they make 12 volt DVD and TV combo players we’ve
even heard in Europe that Dometic has a 12 volt coffee maker number 10 where and
how do you plan on sleeping sleeping is a reality for human beings and we spend
a significant portion of our lives in bed now if you’re a solo traveler you
only need to be thinking about your own comfort but if you’re traveling with
spouse or even a spouse and kids everybody has to be comfortable here’s
some things to think about what direction do you want to sleep North
South is great because each person can get out of bed independently and without
disturbing the other east west beds they require crawling over and around the
other person and they also are a nightmare to make if they have enclosed
walls on each side so everything is all a matter of compromises like yep just
keep in mind where you can lay your head at night number 11 if you are going to
travel overseas you are going to be shipping a vehicle shipping vehicles is
commonly done in shipping containers or on a roll-on roll-off ship shipping
containers are obviously cheaper and can be shared but a vehicle that can fit in
one isn’t going to be limited in size and probably more expensive it’s a
personal decision but what you need to weigh out is how much money are you
actually going to save on shipping versus how many months and years will
you be living in this overland vehicle and maybe you’ll appreciate the extra
space of having a vehicle that has to go roll-on/roll-off number 12 on your
journey to find the right Overland expedition vehicle there’s gonna have to
be some compromises especially if you’re traveling with your
I can honestly say from our last journey of 11 months in a 13-foot box I’m lucky
she didn’t poison me and she’s lucky I didn’t dump her off into a ditch or wall
or off a cliff you shouldn’t tell people that hey it’s the end of the video we
have to add a little bit of humor here so unless you have an unlimited budget
and a limited scope of travel the perfect camper does not exist focus on
your core needs and the journeys core needs and then consider anything else a
luxury I have to say after actually living through this process if you’ll
start out thinking this is I’m just I’m just packing to backpack around the
world and anything extra beyond what I could fit in a backpack it’s gonna be
icing on the cake then you’ll have really perfect expectations and maybe
avoid a few battles because really when you’re traveling on these things there’s
not much space so a few closing thoughts don’t get lost in the research a lot of
people go down this rabbit hole don’t forget you need to take some action yeah
and time is precious you only live once so make the most of it it’s an
opportunity go out there and grab a hold and don’t get too hung up on the vehicle
you know it doesn’t have to be perfect you’re gonna make compromises when the
right one comes along either you’re gonna know it or somebody’s gonna tell
you alright guys thanks for riding along with us on this journey to help you find
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