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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Looks great. I will be replacing the canopy so I can order it in a variety of colours.

    the problem with shipping is that other people load it and unload it so it will have to be easily drivable.

    shipping will take around 6 weeks.

    When I say let the tyres down I mean to around 50%. Not totally flat. So I think they should be ok.
    50% should be fine on new or good tires
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    So I have decided to upgrade the canopy. What colour do you all think I should get? black, silver or white? Black will obviously be the hottest but I think will look the best.
    I vote for white. Matches your vehicle, cool, and I think it'd look awesome.
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    I’m stuck between white and grey at the moment but leaning more towards grey

    The Landy will be used in an advert soon so they did some filming recently.
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Grey, similar to the wheels.
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Grey
    Always think: Could this be sarcasm?

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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    I made a video of our last trip where we had to look at alternatives when we couldnít get to Gonarezhou. Hope you enjoy :


    https://youtu.be/x9AkiZXOIHA
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Just love this Defender. Nice thread Bruce.

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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    @ Bruce, any news on the canopy yet?
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Quote Originally Posted by D-tox View Post
    @ Bruce, any news on the canopy yet?

    no. I did go and look at it and itís really nice but the wife made a good point saying is it worth the R40k? So Im actually having second thoughts now. Fortunately they didnít have stock at the time.

    oh and I had an oil leak out of the drain hole in the gearbox, so took it in last week to get that seen to and as I stopped I heard a rattling noise. It was checked and as I suspected the turbo is finished. So itís busy getting a new turbo right now.
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Saw the advert with your Landy. All over instagram and youtube

    Now you can't get the Landy muddy anymore
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Haha! Oh yes I can. Watch this space! 😂
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Been a while since I updated the thread.

    not much has changed. I have replaced the turbo and vacuum pump which started leaking a bit of oil and there has been a bunch of minor fixes or replacement of parts, more as preventative type maintenance. And completed the interior so Iím pretty much done for now.

    I also still have an itch to get a proper slide on slide off type camper as in the below pictures but will see if it ever happens. The local ones are not up to scratch.
    covid has also put a stop to the Capricorn trip but itís still will happen as soon as we are free to travel.
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    After searching and getting costs to import a slide on slide off camper I have decided its actually not worth it. There are none locally that I like and importing will cost around R300+k so not worth it.

    So, we have decided to, add a trailer to our setup. I really didnt want to tow anything but to be honest, its a PITA to pack up the 130 if camping in a spot for a few days, whenever you want to do a game drive for example. Even though the tent is extremely easy to pack up, you still have to climb into it to fit all the straps, pack up the kitchen and side table and sometimes even the chairs. Then when you get back, especially in busier campsites, people have decided to park in your spot and even use your wood that you may have left behind. (yes this happened once already) Another time we arrived back in time to see a family walking off with our chairs. When I confronted them they said, oh sorry they thought someone had left them behind.

    Anyway, I have decided to get a Conqueror Comfort from Rudu at Outdoor Campers. He is a long time forum supporter and an overall good guy to deal with, so I highly recommend him. He also distributes a range of power management systems and other bits and pieces. A funny coincidence; my old man bought a double cab bakkie from Rudu through this forum about 10 years ago too.

    Next month we are going to Mupungubwe for a week, so will be using the trailer for this trip as we will more than likely be doing game drives etc daily but staying in the same campsite.
    If we are to do Bots or Namibia, we will probably not tow the trailer as those trips we generally wouldnt stay in one spot for more than two nights and when you do you probably dont do much driving during those stayovers anyway.
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    good choice! the comfort is a great all in one solution, massive bed!

    I got a slide on camper for my 130 that I will have to take apart and overhaul anyways..
    I have a trailer which is very convenient..

    I think to have my 130 as a all in one camper solution is more of a "Gat jeuk" thing..
    So she go in next week for some MAJOR Surgery..

    Will see how it goes ...


    Keep us posted, things are looking good!
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    D-tox what slide on camper did you get?
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Picked up the trailer earlier today. the 130 actually towed it really well.
    Now the fun starts.
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Today I decided to give both the trailer and the 130 a spar treatment which included a PH neutral shampoo and conditioner. 😂
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    A lot of travellers overload their vehicle, not realizing that a trailer can make their journey so much more pleasant. Even short stops can be accommodated. Bruce you have made a wise decision. You now have the added benefit of setting up camp and leaving it in place for 2 days to 20 days. Your 130 will not be overloaded should you only do short trips.
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    Thank you Mike.

    I have towed Xplorers , trailers and a companion so they do have many benefits especially when in camp. I just originally didnít want to tow again but for the longer than one night stays it is definitely better.
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    Default Re: Defender 130 Overlander build

    Looks so good that i am looking at a 130 on monday afternoon, 80k on clock.
    But i think ill see what the VNT turbo will do on my Kalahari first...........

    Can someone please post a link to the 130 in the Add
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