Modifications for road trip
I am in the initial stages of planning a road trip to eastern Europe. I don't need to carry much luggage and I won't be going too far off the beaten track. However, are there any essentials I should consider taking or modifications you would recommend making to the vehicle? For example, I thought to take an additional spare wheel and tyre but then I don't particularly want to carry it on the roof. Also, additional fuel storage capability may be good because the range is not brilliant and the availability of good quality fuel is not guaranteed. All advice is welcomed!
Which model G are you taking? Presume Diesel? A few fuel filters might be sensible? Especially the pre filter? Where are you going, certain countries people used to remove wiper arms!
I think you'll find most of eastern Europe quite civilised. Twenty years ago, it may have been an expedition, but today, pretty much like anywhere else.
if you take a ferry across the Black sea, it may be easier.
Not sure I would venture to drive through the Ukraine.
Great care needed if entering the Ukraine. Two friends had their Land Cruiser impounded crossing the border from Moldova and spent five weeks and many thousands of Euro's retrieving it. A lot of homework needed before you leave the UK.
I think you may get more useful and upto date information here:
In Russia only saw black V8 G's, think you would stand out more in a 460. Tho unfortunately number plates will give it away. Presume you speak Russian?
I have not read all of the above posts and comments made so if I do repeat myself do excuse me.
My suggestion would be to have the inside of all your window glass fitted with anti-shatter film; it is a clear film designed to keep shattered glass in tact making breaking in a bit more difficult. I expect this would be a common form of robbery over the continent never mind here.
Additionally carry an emergency windscreen (comes in foldable plastic) in case the screen shatters and breaks away. You'll need protection from driving speed wind.
- Fire extinguisher(s)
- First aid kit
- Emergency triangle
- High visibility vests
- Tyre puncture sealant
- Basic tools - jack, wheel brace, chocks, tow rope and hand tools
- Thermos flask with hot drinks and carry heating element which are available to heat up single cups of small kettle for 12v plug in sockets. Room allowing, dual heater/cooling cabinets again plugged into 12v supply
- Multi plugs for 12v sockets
- Good sunglasses
- Up-to-date road maps
- Collapsible shovel
- Record separately information of travel documents such as passport, driving licence etc
- Lockable cabinet/safe bolt to the floor of vehicle and kept out of sight. G-Wagens have some overhead shelving available as accessory. Try ORC in Germany
- Service the vehicle, have wheels properly torqued to ensure you can indeed undo wheel bolt if and when required.
- Spare bulb kit
- In some countries carry alcohol is NOT allowed in the passenger compartment; adhere to this and as you are driving totally refrain from drinking any
- Room allowing you may consider carrying small portable chemical toilets
- Make sure you have insurance cover for vehicle and/or patient repatriation
- Have the rear glass tinted for privacy and I would like to think as a theft deterrent but I have seen cases where that is no deterrent
Finally Good Luck, safe journey and Bon Voyage.
How about also include:
1,- a set of jump leads
2.- an emergency booster starter.
3.- A stolen vehicle tracker device.
4.- additional engine immobilizer.
5.- lockable wheel nuts
this might not cover all the bases but it should impress any would be hijacker/bandit