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    Gentlemen I need your opinion please, I have pitched my trip to my father and one of the issues is this
    Mozambique is not friendly to light vehicles. Even Zanzibar to Kampala can have its rough edges”

    His suggestion was to do it in an over landing truck as it is better suited to handling the roads, sand and gravel we will encounter.

    So now I would like to know what you see as the best possible vehicle I should do the tip in.
    It must
    · Be able to carry large weights for extended periods of times over the worst roads
    · Be able to do 1000km on one fill up.
    · Be a diesel engine any truck mechanic in Africa can fix
    · It cannot break down (must be reliable as the tides are regular)
    · It only needs to carry 4 people and all their gear

    I am not going to ask this to be limited to people who have done this trip, you are all 4x4 enthusiasts you know what vehicles are and are not capable of. Now I ask you

    Which is the best vehicle?

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    What were you planning on taking?

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    Land Cruiser Bakkie, but then you won't be able to carry 4 people

    Most double cab bakkies will cope, but the new CRD engines are complex, so someone won't necessarilly be able to fix it in the bush

    Land Rover TDI, like Kingsley Holgate uses shouldn't let you down

    It all depends on the budget that you have and what you want to take along. If you have big budget and lots of things to take along, get a F250 double cab, fit an additional fuel tank and bob's your uncle. Alternatively Land Cruiser 70 station wagon should do well

    Pajero also an option
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    Scenario ..... you used a truck, and now you're stuck!! Who would be able to assit/recover you?

    I would say that a Unimog or Samil 20 would do the job. Light and agile enough vs a overlanding truck.

    If you prepare properly even a Land Cruiser Dubble Cab with a trailer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christo Davids View Post
    Land Cruiser Bakkie, but then you won't be able to carry 4 people
    Or do 1000km on one fill up.
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    I can do 2000km on 1 fillup.
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    Define light vehicle and define truck ?

    Cannot see the solution being anything other than a Land Cruiser of some flavour
    Last edited by hoenner; 2008/08/27 at 11:03 AM.
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    Not speaking from personal experience, but a friend who has been to Moz plenty said just about every bakkie he saw up there is an Isuzu, so if you take the older 2,8 D/C, might be worth a look at with a long range tank fitted

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    Which tyre, which shock, Petrol or diesel , there is no definate answer , only peoples various personal opinions.

    Question is what is the budget. Then only you can start looking at that stuff.
    Obviously the cruiser and Patrol and Landrover would be a good choice. Light vehicles such as double cabs why not. They did the Baboons, so why not this trip. They have the power. You just need the right dude behind the wheel. If i was doing a tough trip up there, i would personally make sure i have the right suspension and tyres. Vehicle must be in good condition. A CHANA made it through from China to Cape town ( newspaper reports ) So Chana and trailer

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    Well judging by you mentioning a truck Im guessing the budget is pretty good?

    The only vehicle for a trip like that will be the Land Rover Defender 'Kalahari', no question about it.
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    Thanks, what i wanted was a list of replys from the 4x4 community to proove to my father that the troopie (4.2D landcruiser 75 wagon) was pretymuch perfect.
    Dont ask me why he thought it wouldnt cope but hopefully your answers will sway his point of view.

    What do we want to take.
    • landcruiser 75 series troopcarrier
    • 4.2 diesel straight six
    • long range tanks (180L total)
    • Old Man Emu nitrogarger shocks and uprated old man emu load baring leafsprings
    • ARB front bumper with stck toyota winch.
    • 285/75/r16 maxis big horn tyres
    • duel battery (built in inverter and compressor, spots front back and sides and all that jazz)
    • roof rack with Eezi awn rtt & howling moon awning

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinfloyd View Post
    Thanks, what i wanted was a list of replys from the 4x4 community to proove to my father that the troopie (4.2D landcruiser 75 wagon) was pretymuch perfect.
    Dont ask me why he thought it wouldnt cope but hopefully your answers will sway his point of view.


    What do we want to take.
    • landcruiser 75 series troopcarrier
    • 4.2 diesel straight six
    • long range tanks (180L total)
    • Old Man Emu nitrogarger shocks and uprated old man emu load baring leafsprings
    • ARB front bumper with stck toyota winch.
    • 285/75/r16 maxis big horn tyres
    • duel battery (built in inverter and compressor, spots front back and sides and all that jazz)
    • roof rack with Eezi awn rtt & howling moon awning
    I don't think you're going to get any better than that
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    Availability of that tyre could be a concern. Do your homework around availability, or carry enough spares.
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    Sakkie is correct you wont get 16" tyre where you are going. They will have to courier from Nelspruit if you are lucky. Maybe take 2 spare tyre along even if it a different make.
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    Will do, if parents sign off on the trip
    thanks for input

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    or just get a Patrol for half the price................

    and it can and WILL go anywhere!!
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