Overlanding w/ Bodensee Overlander

Bernd and Claudia overlanding the world in their Land Rover Defender

They purchased their rusty old Land Rover Defender, four years ago as Bernd was working as a project manager in the IT industry, getting burnt out with life at home in a hectic career. With no idea of car mechanics, Bernd turned his Defender into a overlanding camper with lots of blood and sweat, gave it the name Calimero, and left their home in Germany, March of 2017. Looking for adventure travel, Bernd and Claudia have now been through Iran, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, parts of China, Tajikistan, Pakistan and India; just to name a few. We caught up with them as they were awaiting Calimero to arrive in Halifax Canada to start a two year North America overland tour.


Overland Travel Podcast Show Notes

Bernd and Claudia with Bodensee Overlander 

Website: http://bodensee-overlander.de/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bodenseeoverlander/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bodenseeoverlander/

Vehicle: 20 year old Land Rover Defender Tdi diesel 

Fuel Capacity: 140 Liters / 36.98 gallons with a distance of 1,300 kms

Water Capacity: 65 Liters / 17.17 gallons / Filter Katadyn

Washing: Hand Washing and hospitality of new friends along the road. 

Shower: Solar shower made from a Swiss military water container. 

Solar: two 100 watt panels 

Batteries: two 55 amp hour batteries 

Heater: diesel heater separate from engine

Top Pieces of Gear: Refrigerator - and Camera Equipment

Gear Removed (not needed) Nothing actually removed, however their awning and Hi-Lift jack have not been used.

Favorite Places: Central Aisa, Tadfjikistan, North Pakistan (people), Greece and Turkey.

Favorite Recipes: Steak, salad and a German Beer 

Navigation: MapsMe with an iPad with a GPS receiver and Pocket Earth

Communication: Cell phone and Spot Satellite Tracker 

Best Tip: Work, save money, quit your job and go; then repeat


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