Episode 107 – Christmas Gift Guide 2015

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On this 2015 edition of the Christmas Gift Guide, we have an all-star cast made up of the other members of the 4×4 Radio Network.  Its a large cast with Tony and Tammy from the Jeep Talk Show; John from the Centre Steer Podcast, and of course Dan, Craig, and Rich from The 4×4 Podcast.  Missing from the show is Greg from the Muddy Mic (due to family emergency at the last minute).  If you haven’t already checked out and subscribed to the other shows, take a second and download a few episodes.

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Episode 106 – Ramblr GPS

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In the garage

Dan

  • What all does it take to winterize a vehicle?
  • Block heater
  • Oil Pan Heater
  • Transmission Fluid Pan Heater
  • Battery heater or trickle charger?
  • Cool guy stuff:  washer fluid heater, mirror heaters, windshield wiper heater

Craig – Sand Sports Super Show and Off Road Expo

 

Rich – No wrenching. Riding, riding and more riding. Researching trucks for the future build

 

Interview – Ramblr GPS for all your social needs as related to mapping your adventures.

http://www.ramblr.com/web/main

 

Feedback

From Sean Caldwell

I’m listening to episode 16 and u said u put a link for the amy manual for field repair but I can’t find it on there do u happen to still know it.

http://asktop.net/wp/download/GTA/gta01-14-001.pdf

 

Mike Smith

Hey guys. Been diggin’ the podcast!  One of the latest mentioned covering electrical relays a little more in depth in a future episode.
Not that I’m the world’s expert or anything, but I’ve wired up more than my share, for a variety of different security, lighting, and other needs in my years as a 12v installer.
If I can offer any insight, feel free to hit me up!

Thanks,
Mike


in iTunes by joe5267 from Canada on September 23, 2015
l like listening when I’m going to school. It’s fun listening to the reviews and stories.


in iTunes by hookjaw from USA on September 16, 2015
I have to say, Dan and team puts his heart and soul into this podcast. Dan, Craig and Rich share their thoughts and ideas in a not overly produced podcast. I enjoy that this is just three regular guys talking 4x4s and sharing their thoughts. It’s been great to learn along with Dan as he shares his love of all things 4 wheel drive.
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OUTDOOR EDIBLES

Tembo Tusk Skottle – looking to try one soon  http://tembotusk.flyingcart.com/index.php?p=detail&pid=29&cat_id=

 

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Episode 105 – Global Expedition Vehicles

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The format for this episode is a little different than the traditional episode of The 4×4 Podcast.  So if this is the first episode of The 4×4 Podcast that you’re checking out, go back and check out a few of the past episodes that follow the more traditional format where we cover news, tips and tricks from the trail, offroading related apps, camp cooking and other wonderful segments.  Instead, this episode will feature only an interview with Global Expedition Vehicles, located in Nixa, Missouri.  
Global Expedition Vehicles builds vehicles that are designed to be self contained recreational vehicles that are capable of accessing areas of the world that are totally un-natural for a traditional RV.  The living quarters are built at yacht grade quality and the amenities are nearly unbelievable.  Features such as teak flooring and towel warmers in the interior bathroom are just examples of the things available on a Global Expedition Vehicle
 
Now these behemoth vehicles come at what I consider to be a high price tag.  The Pangea model that I took a tour of checked in at over $300,000.  However, that price becomes far more palatable when it is considered your actual home.  Maintaining a home residence as well as a GXV model would be quite expensive and that is probably why many GXV owners are full time travelers.  They have the ability to travel the world and live comfortably in their vehicle anywhere from the arctic circle to Central America and beyond.
 
As I said before, they are large vehicles which may mitigate where you’re able to drive a GXV.  However, there are ways to get around that as well.  One of the models that I was able to check out, had a garage space underneath the king size bed where a pair of motorcycles could be stored.  This kind of setup would enable the owners to park their GXV in a comfortable location and use it as a base camp while exploring farther out around the area on the dual sport motorcycles
 
I had the pleasure of exploring the GXV shop with my wife and we both agreed that Global Expedition Vehicle ownership is a great goal to set.  That being said, unless we stumble into a small fortune, GXV ownership may remain out of reach.  I want to say a huge thank you to Global Expedition Vehicles for opening up the shop just for me and showing off your exquisite craftsmanship.

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Episode 104 – Pacific Northwest Overland Rally

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In this episode we discuss all the skills and topics covered during the 2015 Northwest Overland Rally and Workshop, or NWOR for short.  The NWOR was a gathering of overland and adventure travelers from around the world.  Most of the attendees was from the Pacific northwest area but there were some other attendees from some pretty far off places.  If we got some of the details in the show incorrect, send us a correction and we’ll include it in the next show.   Read more »

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Episode 103 – The Alaska Expedition

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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

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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

Offroad APPtitude

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


Feedback

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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

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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

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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

 

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EPISODE 100

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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!

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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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