Land Rover Monthly - - Letters -

My fa­ther is about to re­tire and I am go­ing to take him on a trip across Eu­rope in my Se­ries III diesel (fit­ted with a 2.5-litre en­gine).

I’m plan­ning to catch a ferry to Spain, then trav­el­ling through the Pyre­nees and then on to the Alps. There are a num­ber of his­tor­i­cal forts we wish to visit, as well as a num­ber of other ac­tiv­i­ties.

What ad­vice does LRM have for do­ing this kind of trip for the first time?

What kind of work should I do on the truck be­fore­hand?

What spares should I bring? Is there any­thing I should look out for in Eu­rope?

Will there be me­chan­ics in France and Spain (and po­ten­tially Northern Italy) that can be trusted to work on Land Rovers?

What else should I con­sider? Ru­pert Molyneux (via email) Any road trip through moun­tain­ous ter­rain in a diesel-pow­ered Se­ries III (pre­sum­ably nat­u­rally as­pi­rated?) isn’t to be un­der­taken lightly. It will be very slow on up­hill slogs and may over­heat.

As you are do­ing this for the first time, we rec­om­mend join­ing one of the or­gan­ised con­voys run by Land Rover clubs and 4x4 tour spe­cial­ists.

Check out our monthly Events pages, or con­tact www. – Ed.

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