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Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby bat » 11 Aug 2017, 20:13

Hi all.
Just booked tickets for the overland show anyone else planning on attending?
Should (Will) have the van there this time; hope to see some of you there.
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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby bene » 11 Aug 2017, 20:27

I'm gutted... We won't be able to make this... Unless we borrow the olds T5 again.
Boooooooo!
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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby bat » 11 Aug 2017, 20:33

bene wrote:I'm gutted... We won't be able to make this... Unless we borrow the olds T5 again.
Boooooooo!



Sound a better option than the Ford galaxy I was in last year. :oops:

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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby silverbullet » 14 Aug 2017, 11:55

Haven't even thought about it!

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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby tforturton » 15 Aug 2017, 11:52

For the first time in a number of years, City (as in Cardiff City, the mighty Bluebirds) are playing away from home on this weekend, so I'm planning to come along. Haven't decided yet how long for, but I am hoping to get there at some point. This used to be a big meet-up for the Syncro crowd, with ten or twelve vans the last time I went (three, maybe four years ago). Not a cheap event (none of them are), but this one should appeal to most VW owners, four wheel drive or not...
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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby tforturton » 15 Aug 2017, 11:56

Thinking of swapping up to a Sprinter 4x4 (I know, I know), so hope to get a look at some private examples at this show (rather than super clean new ones). Does anyone on here have one?
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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby jes*b » 15 Aug 2017, 17:31

How about a Syncro laning / pay and play / camp nearby then visit the show for a day . ? I know it's an old discussion but the irony of a well attended syncronaut event that involves parking up and looking at other 'adventure ' vehicles also parked up always seems a little underwhelming. Too late in the day I guess
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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby silverbullet » 15 Aug 2017, 18:13

Good idea. Anyone local know a reliable route or venue? Map inspection is all well and good but one closed lane and its all up the wall.

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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby Winchweight » 15 Aug 2017, 18:42

To be honest, we've found it terribly underwhelming with fewer trucks and real expedition vehicles. It's too landrover-centric for us and the talks are usually sales pitches..

Not sure if we will go unless there's something more interesting afoot....
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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby Syncrobaz » 16 Aug 2017, 15:55

Watching with interest, close to us and the Doka may be ready to stretch it's legs !!
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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby jed the spread » 26 Aug 2017, 10:59

tforturton wrote:Thinking of swapping up to a Sprinter 4x4 (I know, I know), so hope to get a look at some private examples at this show (rather than super clean new ones). Does anyone on here have one?


I know a couple of guys with Sprinters who are going. They really wouldnt mind you taking a look around their vans and they know quite a lot about them.

Dan and I are going again this year and setting up a CampervanCulture.com stall but this year we will just most probably be bringing the screen and just a few select product as we really want to go as customers and actually go to some of the talks and stuff this year. I know the BK Allrad Show is a giant compared to our UK show but we really enjoyed the sitting around and chatting to people, drinking beers and relaxing over the week in Germany and fancy a bit more of that in the UK event.

I thought last year was really loaded with interesting vehicles in both he camping and trade areas.

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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby Jim San » 26 Aug 2017, 13:43

Ticket price a bit rich for us but i can see the attraction of you are embarking on building an overlander and after some ideas
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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby clift_d » 26 Aug 2017, 18:47

We don't want to let the side down, but I'm not sure we'll be going.
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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby silverbullet » 26 Aug 2017, 21:23

I recall Neil telling me about lecture from the guy who had gone around the world on a Honda Cub. Now that's amazing and humbling but most of us are in middle age, kids mostly grown up or flown the nest and all this "one life, live to travel" stuff is all a bit blokey and quite frankly unrealistic imho.
Who has actually got the balls to cut loose, sell up and hit the road in times like these?
Turkey, Syria and east of there is pretty sketchy even if you are a native afaics, never mind some white western tourist in a bloody great expensive truck.
The AWD mega-wagons are interesting in a rather vicarious "Ooh! Aah!" way but really, you can't take that down the shops.
Anything bigger than a Unimog or a small Vario wont squeak into a single parking bay so its going to spend a long time sat on your drive (or in storage) doing not a lot.
I did enjoy chatting to one of the Dormobile/Carawagon Landrover guys (who sold me a neat little collapsible stove)
How they travel and live in so little space is a miracle.
We already drive the most versatile, roomy and capable 4x4 that ever was, so there's no need to look any further.
Just drive it with a little respect and try to travel light?

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Re: Adventure Overland Show 23-24 Sept 2017

Postby garyd » 27 Aug 2017, 16:35

Ian,
I find myself agreeing with your words on many occasions and this is just one more.

Your last sentence - Just drive it with a little respect and try to travel light- has a lot going for it. Even a basic camper conversion, once it has two people and a little water, food & clothes on board will be approaching the 2.5 tonnes gross weight for a syncro. I hate to think what some of the US vans weigh once they have heavy bumpers & winches plus roof racks and fuel cans on the back. I presume that Jed is moving to a bigger chassis because he has found (by exceeding them?) the limits of a syncro

Probably most of us choose to buy & drive a syncro mainly for the tough, go-anywhere image they have. In all honesty how much use do they get that really demands 4x4? 5%? 2%? less than 1% of mileage? Much of the time there is a conflict between having a nice looking camping truck and then risking damaging it by off-roading.

Even if someone has the balls to cut loose, sell up and hit the road in times like these many of the places you'd want to go now have at least half decent roads.
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