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I thought this may make a good post to mention the kit we carry to travel like we do, we've finally had time to sit down and fully test our toys over the last few days so its been a good chance to see if we made the right decisions. We have had time to refine what we need or think we need from past experiences traveling and short holidays down under, other people planning to do a similar trip may find it helpful.
The van: 1989 Toyota Landcruiser, aka as a Troopy or Troop-Carrier
300,000 kms on the clock when we brought it, 350,000 kms now, current market value $8000
The model can hold 11 people with all its seats, hence the name Troop-Carrier, (we actually found out from its log book it was from new owned by the army!) In ours all the back chairs have been removed and a bed-deck has been built with underneath draws for storage, (this was already fitted when we found it for sale)
Down one side next to our bed we have our 40lt 12v fridge, a 20lt coolbox, (We went for a fridge as the cool-box was just to messy and a pain in the arse to use all the time, we now use it for veg and bread, un-cooled, I have to say the fridge is our best camping toy ever, it gives you Ice cold beer on a stinking hot day what more could you ask for!) next to that we have a narrow table I made from scrap wood as a shelf, above the bed on the ceiling we have hanging nets for more storage.
The Troopie is a slightly taller 4WD than many you find over here such as the Nissan Hilux but we preferred the extra head room for sitting up when we use the back area as our living room
The van has duel petrol tanks giving it a range of about 900km on a full set of tanks, we have a good roof rack, awning and recently brought solar panels. I also brought my bike which lives on the roof with the solar panels, this can be a pain to pack up but as the van is pretty full now we don't have much choice.
Two spare tyres, and a emergency tyrer repair foam canister, I didn't mention we have already had one puncher since we drove through the Grampian on the rocky roads, luckily I got chance to test my kit in Tasmania so I know we have all we need to get back on the road.
The rest of the kit is pretty standard, we have power investors for the laptop, mobile internet with virgin (which is't the most reliable for coverage but its good value and suits us), camping stoves one for outdoor use, and a small portable one which we can use inside if the weather isn't to great
So thats us really, I know our friends sometimes wonder how we manage to live on the road with everything in a little-ish van, I know we did when we first thought about ditching the tent years ago, so I hope this post wasn't to boring for others (If your still reading).
It also helps to get along with your travel partner, there isn't much room for arguments on the road, don't forget to bring a sense off humour and someone you get on with.