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Overland Expo East

Posted in Events on May 26, 2015
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Have you ever thought about selling everything you own, getting in your 4x4, and exploring the world? If the answer is yes, then overlanding will appeal greatly to your adventurous side. At its core, overlanding doesn’t require you to be rich, but it doesn’t hurt. The concept is actually pretty simple: travel beyond the tarmac and explore the roads and trails less traveled, all while living out of your vehicle.

Most overland adventures focus more on exploration than conquering one trail or extreme obstacle. Some of the more purpose-built overland rigs are part RV, part tank, with a little doomsday prepper and Mad Max influences spread about. To get a better look and understanding at the overland lifestyle, we headed to the Overland Expo East weekend experience. For 2014, the Overland Expo East show set up at Taylor Ranch on the outskirts of Asheville, North Carolina. As of writing this, the plan is to return to the North Carolina mountainside for 2015 as well.

Designed to bring together overland enthusiasts and manufacturers from across the globe, the Overland Expo East event is a fun-filled three-day weekend. With training seminars, product displays, and interactive demos, it’s a great family friendly way to check out some of the most radical machines and equipment available. Sure, there is a bit of sticker shock when you first make your rounds around camp, but the level of craftsmanship and quality in some of these adventure rigs is as good as it gets. Ultimately, we say the Expo is worth checking out and hope one day to be able to have a mobile home that is as Armageddon-ready as the ones we found at the show.

Motorcycles seemed to greatly outnumber the 4x4s at the Expo. We’re not sure how well this side-car-equipped bike would last in the desert, but it was one of many adventure-oriented two-wheeled machines at the event.
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Rent me! OK, this got our attention. Want to try out the overland lifestyle, but not ready to sell the house and cars? Adventure Travel Sport Rentals allows you to rent one of its overland-ready rigs and explore. You can find out more at
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There was a large assortment of new and old rigs at the Expo. With all of the Land Rovers in attendance, we have to imagine the mall parking lots must have been vacant.
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Overland Expo
877-393-2230
http://www.overlandexpo.com

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