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    Default New member, another troopy

    Hello All,

    Just joined and thought I'd introduce myself and our Troopy. It's a long story, so this posting will just be a quick overview, and I'll fill in the details over time. Lotsa pictures to come.


    Black Rock Desert, Nevada, September 2010

    Our Troopy is a 1998 HZJ75, which we bought in Australia in 2002. Of course, it came with the 1HZ engine and dual diesel tanks, but it was otherwise bare bones empty. Only 70k kilometers.

    We spent about one month in Sydney, kitting it out - beefed up the suspension, installed a rear ARB locker, added second battery, outside shower, front bull bar and winch, rear bumper with dual tire carrier, full-length roof rack, and roof-top tent. Inside, added a very small bench seat, a cargo barrier, an Engel 45, two 55 liter water tanks, and lotsa shelves and pockets, nooks and crannies for stashing stuff.


    Namibia, July 2009

    We spent about 10 months in Australia. Up the east coast all the way to Cape York, down to and all around the center, including the Simpson Desert, back up north to Darwin, and then across the top to Broome, then down the Canning Stock Route to Perth, and across the bottom to Melbourne, where we parked and headed over to Tasmania. The Troopy stayed in Melbourne, while we headed back to the States.

    Two years later, I shipped Troopy to Cape Town and it spent the next five years in Africa, and we went back and forth when time permitted. The first trip was 5 months in South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia. The second was similar. The third took us through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Congo, Uganda, and Kenya. The idea was to drive on through to Europe, but I got a job offer I couldn't pass up, so the fourth trip was from Kenya back down to Namibia (which is a much better place to stash a vehicle). The fifth was what was starting to become the 'usual circuit' of Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia. The sixth and last was just desert Namibia, because with a seven-month old, we opted to stay out of the malarial zone.


    Changing a shredded tire (yes, very dangerous - mea culpa)


    Zander wants to help.

    Troopy was then shipped to Seattle, where it landed about two months ago. We headed down the coast to California, across through Lassen and then spent most of our time poking around the Black Rock Desert area.


    High Rock Canyon, Nevada


    Ever since we returned, if you ask Zander "where are you going?", he says "desert!". That's my boy!

    I only have one year in the States with this Troopy (it is still registered in Victoria, Australia) and then one year in Canada. After that, we'll hopefully be ready for the Alaska to Argentina portion of this journey.

    I plan to use this year in the States to modify Troopy to something more appropriate for 3-person, non-desert travel. I will probably convert it to a BushCamper-style or perhaps a Pop-Top. Perhaps turbo it, finally get the Hi-Lift sorted out, etc. I'll have lots of questions for the collective wisdom.

    Thanks for all the great tips and stories I have found on the forum thus far.

    Cheers,
    Chris, Karin, and Zander.

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    Default another troopy . . .

    Sir You have a Beautiful Family . . . and Your rig is Very Cool . . .

    Thx for the pics. keep them coming
    God Bless America

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    Welcome to Expo and Seattle! An other great source for local trips is Northwest Overland Society. Nice rig!
    Anywhere I roam where I lay my head is home.... Metallica, the black album.

    http://nwoverland.org/Home/tabid/163/Default.aspx

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    Default Very Cool!

    Cool story, truck and family adventures!
    Jay

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    93 FZJ80 - stock but dual lockers and less than 200k miles

    74 FJ40, 91 Hilux, 98 4Runner, 98 Rav4, 02 Conqueror Compact Trailer - All Sold

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    Very cool trips, and very cool truck. Do you have a web site with trip details? Or could you post some up here?

    cheers

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    Awesome! Great to see that you're traveling with the little one!

    -H-
    Andrew

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    Very cool and welcome,
    Of course there are a ton of questions we have for you like...are you a US citzn and importing it temp?
    Will you have to return the rig to Oz before departure or can you run around the Americas before returning?

    If you check out these threads for cool euro builds on troopies
    http://expeditionportal.com/forum/sh...ghlight=allrad
    http://expeditionportal.com/forum/sh...ghlight=allrad
    http://expeditionportal.com/forum/sh...ghlight=allrad
    http://expeditionportal.com/forum/sh...ghlight=allrad
    cigar smoking, wilderness first responding, ham talking night nurse who is overland certified and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.....
    now everyone say "so what where have you been lately?"

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    Thanks all. We don't have a website, but I plan to detail things on this forum. One thread on vehicle, build-up, choices, etc. One thread on the travel itself.

    It will take some time, though... I know how you guys are about photos :-) and the early stuff is all on slides that I haven't scanned in. I hope to make it worth the wait.

    Cheers,
    Chris.

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    1leglance, our posts crossed... yup, US citizen and only have it in the States for one year, then to Canada for one year. Then head down to Argentina, the slow way. From there, I dunno. Probably ship to Europe - Iceland, circle the Mediterranean, and head into North Africa. It might eventually make it back to Oz - would love to spend more time out in Western Australia, but no hurry. It is registered in Victoria, and as long as I keep paying the yearly registration fee, they keep sending me the registration sticker. There are other places, besides Oz, where it could be sold. Canada in December 2012, US in 2022 :-) Recent changes in the EU mean that it cannot be (newly) registered in the EU proper, but I suspect there are plenty of countries in/near Europe where it can still be sold/registered.

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    Welcome to the forum as we all drool over your troopy and your outrageous trips! Here, you will find a plethora of info on places to go, people to travel with (all good) and kool mods for your rig. Enjoy the forum and say hello if you make it to Calgary one year and I am still here (spend a lot of time in the SW Deserts)
    Via MJ + forwarded by Google Voice
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