13 October 2016: Many of us may dream of embarking on an off-the-beaten track adventure, but haven’t yet found the resources or know-how to make this possible.
Build Your Own Overland Camper, the latest manual from Haynes publishing, offers one possible solution, with a step-by-step guide to building and fitting out vans and trucks for overland travel.
Author Steve Wigglesworth, who himself has built overland campers and travelled extensively on and in all manner of modified vehicles, presents an unparalleled insight into the world of designing, building and fitting out campers specifically designed for highly independent travel in tough terrain. Providing detailed and up-to-date information on both mechanical and habitation considerations, the book aims to help readers craft the best possible overland camper for themselves.
The manual comprehensively covers a number of topics, from planning and project management, to getting road legal and creating a comfortable living space. The author also demystifies how to deal with chassis-induced torsional stress, a tricky problem that any builder of such a vehicle will need to consider, and almost certainly address. Throughout the manual, topics are supported by real-life case studies from a range of vehicle builders, which help provide inspiration as well as reassurance for budding DIY enthusiasts.
Commenting on his inspiration for the manual, Steve Wigglesworth said: “There’s nothing like an overland camper for giving you the freedom to explore otherwise inaccessible landscapes and witness fantastic cultures and wildlife. I was unable to find any contemporary books dedicated to the subject matter, so decided to create a brand new guide with Haynes to share the hard-won tips and advice I’ve assimilated over the years.
“Creating your own personalised vehicle is both an incredibly rewarding experience and surprisingly achievable. While off-the-shelf overland campers are available, I’m a huge advocate of saving money, getting your hands dirty and creating a vehicle that’s perfectly tailored to your own very personal requirements. Owning one of these vehicles may give you the chance to set off on an adventure, but building it yourself means you can start the new experience at home. Build Your Own Overland Camper aims to give readers the encouragement and information to turn their travel aspirations into reality.”
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