Meet our new Overlander's team member. Kermit is over land vehicle number three (and the second 'we' have built). We hope, that we now know what works and what doesn't (third time lucky) and will create the ultimate expedition machine that will see us around the entire continent of South America and beyond.
We first Kermit build was as an ultra light weight camper conversion. We trailed him on our mini South America Expedition. The setup had its benefits, but it was also just too flimsy and didn't hold up to the daily life on the road and hardcore over landing off-roading.
Kermit is soon to undergo a major renovation on a 1st class camper fit out. Follow our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels for he gets on. You can also see the specification on Kermits Ultimate Build page.
Here's the spec:
Land Rover 110 300TDI special vehicles build.
2" Terrafirma heavy duty lift kit
Massive 33" Hankook mud terrain tires.
Warn hydraulic super winch
Full length roof rack with integrated ladder
Swing away spare wheel carrier
2x LED light bars
LED working light
T-Max 48" Hi-lift jack
2x NATO jerry cans in front runner mount
Full width lockable roof storage
2x 100W solar panels 6
x Amber beacons
2x 32L water containers with taps
Roof Tents Limited RT-02 roof top tent with annex
2 x 48" LED lighting in tent
Terrain 2m Awning
Smev single burner hob and sink with micro switch tap
Custom 'kitchen pod' with storage
Custom 'fridge pod'
Dometic 3 way fridge
LED Interior Lighting
Custom fold out bed
2x multi speed fans
1000w power invertor
180aH deep cycle leisure battery
Custom shelving to hold 8x storage boxes
Cargo net fitted to interior roof
Instant hot water heater
2x Propane tanks
Carbon monoxide detector
MUD console with rocker switches
Car battery voltmeter
Leisure battery voltmeter
2x USB charge ports
1x Marine 12v cigarette charge port
- His lightweight design of the rear meant that it didn't put any unnecessary strain on the truck.
- Again, the solar panels were amazing.
- Fitting a super large 180ah leisure battery provided enough power for the whole night.
- The cheap LED lighting from eBay was ideal.
- The roof top tent was very spacious.
- The water containers heated our water up perfectly.
What didn't Work:
- Our 3 way fridge was just too big for the space we had.
- Carrying propane was also a pain, as we needed new parts to fit gas bottles in every country.
- The instant water heater worked, but was questionable on a safety aspect.
- Although roof top tents work for other, for our style of stealth camping we felt exposed and even with a machete next to us, there were some sketchy moments. Also, putting it up and down every day was a pain in the ass.
- Having our water on the roof caused some issues with handling, and when going over 1500m the build up in pressure inside the tubes would cause one end to shoot off.