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Old February 9th, 2016, 06:42 PM
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BS overland trend

Just an observation, but...

I have notice several overland themed communities springing up, both nationally and locally. I can't speak to all of them, but I have noticed some annoying BS...

Looks like a lot of folks want to replicate what Expedition Overland has done and that's cool. What isn't cool is when you meet folks in your area, some who are Rover owners and some who are not, but who all share an interest in fancy car camping only to find out that they are just trying to monetize their hobby.

Several overland groups here in the southeast who, at first glance, appear to be just friends enjoying the back country, but who, it turns out, are either looking for sponsors or looking to sell you stuff so that they can spend more time car camping.

People can do what they want. Its just kind of anoying when they arn't up front abut it.
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Old February 9th, 2016, 07:49 PM
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There is quite a community of RV'rs doing the same thing, writing travelogues and books and selling them, buying stuff(hey will ya give me a discount or sponsor me if I mention you in my writings?) and putting ads on their blogs to earn income.

The only difference between them and First Overland is there is a whole lot more of em now.
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Old February 9th, 2016, 07:51 PM
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There is quite a community of RV'rs doing the same thing, writing travelogues and books and selling them, buying stuff(hey will ya give me a discount or sponsor me if I mention you in my writings?) and putting ads on their blogs to earn income.



The only difference between them and First Overland is there is a whole lot more of em now.

Yeah I have actually followed the whole RV dwelling van life thing for a while. Deffenetly an alternative lifestyle and if classifies as overlanding in my book.
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Old February 9th, 2016, 08:07 PM
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That's why I car camp.

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Old February 9th, 2016, 09:10 PM
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yeah its fucking car camping this overland fad is so lame idk what to do. you cant "overland" in a developed country. try somewhere without roads or gas stations or cell phones. yeah you can spend a weekend crusing around BLM land or the national forest, yes this is car camping. wait till you see my new overland build brah, its gonna have sand ladders limb risers cargo pants maybe some titanium cookwear. the wife wants a RTT but i thing a GTT will suffice
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Old February 9th, 2016, 09:26 PM
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That fad of ground top tents (GTT) is BS too.
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Are these groups in Knoxville, or just in the "southeast"? That's a huge area you're talking about.

By the way, we have a number of these types of groups and folks in the mid-atlantic area as well. Generally speaking, they're ok folks, but they're just human.
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Are these groups in Knoxville, or just in the "southeast"? That's a huge area you're talking about.

By the way, we have a number of these types of groups and folks in the mid-atlantic area as well.

The ones that I have experience are in East Tennessee and North Grorgia.

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yeah its fucking car camping this overland fad is so lame idk what to do. you cant "overland" in a developed country. try somewhere without roads or gas stations or cell phones. yeah you can spend a weekend crusing around BLM land or the national forest, yes this is car camping. wait till you see my new overland build brah, its gonna have sand ladders limb risers cargo pants maybe some titanium cookwear. the wife wants a RTT but i thing a GTT will suffice

Don't get me wrong, I like the gear just as much as the next guy.

And I get that different folks have different hobbies.

And it's nice to have a hobby that brings in done cash. I get it.

It's just annoying. That's all.
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Old February 10th, 2016, 12:50 AM
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Nature is very "in" right now.
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Nature is very "in" right now.

If only that were true... more like a bunch of hipster in their mall cruisers trying to find the most dramatic background for their selfie...People seem less concerned about enjoying nature and more concerned with how many people see them "enjoying" nature.
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Old February 10th, 2016, 07:47 AM
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People seem less concerned about enjoying nature and more concerned with how many people see them "enjoying" nature.
People have never cared more about what others think of them - all funneled through social media. It's prevalent among the 'overlanding' crowd but can be found pretty much anywhere
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Old February 10th, 2016, 07:59 AM
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People have never cared more about what others think of them - all funneled through social media. It's prevalent among the 'overlanding' crowd but can be found pretty much anywhere
All true but many people are experiencing the outdoors and getting off their couch and putting the video games down. No doubt many will return to that once the trend moves on, but a great many will form the next generation of people enjoying the outdoor life. That will be passed along to their children. The ones that return to their video games and couch will probably be armchair warriors with there selfies of tactifool clothing and weapons.

Like it or not but some new friends and standard bearers for the outdoor lifestyle are beginning their journey taking selfies with mall cruisers.

I've met some people recently who have made trips and been places we only dream of. By the measure of their achievement we are Internet over landers and they are the pioneers.
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All true but many people are experiencing the outdoors and getting off their couch and putting the video games down. No doubt many will return to that once the trend moves on, but a great many will form the next generation of people enjoying the outdoor life. That will be passed along to their children. The ones that return to their video games and couch will probably be armchair warriors with there selfies of tactifool clothing and weapons.

Like it or not but some new friends and standard bearers for the outdoor lifestyle are beginning their journey taking selfies with mall cruisers.

I've met some people recently who have made trips and been places we only dream of. By the measure of their achievement we are Internet over landers and they are the pioneers.
True...when I was a kid we never went camping...fishing and to the beach that was it. I didn't even leave my home state until I joined the Army. I go everywhere now, and have raised my kids in that spirit. I'm a gear hoarder though and always need to have the right tools for the right job/expedition.
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The "Overland" thing is overplayed. Why can't we just call it, "Wheeling and camping" again?

That is what we did in college. Just...wheeling and camping.
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Old February 10th, 2016, 08:47 AM
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BS Overland sounds like a potential company name
Yes, nature and "adventure" are very trendy right now and just looking the part is what a lot of people are going for. Over-landing "the spirit of it" plays right into those ideas.

I think the term "wheeling" carries with baggage of going out and thrashing the trails and the trucks on, with a bunch of bud lite cans marking your way back home.

I do it because i want to get get those remote spots and get off the beaten trial of the typical tourist. Also one day i'll drive down to at least panama if not down to Chile in my 110. All you really need is some sort of tent, a jack of some sort, some ground clearance and you will be able to go most places.

I do love having the right gear for the right situation. I think most of us here like to have the right tools for the job is we can help it.

In south sudan all they roll with are a high-lift, a shovel and some sort of recovery strap. The winches are usually burnt out because people don't how to use it properly. They make it through some gnarly stuff during the rainy season, but they also get stuck and have to camp next to their truck for 4 months. hahaha
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That's why I car camp.
Was waiting for the sCat man to comment.

The overland community is honestly hilarious to me. We have a great time driving trails and camping in Vermont....the secret group of Vermont Underland.
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The Wife and I are looking at getting an offroad teardrop to travel in since she will not sleep in a RTT. Im going to call it Caravaning.
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The Wife and I are looking at getting an offroad teardrop to travel in since she will not sleep in a RTT. Im going to call it Caravaning.

Haha Those teardrops look awesome.
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