Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide – The 4×4 Bible

The Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide by Tom Sheppard from Desert Winds Publishing is the ultimate guide to expedition travel preparation. This book has been a really great aid during my planning phase and for determining what modifications are worthwhile for my Land Rover Defender and what I shouldn’t bother with.

It is filled with lots of detail and even some maths to work out various logistical requirements. It is one book I highly recommend, whether you’re planning the Big Trip or just taking your 4×4 out on weekends, you will find something useful in it.

The topics covered in the book are:

  • Planning
  • Shipping
  • Equipment basics
  • Camping
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Cooking and food
  • Water
  • Fuel, oils and fluids
  • Communications
  • Electrical power
  • Team selection
  • Expedition vehicles
  • Vehicle modifications
  • Loading and lashing
  • Routine operations
  • Navigation
  • Map grids and satellite images
  • Driving techniques and training
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Recovery
  • Emergencies

Four-by-four Driving is another good book which compliments VDEG.

From Edition 4 onwards Jonathan Hanson has joined VDEG as a co-author adding even more value. Edition 4.1 is now available as a mid-2017 update.

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Brett is a film maker, hiker, adventurer and Defender owner. He loves the outdoors and feels most at home travelling remote outback places in Australia. The idea of waiting till retirement to begin exploring Australia is not the path Brett has chosen, instead choosing to live life now. Join him on his adventures.

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