Overland Overload: The 2017 Overland Expo West Was Bigger Than Ever!

Overland Overload

Fred WilliamsPhotographer, Writer

Overland Expo started out as a small event where world travelers and van-living vagabonds came together to talk about their trips and upgrades, but like a rooftop tent, it has expanded to massive dimensions. The number of vendors showing off camping upgrades for all types of vehicles is mindboggling. Whether you sleep in your Subaru or have seen the world in your Unimog-mega-house-on-wheels there is something for you at Overland Expo.

For 2017, Overland Expo West moved to a fairgrounds near Flagstaff, Arizona, and it was better than ever. The event has a variety of driver training for novice off-roaders as well as lectures and seminars from experienced world travelers, but the real growth was in the vendor arena. The number of companies offering something new or just a new version of something old was great to see. Overlanding is bigger than ever these days and there are companies supporting every level of build and budget you are comfortable with.

As much as we like seeing all the new gadgets and upgrades, our favorite part of Overland Expo is all the cool vehicles. Whether full restomod diesel International Scouts or budget beater Land Rovers that families are living out of, the variety will keep you drooling all weekend. We spent three days at the show and were still finding cool new rigs on the last day, and that’s just in the show. Take a walk through the parking lot and nearby campgrounds and you’ll find even more great vehicles.

If you’re hoping to someday take a long camping weekend, or dreaming of a ’round the world adventure, then put either the Overland Expo West (in Arizona) or East (in North Carolina) on your radar.