Overland Journal Winter 2014

Each issue of Overland Journal features in-depth coverage of equipment and vehicles, as well as full-length trip stories that span the globe. Our strict standards for writing and photography, in addition to our striking layout, means that our subscribers receive an expedition and adventure travel magazine that is at once inspiring, informative, and attractive.

United States
Overland International
5 Issues

in this issue

3 min
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Lego Discovery A recent rainy Sunday had my son Benmont and me building Lego off-roaders, using Overland Journal as inspiration for our free-form project vehicles. The one pictured [above] is our version of our long-gone LR Disco. Thanks for putting out a great publication; we’ve spent countless hours poring through all the issues I’ve saved over the years. Rob Ozarowicz 2006 4-door Tacoma TRD All Scoped Out We received several Overland Journals back in June, and as usual the boys had them all scoped out, marking the stories they wanted me to read to them by the time I got home from work. Nehemiah [pictured] enjoys cruising around the highlands of Papua New Guinea with me on our 1994 Husqvarna TE-610 and 2006 Kawasaki KLR 650. We really do appreciate these gifts. Christopher Clark 1994…

5 min

Bill Dragoo Bill Dragoo is a certified flight instructor, commercial seaplane and sailplane pilot, skydiver, scuba diver, Jeeper, adventure journalist, and a lover of all things that happen off the pavement. Always game for a challenge, Bill has won numerous competitions in motocross, cross-country mountain biking, and sailboat racing. He has enjoyed first and second place finishes at RawHyde Adventure Rider’ Challenge and represented Team USA in BMW’s 2010 competition in South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique. He is quick to tell anyone that the synergy between riding and writing has opened doors he never would have imagined as a younger man. Pablo Rey Pablo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He moved to Spain in 1992, where he enjoyed an extraordinary life, but just on weekends. In 1999, during a trip through Africa,…

5 min
cast your vote

I’m happy to say I’m seeing a trend back to Made in the USA, and that manufacturers such as Eezi-Awn, Land Rover, and Zamberlan Boots have stayed the course and kept manufacturing in their home countries. I drove by a Walmart this afternoon on my way to visit a friend. Interestingly, there was a chain link fence wrapped around the perimeter of the parking lot. I thought it odd until I noticed that the lot was being resealed. My wife Suzanne commented, “You know, it looks like it is permanently closed. Even the signs have been removed.” Internally I leapt with delight, a wide smile spread across my face, and responded, “I’d be absolutely thrilled to see a Walmart shutter its doors.” This evening I read a post on adventure-journal.comadventure-journal.com titled Wave…

8 min
editor’s mobile office part ii

While I wouldn’t consider myself a collector, I tend to keep things for a long time. The ’82 Toyota Hilux I purchased in college, my first four-wheel drive, still sits in my garage. The Coleman stove, lantern, and ice chest, acquired around the same time, though they’ve been “refurbished” with Krylon and layers of duct tape, are used regularly. When the odometer on my ’02 Tacoma, which doubles as an abode and mobile office when I’m on the road, clicked past the 170,000-mile mark, I figured it was time to give it an overhaul. I’d performed regular maintenance (oil, brakes, timing belt), but the transmission was howling like an aggravated hippo, the DR suspension—which was top-of-the-line when I installed it in 2006—was damping my ride like an out-of-control Slinky, and…

8 min
the modern explorer part iii

I will be the first to admit that the introduction of a Land Rover Discovery with an independent suspension system sounded like the death knell to a brand I have come to love. Over the past few decades, each new model seemed to become increasingly complex and less utilitarian, with solid axles giving way to A-arms, and the classic 100-inch wheelbase growing by nearly a king’s foot. For years, I stewed and avoided any new Land Rover, both personally and editorially. However, the last four years of driving LR3s, LR4s, and MKIII Range Rovers have made me a convert. Certainly, the LR4 is more expensive and more complex than my 1995 model, but it is also better in nearly every way. For this final installment of the long-term publisher’s project,…

1 min
impeltronics extendable telescoping magnetic flashlight $21

If you like to tinker with engines, transmissions, and differentials as I do, you’ve inevitably dropped a nut or bolt into the murky abyss of your engine compartment. When you don’t hear it hit the ground—which means it probably found a cubbyhole in the frame or wedged itself behind an exhaust manifold—it’s time to pull out a telescopic magnet, a headlamp, and put on your miner’s hat. I recently picked up the Extendable Telescopic Magnet Flashlight from Impeltronics and immediately put it into service. I can tell you that this is one handy tool. When extended it provides a 21-inch reach; the business end has an LED array to illuminate your target, and a flexible head to allow for 360° rotation. The magnet is powerful enough to pick up any nut…