A little different from the normal posts but below are all the specifications and need to knows on Baloo
2004 Land Rover Defender, TD5, 3 door, hard top
Colour – Metallic Chestnut Brown
The previous owner did a number of modifications to set up Baloo as an overland vehicle. These included:
- Brownchurch ext roof rack + ladder (galvanised & powder coated)
- Eeziawn roof tent
- Rock sliders
- LabCraft Rear LED work light
- LED lights all round inc headlights
- Wolfe Rims with 255 / 85 / R16 BF Goodrich KM2 mud terrain tyres
- Mantec rear swing away wheel carrier
- Side lockers
- Masai rear tinted sliding windows
- Genuine Land Rover rear window guard
- 3 door claps – for padlocks
- Differential guard
- Exmoor premium heated seats
- MUD overhead din console
- Bulkhead removal kit installed
- EGR + cat delete
- td5inside remap
After owning Clifford (our first Defender) we knew that there were some additional modifications we wanted to do before we set off to Europe. These included:
- Hannibal Awning – after spending our time in Scotland in the pouring rain we realised we would be living outdoor most of the time, an awning gives us protection from the rain and sun. The Hannibal is also a legless awning which allows quick setup
- 47L ARB compressor fridge freezer – to keep beers cold!
- 350 Watt pure sine inverter – this turns 12 volts from the battery into 240 volts allowing us to charge laptops and camera batteries.
- 2 additional 12v cigarette sockets
- 6 x Usb charging points (3 x 2.1 amp and 3 x 1.1 amps) (2 in the front, 2 in our charging box, 2 in the rear)
- originally a 110 ah auxiliary battery
- T-Max split charging battery management system – this reduces the risk of us running the starter battery flat, we can also check the levels of each battery
- internal USB powered LED strip in the cabin
As you can imagine along the journey we have continued to modify Baloo. After traveling with a basic set up in Baloo for a few months we decided that we needed to convert the back of Baloo into a home. The requirements where simple, we needed to be able to cook inside, out of the weather and sleep when it is not possible to set up the roof tent. The modifications we have done on the road include:
- Vatra Silver Dynamic AGM 105 amp auxiliary battery – this was to replace our original auxiliary battery as it died on us in Greece after trying to stay at camp spots to long and still running the fridge.
- OffGridTec 160 Watts fixed solar panel, this sits on the rear right of the roof rack.
- Victron Smart Solar MPPT 75/15
- Front wings matte black chequer plate
- Alutec boxes to store extra gear on the roof
These are our main camping equipment used:
- Stove – Campingaz Camping Chef Folding Stove (cheap and has lasted us so far but not the best)
- Gas bottle – Campingaz R 907 Gas Cylinder – we went for the Campingaz bottle as it can be found throughout Europe. In saying this we do find it difficult to find places to swap it.
- Camp table – Euro Hike, Roll Top Double Table
- Shower – MAYA 12V car cigarette lighter Portable shower electrical pump (this is our saviour)
We did a conversion in the rear of the car when we were in Sweden back in april. This took us 15 days. As we don’t have an address in Europe we had not yet had the opportunity to build a conversion before this. We wanted something simple that would work for our life on the road. We had a small budget and had to modify our design as we went, with all measurements in defenders different from the next. We completed our conversion with spending around £450.
Feel free to reach out if you have other questions about our set up, I hope these basics help when you are planning your next overlanding set up.