The XOVERLAND Podcast

The XOVERLAND Podcast

Welcome to the X Overland podcast! The X Overland podcast is the place to learn about all things overlanding and get inspired with the confidence to go do it. The podcast will frequently feature Expedition Overland founders, Clay and Rachelle Croft, along with XO team members and a wide variety of special guests from around the overlanding space. We’re excited to share our conversations with you and dive into some behind the scenes details you will only get here!

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  • 78. 2024 Tacoma Trailhunter - Our 1 Month Review, Clay Croft and Jimmy Lewis

    Until recently, vehicle manufacturers didn’t supply off-the-lot options for overlanders, so we’ve adapted by modifying vehicles to suit our needs. Little did we know that Toyota secretly developed the solution we’ve all been waiting for—the Tacoma Trailhunter, a rugged new platform designed for o...

  • 77. Expedition Overland Apex Series Season 6: Africa–w/Clay & Rachelle Croft

    Since 2010, XOVERLAND founders, Clay & Rachelle Croft, have been traveling the world with a team of adventurers and filmmakers to locations as varied as Central America to Scandinavia. For their most recent overlanding experience, the trailblazing couple took their three boys–Cyrus (18), Ryder (1...

  • 76. Tour or Adventure? Joe Fleming of BONAFIDE Moto Co. South Africa

    When trying to figure out a plan for your next vacation, are you interested in booking a “tour” or experiencing a real “adventure”? To begin with, maybe you’re wondering exactly what the difference is between the two.

    Joe Fleming, owner/founder of Bonafide Moto Co. based in Southern Africa is o...

  • 75. Dakar Rally and Overlanding? A Conversation with Off-Road Coach, Jimmy Lewis

    Considered by many in motorsport to be the world’s toughest race, the Dakar Rally is renowned for the extreme off-road challenges it poses for both motorcyclists and drivers alike. Described as not just the biggest Rally Raid in the world, but as “an incomparable human adventure,” this year’s Dak...

  • 74. EDUCATING KIDS ON THE ROAD: What Should You Do About School?

    Many of us in the traveling and outdoor adventure community currently parenting or considering becoming parents wonder about this pivotal question: Can I take my kids out of school to join me on an epic adventure?

    To help find the answers, the team at XOVERLAND has brought together three guests...

  • 73. Is Wild Camping Legal? Overlanding & Vehicle-Based Recreating on BLM Lands

    “Outdoor Recreation Planner” for the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), Erik Lundin, joins us on this episode to discuss all things associated with recreating and adventuring on BLM lands.

    Whether we’re overlanding, fishing or hunting, bicycling, heading out on horseback, riding motorcycles, rive...

  • 72. RVing to Overlanding: The Inspiration and Story Behind Skinny Guy Campers

    What do you get when two guys who grew up knee-deep in the RVing industry decide they want to build a compact, well-constructed truck camper perfect for vehicle-based adventuring and overlanding? The “Skinny Guy Camper” of course!

    For this episode, we sit down with Skinny Guy Campers co-founders...

  • 71. “Going Out to Go In” – Exploring the World w/MAK & Owen of Bound for Nowhere

    For this episode, Jimmy & Leah sit down for an expansive conversation with MAK (Mary Ashley Krogh) and Owen of Bound for Nowhere.

    MAK & Owen share the details of how they became close friends with other traveling creatives like Karissa & Linhbergh of gondirtin and Chase & Aimee Bartee of Tight L...

  • 70. We CHANGED Our LIFE! Family Overland Adventure w/ Evan & Christine DeHaven

    What is it like to go from being successful L.A. professionals living in the suburbs with two kids to being full-time family overlanders traveling out of a beautifully restored 1972 Ford Bronco on the adventure of a lifetime? Find out in this epic episode featuring Christine & Evan DeHaven of Fam...

  • 69. Chris Burkard on Adventure, Photography, and Succeeding in Life

    XOVERLAND CEO, Clay Croft, jumps in as host for this special episode with photographer/social media influencer, Chris Burkard. Chris and Clay share a common bond through a life of making media around the adventures they pursue.

    We connect with Chris from his home in Iceland, where he and his fa...

  • 67. Camped on an Earthquake! Emily Miller on Navigation and the Rebelle Rally

    This is one of our most extended and complex episodes to date–and for good reason. We have Rebelle Rally founder, Emily Miller, on the podcast for the first time and she has volumes of information to share about navigation, the Rebelle Rally, and driving skills, along with crazy stories about her...

  • 68. Can Your Truck DO THAT?! Technical Trails with TrailRecon's Brad Kowitz

    We sit down with Brad Kowitz of TrailRecon to discuss how to get started driving more technical, 4WD-themed “trails.” What we’re thinking here is that there may be people who have traveled the entire length of the Pan-American Highway but have never considered attempting a challenging 4WD trail i...

  • 66. Optimizing Auxiliary Power in Vehicles with Mark Bruce of REDARC Electronics

    We sit down with Brad Kowitz of TrailRecon to discuss how to get started driving more technical, 4WD-themed “trails.” What we’re thinking here is that there may be people who have traveled the entire length of the Pan-American Highway but have never considered attempting a challenging 4WD trail i...

  • 65. Artists-Fly Fishers-Overlanders: Chase and Aimee Bartee of Tight Loops

    Chase and Aimee Bartee are extremely hard-working filmmakers with a passion for fly fishing, overlanding, and conserving the beautiful and wild country they love.

    The story of the Bartees is the story of two artists pursuing an uncompromising path toward their artistic vision. Finding success wi...

  • 64. All-in! Overlanding for Life with Eric & Brittany Highland

    It’s one thing to head out camping and traveling for a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months, but what about heading out on a 15-year full-time overland adventure around the world while raising your newborn child? Enter the world of Eric and Brittany Highland of Hourless Life.

    Eager to spe...

  • 63. Podcast Hosts Go Overlanding!

    What happens when two podcast hosts who spend most of their time talking about overland adventure head out on their own separate journeys? Find out in this authentic and insightful episode that is not without its share of humorous stories shared by our hosts.

    Jimmy and Leah have been hosting ove...

  • 62. Solo Adventure Travel with Filmmaker and Motorcyclist, Sterling Noren

    It is common for many to offer the conventional advice to “never travel alone.” Filmmaker, Sterling Noren, has some alternative thoughts, however, when it comes to solo travel.

    With extensive solo traveling experience by motorcycle throughout many remote regions of the world, Sterling is on the ...

  • 61. Wildfire Prevention and Safety–Don’t be “THAT GUY”!

    For anyone traveling into the backcountry whatever the means of transport, taking precautions to prevent wildfire starts and knowing what to do to stay safe if a wildfire ignites near your location are essential outdoor skills.

    That’s why we’re grateful to have experienced wildlands firefighter,...

  • 60. Is It Time to Go to a Pro Shop for Your Build?

    There are some whose expertise when it comes to D.I.Y. vehicle modification, accessorizing, and maintenance is so advanced that they could probably get a job at most pro shops for the price of asking. For most of us, however, our D.I.Y. skills have their boundaries, and there comes a time when we...

  • 59. Do It Yourself! How to Build a D.I.Y. Truck Camper w/Ambition Strikes

    Have you ever considered taking all of that money you’d be spending on labor and using it to build your own custom truck camper? That’s exactly what Courtney and Riley Casey of the popular YouTube series, Ambition Strikes, set out to do–and did it.

    Whether you’re ready to go all-in on a fully-bu...

  • 58. Will We Run Out of Water? Handling Water Anxiety with Guzzle H20

    Water management and purification while hiking and backpacking is one thing, but managing a large quantity of water to supply an overlanding vehicle and several occupants over the duration of an extended trip is a whole different situation.

    Even if you are not heading out for an extended overla...

  • 57. Elevating Camp Cookin' with Gondirtin

    Hot dogs and hamburgers are always a win around the campfire, but maybe you’re looking for a way to spice up your culinary experience the next time you head out on the trail.

    That’s why we teamed up with Linhbergh and Karissa of “Gondirtin” for this episode. When it comes to elevating camp cook...

  • 56. XOVERLAND – The Next Chapter – an Update from Clay and Rachelle Croft

    On this episode, host, Jimmy Lewis, sits down with XOVERLAND co-founders, Clay and Rachelle Croft, and XOVERLAND Content and Marketing Director, Evan DeHaven, to discuss everything happening that’s been happening behind the scenes at XOVERLAND and the new vision and direction for the company.

    Cl...

  • 55. What’s Next for Eva zu Beck?

    Rachelle Croft sits down to host solo adventure traveler and highly successful YouTube creator, Eva zu Beck, to discuss what’s next for Eva after five years of global traveling.

    At the time of this recording, Eva is traveling across the U.S. to decide where she’d like to live as she works on her...