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BruceT



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South Africa 
I have just returned from a 4500km Overland trip around Zimbabwe where I visited the far North as well as the Far South and many places in between. I can report back that the Defender handled everything with ease and pure comfort. I love this vehicle. Here are some pictures but there will be a series of episodes coming up covering the trip where I did everything from soft sand to overgrown bush tracks as well as rocky terrain etc etc. I was even chased by elephants who wanted to protect their very young.

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Epic epic trip! 11MY Defender 130
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Post #953769 27th May 2022 6:59am
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BruceT



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South Africa 
sorry keep getting an error message when trying to upload pictures. Will try again later and load more. 11MY Defender 130
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BruceT



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Finally managed to up load some pictures from the Zimbabwe trip. Hope you enjoy


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BruceT



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South Africa 
I also fitted a new roof top tent today

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BruceT



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South Africa 
Part 1 of the Zimbabwe trip is up. Hope you enjoy:

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BruceT wrote:
I also fitted a new roof top tent today


Hi Bruce
Excuse my curiosty, why the rooftent change from bigger softshell to smaller (in height) hardcase?
Which brand is the rofftent?

Why I ask?
Well I had a spinal disc herniation now I'm on recovery after surgery last week.
The sliping disc occurred when I wanted to roll up my rooftent's (softshell) door 4 weeks ago. (Probably all other bad movements the last years too)

Now I'm considering another tent as acrobatic movements on my Defender seem to be over for the next months.
Plus I read a great article about rooftent in a French outdoor mag which states the only resonable tents are the 360° Rooftents by James Baroud made since last year with new materials. All other tents have benefits, but they all (except for Autohome) use ripstop material which is strong but won't get rid of moisture. And Autohome hasn't continued invention the last years, there models are still the same.
Softshells are pain to setup. 22MY Defender 110 (actual) | 10MY Freelander 2 (history) | 15MY Discovery Sport HSE (history)
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stng110



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BruceT wrote:
Part 1 of the Zimbabwe trip is up. Hope you enjoy:



Great video, Bruce. Especially the huddled nighttime reflection on being eaten by lions Smile

Keep up the good work.

S
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BruceT



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South Africa 
cyberhusky wrote:
BruceT wrote:
I also fitted a new roof top tent today


Hi Bruce
Excuse my curiosty, why the rooftent change from bigger softshell to smaller (in height) hardcase?
Which brand is the rofftent?

Why I ask?
Well I had a spinal disc herniation now I'm on recovery after surgery last week.
The sliping disc occurred when I wanted to roll up my rooftent's (softshell) door 4 weeks ago. (Probably all other bad movements the last years too)

Now I'm considering another tent as acrobatic movements on my Defender seem to be over for the next months.
Plus I read a great article about rooftent in a French outdoor mag which states the only resonable tents are the 360° Rooftents by James Baroud made since last year with new materials. All other tents have benefits, but they all (except for Autohome) use ripstop material which is strong but won't get rid of moisture. And Autohome hasn't continued invention the last years, there models are still the same.
Softshells are pain to setup.


The soft shell is actually my daughters that I borrowed for the Zimbabwe trip. I chose the hard shell as it’s very easy to set up. I only use a roof top tent when I am by myself as I have a Conqueror Companion platinum that I use when my wife is with me so don’t actually need more space.

All the best with your recovery mate. 11MY Defender 130
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BruceT



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stng110 wrote:
BruceT wrote:
Part 1 of the Zimbabwe trip is up. Hope you enjoy:



Great video, Bruce. Especially the huddled nighttime reflection on being eaten by lions Smile

Keep up the good work.

S


Rolling with laughter Thank you very much. Did you notice how I had the landy protecting my back?

Thanks so much for watching and I am glad you enjoyed it 11MY Defender 130
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Lovely photos and video Bruce, I headed off in the opposite direction to North Norway today but not by Land Rover Defender. Shall we say things didn’t get off to a great start……… flight to Bergen cancelled rebooked for tomorrow morning instead………. Oh the delights of trying to fly post pandemic in Europe.
From home to Norway by Defender would have added 5 days onto each end of the trip by adding a drive to Dover, through France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden before even getting to Norway! There are no ferries on the “northern” route even out of Hull now so best option was to fly and rent a car Epsom Green Tdi300 County
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BruceT



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South Africa 
Thank you Tim.

All the best with your travels. Sounds like it’s not been fun so far hope it improves. 11MY Defender 130
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J77



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Looking forward to the second instalment.

I’m off to the outer Hebrides tomorrow, no lions there Laughing 21MY Defender 90 D200 S, Tasman Blue, Fuji White roof.

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BruceT



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Thank you J77. I had to google Hebrides. Looks awesome and not surprised there are no Lions there. Have a great trip Laughing Laughing 11MY Defender 130
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Great to hear the New Defender is doing what it should but in comfort! Amazing photos, I look forward to watching the video when I have more time.

Other than the interior fit out (fridge etc) and tent have you done any mechanical mods to the vehicle? James
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Post #955247 12th Jun 2022 7:33am
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BruceT



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The only “mechanical” mod I have done is the dual battery system. Nothing else except I do have Compromotives and AT tyres that I will be fitting as soon as the TPMS’s arrive.

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