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Russian Tin Can
« on: December 16, 2017, 07:10:48 PM »
Hi there! I'm a traveller from Russia. Have you heard about the UAZ van? I'm the owner of such amazing vehicle... And I'm gonna tell you a little about it.

What can be interesting for you? I live in Russia and travel a lot. Need help here - just write me. Besides, I plan to have several long journeys (to Mongolia, to Siberian North). Maybe some of you will want to join me ;)

My van is an original and authentic Russian military UAZ-452 van, built in 2010. Initially, this vehicle was designed in 1950s as a support vehicle for military forces. Now it‘s still being produced, just as it was sixty years ago… And, surprisingly, it looks almost like it did in 1965!

The UAZ-452 looks very similar to a VW T1, but there is also huge difference: VW was designed in Germany, the country of perfect and numerous paved highways. Our «CrazyBu» van was designed to survive in Russian countryside. It is a Land Cruiser 40 at the back of its mind – sturdy axles, a heavy frame, stout under drive and robustness in every way. Do you really need to build highways if you produce such vans?


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Re: Russian Tin Can
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2017, 09:45:12 PM »
Greetings & Welcome!

I'm from the USA, and not much of an off roader.  The small amount of boondocking I've done, I found pretty boring in short order, and was ready to get back to the city where all the action, and conveniences are.  Different strokes for different folks I guess.

Having a home on wheels capable of doing what you enjoy is a great thing, and I'll be looking forward to your participation here.  I will enjoy following your travels, and look forward to hearing about all the good, the bad, and the ugly, along with all of the totally amazing.  I believe our struggles, mistakes, and failures, are every bit as important as the good times, and that others can learn as much from our failures as they can from our successes.  Heaven knows it's not all sugar and spices like some people would have us believe.

Looking forward to your future posts.

Dan
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Re: Russian Tin Can
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2017, 11:32:11 AM »
Hi Dan! Thanks for nice words!

In Russia, we have off road everywhere so it's better to enjoy it...
Month ago we travelled just 500 km from Moscow and there were something like it

Actually, I still don't understand how people live there... Especially in November, it's my "favorite" month here in Russia. What about the countryside, even the normal road are sometimes so bumpy that it is much easier to drive such "off road".

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Re: Russian Tin Can
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2017, 03:18:51 AM »
Here in the USA, public land can be difficult to find, and with the exception of desert areas, most seem to have rules against motor vehicles traveling further than about 30 feet off the roads.  ATV's might have different rules, I'm not sure.  Most of the free camping spots I've been to have either been on terrible roads, or at terrible locations.  That's probably why they're free. 

Once I retire, I'm looking forward to slow, but full time travel.  Maybe a few cruises tossed in for good measure.  I still have to figure out some hobbies for when I'll have time for them.
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Re: Russian Tin Can
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2018, 09:11:56 AM »
>> Here in the USA, public land can be difficult to find, and with the exception of desert areas, most seem to have rules against motor vehicles traveling further than about 30 feet off the roads.

Hi, Dan! This Spring in Russia we have a loooot of snow. So we found a place to go off-roading just 2 kilometers from our home, at the edge of Moscow! In such a weather, you even don't need to get out of the city. There's off-roading almost everywhere :)

Here's funny video 

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Re: Russian Tin Can
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2018, 08:02:24 AM »
Greetings!

Growing up, I lived in a small town that had 3+ feet of snow for 5-6 months of the year.  Within a couple miles was all public land, lakes, mountains, flat land, and hills, free  for hiking, driving, or camping.  It was a year round recreational wonderland.  Once grown, while my job involves a lot of travel, it keeps me far away from what was once home.

My job keeps me in the coldest places in the winter, and the hottest in the summer, because I work vacation relief, and during the worst weather is when people take their vacations to escape it.  Today in my travels, public land is frequently far away and not too inviting for a single traveler.  Camping in the middle of nowhere by yourself, with nothing to do just isn't much fun for me.  The people I used to camp with have either died, quit camping, or moved far away.

I do have the good fortune to be able to attend a good number of campouts & rallies throughout the year though.  I live in my camper van, and interact with people at work and townspeople in general, since I am usually a city camper.  The campouts with others are very enjoyable, but I guess I wouldn't make a very good hermit.  Life alone and isolated may be great for some, but for me, life shared with others, in person, is the most enjoyable.

Cheers!
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