Bollinger Is Making the Electric SUV You Want, But It’s Not Cheap

Bollinger has released pricing on their B1 and B2 models recently. Coming in at $125k Bollinger has put themselves into sports car territory. That’s about double what Rivian is offering with their R1T and R1S models with less mileage. The Bollinger comes in at 200 miles per charge while the Rivian comes in at 400 miles per charge. Let us know what you think about this new wave of electric adventure vehicles. Leave us a comment below.

Big batteries cost a pretty penny.

Source: Bollinger Is Making the Electric SUV You Want, But It’s Not Cheap

Ford’s Overlanding Ranger Concepts Will Make You Forget the Ranger Raptor

The linked article has some Ford Ranger overlanding concepts. Hopefully, Ford can get them looking right after the questionable build they had at the Detroit auto show. Hit the link below. Let us know what you think.

Five ways to outfit your Ford Ranger for overlanding (and one way to slam it).

Source: Ford’s Overlanding Ranger Concepts Will Make You Forget the Ranger Raptor

The Overland Photographer’s Camera Kit – Expedition Portal

Image from Expedition Portal.

We just picked up a new camera this past weekend. We nabbed something we are familiar with in a Nikon. This article from Expedition Portal goes into some extreme depths in describing several different camera kits that the author uses depending on situation. We will definitely be taking some cues from this article and updating our camera kit. Let us know what you think. Leave some comments below with your camera kit or gear recommendations.

Source: The Overland Photographer’s Camera Kit – Expedition Portal

Brand Spotlight: Sportsmobile

The #vanlife is a trendy thing to do these days. People jump into this trend headfirst with everything from custom-built homebrews to professionally built adventure-ready rigs. One company that has been at the forefront of providing custom-built, adventure-ready platforms is Sportsmobile.

The company was founded in El Paso, Texas, and now has three different locations located around the United States. If you don’t know, they specialize in customizing vans to fit your travel needs.

Early years found the company customizing VW vans at the port of entry. Later the company was able to the same thing with Ford vans at assembly plants. Sportsmobile shipped their kits to each location where it was installed. Vans were then sent to dealership lots to be sold. A detailed history of what they worked on and what those vans looked like can be found here.

Fast forward to today, and the company deals with any manufacturer or customer with a van from Chevrolets up to the Mercedes Sprinter. The work they end up doing with newer model vans is absolutely amazing.

Photo From The Sportsmobile Website.
The Classic Sportsmobile. Photo From The Sportsmobile Website.

The amount of floor plans and options they offer is almost overwhelming. If something they have to offer doesn’t fit your needs, they will work with you to customize a vehicle to your specifications.

While campervans are primarily what Sportsmobile is known for, they do make vans for other applications. One is for people with disabilities who still want to get out and travel, which is just the tip of the iceberg. As stated, they have customized vans for just about every application.

If the #vanlife is something you are interested in, consider looking into a Sportsmobile built vehicle. The prices might scare some folks away, but you’re getting exactly what you want for the money you spend.

Who We Follow: Chris Burkard

There is no under abundance of great photographers to follow on social media. You can do a quick search for a photographer and find hundreds upon hundreds, all with a stellar body of work to look through.

In our opinion, none of them hold a candle to the epicness that Chris Burkard brings to the table. He is a self-taught photographer, author, and filmmaker from California who has won numerous awards for the work he’s done.

His client list may be long with recognizable big-name brands, but it’s the scope and beauty of the pictures captured on his adventures that captivates us. With stills from every imaginable corner of the world, he brings to life places some of us only imagine being able to go to.

Whether adventure, landscape, commercial stills, or any one of the videos Mr. Burkard has on his website, he takes you on an epic journey.


Editors Letter: Failure Does Not Mean Failure

In early May, I put together a trip in the hopes of generating an easy to navigate a route that could be used for new overlanders. I did what I always do before a trip. Pulled up Google Maps with the satellite view enabled and started tracing what looked like roads. A few hours later, I had a pretty good figure eight rough outlined that we would be able to track.

Fast forward to the weekend, and we had a total of 12 rigs and about 16 people. Our meeting spot went smoothly, camp the first night went smoothly, and then Saturday morning the frustrations started. Out of the roughly 200-250 miles we were supposed to do I think we managed 50 going forward. And as much or more going backward.

Both tracks we selected to run ended in dead-ends. To me, this is immensely frustrating as the lead for the group. We have to go back and explain down the line we had to turn around. And both turn arounds were less than ideal. To me, the weekend route was a complete failure.

But failure does not mean failure as the title implies. I’ve made it clear that meeting people is more fun for me than actually doing any trail rides. Our gathered group had great times at camp, and we did manage some trails without a dead-end on Sunday. So the weekend wasn’t a complete failure.

The whole point of exploring and adventuring is to have failures. We, as human beings, learn from our mistakes and failures. It shouldn’t be something to get frustrated over but rather to embrace it as part of the experience overall. Failure makes us better at what we do. The easy route is to go with what we know, and we feel it is safe. But that’s no fun. Sure it was frustrating to hit dead-ends, but I still had a blast with everyone that was there.

I’ll take the lessons learned from this last trip and apply them going forward. Failure will mean we found something new to explore. Failure will mean we turn around and find another way. Failure won’t mean failure any more in the traditional sense.

Nick @ Michigan Overland