Travis Rabenberg with YetiAmbo first traveled the world on a motorcycle; he then completed a 27,000 mile overland trip from Michigan to Chile. Travis sold his 2001 E350 Sportsmobile before leaving Chile and flew back to Michigan to start his next conversion, a 2008 Duramax 4x4 ambulance. He then converted his ambulance in 90 days for his Alaska trip; included a DRZ 400 dirt bike on the back to enjoy his adventures, knowing he’d finish-up any remaining details along the way. Travis plans to enjoy plenty of kiteboarding, rock climbing, stand up paddle boarding, and spear fishing along the way.
There’s a lot to learn from these two episode as Travis walks us through his philosophy of preparing and departing for an overland trip. He also provides plenty of tips for the digital nomad working on the road, along with a plethora of added details when building out an overland rig. What details and modifications make a big difference, and why perfecting each detail can hijack your overlanding adventures longer than necessary.
As an extra reference, Travis also recommended having Medical Evacuation insurance. Do your own research, however companies like Global Rescue, MedjetAssist and GEOS are well established companies and worth a strong consideration. The company Travis recommends is MedjetAssist, he also carries insurance with his SPOT satellite messenger.
Be sure to check out Travis’s book Party Like a Billionaire, and his upcoming book Vanlife as a Digital Nomad
Vehicle: 2008 Duramax 4x4 Ambulance
Fuel Capacity : 44 gallons providing approximate range of 600 miles
Water Capacity - 40 gallons with a three stage water purification system plus and extra ten gallons of water in two five gallon jugs.
Clothes Washing: 5 gallon laundry bucket
Shower: hand shower with spring loaded bidet sprayer.
Solar: Solar panels from Northwest West Wind & Sun
Batteries: Battle Born LiFePO4 Batteries with 250 ah
Honorable Mentions: Got Your Six Coffee Co. helping veterans and others who put their lives on the line everyday to serve and protect.