We bought our 1971 6x4 Range Rover Carmichael, Tango One, in 2006. In a previous life, it had been a fire engine in the North Wales Fire Service, but we wanted to make it into an overland camper. It took two years to upgrade. In that time, it was fitted with the Brazilian-made 2.8 TGV engine, an R380 gearbox, a water tank and extra fuel tanks.
In January 2008, we shipped the vehicle to Cape Town and spent 10 months driving back to the Uk, visiting 18 countries along the way.
After a quick overhaul our Carmichael was on its way to Australia, where we spent a year travelling through the outback, driving the Telegraph Track up to Cape York. We did 42,010 miles and used 1589 gallons of fuel at an average of 27mpg.
Tango One is now in Germany having a total ground up rebuild by a good friend of ours to get ready for a round-the-world trip.
We now drive a Defender TDCi off-road camper with lifting roof and have taken it to the Americas.
Published in the September 2015 issue of Land Rover Owner. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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