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Overlander: Your Guide these Epic Campervans

If you're anything like me, the thought of hitting the open road in a Camper is about as close to paradise as you can get. There's something about being able to pack up everything and set out on an adventure at a moment's notice that just feels so free. And while campervans have been around for years, there's a new type of van gaining popularity among overlanders – the off-road expedition vehicle. 

These epic vans are equipped with everything you need to explore remote areas and take on any terrain. If you're thinking of taking the plunge into overlanding, this guide is for you! In it, I'll introduce you to the basics of overlanding and show you how to choose the perfect expedition vehicle for your needs. So read on – your dream adventure awaits!

What is an Overlander Vehicle?

Overlanding describes self-sufficient off road travel in a vehicle designed to keep you off-grid for as long as possible. 

Overlander vehicles are like the Swiss Army knives of the automotive world. They're designed for people who want to be able to go anywhere and do anything, whether it's driving on the motorway or exploring a remote stretch of dirt road. 

Overlanders are usually built on a 4x4 chassis, with off-road tires and suspension. Most have a campervan element integrated in the rear of the vehicle. So they can be self-sufficient for extended periods of time. In other words, if you're looking for something that can take you places others can't, an overlander is probably what you're looking for.

What is Overlanding?

Overlanding is the process of driving an Overlander, typically a 4x4 off-road vehicle, to explore the world beyond the beaten path. Overlanders are self-sufficient travellers who rely on their own skills and resourcefulness to get by, making them the ultimate road warriors. 

While Overlanding can be done in any type of vehicle, it's usually done in a type of camper so that you have everything you need on hand at all times. Overlanders typically head off into the great unknown with only a general idea of where they're going, making for some truly epic adventures. Perfect for anyone looking to escape the grind. 

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Is Overlanding the same as off-roading?

Overlanders are a different breed to off-roaders. Off-roading is typically done over a much shorter period of time. Whereas Overlanders are prepared to "rough it" in the wild for weeks or even months at a time. Overlanders typically have 4x4 vehicles that are outfitted with all the necessary gear to live off grid. This includes everything from awnings and tents to portable kitchens and solar panels. 

Off-roaders, on the other hand, typically stick to day trips or weekend camping trips. Their 4x4s may be modified for off-roading, but they generally don't have the extensive gear that Overlanders have. So, while Overlanding may be the new off-roading, it's really its own thing entirely.

What’s the difference between an Overlander and a Swamper?

A Swamper is a word used to describe a smaller 4x4 Volkswagen Transporter. These little off-road vehicles tend to be more about the looks. Overlanders are the total opposite, sacrificing everything in the name of getting off grid. 

Swampers are still awesome vehicles. However if you’re planning to drive to Africa, you’re probably better suited to an Overlander. 

The different types of overlanders on the market

​​Overlanders come in all shapes and sizes, but they all share one common goal: to explore the great outdoors. Whether you're looking to tackle some tough off-road trails or just escape the madness of the city, an overlander can get you there. But with so many different types on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you.

  • The 4x4 off grid: This type of overlander is built for those who want to go where no man has gone before. With 4x4 capabilities and plenty of storage space for all your gear, these rigs are ready for anything. 
  • The camper: If you're more interested in camping than Overlanding, then a camper might be more your style. These rigs usually have all the amenities you need for a comfortable camping trip, from a kitchen to a bathroom.

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What is the best vehicle for Overlanding?

Overlanding has become increasingly popular in recent years, as more and more people seek to explore the great outdoors. And while any vehicle can technically be an overlanding vehicle, there are certain qualities that make a good 4x4 off roader. 

First and foremost, a good 4x4 must be able to handle rough terrain. It should have high ground clearance to avoid scrapes and bumps, as well as a robust suspension system that can absorb shocks. 

A good 4x4 should be equipped with four-wheel drive, which will provide extra traction when driving on sand, mud, or snow. You’re going to need plenty of storage space for all of your gear. Overlanding is all about being self-sufficient, and you'll need to bring everything you need with you. There are some truly amazing expedition vehicles out there. Some of the more popular base vehicles are: 

  • Iveco 
  • Mercedes
  • Man
  • Landcruiser 
  • Unimog

These are the base vehicles that are most often used for Overlander conversions. They are reliable vans that have loads of room and loads of ground clearance. Most importantly these are some of the most reliable vehicles on the market. The last thing you need is to break down in the jungles of South America! 

How to customise your Overlander

Overlanders are not something that you can buy off the peg. Most are built bespoke to your requirements. The possibilities are endless. But one of the most important things to keep in mind is your power usage. You need to make sure wherever you are in the world your equipment is going to last.

This is where solar systems, huge leisure batteries and reliable 12v systems come in. You need to know that your fridge isn’t going to drain your batteries overnight. 

How much does an Overlander cost?

Overlanders are the ultimate off-road campers. They are 4x4s that are purpose built for living off the grid, and they come with all the bells and whistles that you need to make your off-road adventure a success. 

But all of this comes at a cost, and Overlanders are not cheap. Expect to pay somewhere in the range of £50,000 to £300,000 for an Overlander. Obviously totally depending on specification. 

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Best Overlander Trips and Adventures

Overlanders are used for all sorts of different extreme adventures. You can pretty much some it up in four words: Drive Around The World. Overlanders want a vehicle that is going to support them doing just that. 

Often people have sold all their worldly possessions to enable them to head off on adventures that most people wouldn’t even dream about. 

It's about exploration and discovery. It's about getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immersing yourself in new cultures and natural wonders.

If you're thinking of embarking on an overlanding adventure, there are few places on earth that can match Africa or South America for sheer diversity of landscape and culture. From the deserts of the Sahara to the rainforests of the Amazon, these continents offer an endless array of possibilities for exploration. And with a bit of planning and preparation, you can have the trip of a lifetime.

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An overland camper is the ultimate adventure vehicle. It allows you to go places that other camping vehicles can't take you and explore the world in a whole new way.

Now that you know a bit more about what an overlander camper is, and what sets them apart from regular campers. These adventure-mobiles are the perfect way to explore the great outdoors in comfort and style. 

Wildworx has taken on several Overlander builds. Whether you’re looking to drive around Europe or heading to Africa. We can help you bring that dream to life.

Get in touch with our team who can help you design your bespoke Overland vehicle. Alternatively take a look at our Campers for Sale.