After one week in Albania in spring we really wanted to see more of this wonderful country.
We had tree weeks in september. We took the fastferry to Igoumentisa Greece. The border was just 20 minutes away and we crossed it without any problems. We then drove from the south of albania to the north. The landscape was fantastic; Mountains, beautiful green valleys, deepblue sea and desert-like regions.
It wasn’t easy to find a destination for our holidays in spring.
We went through italy and slovenia to croatia.
We had e great week with a lot of adventures: We slept in a western village (Winnetou-Filmset), explored an old flightbase in the mountain, climbed on a old airplane, woke up into a winter-wonder-land with 20 centimeters of snow and we enjoyed the Sun on a beautiful ridge.
In the second week we passed trough Montenegro to Albania:
We took the mountainroad with 4 mountain passes, but we weren’t able to cross the last because of snow, we discovered an old prison, we talked to a few workers in a mine, found a small peninsula with a lot of small roads and helped a farmer to get his tractor out of the mud.
Holidays in times of covid are difficult. We changed our destination six times. (Morocco, Tunisa, Albania, Greece, Croatia, Corse…)
After all we decided to visit sweden again.
We spent three weeks in this wonderful and beautiful country.
We caught the fall in its most colorful time.
Sweden isn’t the country for heavy 4wding, there are endless roads in the forest you can drive. But you are not allowed to leave any track. The nature is breathtaking, endless forests, wonderful lakes and rivers aaand if your lucky enough some animals 😉
We had a great time during this three weeks, here you have some impressions:
This autmn we have been in Sweden.
We had 2.5 weeks and a busy schedule:
We visited the “Buschtaxi-Meeting” (Troopy Meeting) in Wetzlar – Germany, spent a week in Sweden, droven on the car beaches in Denmark, visited the Miniatur-Wunderland & met some friends in Germany. After that we drove through Switzerland for doing some offroad in the western alps for the last time this year.
In 18 days we did 5700km, drove trough 6 countries, took 2 ferrys and one car train.
For our first trip with our Troopy we decided to go to Croatia. We had time for 2 weeks and started on the easter-monday. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t that good. After 4 days, we decided to change the country. The weather forecast for corsica was much better, the forecast for Croatia was rainy for the whole vacation.
Although the rain we could drive some nice offroad tracks and enjoy some sun in Croatia.
At the weekend we left croatia in direction to Italy & took the ferry to corsica. There we had a great time with a lot of sun and good friends. Way too quick the time was over =(
It’s getting a little warmer and the days last longer, we spend almost every free minute to our Land Cruiser.
Our goal: The coming Easter Monday we want to take our troopy to it’s first trip.
To reach this goal, there are tons of things to do before:
Basically our attention belongs to the interior which means for us to get the needed material like wood plates, rivets, screws and tons of other small things we just noticed that they are missing when we wanted to install them.
We already had a vision how the interior should look like because we were traveling with the other land cruiser before. The Furniture has been drawn in a 3D CAD so we got a list about the size and amount of all pieces needed.
To cut the Plates in shape we had help of a carpenter with suitable equipment to cut the plates in right angled shapes 😉
Now the “Puzzle” could start. Even if it was just a “Putting things together” it took much time to get everything done right. Especially the cutting of the aluminum profiles needed a lot of focus not to cut them to short 😉
Even if the interior was drawn in 3D CAD, it was not perfect, we designed some parts too big so they did not fit well in the car, so it needed a lot of adjustments “off plan”.
Before the Cabinet was completed, all the electrical stuff needed to be installed like: Auxiliary Battery, Solar charger, Battery manager (IBS), Heater, Fuses and so on….
The car was already damped against noise, but now we also want to take the warm air inside so we installed insulation behind the Wooden Sheets. The Sheets were cutted out and mounted with rivnuts. Before the installation the metal sheets of the car were protected against rust using Mike Sander’s.
The only big place where we loose heat were the windows so we got the Dampening material and sew them to Insulation mats.
All good for it’s first trip. Saturday evening….
Monday morning we’ll take it to it’s first trip….
– Alu Cab Hercules Popup Roof with the original Alu Cab 270° Shadow Awning
– 80 liter original diesel sub tank
(Range with both tanks: approx. 1200 km)
– 47 liter water tank with tap in the inside of the car
– Solarpanel on the roof (power 120W)
– Maxtrax recoveryboard
– Some LED lamps
– Highlift jack for changing tires
– Webasto heater air to air and water to air
– 2x Scheelmann Traveler Seat
– Console between the seats
– Recovery gear
– Suspencion TJM & Tough Dog
– Front Steelbumper TJM with 9000lbs winch
– Rear Steelbumper with 20 Liter water tank & spare wheelcarrier
– Gallwing from Emuwings
– Fanello matress
– 5x BF Goodrich All Terrain tire
– 1 spare wheel (& repair kit)
– petrol- and gas stove
– Engel fridge (42 liter)
We started travelinge with a 2003 Land Cruiser KDJ95.
But his life is not over, he is still in daily use.
– 74 Liter Diesel sub tank (Range with both tanks is about 1500 kms)
– 47 Liter watertank
– Solarpanel on the roof
– Columbus rooftent
– 1 Spare wheel
– Petrol stove
– Engel refrigerator
– Roofbox for tools
– LED Bar on the roof