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Check out this nicely done VW Syncro turbo-diesel, with locking differentials. It was given the expedition-vehicle treatment for a German TV show and features built-in, PC-based navigation and multiple cameras for capturing the off-road action.

Here’s a link to the translated article. And here’s one to the image gallery.

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This fantastic looking Land Rover Series III has been equipped for overlanding and has been treated to a frame-off restoration, according to the listing on ebay. It appears to have been finished better than new with interior wood trim and leather seats. Camping equipment includes a stove, fridge, chemical toilet, a 40-liter water tank and dual fuel tanks. Mechanical equipment includes a generator under the hood, an old-school capstan winch on the front bumper, and a 2,500-lb boat winch on the rear. The rear was also fitted with a fold-down tailgate and swing-up hatch. The roof opens for access to the tent (now damaged according to the ad), hunting, and general sight seeing.

This same vehicle was for sale last fall on ebay, though I don’t know if or how the sale ended. It’s listed at $32,000. The concurrent auction stands at $15,000 with the reserve unmet.

More photos after the jump.

Update: The truck only generated one $15,000 bid before the auction closed.

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I can’t imagine hauling a camper on 4×4 trails. Leave it to the Australians to try. The Gall Boys give it some wellie. If you haven’t seen this one, it’s pretty great.

Thanks for the tip, Greg!

My girlfriend, Natalie, discovered this great picture on Pinterest the other day. This happy little Type-2 Camper graces the pages of a book called My Cool Campervan, by the across-the-pond duo of Jane Field-Lewis and Chris Haddon. The book features 30+ camper vans across 160 retro-inspired pages.

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All photos: Nik Schulz (Click to enlarge)

This rare 1975 Volvo Tgb 111 started life in the Swedish military but was later converted into an extraodinarily capable off-road camper with the addition of a Maggiolina rooftop tent, custom cabinets, and a heat exchanger for hot water. Only about 8000 of these trucks were produced worldwide, and none of them were officially exported to the U.S. or produced as campers, as far as I know, making this quite an uncommon find.

This ultimate overlander is being offered for $40,000 in Santa Cruz, CA. The seller estimates that it’s covered about 80,000 miles. Click here to email him directly.

Twin spares and a rear winch!

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Volkswagen weren’t the only ones to benefit from Westfalia’s raise-the-roof camper conversions. A few of these boxy-but-beautiful, Mercedes-Benz Transporters got the treatment as well. Finding one, however, is like trying to get your hands on a unicorn covered in pixie dust.

It could be lucky-leprechauns for you though, if you’re in the market, because this sweet, 80s-era, white-on-white, 207 Diesel Westy is for sale on ebay.

We’re back from following the footsteps of Mark Twain through the eastern Sierras (more on that in future posts). After having set the tent up for the fourth night in a row, the conversation turned to self contained 4-wheel-drive camping vehicles. The VW Westfalia Synchro came up. Only about 1500 of these rare, 4×4 campers were sent to the US between 1986 and 1991 and prices have risen into the $40k–$50k range for clean examples and into the $80k range for restored ones. Back at home I wondered if anyone still produces a small 4×4 camper that could be considered a spiritual successor to the old Syncro Westy.

My research turned up the Fuso Earthcruiser from Queensland, Australia, the spiritual home of off-road travel. The Earthcruiser is built on a  Mitsubishi Fuso light truck chassis and features turbocharged diesel engine and a pop-top camper. Four-wheel-drive systems vary depending on the buyer’s specifications. The available 5-speed manual transmission is mated to a 2-speed transfer case and offers traditional 4-wheel drive. The available 6-speed automatic offers all-wheel drive and a single speed transfer case. Either spec includes a limited slip rear differential. 37″ tires are standard and enable a 3-foot (900mm) fording depth. All that and it’s still compact enough to fit in a standard shipping container.

Inside the Earthcruiser offers about 80 sq. ft. (7.5 sq. m) of sleeping, cooking, showering and living space. The vehicle also includes 23.8 gallons (90l) of water in two tanks. Not only can the water system purify water from any nearby stream, it can provide hot running water and showers (indoor or outdoor—your choice) with a Webasto diesel hot water heater. This same heating unit heats the interior air and, on the North American model, also heats the house batteries and water tanks, a boon for winter camping. As far as electricity goes, a solar panel-assisted electrical system will power the living space for up to ten days (given clear skies). After that, it’s simply a matter of topping up the house batteries with the engine alternator.

The Earthcruiser is available in the US for $220,000. While it’s not quite the spiritual successor to the Syncro on price, it does seem to step up the old Westy’s game quite a bit.