Traveling and visiting new places has always been a big part of our lives together. We go through different trends from year to year between domestic and international travel. Over the years, we have enjoyed everything from guided international safaris to just backpacking near home.
We have often enjoyed the places that 4-wheel drive vehicles can take us. We realized recently that we have owned 8 different 4x4s.
We are regrouping a bit after finishing the LMTV refurbishment. This time we thought we would start with a vehicle that is almost travel ready. Our new expedition vehicle is a 1987 Mercedes Benz 435 U1300L chassis with a custom composite sandwich habitat module. It needs some work, but it should get us on the road more next year.
We loved our LMTV, but we didn’t have the time and energy to finish making a habitat for it, so we purchased a Unimog that already had a hab on it and we are working to get it ready now. The Unimog is a little smaller than an LMTV, and we’ll miss the larger habitat area, but this Unimog seemed like a way for us to get on the road faster. There are pluses and minuses to all the big diesel trucks.
We are currently inspecting and upgrading the truck. If you want to follow along, we have a new blog:
You may have noticed that we have not posted for a while. A number of things have changed around here lately. Earlier in the month, we sold our freshly refurbished LMTV to Walt and Lauren (Grigsby Truck Company). We were sad to see the truck go, but we wanted to take the summer off and we really felt it was best to pass the truck on to someone that can pick up where we left off.
We still do plan on traveling a lot more in the future. The LMTV is an awesome platform, and we definitely recommend it for consideration to anyone looking to make an expedition vehicle. That being said, in the future we may opt for purchasing an existing camper just for project simplicity.