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Overland Expo West 2016 – Interesting Overlanding Vehicles

Here are a few interesting Overlanding vehicles not on display by vendors.

These are ones from the camping/parking area. We walked around it on Saturday afternoon.

Vintage travel trailer in the camping area.

Vintage travel trailer in the camping area.

Another one of a kind Fuso-based camper.

A one of a kind Fuso-based camper.

A Siberian Tiger Camper in the Camping area.

A Siberian Tiger Camper in the Camping area.

This one was at the back of a vendor area. Proof that you dont need to spend a lot of money to build an Overlanding vehicle.

One of a kind camper in the back of a Vendor site

One of a kind camper in the back of a Vendor site

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Overland Expo West 2016 – Vendors’ Overlanding Vehicles

Here are a few of the Overlanding vehicles that were brought by the vendors. Some of them are quite interesting. Some not so much. Mostly just photos.

Unimog-based vehicles:

XP Camper - XP Cube

XP Camper – XP Cube

Expedition Imports

Expedition Imports

Couch's giant Unimog-based vehicle with slide out.

Couch’s giant Unimog-based vehicle with slide out.

Others built on large vehicles

Two Earth Cruiser Vehicles. Always great vehicles.

Two Earth Cruiser Vehicles. Always great vehicles. Fuso based.

ATW - All Terrain Warriors

ATW – All Terrain Warriors

ETL Overland vehicle.

ETL Overland vehicle.

HaF Xpedition Camper

HaF Xpedition Camper

Much Smaller Vehicles

Sportsmobile Mercedes Sprinter model

Sportsmobile Mercedes Sprinter model

HumV4U vehicle

HumV4U vehicle

Overland Explorer Vehicle

Overland Explorer Vehicle

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Overland Expo West 2016 – Day 2, May 20

The Featured Vehicle Area filled up.

The Featured Vehicle Area filled up.

We wandered around the Vendor Area in the morning.

The Vendor Area started to really fill up.

The Vendor Area started to really fill up.

We taught the “Frame Failure – Or How to Avoid Breaking Your Vehicle in Half” class at 11:00 at the Hands-On Demo area. This required packing up our vehicle and moving it to the area near the Entrance. So we made sure we were back at our vehicle by 10:00 to do all this. We arrived in plenty of time.

 

Jon describing the design process with our Fuso in the background.

Jon describing the design process with our Fuso in the background.

Jon referring to our vehicle (behind him) during his Friday Frame Failure class.

Jon referring to our vehicle (behind him) during his Friday Frame Failure class.

The class was based on the information Jon learned when we needed to replace the frame in our vehicle. It covered the different ways that a load can be attached to a vehicle and the advantages and disadvantages of the different systems.

Jon demonstrates how vehicle frames are constructed.

Jon demonstrates how vehicle frames are constructed.

Jon demonstrating how loads are mounted onto frames.

Jon demonstrating how loads are mounted onto frames.

We had a good turn out, but it was really cold, especially in the shade.

A very interested class. Listening to Jon talk about frame failures. It was very cold in the shade.

A very interested class. Listening to Jon talk about frame failures. It was very cold in the shade.

We met up with my mom and a friend in the late morning. She and Jim came out on Friday and Saturday for the day.

My mom, Susanna Clark and friend, Jim Langston.

My mom, Susanna Clark and friend, Jim Langston.

In the afternoon, we participated in a Roundtable Regional Q&A session on traveling in the Continental US West. We went to the Happy Hour after our Roundtable was over. We spend much of the day walking around talking with Vendors and other Overland visitors.

Miscellaneous Photos of the Vendor Area

ShiftPod by Advanced Shelter Systems.

ShiftPod by Advanced Shelter Systems.

An interesting experimental vehicle. Three wheels and a propeller on the back.

An interesting experimental vehicle. Three wheels with a propeller on the back.

Mastodon Motors

Mastodon Motors

360 degree awning sold by BundutecUSA

BundutecUSA

Cynology War Lab Vendor

Cynology War Lab Vendor

Tentipi

Tentipi

 

Hellgeth Engineering - Pinzgauer

Hellgeth Engineering – Pinzgauer

 

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Overland Expo West 2016 – Day 1, May 19

There is always a line.

There is always a line.

We arrived at Overland Expo on Thursday, a little before noon. Even then, there was a line to check in. Because of the rain over the last couple of days, the usual campground area was too wet to allow people to camp there at that time. Fortunately, the area is surrounded by National Forest that allows dispersed camping and there are a few Forest Service campgrounds, too.

The Vendor Area is pretty vacant around lunchtime on Thursday. The Featured Vehicle Area is on the right.

The Vendor Area is pretty vacant around lunchtime on Thursday. The Featured Vehicle Area is on the right.

As you can tell by the deep tracks around our vehicle, the ground is still very wet and soft.

As you can tell by the deep tracks around our vehicle, the ground is still very wet and soft.

We were camping in the Featured Vehicles area again. It was relatively dry enough to allow us to set up right away. Even so, our back wheels sunk in a bit. It worked out ok for us since the rear of the Fuso is a little higher than the front.

All set up. The EarthRoamer next to us belongs to the Blackwells. On the other side, an interesting collection of vehicles.

All set up. The EarthRoamer next to us belongs to the Blackwells. On the other side, an interesting collection of vehicles.

Our campsite was next to a collection of one of a kind military vehicle based Overlanding creations. On our other side was Robert & Nina Blackwell (White Acorn). Rick and Kathy Howe (Traveling Tortugas) and Graeme & Luisa Bell (A2A) were also camping near us in the Featured Vehicles area.

The Traveling Tortugas camping nearby in their restored Tiger.

The Traveling Tortugas camping nearby in their restored Tiger.

The A2A vehicle is also set up in the Featured Vehicle Area. Jessica sits out front and Keelan is talking with a couple.

The A2A vehicle is also set up in the Featured Vehicle Area. Jessica sits out front and Keelan is talking with a couple.

We always like arriving early and watching everything go from relatively quiet to packed full. We spent a lot of time socializing and walking around talking to people.

Featured Vehicle Area has become much more crowded.

Featured Vehicle Area has become much more crowded.

Jon and I were teaching a couple of classes and participating in several roundtable discussions. In the late afternoon, we went to the instructors meeting.

 

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