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.