Modifications for road trip

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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!

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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!

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What countries?

 
And you say not far off the beaten track?
 
Maybe just join ADAC
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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.

 

 

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The vehicle is a 2015 G63.

The destination is Sochi in Russia.  The most direct route is through Ukraine and into Crimea but the border crossing may be problematic there.  The distance is approximately 2500 miles one way.

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if you take a ferry across the Black sea, it may be easier.

Not sure I would venture to drive through the Ukraine.

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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.

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I think you may get more useful and upto date information here:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/
 
IMHO I'd definitely avoid that border crossing!
A friend has recently travelled through parts of the Ukraine. No problems.
Wrt your original question. Nothing more than a normal service.
 
Having said that you're going to stick out like a sore thumb in a G63. Hello everyone, come and hassle me / screw me for bribes
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Russ280 wrote:

Having said that you're going to stick out like a sore thumb in a G63. Hello everyone, come and hassle me / screw me for bribes
 
...unless you act like (or indeed are) a Russian oligarch.
 
(Maybe you can trade your G63 for one of the armoured versions, back from Iraq).
 
If you don't have a specific reason for going to Sochi, like for instance visiting your homeland, there may be alternative places to drive to with a G63 for an 'expedition'.
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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? 

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The G-Class definitely "blends in" much more in Russia than it does in UK.  I only speak a little bit of Russian but I have access to a Russian speaker at all times (to help when "negotiating" with police).  I knew the Ukraine border crossing would be a problem but the alternatives are not very appealing either.

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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. 

Check list:

  • 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
  • Torch
  • 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.

 

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Some very useful advice, thanks.

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Handgun.bullet proof vest. Sorry I thought you were going to Liverpool. In a g63 in Russia you'll not get any trouble .do what they do put a false plate on
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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

 

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this might not cover all the bases but it should impress any would be hijacker/bandit

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MERCEDES-G-WAGON-SPECIAL-SECURITY-FACTORY-EDIT...

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I'd actually be quite tempted by that if I didn't already have my G!