Are you trying to have the coolest fire engine on the block?
Tired of your neighbor being the cool kid on the block with his vintage American fire truck that everyone is tired of? How about building an extreme-Mercedes-overlanding fire truck and shutting him up forever? If you've been considering an obscure overlanding build, perhaps for the Maya Rally, and you're not quite happy with what you can find in the United States, perhaps you could import this German fire engine, and do something unique! With it's locking rear cab, and the ability to seat nine, there's no doubt you could turn this into something cool. The downside? It isn't 4x4, the upside? With 2 days left, it's only at $20.
On a still, cold February morning last year, we were camped at Trout Creek campsite, in the thick mountain forests near Superior. With eighteen inches of snow on the ground, it was the only campsite still open south of the I90 eastbound, and we'd been directed here by a Ranger who had found us huddled in our truck cab a few days previously in a rest area, trying to stay warm. We were eight months into our expedition to circumnavigate the world overland, and novices at being cold. Our route had brought us across Europe, through Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and the Russian Far East and to Seattle on the west coast of the USA. Even our month in Alaska, including a November visit to the Arctic Circle, had not been this cold.
Unfortunately, outside of your television, human beings completely lack the capability to create fire without being dependent upon something else. Usually, people are dependent upon the traditional butane-powered lighter; but that's not very imaginative now is it? A flint is a bit more creative, but it's not quite there. How about starting fire with air? That, my friend, is very creative, and completely badass, and now completely do-able thanks to the creative team at Basecamp X with their Prometheus Fire Piston ($125 CDN.) It all starts with a hand turned and oiled receiver made of Tennessee hickory, into which a brass plunger is placed. It's the brass plunger that holds your bit of tinder that is ignited by the friction of the air, creating your fire. To see exactly how it works, check out the video below.
Since Toyota released the re-designed 5th generation 4Runner, it's slowly but surely been building its credentials as a capable overlanding platform. We were even so impressed with the Trail edition that we named it our runner-up for the 2011 SUV of the Year Award. Luckily, the aftermarket is finally starting to support the vehicle, and we're seeing more and more accessories available for it. ARB is the latest to launch a new bolt-on for the "5th Gen" with it's latest skid plate system.
Let's be honest here, the vehicle that you're looking at is a piece of not only overlanding history, but a piece of 4WD history. Gary and Monica Wescott's Turtle Expeditions have reached millions, and I'll bet they've reached the majority of people reading this article. In fact, it might even be the reason that you're here in the first place. Well, here's your chance to own Turtle III - a truely iconic vehicle that has proven reliable and capable for years. It's only had two owners, Gary and Monica, and the current owners who've taken good care of it since 1997. You might not have another chance at this vehicle while it's still up for grabs—act quick, and don't forget to check out Turtle Expeditions on the web.
The time has come to cast your vote in the Expedition Portal Video Contest.
Over the last few months we've been getting submissions from members old and new and we couldn't be happier!
We'll be randomly choosing three members who vote in the contest (and comment that they did) to win one of three prizes! Two Jeep hats, and a new Expedition Portal T-Shirt!!! Even if you didn't submit a video you can still win!
You can vote 3 times (for different videos.) We will be having our professional judges solely choose our pro entries, so this is for the amatuer competition only.
The top 20 videos will then be selected from the poll, and our panel of professional judges will choose who wins from there!
UPDATE: WE'VE ADDED 10 PRIZE-PACKS OF OVERLAND JOURNAL BACK ISSUES AS INCENTIVE TO VOTE IN THE CONTEST!
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The base motorcycle that I'm using for this 2WD Sidecar Conversion is my 2004 BMW 1150 GS Adventure that I've been riding on the road on my trip full-time for the last 2 1/2 years, and its all stock internally.Some of the external modifications I have made to it include a Touratech 41 liter Nylon tank, it's one that I came across used that came with the fuel pump, fuel plate and it was already painted silver. I drilled out the filler neck to make it a 44 liter capacity tank, and at the end of the day it was less than half the price of buying the tank new.
Some of you may remember Scott Brady's feature of his Form Cycles mountain bike in the Summer 2011 issue of Overland Journal. You didn't have to read between the lines to detect he was beaming with pride over his shiny new toy, and rightfully so. I was with Scott when we he first went to visit Daryl Roberts at Form Cycles. Drooling over his show bikes, I just knew I would someday swing a leg over my very own Form bike. This year I embarked on my 26th season of racing and also turned 40.That latter digit nagged at me, but also seemed like a great excuse for a new bike, so I gave Daryl a ring.