Choosing the right overland vehicle is a daunting task. There are so many excellent options out there. How do you know which one is the right one for you? While we were looking for ours we came up with the following 5 questions to help us in the process:
1. WHERE will you be traveling?
We are all-rounders. We like the hustle and bustle of dense cities, as well as the tranquility of dewed forests and the challenge of mountain terrains. Regarding general safety features, we will try to avoid treacherous areas, but theft and vandalisme is possible everywhere (sadly enough we are in the midst of experiencing this firsthand at the moment I’m writing this post).
→ 4-wheel-drive & enough ground clearance
→ a compact vehicle
→ ability to secure the vehicle, when we are away and while driving (some areas are known for brake-ins trough the roof window while you are enjoying a ride)
2. How SELF-RELIANT do you need/want to be?
We love boundocking (wild camping) for longer periods of time, meaning that we need to be able to live off-grid.
→ enough water and food storage
→ water filtration system
→ large enough solar system (maybe a generator as emergency back-up)
→ biodegradable products
3. What kind of CLIMATES will you encounter?
From extreme warm (e.g., Burning Man event in the Black Rock Dessert-Nevada has been on my bucket list for a while now) to extreme cold (e.g., the Alaskan and Scandinavian winters have a strong appeal to us).
4. What are your personal and vehicle NEEDS?
What are the things we personally can’t live without? What are our basic needs now and to be foreseen in the future?
→ privacy to take care of hygienic needs (especially for women this should not be overlooked; some cultures are not that open-minded)
→ a fixed bed
What are the needs of the overland truck itself, to cover such terrain, climates and distance?
→ a motor and chassis that has been built for this kind of hard labor
→ storage for maintenance equipement
5. What are your technical and mechanical SKILLS?
We know the basics but are far from being experts. We need to be able to help ourselves in remote areas where a technician or mechanic is difficult to be found.
→ too sophisticated technology should be avoided
And of course it all has to fit within your budget 🙂