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XPDN2 Upper Peninsula Adventure Recap via Fresh Coast Offroad

Below is a recap from Aaron Marquis and Paul Wisniewski from Fresh Coast Offroad of the XPDN2 Upper Peninsula Adventure. All included pictures were taken by All-Pro Offroad, Jim Roy, Fresh Coast Offroad, Ken Farley Jr., and Torq Masters. Links are provided for all of the additional companies, restaurants, and stops throughout the article. Make sure to check them all out and give all of the companies a follow or visit. Below is a list of the sponsors who made this trip happen. Please give them a follow! Headline Sponsor Milestar Tires Website | Instagram | Facebook Title Sponsors  Rancho

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OB07: Camping Gear

Once you’ve made a selection on the vehicle, it’s time to start assembling the camping gear you will need to sustain yourself while out. This is where a history of camping experience can come in handy. You should have a good idea of what to pack and what you will need based on time spent backpacking, hiking, and car camping. The gear loadout is very much the same. However, with overlanding, you have the ability to pack more amenities that you might find at home. You might already have enough gear to throw into a bin and move out with.

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OB06: Convoy Driving

Traveling with more people is beneficial when overlanding because it can spread the responsibility of certain tasks across those participating. Unless a rallying point is being established for groups, driving to and on location in convoy is a good way to travel. Convoy driving is a group of vehicles that are traveling together for mutual support. When planning a trip with multiple rigs and people, it’s a good idea for everyone to understand the rules for convoy driving both on and off-road. Driver’s Meeting The first thing to do is have a pre-drive meeting with everyone involved. This gives you

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OB05: Driving On and Off-Road

Most people won’t have to worry about driving their everyday vehicle off-road and loaded down with gear. Much like pulling a trailer, there are some pretty basic things to keep in mind when driving on and off-road with your rig. On Road Driving Principles Having a vehicle that has been modified for overland use means it is likely not going to drive normal. Adding in extra weight and changing driveline angles means your vehicle is going to behave differently than it was intended to. Stopping distances and the vehicle’s center of gravity will probably be the two major changes. Make

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OB04: Vehicle Modifications

Getting out and exploring with a stock vehicle is the best way to determine what sort of vehicle modifications you need. If you jump on to any website, forum, social media, or YouTube and do a search of the first things you need you’ll end up with 10 or 20 different suggestions. The real answer is to do what you think you need, however, there are some things you can do first to make adventuring easier. Once the time comes to start modifying your vehicle you will want to keep the following in mind: How complex are modifications going to

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OB03: Selecting the Right Vehicle

Selecting the right vehicle is an important part of the overlanding experience. You don’t need to buy the most expensive, tricked out off-roader though. Really all you need is a mechanically reliable four-wheel drive that can get you to where you want to go. If you’re just getting into overlanding, then one of the first decisions to be made is what type of vehicle do you get for your overlanding rig. There are plenty of options to choose from that should not only fulfill the role of an overlanding rig but also as a daily driver. Used Versus New There

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OB02: Building the Overall Picture

This part of the Overlanding Basics series deals with building the overall picture of what you want to do. Overlanding can easily turn into a money pit. Looking at rigs and gear the price tag begins to increase and increase the further down the rabbit hole you go. This doesn’t have to be the case though. You can break down the overall picture into small, easier to manage pieces to a larger puzzle. Vehicle and Location Planning Knowing where you want to go and what it will be like can help the decision making when selecting a vehicle. Sections 2

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OB01: Introduction

Overlanding has seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the past five years. This once small community has ballooned into everyone having their own overlanding thing. Jump on Facebook or Instagram and do a search for overlanding and you’ll end up with hundreds of pages, each with their own unique spin. While each has their own uniqueness, the underlying principle and mindset remains the same. The overlanding basics series is your starting point if you are new to overlanding. If you’re coming from rock crawling or a car camper that wants to expand into something new, this series will help

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The Gear Box: Tools and Storage

Having the right tools for the job is a saying that can be heard across all walks of life. Adventuring outdoors in a four-wheel drive vehicle means having problems. In this Gear You Deserve we offer up some suggestions for where to start with tools and storage. The Tools One of the easiest ways to make sure you have what you need is to buy a premade mechanics tool set. This will likely give you more than you need. Some tools can even be left behind to save space and weight (if necessary). What could be made from it is

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Brand Spotlight: Mountain Safety Research (MSR)

There aren’t many stores that carry outdoor gear you can go into and not see a piece of MSR equipment on the shelf. Mountain Safety Research (MSR) has been around for quite some time making various types of gear in some way or another. From early homemade equipment to the current mass production of stoves, mess kits, tents, and climbing gear they’ve been a significant contributor to the outdoor retail world for years, their timeline reflects this. History Founded in 1969 by Larry Penberthy an avid mountain climber and engineer, MSR started out as a newsletter dedicated to mountain climbing

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The Gear Box: Lighting

There are probably thousands of different types of lighting options available for overlanding usage. Each is unique in its own way and can be utilized for different tasks when adventuring. In this Gear You Deserve we take a look at a few different types of lights, offer some suggestions on purchases, and help you decide what might be the best option for you. The Headlamp Headlamps have been around for years and have been used by adventurers and non-adventures as a means to provide hands-free lighting. Petzl has been developing climber gear officially since 1975. They came up with a

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Shelter In Place, Bugging Out, and Having A Kit Ready

The mentality of most people who practice some form of preparedness is not “if” the disaster happens but rather “when” it happens. When it happens will you have enough supplies? Do you have the right gear? Do you know when to shelter in place versus having to leave town (bug out)? In this particular article, we’re going to talk about the differences between sheltering in place and bugging out and what supplies to have available in both scenarios. What Does Shelter In Place Mean? Shelter in place is relatively easy to define. It means you’re staying put wherever you are,

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What Does Preparedness Mean and Why Is It Important

September is national preparedness month. On the heels of hurricanes Harvey and IRMA we thought we’d run a short series on being prepared. While natural disasters don’t often happen here in Michigan, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the necessary steps to be prepared. Whether it’s an actual disaster event, being stranded, or the loss of power in your home there are still plenty of scenarios outside of full-on disasters that warrant having a preparedness mindset. CAVEAT: We are not preparedness or disaster event experts by any stretch of the imagination. The definition breakdown is just how we see each

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