2017 Overland Expo Showcases Adventure Travel Creativity

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The idea of packing up your expedition vehicle and heading to parts unknown is becoming more popular. Let's be honest, given the state of local and national politics, and impending economic doom, who hasn't thought about getting off the grid and returning to a simpler life? The increased popularity of events such as the recent 2017 Overland Expo in Flagstaff, Ariz., demonstrates how much momentum these ideas are getting.

One of two annual adventure travel expos (the other happens in October in Asheville, N.C.), the Flagstaff event showcased some of the coolest and most impressively stocked exploration vehicles on the planet — some of which can be strapped right on top of a pickup truck. We also saw some amazing customized rigs worth more than most houses.

Here are just a few of the interesting things we saw at the 2017 Overland Expo West. For more information about the shows, click here.

Cars.com photos by Matt Avery

 

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Although this might look like a U.S.-made Hummer, it's a Toyota Mega Cruiser. These were built in Japan for the military and offer four-wheel steering, central tire inflation from inside the cab and a torquey four-cylinder diesel.

 

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Among the relatively stock-looking pickup trucks with cab-mounted fold-out tents, was this Frankenstein. The owner started with a 4x4 GMC TopKick, then welded a full-size GMC Savana van to the back with all the luxury details inside.

 

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One of the trends we spotted at this year's expo was more for relaxing than exploring the backcountry. This "hammock" attaches to the normal receiver hitch, then spreads two bars to suspend the swinging bed.

 

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Camper shells have been around almost as long as pickups themselves, but this one from EarthCruiser is lightweight and pops up in seconds to sleep two comfortably. And even though this is a lightweight shell, the company still advises buyers to watch their gross vehicle weight numbers closely.

 

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If you're looking for the most impressive outdoor explorer with the most forward and Reverse gears on which to mount your world-discovering house, the Mercedes-Benz Unimog is probably your best choice, even if it's several decades old. The flexible 4x4 chassis allows the living quarters to be mounted on a center-pivot beam, permitting the whole thing to rock back and forth while climbing rough terrain.

 

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This display vehicle from Buckstop Truckware was one of the coolest flatbed trucks at the show. It's a Ford F-550 chassis cab with a 3.5-inch lift, a single-rear-wheel conversion and 41-inch tall tires with custom fender cutouts.

 

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We liked the look of this 2016 Nissan Titan XD in the Hellwig Products booth because it seemed well-sorted: moderate 2-inch lift, heavy-duty rear sway bars, load-leveling airbags and a nice, custom-painted Lance camper on top with extra shade canopies.

 

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American Expedition Vehicles has made some of our favorite Ram heavy duty and Jeep conversions (both of which have solid front axles), but now AEV is offering its first independent front suspension lift for any Ram 1500 that does not have air suspension. This base-level package, called the Recruit, fits 35-inch tires.

 

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Comments

THE ONLY GOOD TRUCK I SEE IS THE FORD SUPER DUTY THE REST ARE JUNK.

AND KEEP USING MY USERNAME YOU COWARDS. AFRAID WHAT'S GONNA COME OUT OF USERNAME. GO FORD THE BEST NEVER REST. AND BY THE WAY GARBAGE MOTORS $UCKS B=======D AND FIAT TRUCKS TOO. HAHAHAHAHAHSH. KEEP POSTING UNDER MY USERNAME COWARDS.

@CHINGON Thanks for the very insightful comments. I sure learned a lot from your useless blabbing.


@PUTC you should take more photos of each of these trucks to show more detail.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtj2omunFG4

HAHAHA! 2017 Super Duty blews trans with only 800 miles on it JUNK!

@johnny, sorry you will need to read this and see how bad chevy is

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/gm_silverado_brakes.html

a look back at 2014 posts about pickups shows most of the PUTC commenters whining about gas mileage and the smaller trucks of the future---take a look at these Overland photos...

@Nitro

Take a look at this one. Goes both ways pal. Most reviews online are just people looking to complain.

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/ford-f-150.html

@johnny, sorry you have to defend the twins again with all the problems they are having.....
@trucky-my point exactly did you not read johnnys pathetic post? Again, nothing on GM products does he like, yet he has to defend all the negative press they gain, yes any search engine shows for any of them, my point

http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/170529994/ford-ceo-retires-in-shake-up-ex-steelcase-head-jim-hackett-named-new

Ford going broke HAHAHA!
Posted by: johnny doe | May 22, 2017 2:25:32 PM

HAHAHA!

http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/170529994/ford-ceo-retires-in-shake-up-ex-steelcase-head-jim-hackett-named-new

Ford going broke HAHAHA!
Posted by: johnny doe | May 22, 2017 2:25:32 PM

HAHAHA!

Wait and see what's gonna happen to GARBAGE MOTORS HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. JUST WATCH THAT'S WHY THEY ARE PULLING THE PLUG IN INDIA AND AFRICA WHY? BECAUSE THEY AIN'T SELLING $HIT THERE.

Sorry, forgot my meds again.
Ford Junk

CHINGON
Seriously DUDE get back on your now.

Go FORD. GARBAGE MOTORS SUCKS.

I PREFER NOT TO BUY ANY GARBAGE. I ONLY BUY FORD PRODUCTS CAUSE THEY ARE THE BEST I HAVE 2015 FORD FUSION 2.0 LITER ECOBOOST, WICH THE CHEAPY MALIBU HAS IT TOO. AND I HAVE A 2000 FORD F150 WITH THE 5.4 LITER 2WD WITH ALMOST 270××× PLUS MILES AND STILL IS RUNMING LIKE A CHAMP, I HAVE NEVER REPLACE ANYTHING ON IT. JUST LIKE REGULAR STUFF LIKE SPARK PLUGS , BRAKE PADS, AND ONE ALTERNATOR. THAT'S IT.HEY AND MY BROTHER FINALLY SOLD HIS UGLY SHAKYBROLET BECAUSE HE USED TO HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH IT.

READ THIS GARBAGEMOTORS FAN GIRLYS THAT PROOF THAT GOVERMENT MOTOR IS NOT MAKING ANY MONEY TOOO. HAHAHAGHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. THIS IS FROM AUTO NEWS SITE.

Garbage Motors Isuzu India South Africa Mary Barra Vehicle Sales
DETROIT -- Just three years ago, Garbage Motors moved its Asian headquarters to Singapore from Shanghai, partly for better proximity to India and other promising markets in the region.

But GM's hopes for huge growth in India have fizzled, and the automaker now plans to stop selling vehicles there entirely, instead turning it into a low-cost export hub for Latin America. GM also is abandoning South Africa after 104 years.


The exits come two months after GM agreed to sell nearly all of its European operations to PSA Group.

"Today's GM management is correctly focused on profits, not sales volume and market share," said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for Autotrader. "It has shown a willingness to cut its losses if there's no clear path to profitability and market dominance. In light of a slowing U.S. auto market, this pragmatic approach to the global business is necessary."

GM CEO Mary Barra foreshadowed the India exit last year, when she suspended plans for a new small-vehicle platform for the market and said future investments there were under review. When the sale of Opel and Vauxhall was announced in March, Barra said executives were exploring more cuts in international markets.


In announcing the India and South Africa moves last week, Barra signaled that GM does not plan more major reductions to its geographic profile, though she said the company would keep aggressively paring costs everywhere it operates.

"Globally, we are now in the right markets to drive profitability, strengthen our business performance and capitalize on growth opportunities for the long term," Barra said in a statement. "We will continue to optimize our operations market by market to further improve our competitiveness and cost base."

GM's market share in India, which it entered in 1994, is only 1 percent. Many of the vehicles sold there are cheap, small cars that offer tiny profit margins relative to GM's products in North America and China.


GM said it would phase out Shaevrolet from India and South Africa by year end.

Isuzu Motors has agreed to buy GM's plant in Struandale, South Africa, and GM's 30 percent share in their South African joint venture.

GM, the largest automaker in the world from 1931 through 2007, said it would take a $500 million charge in the second quarter for the India and South Africa moves but save $100 million a year going forward.

Are there any adults moderating these comments?

Earthcruiser does not make the TC in Australia, but specializes in just Expedition Vehicles. Tfuck Campers as such have a limited market in Australia
They produce parts for the US operation in their ew premises in the city of Wlongong.

Should be truck canper Woolongong

@CHINGON

Ford just fired their CEO because he could not focus on the marketplace well enough to win. For GM to outsell Ford trucks 2 years running with less sophisticated vehicles did not impress the stock market.

Your comments regarding Africa and other global markets seem to forget that Ford, unlike GM and Fiat, had the cash to explore those opportunities back in the 2006 to 2012 time period when the weak dollar made it attractive for people living in those places to buy Ford products.

Today's strong dollar has killed it. Ford's CEO is being replaced by a guy who understands the importance of focusing on their target markets.

GEEZ, talk about Gm propaganda, Ford did not fire their CEO, actually he retired and the whole board said how great he was, the new CEO will do even better, so again if I were you GM guys I would continue to be worried, as we can already tell you have been worried for some time based on all the defending you need to do....I also see PAPA is now a an economist, using terms like target market, so PAPA what is Fords target market? Do tell.

GEEZ, talk about Gm propaganda, Ford did not fire their CEO, actually he retired and the whole board said how great he was, the new CEO will do even better, so again if I were you GM guys I would continue to be worried, as we can already tell you have been worried for some time based on all the defending you need to do....I also see PAPA is now a an economist, using terms like target market, so PAPA what is Fords target market? Do tell.


Posted by: Nitro | May 23, 2017 12:20:44 PM

WOW Nitro,

A little heavy on the blue Koolaid are we?

Fields was let go. You don't get strung up by your board of directors the way he did and call it anything else. Poor performance on the stock for 3 years and profits falling. That's enough to get any CEO.



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