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Last week it was time to step up the vehicle preparation. More camping and the big test, an off-road training session. Nathan, Boris and myself headed to the British coast in Sussex near Arundel to meet up with off-roading legend John Morgan (www.4x4driving.co.uk) for a day on his off-road course along with some winch and hi-jack training.

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The session was designed to test Boris’ capabilities and for me to get some experience using Boris and all his tricks. I was able to use all the diff locks. Low gears with central diff lock meant we were able to cover most terrain challenges. When we stepped up the challenges the rear and front diff locks proved to handle almost everything else. Adding the rear diff makes big huge when power is shared across the rear wheels. Front and rear diff’s together was even better.  John being a Landrover man was impressed with Landcruiser’s capabilities. He eventually steered us into a mud bath that no truck would make it through. As a result we had 30 mins winching and recovery training which gave me the chance to test all the recovery roles and winch.

It was great fun driving around on the off-road course. The Landcruiser’s overall performance was excellent and the automatic made light work of most challenges. I’m now considerable better prepared and aware the capabilities of my Landcruiser. We also tested the high lift jack which is very useful but a dangerous piece of equipment if you are not careful.

IMG_2709In the evening we returned to our Sussex camping spot. This gave us the opportunity to test the Coleman’s duel fuel stove and MSR dragonfly stove to cook our dinner. Both products worked supremely well on unleaded fuel as we cooked wonderfully simple pasta and bacon meal.

The next day we went through a range of vehicle checks that will fast become one of my daily chores. The checks involved the oils, lubricants, lights, horn, wheels  and spares to name a few. Once again it was a great session and Nathan’s knowledge is proving invaluable. Sourcing the remaining vehicle and camping equipment is now a top priority.

But before that can happen I have a film course to prepare for…

13 Responses to “Landcruisers Are Built For Off Roading!!”

  1. I have been using a Coleman stove for years. I would suggest you carry a couple of the generator pipes spare. They tend to clogg and then eventually cause the stove not to light. You’ll find them on fleabay.

    You’ll notice a gradual degradation as they clogg.

  2. Another day – another skill!

  3. Sounds like you’re having a lot of fun while getting to know your wonderful beast 🙂

  4. The coleman stoves are excellent! we are using the twin burner and single burner on our trip, good choice 😉

    • Cheers. Did you take replacement parts?

      • I think we have a generator for both stoves but not for the lantern. Spare pump (only because I broke one and cobbled it back together) For reference we have used, I would say, 3 litres of petrol since leaving the UK approx 6-7 weeks on the road. We have a 10L can and only refilled the lantern once. Would recommend a fuel cap for a spare also as they are easy to lose. If you buy a lantern bring spare mantles, we are on the last one!

      • Great feedback Gareth. Impressive economy on the stoves. How many times do think you have used them?

      • hard to quantify, but we have cooked a lot, used in minus 10 to minus 15 for 2-3 weeks and boiled a lot of water/melting snow etc. when worked hard in cold conditions the petrol struggles to vapourise so its not so economical. Also petrol is available in most places 🙂 so filling up again isn’t a problem.

  5. To give you an idea of economy.

    We typically use about 2 litres in 4 weeks, that is for morning coffee, occasional tea in the day, and evening meal which is normally some kind of vegetable and meat dish (often a BBQ). We eat out in the evenings about 3 or 4 times a week thou. So I guess that equates to an average of 30 or 40 minutes a day for 4 weeks. We often have some fuel left in the jerry when we get back.

    Regarding lighting and pressure and cold and altitude. I have found that. Keeping the tank reasonably full (over half) helps. When it gets really stubbed check the generator is clean. The 30 to 40 pumps from empty is often not enough, give it that light it and immediately give it more. When lighting the 1 turn recommended is better at several but have the flame ready. You may also find keeping the prime lever up a little longer helps at altitude and in the cold.

    The pump is a good tip from Griff, you can buy the leather diaphragm if necessary also.

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