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Lives in Horsefly, British Columbia, Canada, and drives a much modified Dodge Ram 2500 with a Cummins Diesel.

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In common with the other two vehicles it runs on waste vegetable oil collected from local restaurants

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Alan

Lives in Bungay, Suffolk, UK, and drives a modified Land Rover Defender 90 300 Tdi.
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Until recently used as his daily vehicle, the 90 has taken Alan & Morag to Morocco twice without a hitch.
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Ralph

Lives in Bradwell, Norfolk, UK, and drives a modified 1995 Land Rover Discovery 300Tdi.
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From the Sahara Desert, through many countries in Europe and into the Arctic Circle, the disco has taken Ralph and Belinda on some fabulous journeys. Not without incident, anxiety some frustrations though.
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Modifications

Twin Turbos, Long range fuel tanks, WVO conversions, Awnings, Rooftents and many more modifications have been fitted to these vehicles.
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Trips & Journeys

Alaska, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, Scandinavia, Europe, USA, Africa. Just a few of the places visited and written about in these pages.
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Repairs & Maintenance

The trials and tribulations of keeping these vehicles on the road. What went wrong and how we fixed it.

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Matilda has a bright future

Written by ralph on September 1st, 2017. Posted in Ralph's blog

I have no doubt that when the time comes to hand over Matilda’s keys to the new owner both Belinda and I will have a bit of a lump in our throats.

That time is now firmly on the horizon.  Today I have agreed to sell Matilda to Katrina.  A long term follower of our exploits on the blog, a keen traveller, Land Rover owner and someone who has big plans form Matilda’s future.

I always knew that there was plenty more room for country stickers on those hatches and if Katrina’s plans are fulfilled she could well fill it all.

The deal is not done just yet as there will be a comprehensive handover, and what better place and time than at the LRO Show in Peterborough later this month.  I’ll keep you informed. 🙂  😥

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Matilda is going up for sale

Written by ralph on August 10th, 2017. Posted in Ralph's blog

Matilda-7This is a ‘heads up’ to everyone that follows this blog that the time has finally come to advertise Matilda.

I have put together a detailed video showing as much as I can.  Next week I shall add a post on here with all her details and what’s included in the sale.

There will be numerous spares and bits and bobs going with her.

We are keeping hold of the rooftent, but I have included a rear awning tent as well as a, virtually unused, TuffTrek Quick Erect Ground tent (similar to an Oztent) that only takes a few minutes to erect and put away.

I have tried to keep her as ‘expedition ready’ as possible.  All you will need to add is a cooker, some crockery, tools, recovery equipment and a bed and you would be good to go on an adventure.

Fancy Morocco in September/October?  Well it could well be your lucky year.

I am still considering the final asking price as she is incredibly difficult to assess the value of.  The base vehicle is a 22 year old Discovery, the shear number of add-ons amount to thousands if you wanted to buy them separately and fit them to another truck.  On top of that is the labour and thought that has gone into the design making this so capable, versatile, comfortable and convenient to use.  I am having to balance all this with the fact that I think she’s priceless, but there is a realistic limit that anyone would (or should) be prepared to pay for her.

With 1898 subscribers on youtube, hundreds of followers on facebook, over 50,000 views per year from over 130 countries, you would certainly be buying something well known.

If you are genuinely interested, please leave a message on the facebook page.  If you have a price in mind, drop me a PM via the page as it will help me to consolidate my thoughts.

Cheers for now.

Ralph

 

All legal for the new owner

Written by ralph on August 18th, 2017. Posted in Ralph's blog

Although I was confident, it is still quite nerve wracking to stand and watch someone poke, rattle, shake and generally crawl all over your car checking everything for the MoT.  The good news is that Matilda passed and has a shiny new MoT Certificate valid until 17th August 2018.  Lets just hope she has visited a few more exotic locations before it’s due again. 

Using every resource that I can!

Written by ralph on February 21st, 2016. Posted in Ralph's blog

For over six years I have run this website with the aim of informing, entertaining and inspiring others.  Now, for the first time, I would like to ask for something back.  Not for me, you understand, but for someone and something that has directly impacted on Belinda and I in a major way.  This post has nothing to do with Land Rovers or overland travel.  I make no apology for posting this here and, once you’ve read this, I hope you understand why.

Matilda is ‘officially’ for sale

Written by ralph on August 15th, 2017. Posted in Ralph's blog

Naturally the first thought that anyone will have is ‘how much?’.  However, before you scroll down to the bottom of the page to look at what figure I’ve come up with, take a look at the video (in case you haven’t already) to see just how well she has been thought out.  Scan through the list below of the estimated, and actual, cost of all the components, if you wanted to build a ‘clone’, and take into account the fact that all of this kit has been thoroughly ‘field tested’ and works well.

Also remember that if you wanted to head off on your own adventure all you need to add are a cooker, bed, chairs, tools and recovery equipment and you could set off for North Africa the very next day.

Mini Matilda Update

Written by ralph on January 23rd, 2016. Posted in Ralph's blog

IMG_2190For those of you that have been wondering what’s happening to Matilda I can confirm that she has started on the road to her new owner.  Figuratively speaking anyway.

Before I put her up for sale I want to make sure that she is in good shape and anything that may need attention is clearly identified.

Because of this I have just dropped the car off at Hillcrest Vehicle Solutions, with  Jono, for a service and a thorough check over.  We will be busy over the next few weeks and so he will keep it for a while and I’ll report back once she’s back home.

Following that I shall give her a thorough clean out and post up full details along with a price for those that are interested.  This will probably be around early March time.