Once you put the traveling aside, it's always been about the vehicles on Expedition Portal—but we're realizing more and more each day that it's not just about the vehicles. It's also about the trailers. It's becoming more and more common to see people build not only their vehicles for overland travel, but also converting an old military trailer to give them some more room to carry gear. Also, an outfitted trailer just looks plain cool when it's being towed by an equally awesome vehicle. Adventure Trailers recently built a Chaser trailer so epic, that it deserved a feature of its own—so we're starting a new column "Behind You" which will highlight an off-road trailer, regardless if it's built by a professional like this one, or someone in their own backyard.
ExPo: Adventure and Overland Travel Enthusiasts
We're accustomed to seeing Land Rover's of questionable legal status in the United States—it's fairly easy for an individual to swap a few parts (or VIN tag's) and make a much newer truck appear older. This however is the first time we've seen it with a right hand drive Mitsubishi Shogun—with a diesel engine. The vehicle, known here as the Montero, was imported from the United Kingdom in 2005 as a "toy" for an affluent individual in Florida. Apparently it's even titled and registered there as well.Mitsubishi enthusiasts—is this vehicle shady, or is it legal? Tell us below in the comments.
If you're seriously worried about your security while traveling through foreign countries, there's probably nothing worse than a giant, lifted, and possibly tactical looking vehicle. To be frank, it says nothing more than "Hey! HEY YOU! LOOK AT ME I HAVE MONEY AND LOTS OF COOL STUFF INSIDE" so remember those problems you had parking your kitted-out hummer in Tijuana? It likely would not have happened if you chose an old Mercedes wagon. Seriously, no one is going to break into this car, virtually every single country in the world that you can visit is literally crawling with old Mercedes vehicles just like this one. Why? Because in the 1980's Mercedes-Benz engineering was at its best, and they built these cars like tanks—it's why so many of them are still running today.
I'd venture to guess that a good majority of the people reading this would absolutely love to have an EarthRoamer, Sportsmobile, or maybe a custom-designed Fuso-based camper. The reality is that most of us can't simply write a check for one an awesome überland vehicle and we end up buying something on the used market, and modifying it from there. So let's play with some monopoly money here (and a realistic amount of it at that) if $10,000 magically appeared in your account, what would you buy with it? Here's the kicker—you'd have to be able to drive around the world in it.
Although we were having all kinds of fun with family reunions, seeing our friends, eating stuff, and drinking alcoholic beverages, it had come down to game time. We were home for a reason, and we couldn't avoid it any longer. We needed to pick up a transmission, put it in a suitcase, check it onto a plane, and somehow get it through Customs in Colombia without being caught. Since being home, we had also managed to acquire an eighth grade girl's weight in other car parts, fishing equipment, clothing, and more car parts. We knew it would require a great deal of savvy and luck to pull it off, so we trained for it in the only way we knew how; we played horseshoes to hone our precision, and we rode our bikes to build our endurance. We saw a sign that told us that guns were the source of freedom, which we were going to need, so we got some guns and shot some little clay disks. We were willing to try anything.
The Audi AllRoad isn't the family wagon your parents drove in the 80's that was about as interesting as watching the glue dry on your macaroni painting. It's the first "car" to traverse the Land Rover test course—thanks in part to its advanced Quattro 4WD system (with locking center differential) and air suspension, which at its highest setting gave you the ground clearance of a similar model year Land Rover Discovery. Did we mention it has a 2.7L Twin-Turbo V6?
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