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Drive, Camp Anywhere: Top Vehicles From Overland Expo

Sleep-Inside SUV

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

Depending how tall or short you are, and how flat you sleep, the slumber space in an overlander must accommodate. The right SUV setup allows you to have a lighter weight, yet off-road-capable vehicle. But the sleeping area usually takes up a considerable amount of gear storage space.

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

The Ford Excursion offers up massive interior volume for all sorts of overland build-out options, Plus, they utilize a tried and true platform and drivetrain, especially the 7.3L Powerstroke diesel.

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

No need to spend a ton of money on a rig. This little 4Runner build came cheap. Plywood framed the build-out and the owners drove it the length of the Americas. To be sure, it was a cozy setup.

Trailers

Trailers allow you to have a daily driver vehicle, and a fully sorted and stocked base camp parked in your driveway.

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

The drawback is that you have to deal with a trailer, both in cities and remote mountain tracks, and your camp footprint won’t be very small.

Roof-Top Tents

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

The ever-popular roof-top tent (RTT) sat atop just about every type of vehicle you can imagine at the show. While way more expensive than most ground tents, they are much less expensive than a dedicated overland rig.

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

Nissan hits the overland market hard with the “Project Basecamp” build.

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

A simple go fast/super fun option is to throw an RTT on a Ford Raptor and hit the gas, little to no modifications required.

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

Importing cool off-road vehicles like the Nissan Patrol is a great option, as long as they are more than 25 years old.

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

The Land Cruiser Troopy is an awesome platform that will take you anywhere on the globe. But I have to admit, I’d sleep inside and use the roof for kayaks and other adventure gear, vs. putting an RTT up there.

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

You can strap an RTT on nearly ANY vehicle.

Ground Tents

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

A perfectly viable option is to throw that trusty ground tent into the vehicle you have and hit the road. In fact, you don’t even need four wheels to have an amazing overland ground-camping adventure.

The drawback, depending on the adventure you’re on, is that you generally need a flat piece of land to set up camp. And doing that is generally frowned upon in most urban areas. Oftentimes you will have to purchase a campsite.

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

While the Toyota LC200 is expensive both new and used, it’s truly an impressive on- and off-road vehicle.

Standout Adventure Vehicle's From Overland Expo East 2017

There is little that will stand in the way of a Land Rover Defender 90.

Top vehicles from Overland Expo East 2017

A small lift, good tires and some skid plates, and a Subaru makes for an extremely fun adventure-mobile.

No matter which overland vehicle suits your travel style, budget, and current adventure plans, don’t let funds or responsibilities deter you from getting out there to explore. Find your own overland path and live a life of adventure.

Bryon Dorr
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Bryon Dorr caught the outdoor adventure addiction through whitewater kayaking, and worldwide adventures to remote places ensued. He crafted his own professional path as a photographer, journalist, and marketing consultant in the automotive and outdoor industries, while full-time overland traveling for nearly 8 years. You’ll usually find him out exploring by 4x4, adventure motorcycle, or sports car while seeking out opportunities to ski, mountain bike, and kayak. Bryon now has a home base in Portland, OR, and runs our sister site AutoWise.com.