Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route & Planning Guide (Car, 4WD, Van, Truck)
Chris Scott and his band of globetrotting contributors and specialists have put together the definitive manual for planning and undertaking a vehicle-dependent overlanding adventure across the wilds of Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Overlanders Handbook is written in the same entertaining yet clear jargon-free English for which Chris s other books are known it doesn t assume you know your plug gap from a radiator cap. Includes: 1. Planning When to go; typical costs; documentation; sponsorship; early overland journeys. 2. Vehicle choice and preparation The Overlanders Handbook is the most comprehensive account in print, covering everything from adapting a cheap car to equipping a campervan or 4x4 for months on the road, or even building and outfitting your own accommodation module to mount on an all-terrain truck chassis. 3. Life on the road How to handle dodgy borders, haggle over a purchase, treat a dodgy stomach and cope with crazy driving conditions. Guidance on wild camping; navigation and mapping strategies; onward shipping; advice for solo women overlanders; travelling with children or with pets; vehicle repairs and troubleshooting; and off-road driving techniques. 4. Continental route outlines Guidelines on both popular and obscure overland routes through Africa, Asia and Latin America. Includes fuel prices, easiest borders and best seasons, visa strategies, danger zones and regional highlights. 5. Overlanders Tales Half a dozen accounts of global adventures lasting months or even years in vans, 4x4s and all-terrain trucks from contributors aged from 9 to 69. 6. Supported by the online resource: Overlanders-handbook.
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Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide: 2nd Edition
Tom's reference is so well known it is refered to by it's initials (VDE). It contains nearly all you would need to know to plan and execute an offroad expedition in vehicles. It is also full of useful info for any form of offroad driving and camping.The book is partitioned into sections covering key topics in a very technical level of detail. Tom's explanation about oil grades, Breathable fabrics, vehicle suspensions, and driving approaches are better than any I have seen. And they are just a few of the topics covered.
The color photo's are outstanding, and this book would be just as comfortable on a coffee table as in the deepest sahara. (But don't waste it indoors, use it as intended)
The hardcover is out of print, and highly desired. There is a softcover updated version which is becoming available. It is B&W only, but has updated technical info and costs.
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