What is the best thing you bought for Overlanding?

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Billiebob

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A Rubicon..... does it all.
Next choice a Square Drop trailer.

Full size bed that is always made, zero setup, just roll in and sleep.
It is always loaded, home at 5pm Friday, couple up and leave town, buy a few groceries and beer and we are out of town in 15 minutes.
Even better in the morning if it is raining, just roll out of bed and drive. zero packing, nothing is ever wet.

Home late or early Monday, drop the trailer and go to work.

Best buy was the trailer.
Next best buy was the TJR which is soo compact, manuverable, simple, durable and capable.

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Best tires.... 7.50R16s
After 33s. 35, I'm now on super skinny 31s. 7.50R16s, a rire size going back to the 1960s and the most populat tire size in Africa or Asia.

The week I bought them I hooked up the trailer and did a 500 mile trip thru the mountains. The year before I averaged 14mpg on 33x10.50R15s. This year I averaged 17mpg towing a trailer. Without a trailer my best was 17mpg, without the trailer now my best is 22mpg.

Best thing I did was buy skinny, light 7.50R16 rubber, increasing my range by 100 miles. A huge difference overlanding. And it is easier to get 22mpg now than it was to get 17mpg before.

My Square Drop Trailer is all about convenience.
The TJR over say an F150 is all about compact, manuverable capability.
But the tires are purely about performance and increased range, Smoother ride a a 50% cost saving are bonuses.
In 2 years, 50K miles, I don't feel I lost a bit of capability stepping down in tire size. Actually in winter thru slush and standing water I made incredible gains.
I can cross the centerline, pass a Dodge diesel, come back thru the slush, while he is white knuckled trying to stay in the ruts.
 
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I mean, overlanding is vehicle based so technically everything is a vehicle part.... lmao.

I guess I will say materials for my trailer was the best thing I bought since it allowed me a lot more freedom with how I do trips.
 
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I've said it many times, that getting my trailer is the single best item I've purchased to expand what I can do when wandering and exploring North America. Far better than the trailers I've made or converted and much better than having just vehicle alone. It's allowed me to do so much more than I would have otherwise and provided, what for me, is the perfect foundation for adding what I want and need for my style of extended travel and basecamping.

If that's considered vehicle, then my answer would have to be, pretty equally, my expansive 360 awning, canoe, and eBike.

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+1 to my trailer being the “best” thing, at least in terms of making it possible to do more traveling. Such a time savor to get out of town quickly and have minimal chores when returning home.
 

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Hi lift jack, mine was broken and 15 years old when I got it painted it and rebuilt it, works great.
I know it's not fancy like a fridge or bumper but, it's necessary for any 4wd truck and they keep on, keeping on.








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So far, it’s either been the $40 home built drawer system I bought off Marketplace or my ARB Awning.
 

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a 5" memory foam mattress

no matter if we are camping in the trailer or in the camper shell on the back of the truck, that mattress is key to getting a good nights sleep. some of the worse back aches came from tent camping and the air mattress deflating or something. if i've slept well, i can handle at lot other inconveniences.
 

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Our Iceco Fridge and a Nemo Roamer mattress. I’m getting soft in my middle age. It used to be recycled throw-away styrofoam box cooler from the alley behind the town florist and a 3/4 length 1/2” thick army foam pad My grandfather gave me.
 
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Just think about - what you need most. Than it is easy to set the most important stuff

For weekenders it does`nt matters that much, it does matters on extended travelling.

Nr 1.) To sleep comfortable (dont matters where - but it has to be equal or better than at home)
Doesnt matters if you are a weekender or on a extended journey, you will use it aprox. 7h a day and if your back hurt, you dont will be able to enjoy it further.

Nr 2.) A comfortable rig
A rig who is able to carry everything your ego told you to carry, and still is capable and quiet after modding even on MTs

Nr 3.) comfortable camping environment (seats / table)
If the seats are shitty also the trip isnt enjoyable (starts to get more important as longer you travel, starts after 8 days ongoing overlanding)

Nr 4.) Now you can start to explain to yourself, why you rate a decent kitchen over grill, fridge, stove, storage, navigation unit, a gun, water tank and other useful stuff.

You can check my list out of 2014, if they had changed a lot (attention, german language only) Die 8 wichtigsten Ausrüstungs-Gegenstände einer langen Reise


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