A recent trip to Spain and Portugal in our Defender 130 camper got off to a disastrous start. Due to a Brittany Ferries strike, our 130 had to squeeze aboard a tiny Condor ferry to get to St Malo. So, instead of cruising all the way to Bilbao, we faced a 600-mile trundle across France to reach Spain.
In Spain, the expansion tank split, causing the engine to overheat. We managed to limp the Defender about 10 miles south of León, when it finally dumped all of its coolant on to the road.
The Land Rover was recovered to a garage, where it languished for five days while mechanics tried to fix it. It would have been an even longer wait without the intervention of LRO contributor José Almeida, whom we’d asked to provide a route itinerary for our adventure. We gave him a call – and he organised for a replacement expansion tank to get us on our way.
After a shaky start and then uncharacteristic mechanical woes, the three-week adventure finally got into full swing.
As you can see from the photos, the 130 camper makes a fantastic, luxurious overland adventure vehicle. So much so that we’re now planning an even bigger adventure – all the way across Spain and deep into the heart of Morocco.
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