Episode 103 – The Alaska Expedition

This episode of the podcast will cover the entire trip from Kansas City to Fairbanks, Alaska in pretty general terms, in some ways.  In the upcoming episodes we will really dive in and discuss the Northwest Overland Rally, the trailer that we built specifically for this trip, and we also have loads and loads of product reviews from the trip.  The episode is a bit of a marathon at over 90 minutes but it covers a lot of information and experience from driving the Alaska Highway.  Hopefully you enjoy the summary but look for more info in the written trip reports that will be posted on the website here very soon.   If you have made the drive to Alaska from the lower 48 before, please chime in and send us some feedback.

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Episode 102 – Brett from Western Australia

On this episode we have Brett from Western Australia on the show to discuss what offroading is like in Australia.  Are those kooky commercials of someone fording rivers and cruising down long dirt roads just to go to the grocery store fact or fiction?  Unfortunately, before we can get into all the amazing tracks that Australia has to offer, we lost Brett thanks for a sketchy internet connection to the outback.  Sometime we’ll get Brett back on the show to discuss the different areas to explore and what should be on your bucket list.

Brett with this Toyota Prada and Tvan Trailer

Brett with this Toyota Prada and Tvan Trailer

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WikiCamp – http://www.wikicamps.com.au/


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News

2015 Toyota Hilux

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/05/21/2016-toyota-hilux-official/    


Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/05/03/land-rover-svx-report/


The Hennessey Ford Velociraptor is powered by awesome-sauce

http://www.offroadxtreme.com/news/video-hennesseys-velociraptor-600-suv-is-awesome/


Ram exporting trucks to Australia and NZ

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/04/14/ram-trucks-export-australia-new-zealand/


If there’s time. Jeep confirms next gen Wrangler won’t be all aluminum.

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2015/05/21/next-jeep-wrangler-wont-go-all-in-on-aluminum/

Outdoor Edibles – Cast Iron Spanish Rice

  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • celery
  • Diced lime rotel tomatoes
  • Brown Rice already cooked

 

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Bonus episode – Dan on the Off Road Add-Ons Podcast

Dan recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Randy from the Of Road Add-Ons Podcast. Randy has released 19 episodes of his show so far and has a really great show. Be sure to subscribe to his show and let him know what you heard about it from The 4×4 Podcast.

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The full show notes are available here:  http://offroadaddons.com/the-4×4-podcast/

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Overland Expo 2015 – Guest Post From Mark Carrara

Vendor's booth on Saturday 2015 Overland Expo

Vendor’s booth on Saturday 2015 Overland Expo

This year’s Overland Expo broke its seven year run of great weather.  Snow, sleet and rain in various combinations greeted Friday’s participants.  Rain and some snow continued to drench the Morman Lake site on Saturday, leaving the parking, camping and exhibition areas awash in a sea of mud.  Sunday’s sunshine and gentle winds did much to dry out everything ending another successful Overland Expo.
Overland Expo is more than just a bunch of companies displaying a bunch of great products. It is also a training opportunity.  Attendees with a day pass attend classes on topics as varied as rope splicing and camp cooking, round table discussions on many subjects, and trip slide shows.  Those who purchased the full Overland Expo Experience chose for over one hundred classes taught by 70 plus instructors from around the world.
Display area on Friday 2015 Overland Expo

Display area on Friday 2015 Overland Expo

Soggy or not, the display area contained companies large and small.  From husband and wife startups less than a month old, to Chrysler-Jeep and everything in between.  The scale of the products varied as much as the companies.  Companies like Earth Roamer showed off their mammoth expedition vehicles, AEV presented their modified Jeeps and Dodge trucks.  Tent manufacturers from Australia, South Africa and the US competed for campers with trailer manufactures.  Just about anything you want, need or dream of for overlanding or camping  was on display.
Unevenness marked the training.  Top notch, focused and on topic mixed withs scatter shot, rambling courses.  Hindered by the less than ideal environment in the theater, slide shows suffered.  The weather played havoc with hands on demos.  Except for a short time on Friday morning, the driving skills training, sponsored by Land Rover was canceled because of mud.
Vendor's booth on Saturday 2015 Overland Expo

Vendor’s booth on Saturday 2015 Overland Expo

As the Overland Expo participants scatter to the four corners of the globe and the 2015 edition fades into history, what can be said of it?  The weather may have made life a bit more difficult, changed some classes and dampened some people, but spirits remained high and the show remained one of the must see events of the year.
Driving from Flagstaff to Morman Lake 2015 Overland Expo

Driving from Flagstaff to Morman Lake 2015 Overland Expo

Welcome ceremony on Friday 2015 Overland Expo

Welcome ceremony on Friday 2015 Overland Expo

Hands on driving skills course on Friday at 2015 Overland Expo

Hands on driving skills course on Friday at 2015 Overland Expo

Display area on Friday 2015 Overland Expo

Display area on Friday 2015 Overland Expo

AEV Booth 2015 Overland Expo

AEV Booth 2015 Overland Expo

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Episode 101 – Easter Jeep Safari

On this episode, Brand Libby from the Overland Roundtable joins us to talk about his experience at the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari.  Brandon is relatively new to attending the Easter Jeep Safari and shares some really great tips for those who are planning a trip for next year.  Here’s some of the links mentioned during Brandon’s review of the trip:

Stayed at Kokopelli lodge – http://kokopellilodge.com/

Rental Jeeps and Side-by-sides available

Jeep Africa

 

Fridge Freeze

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EPISODE 100

Episode 100 has been a long time coming and we’ve finally reached the century mark!  I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has been subscribed and shared the show with your friends.  With your help, we’ve created a pretty awesome little community.  The next 100 episodes are going to be even better than the past 100!

Fridge Freeze

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We were fortunate to have a great group on the show time time.  Of course there was Craig and Rich but that was just the start!  We also had Tony from the XJ Talk Show; John from the Centre Steer Podcast;  David from the Nissan Nation Podcast;  Jason from Mountain State Overland; and Brandon from the Overland Roundtable.

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Episode 99 – Off Road Independence Podcast

—EDIT —- The audio quality on the first part of the show is a much lower quality that you’ve come to expect due to some technical difficulties. 99 episodes down and we’re still fighting digital gremlins.

On this episode of the podcast we have an interview with Eric McGrew from the Off Road Independence Podcast. Eric is from the United States but has been living in Chile for a last few years. His experience has given him an interesting perspective of offroading and travel outside the borders.

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This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Lodge Manufacturing

 

Thanks to Fridge Freeze for supporting The 4×4 Podcast

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Episode 98 – Beau Johnston, TCT Magazine and Four Wheel Campers

On this episode of the podcast, we have an interview with Beau Johnston from Toyota Cruisers and Trucks Magazine (TCT Magazine) and we talk about his recent experience with a Four Wheel Camper (FWC) on the Pacific Coast Highway.  Beau Johnston has been on the show many times before and we’ve been enjoying the TCT Magazine for quite some time.  Before I decided to keep my Jeep Cherokee, I was very seriously weighing the idea of buying a full-size truck and then using a slide-in FWC.  It would give all the comfort of a full-size truck as well as the camping comfort of a hard side camper that can be removed from the truck for daily driver duties.  I will say that I have fond memories of having a pickup truck and the comfort of a hard side camper is very appealing.

Would you trade your adventure rig for a full-size truck with a FWC installed?

 

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Episode 97 – Ara Gureghian and Dual Sport motocycles

On this episode, I have the wonderful opportunity to chat with Ara Gureghian who has spent the last few years exploring the United States on his BMW GS dual sport motorcycle with sidecar carrying his dog, Spirit.  While the podcast is named The 4×4 Podcast, we talk about all things offroading.  Ara has a very inspiring story!  After chatting with him for a bit, I wanted to run out and buy a dual sport bike for myself, dump some responsibilities and just hit the road to explore!

Photo Credit to Ara Gureghian

Photo Credit to Ara Gureghian

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Episode 96 – The Alaskan Expedition Trailer

This episode contains audio that is a significantly different quality than you are accustomed to on the podcast.  Thats because I pulled the audio for this show from a GoPro video that was shot using an external mic.  My wife and I (and my sister-in-law) were driving back from visiting Lodge Manufacturing in South Pittsburgh, TN and had a chat about the trailer that we’re building.  If you like how this works out, then you may expect more episodes to be recorded like this so that we can create some content while on the trek across the western United States and then north through British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.

Be sure to let me know what you think about the audio quality and our plan for the build.  Drop your comments and ideas in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you or maybe incorporate your ideas!

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