Across the USA 2013 #2 (Gates/ATS)

April 25, 2013

Despite the fact that we reached Denver under blue sunny skies, weather was on the way. The temperature had dropped back down into the low 30s and flakes of snow were drifting around when we arrived at the Gates Corporation World Headquarters. It was a pleasure to meet some of the people behind the company that has supplied our belts and radiator & heater hoses for over 30 years. Many of the employees came down to take a closer look at The Turtle V.

Our first stop in the morning was the Gates Corporation World Headquarters.

Our first stop in the morning was the Gates Corporation World Headquarters.

It was a pleasure to meet some of the people at the Gates Corporation World Headquarters.

It was a pleasure to meet some of the people at the Gates Corporation World Headquarters. They have supplied our belts and hoses for many years.

Monika is giving Ken Van Oort, Advertising & Marketing Communications Manager of Gates Corp. a tour of The Turtle V

Monika is giving Kent Van Oort, Advertising & Marketing Communications Manager of Gates Corp.,  a tour of The Turtle V.

In the afternoon we headed over to ATS Diesel Performance where one of their expert technicians gave our Aurora 3000 Turbo a thorough inspection, both visual and using a scanner for an on-the-road performance test. Not that we expected any problems, because the Aurora 3000 has been extremely reliable, but it was nice to know that everything was in perfect running condition. ATS owner, Clint Cannon, gave us a tour of the expanded manufacturing facilities. Virtually all components of ATS Turbos and ATS Transmissions are now manufactured in-house.

The ATS Diesel Performance technician gave our Aurora 3000 Turbo a through visual inspection.

The ATS Diesel Performance technician gave our Aurora 3000 Turbo a through visual inspection.

Using a scanner for an on-the-road performance test, our ATS Aurora 3000 was given a clean bill of health.

Using a scanner for an on-the-road performance test, our ATS Aurora 3000 was given a clean bill of health.

During a tour of the expanded ATS manufacturing facilities owner, Clint Cannon, showed Monika the new Ubangi earrings he is making. You can tell, we were all laughing!

During a tour of the expanded ATS manufacturing facilities Clint Cannon showed Monika the new Ubangi earrings he is making. You can tell we were all laughing!

ATS Aurora Turbos have taken us around the world and now they will do it again.

ATS Turbos have taken us around the world and now they will do it again.

That evening Douglas Rykerd, a good friend who had been on one of our Baja California  adventures, met us for dinner.

Douglas Rykerd drove up from Colorado Springs in a blizzard just to have dinner with us.

Douglas Rykerd drove up from Colorado Springs in a blizzard just to have dinner with us.

It was snowing hard by the time we went to bed. With the Espar Airtronic Diesel Air Heater set on low, The Turtle V was dripping with icicles in the morning and there was eight inches of fresh powder on the hood. We waited a few minutes but the weather didn’t change. Next stop St. Louis.

In the morning there was 8 inches of fresh powder on the hood.

In the morning there was 8 inches of fresh powder on the hood.

With the Espar Airtronic diesel heater set on low, we slept warm but The Turtle V was dripping with icicles in the morning at 24°F.

With the Espar Airtronic Diesel Heater set on low, we slept warm but The Turtle V was dripping with icicles in the morning at 24°F.

Icy roads awaited us as we headed east.

Icy roads awaited us as we headed east.

 

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CHANNEL 31 and 13 TV Live

March 28, 2013

Camera, Action! Yesterday morning at Ken Imler Diesel Performance, the Channel 31 (CBS 13) Good Day Sacramento News Crew caught up with us for a quick interview. The two morning segments were “Live” to a possible viewing audience of 1.5 million. A longer version was slated for the 12-noon and 4:00 News broadcast. If you’d like to see the live versions, paste these addresses into your browser:

http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/8709985-the-turtle-expedition/#.UVIhgCXCYaI.facebook

or

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/03/26/sacramento-couple-readying-for-drive-to-china-in-custom-camping-truck/

and smile. There is a short 30-sec commercial before each segment that you must endure. You might also enjoy an interview we did at the Overland Expo a couple of years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YgrXon8uIM

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBNnBcyTw38

When we pulled into Ken Imler Diesel Performance for a last-minute check on The Turtle V, the Channel 13 mobile News Crew had already raised their transmitting tower.

When we pulled into Ken Imler Diesel Performance for a last-minute check on The Turtle V, the Channel 13 mobile News Crew had already raised their transmitting tower.

Good Day Sacramento is a Live local morning news program that’s quite popular in Sacramento. They have a possible viewing audience of 1.5 million.

Good Day Sacramento is a Live local morning news program that’s quite popular in Sacramento. They have a possible viewing audience of 1.5 million.

Cambi Brown and her photographer were easy to work with, even with the pressure of going LIVE. Cambi joked that her boss was in her ear.

Cambi Brown and her photographer were easy to work with, even with the pressure of going LIVE. Cambi joked that her boss was in her ear.

An interesting thing about doing a live interview is that there are no retakes. What you get is what you got.

An interesting thing about doing a live interview is that there are no retakes. What you get is what you got.

 

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Overland Expo 2012 Part 3

June 22, 2012

There were literally hundreds of expedition campers at this year’s Overland Expo. Which one would you choose to travel or work in? All of these examples have the basic comforts. A bed, a place to cook healthy food, a place to go to the bathroom and a place to get clean.

EarthCruiser on a Fuso from Australia.

Land Rover 111 out of Las Vegas

XP Camper from Grass Valley, CA

Pinzgauer with an AutoHome roof top tent

Another GXV monster. Where can they go?

This Unimog 500 built custom by GXV is very tall

GXV on a big International

The favorite of many at the Overland Expo was our own Turtle V. Big on the inside but small on the outside.

An M109 shop van mounted on a M35A2 6X6. That’s a truck!

 

 

 

 

 

This Unimog showed us what wheel articulation is all about.

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Overland Expo 2012 Part 2

June 19, 2012

At this year’s Overland Expo, there were some very impressive campers. GXV has made an honest attempt to duplicate a few of the concepts of The Turtle Expedition’s Tortuga Camper, but we still think it needs to be smaller to follow the roads we travel. Close but no cigar. On the final day, some of the big rigs ran the off-road training course. Perhaps one of the more interesting was a M109 shop van mounted on a M35A2 6X6. It came through the frame twisters gracefully.

The latest GXV Turtle is a nice looking expedition camper, but we wish they would make a smaller version.

Side by side, our own Tortuga Expedition Camper is significantly lower, narrower and shorter.

Traffic by The Turtle V was steady all day, and many commented that the overall design of the Tortuga Camper was still the best they had seen at the show.

This military M109 shop van mounted on a M35A2 6x6 came through the frame twisters gracefully.

 

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Overland Expo 2012 Part 1

June 15, 2012

For those of you who may have missed it, this year’s Overland Expo was a huge success. Gathering at the Mormon Lake Lodge facilities south of Flagstaff, Arizona, some 5,000 people attended the three day event to take classes on the tips and techniques of Overland Travel, watch travel movies, and stroll through over 100 companies displaying their specialized products, from roof top tents to cook sets to monster 4X4 expedition campers. Looking out at the meadow behind the motorcycle and off-road training courses it looked like a high tech refugee camp. Pioneers in the trend of overland travel, The Turtle Expedition was given an official send-off for our upcoming Trans-Eurasian Odyssey.

Hundreds of Overland enthusiasts were on hand for the opening ceremonies before starting the three-days of special classes and hands-on training courses.

Vehicles can be trained too. A spotter on the off-road demo course teaches a Sportsmobile to lift a tire and wave at the crowd.

The meadow behind the motorcycle and off-road training courses looked like a high tech refugee camp.

 

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SEMA Show 2011 Day 4

November 7, 2011

The final day at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas was as busy as ever. Last minute meetings gave us little chance to be at The Turtle V expedition truck to answer questions about the latest improvements. Our newly designed Buckstop Bumper www.buckstop.biz  received plenty of attention, fitted with PIAA’s HID driving lights www.piaa.com and the new Warn 16.5ti winch www.warn.com. We were also experimenting with both the ChaseCam and GoPro HD cameras on the special mounts designed into the bumper. The new K&W custom side box www.customtoolboxes.com for our ExtremeAire compressor system www.extremeoutback.com looked great. Many attendees stopped to study the photo collage of our Trans-Siberian adventure and the map showing our intended route for The Trans-Eurasian Odyssey, driving from Lisbon, Portugal to Shanghai, China through 26 countries and following the legendary Silk Road.

Beginning Spring 2012, we’ll be on the road for at least three years.

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SEMA Show 2011 Day 3

November 4, 2011

For The Turtle Expedition, the SEMA Show is about seeing and talking to many of our long-time sponsors and searching for products that make our life on the road easier. The crowds were as busy as ever with buyers looking for the newest and the best innovations. This is a trade show, not open to the public.

We took time to chat with the Hellwig Products team. Hellwig supplies the rear suspension air bags and sway control bars on The Turtle V and they also sponsored our expedition truck in the Feature Vehicle Area at this year’s SEMA Show. www.hellwigproducts.com

SEMA Show 2011 Day 3

SEMA Show 2011 Hellwig Products Booth

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SEMA Show 2011 Day 2

November 3, 2011

While the main focus of the SEMA Show is the amazing display of aftermarket automotive products, there are always celebrities on hand. We stopped to chat with famous race drivers Walker Evans and Rod Hall whom we have known for years through our involvement with off-road racing. We also took time to watch some of the drifting competition in front of the main convention center.

SEMA Show Day 2

SEMA Show Day 2

SEMA Show Day 2

SEMA Show Day 2

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SEMA Show 2011 Day 1

November 2, 2011

SEMA?!

SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, www.sema.org. That means, everything automotive and more, from tires to roof racks, from driving lights to super custom wheels. You’ll find Ferraris and Lamborghinis next to Jeeps and Monster Trucks and mixed in-between amazing Hot Rods, Race Cars, and all the equipment to build your own. In addition to spectacular displays of sexy cars and trucks, there are always a few celebrities and an on-going parade of beautiful models that are part of this huge automotive show, the largest in the world.

SEMA Show 2011

SEMA Show 2011

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SEMA Show 2011 Prep Days

October 31, 2011

Every year it’s the same. People want to know where The Turtle V has been, and where it’s going to go, but it can’t look like it’s been anywhere. Getting the mud and road grime accumulated over thousands of miles off is always a challenge. Hellwig Products is sponsoring The Turtle V this year. www.hellwigproducts.com

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