Kuala Lumpur
December 6, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013 Back in KL for 3 nights. Still love the place 🙂 Saturday, December 7, 2013 Last time while driving in we kinda got ‘lost’ for a while… one wrong highway exit was all it took to get turned around in KL’s one-way system for a while. But, I (Caroline) did remember […]

Sterlin makes trouble in Adelaide
September 11, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 The drive to Adelaide was easy and the roads good.  We arrived in the city center of Adelaide before the banks closed and in time to pickup our Australian banking card. This meant we could get money from local ATM machines without significant transaction costs. Unfortunately Sterlin decided to breakdown, right […]

Reunited with Sterlin and Enjoying Sydney
September 5, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013 We have just been told that our car will clear customs and will be released and ready for pick-up at 1:30pm tomorrow. Woohoo!!! We are looking forward to being reunited with Sterlin after 3 months!!!! 4 for me actually. The plan is to drive to Melbourne this weekend, taking 2 days, via […]

Leg 2 - Tasmania
Update on Sterlin
July 25, 2013

Talk about being frustrated.  But at long last Sterlin has left Los Angeles, some 62 days after he was dropped off.  In the end we had to switch to an exclusive 20 foot container to get things moving.  Shipping company has been a disaster. Sterlin is now somewhere in Mexico on a little boat (Maersk […]

Los Angeles
May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Today Sterlin got dropped off at Schumacher Cargo and Logistics for shipping to Australia. The process was extremely easy and very reasonably priced at $1,850. In preparation of arrival into Sydney, Sterlin underwent a serious cleaning to remove any trace of bugs and oil leaks. Apparently the Australian bio-security folks are […]

Water Tank, Filter and Pump
March 10, 2013

Sterlin is fitted with a 50 liter (13 gallon) clean water tank which is connected to an electric pump which pumps the water through a water purification or filter system. The plan is that the water tank will always hold clean water. To achieve this, we will filter all water before it goes into the tank […]

Stainless Steel Rear Cargo Door
March 8, 2013

We replaced Sterlin’s original rear cargo panel with an upgraded stainless steel panel and added a fold down work table. The replacement panel is from Columbia Overland and is purpose built for the Land Rover Discovery II. The fold down table is made by Outback Adventures, Inc. It took many months of thinking and considering many options before […]

Preparations
Spare Parts and Tools
February 19, 2013

Sterlin will be stocked with a minimum of spare parts and tools. Clearly we are planning to go to some far off places and it is unlikely that we will find all the spare parts or even services that we will need to complete a repair. So of course it makes sense to carry some […]

Preparations
OBDII Interface and Display
February 19, 2013

We have installed an Ultra-gauge to provide engine management information from the OBDII diagnostic port located under the steering wheel. The ultra-gauge is able to connect with Sterlin’s on board computer and obtain real-time engine management information and diagnostic fault codes, even while the car’s being driven. Here are some of the more useful things […]

Preparations
Rear Access Ladder
February 19, 2013

After market rear access ladders are typically available for sale for around $80 from British Atlantic. The ladder we purchased looked extremely like the Land Rover supplied version, it certainly mounted the same way. The installation was a little tricky and required 4 holes to be drilled in the rear cargo door and nutserts placed […]

Preparations
Car Audio Enhancement
February 19, 2013

Sterlin was born with a AM/FM radio and a cassette deck.  The audio unit is ready for a CD changer, but none was ever fitted.  Radio reception is unlikely to be either reliable or understandable where we are going and what modern day expedition traveller carries cassette tapes?  An audio upgrade was certainly required. In […]

Sterlin’s Recent Repairs
February 19, 2013

Sterlin is 10 years old car with 95,000 miles on the odometer. During this time he has been been a remarkably reliable car with no major repairs needed until recently. Yes, three failures have occurred which have needed attention. All of the following failures were discovered around the same time.   Valve Cover and Engine Head Casket Approximately […]

Basecamp
Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance
February 13, 2013

We are not great mechanics, but we still think it is a excellent idea to perform regular inspections and some preventive maintenance on Sterlin. The main point of the inspection is try and detect things that might be going wrong before they really go wrong. In terms of maintenance, we will plan to be in a major […]

Preparations
Recovery Equipment
February 13, 2013

Sterlin carries only basic recovery equipment. Any major accident or car failure is probably going to need assistance from the locals. The hope is that the locals are pretty damn good at towing vehicles out of ditches or back to the nearest town to be repaired. Even so, makes sense to carry the following:- Spare […]

Fridge
February 13, 2013

An ARB 37 quart fridge and freeze unit is mounted on a fridge slide, also made by ARB using their lashing kit, in the rear left cargo area of Sterlin. The slide is securely bolted to the cargo area mounting panel with four bolts and the fridge can be attached to the slide with a […]