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Hiace4wd
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PostSubject: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:26 pm


So we started our trip as title says. Just left Moscow, we are heading for the *stan countries. Then over Mongolia to Japan.

All is being done with our Hiace campervan.
It has been doing fine so far but we havent reached the though parts yet.
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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:41 pm

This sounds brilliant, please keep updating with pictures.
I really want to be doing that type of thing before too long too!! Very Happy

Funny you driving to Japan, a good chance to get a service and any of those difficult to source accessories - like the window covers you were after!
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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:48 am

Sounds like a great time!
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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:15 am

Have a great trip! Sure the HiAce is more than up to the task.

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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:44 am

Greetings from Uzbekistan where it is a bit hot haha, and internet a bit poor. Will share pics later
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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:04 am

Well done keep us up to date post some pics will be touring West Aus for 12 weeks from sep 7th have second Toyota camper over there.
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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:41 am

Nice!

We are actually hoping to go to friends in New Zealand at the end of the trip, they also have a Hiace there Smile
But not sure if time and money permits.
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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:54 am







(Mountains on the right are Afghanistan, the road is Tajikistan)

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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:17 am

Fantastic mega pictures are you enjoying it any bandits dont forget the return journey we are of to Aus in 5 weeks have had to hire a camper, our old van died last week both Toyotas of course, 12 weeks on the west coast including Perth, happy traveling keep the posts and pics coming.
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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:39 am

Great photos, thanks for posting, good to see you are doing well.

Have you had to use the 4wd option at all on the journey?
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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:29 pm

Well, for the main road you don't need 4wd, but high ground clearance is important. Sometimes we take a detour 4wd track so then yes. And 4wd is ideal for just driving into nature and finding a place to sleep.

But we also went into high altitude, we crossed over 4600 keters! And the car is struggling with the low oxygen. So this meant I sometimes used low gearing to have better selection in gears.
Our Landcruiser did better in the Himalaya, but still the Hiace manages without turbo and all.

Had a small coolant leak, just a hose clamp, and broke the stabalizer bar holder because the roads were so bad!
But all was fixed easily.

No bandits but corrupt police is a possibility. Already got some nonsence to pay for, but when they see we are a family with young kids they don't push through amd.leave it.
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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:40 am

Awesome Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Our Overland trip from Europe to Japan via Central Asia!   Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:42 pm

Have you got an internet blog as I would love to follow your expedition?
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