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Overlanding in a Stock Vehicle: Is It Possible?

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Overlanding should not be about who has the most expensive and most modified vehicle. Overlanding is about getting out there, having fun with friends while also experiencing some of the most amazing locations the world has to offer. 

4WDs are very capable from stock and it is totally possible to go overlanding in a stock vehicle. If you are heading remote though, you will need some basic accessories to ensure you stay safe. 

In this guide, we’ll go over some tips that will help you take your stock 4WD on the most amazing trips. 

Overlanding in a Stock Vehicle: What Type of 4WD Do You Own?

Overlanding in a stock vehicle campsite on a lake with a 4WD

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Of course, overlanding in a stock vehicle is easier with some rigs than others. A stock Wrangler or 4Runner can take you deep into the wilderness. Crossovers, on the other hand, such as a Rav4 will get you out exploring but the limitations will be far more obvious. 

I would suggest taking some short trips beforehand to get to know the capabilities of your vehicle, this will help you judge whether a certain track is doable or not.

Overlanding in a Stock Vehicle: Line choices

4WD driving across the desert

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The correct line choice can be the difference between driving an obstacle or getting stuck – especially in a stock vehicle. If something looks a bit too intimidating do not panic, get out of the car, walk the challenge, and imagine which line of the track will lead to the best chance of you making it over. 

Highway tires are not as strong as off-road tires; so, if you are running stock tires, you will also need to be aware of sharp rocks or any other objects that may lead to a puncture. 

Most overland trails have a difficulty rating, and the internet is full of videos posted by other people who have driven them already; so, have a look online and you may be able to tell if your vehicle can make it or not.

Remember that overlanding is different from off-roading. Off-roading is about who can overcome the biggest obstacle – overlanding is about getting out there with your mates and having fun. 

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Basic Equipment You Need to Stay Safe During Remote Trips

snatch strap

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Taking a stock vehicle that is well-maintained overlanding is not something you should be worried about. However, you will need to invest in a few accessories that will keep you safe while out there. 

Recovery points, recovery gear, a good GPS application or system such as GAIA GPS, and food and water supplies that will last for a few extra days are all crucial to staying safe.

Recovery gear can be something as simple as a snatch strap and some soft shackles, everything you need to get out of a sticky situation, and nothing you don’t. 

If your budget is enough to supply for some all-terrain or mud-terrain tires then go for it, they will increase capabilities while resisting punchers.

As long as you pick the right lines and stick to the trails that are slightly less challenging you should have no issues overlanding in a stock vehicle.

So, take whatever camping gear you’ve got and get out there ­– this won’t just help you overland on a budget, it will also help you decide what equipment you truly need rather than spending your money on what the internet says you need. 

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