Monday, June 5, 2017

Welcome to the Land Roamer's blog!

I created this blog to keep my family and friends informed about the Land Roamer’s 
preparation, planning for the trip and later to keep in touch during my overland adventures.

You all know of "Land Rovers" and of "Land Cruisers", but who has heard of a "Land Roamer"?
Having had both a Land Rover and a Land Cruiser, I decided that I would call my 
4x4 camper-truck, a Brimont Brutt (more info here) "Land Roamer".

To roam: "To travel purposefully unhindered through a wide area. It suggests wandering freely
 and often far afield."  Etymology: Middle English, 14th century, Merriam-Webster.  

"Live for the JOURNEY, not the Destination!"

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

=> East, South, North, East and... I'll be back home !

Starting in Geneva, my trip Around The World will follow the Silk Road, Asia, Australia, South-Central-North America and back to Europe!
... There is no set itinerary and no fixed schedule...

Departure date is planned for Autumn 2017.
Duration is undefined : 4 to 8 years, so many variables...

I want to maximise driving overland and to minimize distances over oceans...

It was label Around the World, May 17, 2015

Friday, April 14, 2017

Aluminium storage boxes

I drove to Bern to pick up 2 custom made aluminium storage boxes.
        I had a little bit of luck today... They barely fitted inside the car!

Curious to know where they will go? - Patience, wait and see...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Emergency SOS !

As I intend to drive (sometime solo) to remote places, way out of reach of mobile telephone networks, I thought that it would be wise to invest in a nifty piece of modern technology. I received today...

The DELORME inReach, a 2-Way Messaging | SOS | Tracking | GPS | Weather Forecasts

This device is an essential two-way messaging device that works in the backcountry, or anywhere cell phones don’t. Whether by land, sea or air, you’ll have a reliable connection to friends – or help – when and where you need it. Use inReach SE to send and receive messages, trigger an SOS, get weather forecasts or share your journey with others. inReach can can used on its own or paired with a smartphone, and it’s rugged, waterproof and ready for anything!

Operating on Iridium, the world’s most reliable satellite network with 100% global coverage, you can go anywhere with confidence that you’ll never be lost or out of reach.

More info here!

A global two-way connection offers true peace of mind:
Pairs with Smartphones

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Top cupboards

Here are a few pictures of how I build the top cupboards. They are not very big/large, but will be handy to store little things in separate compartments.

Work in progress, rear storage space:

Side cupboards:
Using contact cement to glue finishing material inside cupboard


All done !  Rear

Monday, October 10, 2016

Paint drama...

I had left a plastic can of paint towards the front of the truck, which was parked on the incline of my driveway.

This is what I discovered next morning...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Water tanks

Installed fittings on the 3 water tanks (70 liters each).

The tanks will be on top of insulation.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Fitting the water heater

To have hot water, I fitted a "heater" which will warm the water either from the truck's engine or from AC power (if I'm hooked up to the grid).

It's positionned at the back of the truck, inside the cabin.
Glue and pop rivets to fasten support on side wall

Monday, August 8, 2016

Constructing a new spare-tire carrier on back door

As I had removed the spare tire from its original position behind the driver's cab (see here a blogpost about this), I used part of the original support frame and modified it to go on the left back door of the Land Roamer. As the original back door was not designed to carry a heavy load I:
- Added more hinges to spread the load.
- Added a "sub-frame" that would go all the way to the bottom of the cabin and carry the load onto that strong "chassis".

1/ Initial sketch of the idea!
2/ Cutting-off some of the metal from original support frame
3/ Presenting the subframe onto rear door, which has been removed
4/ Modyfing the position of the studs that hold the tire (because I now have rims with a wider offset).
- Cutting (grinding off) studs
 - Welding studs sub-assembly (from another subframe)

5/ Inserting screw-in fasteners on back steel frame of cabin. I have to put additional "back-up" metal behind the sheet metal to reinforce it.
- Steel flat stock will be inserted in the opening I made on side of cabin
- Screw-in fasteners are inserted and seared
- The flat steel stock will be cut flush with the side of cabin.
6/ On back door, lining up where additional hinges will be fitted
7/ Making sure door is properly flat on garage floor
8/ Welding is finished...
NB - On above picture, the bottom part of the subframe will "encase" the chassis of cabin and will be locked in place by 2 Anti-Luce drop pins that can be seen on picture below. ALL the weight of the spare tire will be transferred there. The side hinges are only to hold the carrier in position.
9/ It fits (... and should work)!
- A new handwinch will be fitted to lift effortlessly the spare tire (via the steel cable).

NB - The spare tire had to be fitted a bit high in order to preserve the excellent departure angle of the Land-Roamer!