The Land Cruiser's Ins & Outs Landcruising Adventure

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The Land Cruiser’s Ins #038;

When the Land Cruiser its technical inspection in the Netherlands the attendant remarked, “It’s as well those Land rust, otherwise they never have problems.” We found this statement to be true.

We bought the Land in Germany. One of the previous owners had and used it as a camper and it came a lot of extras, many of which we never have thought of or buying ourselves but which in have proven to be very or just handy. The last used the Land Cruiser as a to pull boats out of Hamburg’s which accounted for the rusty the car was in when we bought it.

Land Equipment on the Outside


1. On the front –

The Land Cruiser came the legendary 8274 Warn on 12 volt (not installed). Since the Cruiser has a 24-volt system we the winch for a Ramsey Pro 9000. We it once, when stuck in the mud in Turkey, and it broke down. We got the fixed in Pakistan but during a rescue attempt it failed It has been a useless piece of

Edited to Add April 2013: 4×4 Valkenburg and Warn presented us a brand new winch. So I guess prepared for a new level of off-road Will keep you posted on the Are you looking for a Warn winch

2. Around the hood – hi-lift 

We a Hi-Lift Jack. thank and it’s largely because of the that we haven’t missed the It has done an excellent job of getting us out of the mud in Laos and numerous places In retrospect it’s been one of our investments.

3. Around the hood –

Coen installed an extra on the outside, with the idea of more of a might = right in countries like India. It help. Other than it has been a fun conversation piece, with kids, “Honk please.”

4. Around the hood – beams

Coen installed second-hand high beams. were a good investment for like India, which is by one traffic rule: might = The driver with the most (daytime) or the most light is King of the Road. After the Cruiser’s overhaul in Bolivia Bastiaan – a big fan of ours and employee of – presented us with four new high beams .

The high beams are not something we use and they aren’t a must. said that, they are one of gadgets that occasionally extremely handy (like rescuing a car stuck in the middle of the at night).

5. Around the hood – (high-air intake)

The Land was fitted with a ‘cyclone’ which comes in handy crossing a river, which is one of things that don’t too often. The snorkel has proven useful when driving at altitudes where the pre-filter in with the oil–bath filter has the engine enormously in climbing up to meters without hick–ups.

killed the pre-filter, which recently discovered by chance in Boa For various reasons the time and were as inconvenient as they be and we felt extremely lucky Ricardo spontaneously gave us his Donaldson pre-filter (read that here ).

6. On the hood –

Coen installed a spade on the It attracts a lot of onlookers and is another conversation piece. We use it for digging out tires, or to dig a toilet when camping. On three occasions the bar broke when we were the spade, because the wood had away. In Manaus (Brazil), the of Luis Platinado produced a spade with an aluminum bar, which should forever.

I think books have been written which tires to buy, at the subject fills endless on forums: 10 guys – 10 opinions. have been our experiences:

1. our journey we bought six Chinese with a heavily studded exactly because of those and our ignorance. “Gotta have tires!” Well, how many of advisors had traveled to Asia? I reckon. We drove mostly on roads, on which these caused a lot of noise and a caused an diesel consumption. They 2 years (some 40,000 We were glad to be rid of them.

2. In India the tires were out and replacement couldn’t wait. we thought this was a problem as the available radial brands in our Cruiser’s size were of an make. However they’ve the best we’ve had. We a comfortable 47,000 kms (2 years).

3. is one of the best options in South to buy tires because of a favorable tax By then Coen had learned to buy with as many plies as as it reduces the chances of a flat (twice in South America, because I drove into a nail and the second time a mystery). We bought Brazilian tires with 12 plies. The was that we had forgotten the big advantage of tires and so were back to tires. They lasted kms (2,5 years).

4. Iquique, has a favorable tax system too. So we tires once more. We now had all down pat: cheap, narrow tires with as plies as possible. We found tires with 14 plies. choice. They lasted a 50,000 kilometers (2,5

5. The latest change was in Manaus, The tires were worn and we had a of thousand kilometers ahead of us on terrain. In retrospect we could have hopped into when coming from as car parts are much cheaper But with our brilliant planning we and were left with a accompli in Manaus: we needed new There was one problem, Coen’s wanted 7.50R16-size tires unavailable in Manaus nor were tires with the number of he liked. He settled for 235/85R16 tires with 10 plies.

Any new tire has consequences, especially regard to air pressure and it took a bit of out what was best for the tires / the Cruiser / our comfort. Thus far happy with them.

We out with 2 spare tires must have at least 2 tires!” the forums told We attached one on the roof and one underneath the Cruiser. The one underneath fell off in India without our noticing it. We missed it and concluded we could do it. There are tire shops all the place in Asia and South and I assume in Africa too. having 2 spare tires is nonsense, unless you have a schedule and can’t miss a day to for a place to get your tire

9. On the roof – roof rack

The Cruiser came with a steel roof rack aluminum plates, which has perfect for securing our equipment. One the Land Cruiser is already because of the 25–cm additional aluminum edge. With the roof rack + equipment the is 2.7 meters.

We can’t enter parking lots nor open-air lots or shopping malls and supermarkets such as Carrefour. In we face challenges of cutting or low hanging branches. The height is, I say, the major downside of the Cruiser as we have it today.

that when we take off all and deflate the tires, the Land does still fit in a regular, container.

10. On the roof – the beauty

The beauty case, as Coen to call it, is the green, former US box. It attracts lots of especially from officials.

in that box?” they ask.

“Explosives,” Coen answered (yes, also on the and Indian border).

It makes laugh and has never led to problems. at one time in Laos I pushed to be honest, so he responded to the police that the box contained camping

“Please open it,” was the So much for honesty.

The box is it indeed with camping (trekking) snorkel gear, winter or clothes (depending on where we

11. On the roof – the roof top tent

Our Awn roof top tent has been a investment as we’ve slept in it often. However, considering the of these rooftop tents I am not with the durability of the mattress in Vietnam after 3 years), the mosquito netting that properly close in corners we stuff with old T–shirts) and leakage problems after 4 In this blog I write about the pluses and minuses of top tents .

We have concluded it has been worth to have 2 places to sleep: inside the car (as we do or in the tent (in dry climates).

12. On the roof – panels

In India we bought solar because at the time they much cheaper than in and then went on to drive for another two years before we got to them. They provide energy for our digital appliances and the energy–guzzling fridge. But the panels are (+ we need 2 because of the 24–volt and not all that efficient. Reasonable but we could do much better.

13. On the – jerry cans with

With our regular, 85–liter we can drive some 600–750 The only time we needed our diesel jerrycans was along the of the Persian Gulf (Iran). on our Asian trip this was the where diesel was cheapest, finding a petrol station with an ample supply of turned out to be not so self–evident.

In South we used our jerrycans more

In Patagonia (south Chile and since this region is for having petrol stations are not necessarily stocked up on diesel (or

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In southwest Bolivia as petrol are few and far between and fuel consumption is due to the rough terrain + high

The disadvantage of these jerrycans is weight on the roof. Roof but also window bars, broken and been welded on occasions. During the overhaul in we had a spare tank fitted the Land Cruiser and the jerrycans now remain for show.

14. The bodywork –

The bodywork of the Land Cruiser was and waxed thoroughly so we could the logos of those who had helped us the preparations. plus a world We didn’t give the matter thought, and simply did it because we doing it and Coen is a graphic

On the road we learned that travelers considered this a decision: driving around (as we do) or as inconspicuously as possible. During on the topic we learned both have their advantages and but we feel that the plus of driving around conspicuously

We get a lot of smiles, thumbs up and people the car for a chat which has led to various We are still happy with choice, although we acknowledged the when we were trying to the checkpoints in Bhutan without noticed (we were there

The Land Cruiser’s Interior

The owner installed insulation on side (from behind the seats to the back), the ceiling and (the latter has a thick floor panel). This has great comfort in cold Neither of the heaters (standard Cruiser heater + by the Webasto installed by the previous owner) functioned properly, yet in cold we can do without heating; an extra suffices.

2. Storage compartments and

We constructed bunks on both behind the front seats. are used as seats and function as space. In the middle section we the bigger things such as a watercan, 10-liter shower camping chairs and camping Over this section lie two one of which can easily be put together as a table to eat or work at. All boards are on the level and at night function as a bed = mattress).

In the front and back we cupboards underneath the ceiling to lightweight stuff and, in the a radio.

1x 5 liter water can drinking water.

1x 20 liter In South America we fill it drinking water; in Asia it was with dirty water which we filtered into the 5 water can.

1x 20 liter with drinking water. is a spare supply which we ever need.

1×10 shower bag.

We bought a refrigerator which lasted Pakistan. We didn’t repair it and miss it as in Asia we ate outdoors of the time. When going to America we got a 30-year-old Engel from our friends Pierre and It is noisy, uses a lot of energy so we use it too much when not driving rough camping), but it suffices. To us a is still a luxury, not a necessity.

The equipment and lights work on 24 We have 2 deep-cycle-dry batteries to them. The previous owner a compartment for them on the outside of the Cruiser, underneath the bodywork the driver’s seat.

Apart that we have two starter for the engine.

Both sets been replaced a couple of like in northeast Brazil, one of them exploded .

We have a 300 watt 24/220 inverter and a 24/12 DC/DC down converter, which that we have 12, 24 and 220 volt at our

We chucked Coen’s old Garmin eTrex deep inside the of the Land Cruiser when we our journey, not really seeing how we use it. Somewhere in Southeast Asia we that is could be a nifty and device, if used correctly.

Coen’s friend Edwin had Coen an upgrade: the GPSmap (here’s the story about gift ), we have been free OSM maps in South which in major cities has working quite well. said that, there is debate in our team whether the GPS is a or not, but we’ll save topic for a blog post day.

We have no aircon, and miss it. In Pakistan we bought two ventilator fans which we above our front seats. for driving in fume-spewing traffic you can close your windows for a without suffocating, or when for traffic lights in the scorching Good for sleeping too. One fan can be with a cord into the tent (yep, very

With all this equipment we more than ready for our Oh, and why we drive this Land You can find our explanation + some and figures on Meet the Land .

I think that pretty covers it. Is there anything you on the list, something you’d to know about? Send us an or leave a comment below and answer you directly or add the information to page.

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