Inside our Land Rovers


Land Rover "Hercules"

Specifications:

Reasons:
Dash board: Picture Coming!
 
CB/Radio console: Sony AM/FM radios with CD player (which was a big
mistake). We've also mounted a couple 12 volt cigarette lighters to power accessories and charge camera batteries. All of this equipment is housed in a large overhead radio box custom built by our friend and Rover owner, Tom
Clare of Boulder Creek California.
 
Speedometer: Custom Expedition speedometers were developed and fitted to both Land Rovers. They report speed in kmph and mph. The trip odometer is a must have item.
 
Volvo seats: Hercules is setup seats from an old Volvo to provide Cadillac comfort. The passenger seat swivels 180 degrees to face the rear.
 

Laptop Navigation Computer:

A Sony Vaio PCG-F350 featuring a 350mhZ Pentium II processor and 64mb ram, this computer is hooked to a 12volt inverter for power and our Garmin GPS receiver for position. DeLorme Eartha Global Explorer DVD software brings it all together allowing us to see where we are and where we're going, anywhere in the world (in 3D even!)
 
GPS Receiver: The Garmin 12XL Global Position System receiver guides the way but we often use this device's low tech predecessor, a compass. When we're through these devices should be full of interesting logs data.
 
Power inverter: 300 watt power inverter converts DC 12 volt automotive power to AC 110 volts. Used to power electronics, including computers, GPS, and charging batteries.
Sink and Stove: Hercules is the chuck wagon so it is outfitted with a Primus
two burner camp stove. Located beside the stove is a sink with manual hand pump. Below the sink we store twelve gallons of water in heavy duty plastic containers. The expedition guide recommend at least two gallons of water per person per day.
 
Propane tank: The stove operates on propane tank so Hercules is setup with a propane tank mounted in a custom location in the rear bed toolbox area. Thanks to Pat Young of RoverGo we have an threaded adapter so our tank can be filled in other parts of the world where a different connection is used.
 
 Cabinet: Pots pans, food, coffee, it's all up here. Enough food to last us three days in a pinch.
 
Storage shelves: These shelves make excellent use of our small space. They
should have been a factory option when these vehicles sold new.
 
Auxiliary Heating System: Espar 12,000BTU heater runs on gasoline and
provides thermostatically controlled cabin heat during the night, using a maximum of 3 Amps (DC 12 volt) per hour. Performance at elevations of 12,000 feet is unknown. The fine folks at Espar provided us with an auxiliary fuel
pump, jetted down for high altitude. We,ll swap in the new fuel system when we reach 10,000 feet.
 
Fire extinguishers: Two automotive grade fire extinguishers are mounted
within arms reach of all passengers. Flares, hazard lamps, and goggles complete the safety checklist.
 
Custom first aid kits: Todd wants to sew someone up on this trip. We hope he
doesn't get his wish but if he does he will have (hopefully) everything he needs to complete the job. Our custom kit contains everything including bandages, antibiotics, medical tape, aspirin, and anti-malaria and diarrhea medicines. However, we left the adrenaline shot at home.
 

Land Rover "Alaska"

Specifications:

Reasons:
Dash board: Picture Coming!
 
CB/Radio console: Sony AM/FM radios with CD player (which was a big
mistake). We've also mounted a couple 12 volt cigarette lighters to power accessories and charge camera batteries. All of this equipment is housed in a large overhead radio box custom built by our friend and Rover owner, Tom
Clare of Boulder Creek California.
 
Speedometer: Custom Expedition speedometers were developed and fitted to both Land Rovers. They report speed in kmph and mph. The trip odometer is a must have item.
 

Table on rear door:

The table sets up in a minute and offers a convenient
place to setup base camp, have a meal, or play cards.
 

Laptop Navigation Computer:

A Sony Vaio PCG-F350 featuring a 350mhZ Pentium II processor and 64mb ram, this computer is hooked to a 12volt inverter for power and our Garmin GPS receiver for position. DeLorme Eartha Global Explorer DVD software brings it all together allowing us to see where we are and where we're going, anywhere in the world (in 3D even!)
 
GPS Receiver: The Garmin 12XL Global Position System receiver guides the way but we often use this device's low tech predecessor, a compass. When we're through these devices should be full of interesting logs data.
 
Satellite Telephone: a MVS InmarSAT mini-M satellite terminal features
voice, fax, and email capability. Calls can be made from this unit from just about anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world...and it's pretty affordable. MVS/USA is a sponsor of our AroundTheWorld1999 Expedition.

Maps and Books:

We are using a line of maps and books from Michelin, and
Lonely Planet, two fine sponsors of our AroundTheWorld1999 Expedition. Lonely Planet has supplied us books for every country we visit. In addition
we found Nelles and Bartholomew maps full of good information. For general research we also brought along Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia CDs. The encyclopedia is a good compliment to travel books and luck for us, this
encyclopedia doesn't take up an entire bookshelf.
 
Power inverter: 300 watt power inverter converts DC 12 volt automotive power to AC 110 volts. Used to power electronics, including computers, GPS, and charging batteries.
 
 Storage Cabinets: Picture Coming!
 
Storage shelves: These shelves make excellent use of our small space. They
should have been a factory option when these vehicles sold new.
 
Auxiliary Heating System: Espar 12,000BTU heater runs on gasoline and
provides thermostatically controlled cabin heat during the night, using a maximum of 3 Amps (DC 12 volt) per hour. Performance at elevations of 12,000 feet is unknown. The fine folks at Espar provided us with an auxiliary fuel
pump, jetted down for high altitude. We,ll swap in the new fuel system when we reach 10,000 feet.
 

Air tank:

A six gallon air tank is mounted on the rear cargo cabinet floor and facilitates quick tire inflation. An additional connection on the tank can be used for air tools.
 

Tools and Coveralls:

Picture Coming!
 

Road Warrior adapters:

 Phone and power adapter kits that allow telephone,
data terminal and powered devices to connect and get what they need virtually anywhere in the world. TeleAdapt is a sponsor of our AroundTheWorld1999 Expedition
 

Fire extinguishers:

Two automotive grade fire extinguishers are mounted
within arms reach of all passengers. Flares, hazard lamps, and goggles complete the safety checklist.
 
Custom first aid kits: Todd wants to sew someone up on this trip. We hope he
doesn't get his wish but if he does he will have (hopefully) everything he needs to complete the job. Our custom kit contains everything including bandages, antibiotics, medical tape, aspirin, and anti-malaria and diarrhea medicines. However, we left the adrenaline shot at home.

         
         

         

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