Wikipedia: Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically it is accomplished with off-road capable transport where the principal form of lodging is camping, lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries.

Overlanding; A dream-of-a-lifetime  (last update 04-2017)

Travelling the world on- and offroad is a dream that lingered a long time in the back of my mind. It was easy to convince my partner Elles to join me into this adventure as she likes travelling to remote and desolate destinations too.
I imagined to prepare a 4x4 overlander expedition-truck, as I already have my truckdriving licence.
So in september of 2014 we took off to follow that dream with buying a former army truck with only 60.000km. I realized it would be a multi-year plan if I wanted to convert an old armytruck to a reliable companion to travel worldwide. Elles was hesitant to rely on a 25 year old truck but I convinced her on the fact that such a truck has very basic technology and does not rely on electronics. It can run on frying oil if needed.
It was stripped down completely to the last bolt and rebuild again by specialists at Excap in Germany. A new turbo, intercooler and fuelinjection pump were added to increase the original power from 180hp to about 280hp. The interior was overhauled with new seats and a rooftop airco was installed. It was finished end of 2015.                      
Then around Christmas 2015 we brought the truck to the workshop at Orangework in Germany to create a living-unit according to my own design and ideas. 
I already worked out a smart interiorplan for 2 people to live in and for 4 people to sleep wich we optimized with the knowledge of the Orangework team.  
350 ltr of fresh drinkingwater, 650 ltr of Dieselfuel and about 30kgs of propane gas will be on board to support it. Mastervolt Li-ion batteries are installed together with 3 rooftop solarpanels to get at least 7-10 days independancy off-grid. At the back there will be a lifting platform installed to take some ATB bikes with us and allow a sparetire to come down.
Our planning is to have it completely finished in june 2017. Then it will be showed off at the Abenteuer Allrad Outdoor 4x4 world-expo in Bad Kissingen (Germany), at the stand of Orangework.                           
Because Elles and I still have some teenage kids at home, we will start doing some shorter trips together the first years. Also to get to know the vehicle better in-depth.
On this website we will keep up a travelogue of the destinations we travel, for our own archive, family, friends and anyone interested in overland travelling. By GPS tagging you will be able to see where we are. First trips that are planned for now are:
  • July 2017: A roundtrip around the coastal roads of Scotland with my eldest daughter Lotte.
  • August 2017: A hiking trip thru the swiss and austrian Alpes with my partner Elles when the weather is fine. Otherwise it could turnout to be heading north to scandinavia or ...
  • Januar 2018: Our first big roadtrip, crossing the Moroccan Atlas mountains and Sahara desert in Africa. We opted to do this in convoi and learning while driving organized by ExpeditionForTruck.com

For more impressions on the overhaul and the rebuilding of our truck, follow the link Our Expedition Truck. For recent postings and progress follow this Facebook link: