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Overlanders' Handbook : Worldwide Route and Planning Guide for Car, 4WD, Van, Truck

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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: www.overlanders-handbook.com.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 752 pages
  • 144.78 x 213.36 x 50.8mm | 929.86g
  • Trailblazer Publications
  • Hindhead, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16pp colour photos, 400 B&W photos, 12 maps
  • 1905864078
  • 9781905864072
  • 31,013

About Chris Scott

Chris Scott is a veteran travel guide author, adventurer and tour leader. He s made films of his rides in the Yukon (Call of the Wild, 2001), Desert Riders in the central Sahara (featured on National Geographic Channel) and Gorge Riders in north-western Australia (2005). He's the author of Sahara Overland, the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook and Morocco Overland also for Trailblazer.show more

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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. Planning When to go; typical costs; documentation; sponsorship; early overland journeys. 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. 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. 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. 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. Supported by the online resource: www.overlanders-handbook.com"show more

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'mandatory reading' - Overland Journal. 'I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is the first word, the last word, and if there is such a thing, the middle word, on overlanding.'- SA 4X4 magazine. 'Essential reading... refreshingly jargon-free'- 4x4 Mart. 'A must for any budding overlander'- Land Rover Monthly. 'Buy this book ... and turn your overland dream into a reality'- Land Rover Worldshow more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION 8 PART 1: PLANNING & PREPARATION 9 A plan 10 - Which continent 11 - Seasons and Climate 12 - Time and Money 14 - Fuel prices 15 - Overlanding: what are the alternatives? 16 Getting information 19 - Travel documents 21 - Visas 21 - Insurance 24 Vehicle documents 25 - Carnet 27 - Money and currencies 29 Sponsorship 31 PART 2: CHOOSING A VEHICLE 34 Paris to Peking 35 - What car, van or truck? 36 - Regional differences 37 Renting, Mick Baines 38 - Payload 41 - Manual or Auto 43 - ECUs 46 Ground clearance 49 - Buying abroad 52 - Diesel fuel 54 - Petrol 60 Two-wheel drive 62 - MPVs and vans 65 - Cab-over flatbeds 71 - Dual rear tyres 75 - Towing trailers 76 - GVW 81 - Motorhomes 82 - Campervans 84 Mountable cabins 87 PART 3: 4X4s 89 4WD 90 - ETC 94 - Choosing a 4x4 95 - Toyota Land Cruisers 99 Land Rover Defenders 114 - Defenders in the USA, Nick Taylor - 125 - Land Rover Discovery 132 - Nissan Patrols 136 - Mercedes G-Wagens, Russ Humphreys 139 - Double-cab pickups 144 - 4WD trucks 145 Ex-military trucks 148 - Mercedes Unimog 157 - Iveco Daily, Richard Clafton 161 - Fuso and Isuzu, John Marano 164 - Best North American overlanders, Scott Brady & Chip Haven 169 PART 4: MODIFYING YOUR VEHICLE 173 Overland, not overload 173 - Redundancy 174 - Mechanical assessment 175 Engine 176 - Transmission 181 - Suspension 183 - Tyres and wheels 190 - Tyre speed rating 194 - Compressors 197 - Extra lighting, Matt Savage 201 - Road-car specific modifications 202 PART 5: CONVERTING A VEHICLE 207 Long-range fuel and water 211 - Where to sleep 227 - Roof tents 230 Packing and storage 239 - Roof racks 247 - Electrics 251 - Auxillary batteries 254 - Solar power 258 - Inverters 262 - Lighting 264 - Cooking on the road 265 - Gas stoves 267 - Ovens 272 - Fridges 275 PART 6: BUILDING A CABIN 281 Self-build strategy 284 - Chassis torsion 288 - Power and heating 294 Shower and toilet 295 - Building and mounting a cabin 303 - Materials 306 Insulation 311 - Plumbing 315 - Cabin cooling and heating 321 Case study: MAN 8.136 conversion, Gareth 'Stan' Healey 323 PART 7: DRIVING OVERLAND 327 Shakedown trip 327 - Culture shock 330 - Driving abroad 332 - Borders and checkpoints 337 - Women driving alone, Lorraine Chittock 340 - Maps and route finding 342 - GPS & Satnav 346 - Navigation 350 - Vehicle maintenance and troubleshooting 353 - Fault diagnosis 356 - Spares list 363 - Tyre repairs 364 - Dirt-road driving 369 - Off-road recovery 387 Single vehicle shipping, Doug Hackney 403 PART 8: LIFE ON THE ROAD 422 Changing money and bargaining 422 - Keeping in touch, Nick Taylor 425 Satellite phones 429 - Mobile internet 430 - Filming your trip 431 Wild camping 438 - Adventures in food on the overland trail, Jan Rutters 441 - Health for overlanders, Claire Davies 443 - First aid kit 446 Accidents 449 - Stomach ailments 450 - Malaria 453 - When things go wrong 458 - Road accidents 459 - Robbery 461 - Survival situations 464 Honey let's take the kids, John Higham 466 - Taking the dog, Lorraine Chittock 473 PART 9: ASIA: ROUTE OUTLINES 479 Planning 479 - Map: West Asia 480 - Carnets in Asia 480 Turkey 483 - Caucasus and the Caspian, Charlie Weatherill 484 Syria and the Middle East 489 (Syria 489 - Jordan 490 - To Egypt via Israel or the Red Sea Ferry, Jan Rutters 490) Iran, Andy Pag 496 Pakistan 499 (Baluchistan 500 - Northern Pakistan and the KKH 501) India, Charlie Weatherill 507 (Map: India and Central Asia 509 - Kashmir and Ladakh 514) Nepal and Tibet, Andy Pag 516 - Myanmar (Burma) 518 Shipping across the Bay of Bengal, Charlie Weatherill 519 Russia, Charlie Weatherill 521 (Western Russia 530 - Baikal Northside (BAM) 530 - East of Irkutsk 534 - Map: Russian Far East 535 - The Amur Highway to Vladivostok 538 - Bering Strait, Mac MacKenney 540) Central Asia, Charlie Weatherill 542 Mongolia, Charlie Weatherill 554 South Korea, Phil Flanagan 561 Southeast Asia, Charlie Weatherill 563 (Map: Southeast Asia 564) Overlanding in China, Charlie Weatherill 572 PART 10: AFRICA: ROUTE OUTLINES 577 Practicalities 577 - Carnets in Africa 579 Maps: North Africa 586, Southern Africa 621 Trans-African routes 581 North Africa and the Sahara 582 (Crossing the Sahara 582 - Tunisia, Algeria and Libya 583 - Morocco and Mauritania 585) West Africa 590 (Senegal 591 - Mali and Burkina Faso 591 - East towards Chad or Nigeria 594 - Nigeria, Andy Pag and Darrin Johansen 595 Western Route via Angola, Darrin Johansen 599 (Cameroon 599 - Gabon to Angola 601 - Congo 602 - Cabinda 604 - Congo Ferry to Kinshasa 605 DRC 606 - Angola 609) The Nile Route 612 (Egypt 613 - Sudan 615 - Ethiopia 616 - The Omo valley route to Kenya 617 - Kenya via Marsabit 618) East Africa, Enzo Elphick-Pooley & Dawie du Plessis (Kenya 619 - Nairobi 620 Kenya to Tanzania 625 - South of Tanzania 626 - Tanzania to Malawi 629 Tanzania to Mozambique 631 - Mozambique 631 - Zambia to Botswana 632 - Zimbabwe 632) Overlanding in Southern Africa, Pat Garrod 636 Shipping from South Africa to the UK, Jan Rutters 643 PART 11: LATIN AMERICA: ROUTE OUTLINES 646 Practicalities 646 - Map: Central & South America 649 Mexico and Central America, Graham Jackson 650 (Baja 653 - Mainland 654 - Belize 656 - Guatemala 658 - Honduras 659 - El Salvador 660 Nicaragua 660 - Costa Rica 661 - Panama 662) Shipping around the Darien 663 South America 667 (Routes in South America 667 - Map: South America 668 Peru 673 - Bolivia 674 - Chile and Argentina 675 - Shipping out of Buenos Aires, Kristin Brinner 679 - Colombia and Venezuela, Phil Flanagan 680 - The Guyanas 678 - Northeast Brazil 684) Across the Amazon north to south, Silviu Stanescu, Phil Flanagan 685 PART 12: NOTES FROM THE ROAD 690 The Trail of the Turtles Gary Wescott 690 Sahara: The Empty Quarter Chris Scott 696 Full Timing in the Hotel Benz Arno Waal 707 Learning to Live in the Now Richard & Amanda Ligato 712 Low Profile Overlanding Jurgen Stroo 717 The Rivers of Asia Charlie Weatherill & Nina Alton 721 Our Big Overland Adventure Hannah, Noah, Jake & Eden B 726 APPENDIX A Short History of Roads 731 ABOUT THE OVERLANDERS' HANDBOOK CONTRIBUTORS 735 SUPPLIERS' DIRECTORY 736 INDEX 745show more
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