Defenders with Camper Body – an outdoor escapist dream come true

Defenders with Camper Body - an outdoor escapist dream come true

Overlanding seems to be more popular than ever. And just look at this 1993 turbo-diesel Land Rover Defender, you will easily believe, the Landy traveled with it’s humans in the deserts of California, Tahoe, and Colorado, but they plan to go into Mexico and see how far they can go on the Pan-American Highway.

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This left-hand-drive 1984 Land Rover 110 was originally a 5 door County Station Wagon with the adventure package which included a hood-mounted tire, capstan winch, and covered light guards. 


But a past owner overhauled the interior and the original 2.5 liter diesel was swapped for a legendary 300 Tdi, and paired with a five-speed manual R-380 transmission. For Land Rover enthusiasts, this is said to be as close as you’ll get to a holy-grail engine and transmission combo.

If the outside of this Defender looks good, the inside just might be better.

Food can be kept cold in a refrigerator/freezer, and a diesel stove and heater with an independent 2.6 gallon diesel tank stand ready to provide reliable heat and cooking services without forcing you to carry propane.

A stainless steel sink with pullout faucet doubles as an outdoor shower and features a separate 7-gallon water tank and new freshwater pump. Two-stage LED lighting is featured throughout the interior as well as multiple USB adapters to recharge phones and accessories.

Deploying the top takes only seconds and it opens up to provide over 9-feet of standing room. Twin bunks fold out for comfortable sleeping for two. When both bunks are deployed a center aisle allows an individual the freedom to move around without disturbing the other. Windows have curtains each backed with blackout material and the ability for 360º coverage so no one outside can see in and light does not enter the vehicle.

While you could pitch a rooftop tent on your 4×4, a far more comfortable way to go would be with a full-on camper rig, like this 1990 Land Rover Defender 130 with a a camper body. It features a fold-out bed and a pop-top roof section.

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The entire rear panel swings up, opening the camper to the outside. Inside, there’s a three-burner stovetop, a refrigerator, a heater, and a hot-water heater. The car’s got air conditioning as well as, very much in need, considering it has already traveled Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Central America.

 This Defender also powered by a 300 Tdi, a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, backed by an R-380 five-speed manual transmission.

Peter Faidt

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