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More often, it seems we spot Toyota Tundra camper setups on the road vs. just the traditional big 3 American full-size truck manufacturers typically seen here in the U.S. Maybe you’re a Tundra owner yourself, and are interested in purchasing a camper. If so, here’s some popular camper options for the Tundra:

Go Fast Campers XL Platform

One of the more economical options for the Tundra is GFC’s XL Platform camper, which starts just under $7K for the base version. Features include the pop top camper, opening side panels, choice of base color, queen high density foam mattress w/ cover and the install kit designed for your vehicle make/model.

Options for the base model include windows, a tent side door and custom coloring.

Besides affordability, another upside to this minimalist cabover camper is it weighs 300 lbs, so beefing up your Tundra’s payload capacity isn’t necessary.

EarthCruiser MOD 400

One of the most modern options on the market today is the MOD 400 by EarthCrusier. MOD stands for “My Own Design”, in reference to it modular interior that can be customized with pre-built kits called PAKs. This version of the camper that fits a Tundra weighs around 800 lbs. So it’s well within the standard payload limit.

The camper itself is a one-piece composite shell. The base floor plan available includes the cabover bed, a corner storage unit, ceiling lights and 12-volt accessories.

Four Wheel Camper Models

FWC campers are designed to be rugged, lightweight and functional for the serious off-road and on-road camping enthusiasts. FWC does a great job of balancing affordability, functionality, weight considerations and features to build campers that have over 45 years of manufacturing (and camping) experience behind them. Having visited the factory first-hand, I can tell you Four Wheel Campers constantly keeps pushing to improve their already polished product. And they have quite the following of loyal owners.

There are 3 Four Wheel Camper models that fit the Toyota Tundra, depending on your bed length:

  • Short Bed: Raven model w/ base dry weight of 1040 lbs.
  • Standard Bed: Hawk model w/ base dry weight of 1100 lbs.
  • Long Bed: Grandby model w/ base dry weight of 1095 lbs.
Lance 650 Camper

The Lance 650 Camper is the traditional cabover design, and come with a host of features including a bathroom, queen size bed, eternal shower, LED lighting, forced air furnace, and tanks for: fresh, grey & black water.

At a dry weight of about 1700 lbs, you’re right there past or near the payload limit of your Tundra, so you can see how it’s essential to beef up your suspension. You’ll most likely be past the 2,000 lb mark loaded up with gear and water. There’s always a trade-off, and if beefing up your suspension isn’t a big deal, you’ll be rewarded with a fully insulated hard-wall camper that is the most RV like option amongst cabover campers for the Tundra.

Toyota Tundra Camper Suspension Upgrades

Keep in mind, it’s a good idea to beef up your Tundra’s suspension if you’re going to get a full cabover camper. With all your gear, water, fuel, etc it won’t take much to reach or exceed the payload capacity of your Tundra.

Tundra Load Level Helper Leaf Springs

One option with bolt-on installation, is to add some helper leaf springs to your Toyota Tundra. Hellwig Helper Springs are a popular option, and will increase the load capacity of your vehicle and help keep that load level. Hellwig’s options for the Tundra range from about 550 lbs to 2,500 lbs. Different options are available for 2007-2019 Tundra model years vs. 2000-2006 model years.

Tundra Load Leveling Air Bags

Another option is to run helper air bags. Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags are a popular choice for use on the Toyota Tundra, which offer a load-leveling capacity of about 3,200 – 5,000 lbs.

Since air bags can limit your suspension travel by about 20%, many Tundra owners with campers who want to retain full off-road articulation of their suspension also run Daystar Air Bag Cradles to allow for full suspension travel for off-road applications. We recommend doing your due diligence researching the best option for your truck.

Toyota Tundra Payload Capacity by Year:

  • 2000: 1,377 to 1,924 lbs
    2001: 1,406 to 1,924 lbs
    2002-2003: 1,366 to 1,938 lbs
    2004: 1,325 to 1,875 lbs
    2005-2006: 1,485 to 2,025 lbs
    2007: 1,350 to 1,750 lbs
    2008: 1,350 to 1,990 lbs
    2009: 1,370 to 1,990 lbs
    2010: 1,350 to 2,090 lbs
    2011-2013: 1,450 to 2,090 lbs
    2014 1,340 to 1,915 lbs
    2015: 1,500 to 2,110 lbs
    2016: 1,430 to 2,060 lbs
    2017: 1,440 to 2,080 lbs
    2018-2019: 1,440 to 1,730 lbs

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Savage Camper attended FWC’s 2018 Norcal Customer Rally held in Bodega Bay, CA.

One of the couples we met, were Natasha and Dominik. Dominik started off originally with a Toyota Tacoma and an FRP (FlipPac) camper shell on the back. However, it wasn’t long before he realized he wanted something more roomy. “I spent alot of time in Colombia River Gorge” states Dominik. “I didn’t mind getting wet during the day, but at the end of the day you want to dry off and have something comfortable.” So, Dominik upgraded to a FWC Fleet shell model camper, performing all of the upgrades himself, including cabinetry and solar.

Once Natasha came along, they both really enjoyed spending alot of time in the mountains, especially during the winter. How confined their space was in the Fleet camper was something they wanted to remedy, so they decided to go all out. Dominik and Natasha purchased a 2018 Ford F-350 Lariat, added a nice Hillsboro flatbed and topped it with FWC’s Grandy Flatbed model.

Once we first stepped inside the Grandy, Dominik pointed out the large amount of floor space. “It’s big enough where last night, when the wind picked up, we had 5 people and a dog sitting in the camper”, he said before walking us through the camper’s controls, including a thermostat, battery, water pump & heater.

2018 Ford F350 Lariat w/ Four Wheel Camper's Grandby on a Hillsboro Flatbed - YouTube

Dominik installed a 240 Watt solar panel, an MTTP charge controller and a 2000 Watt pure sine wave inverter. He also upgraded the battery storage to 300 Amp Hours and added 110V AC & USB Ports.

We moved on to some of the Four Wheel Camper’s other features, like the large storage space under the bed, the flush-mount sink and stove, storage and a large isotherm refrigerator.

The final features Natasha showed us included the large amount of storage under the seat cushions, and some really cool in-floor storage where they adapted storage bins. They also added some hydraulic shocks to hold the doors open.

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Roof top tents (RTT) seem to be increasingly popular amongst the camping community. However, as many of us have experienced, a roof mounted tent might not necessarily be all that feasible for your current vehicle. If mounting an RTT is not an option for you, all may not yet be lost. There’s another take on the RTT gaining some traction, a trailer hitch tent/camper.  

The main advantages of a trailer hitch tent vs. roof top are:

  • You don’t have to pack up your tent every time you want to go somewhere. The hitch mounted tent easily detaches, so you can leave it set up at camp.
  • Your vehicle roof may not necessarily be designed to carry an RTT or convenient. However, many hitches should be able to handle the weight load of a tent. Standard is a 2 inch hitch receiver, that can handle 300 lbs or more. Hitch tents/campers have no wheels the only attachment is your hitch.

The Nomad Hitch Camper

Nomad Hitch Camper

Nomad’s Hitch Camper is essentially a tall box: a self-contained camping unit that folds out to reveal a roof top tent, ladder and an annex. It fits into a 2 inch hitch receiver. It’s well thought out, including the ability to swing out so you can still access the rear of your vehicle with the unit packed up. Some of the main features include:

  • Dry weight of approx. 300lbs.
  • 10 gallon fresh water tank
  • Water pump
  • Instant hot water heater for the sink or shower
  • Storage cabinets
  • Fold Down table for cooking, etc
  • Fully adjustable & removable jack legs for any vehicle height.
Hitch n’ Pitch (Coming Soon)

Similar to the Nomad, the Hitch n’ Pitch relocates an RTT for transportation to your rear hitch. It’s essentially a fold up, sturdy platform that you mount a small or medium-sized RTT. Some of the more popular tents the Hitch n’ Pitch will accomodate, include:

  • Tepui Ayer and Kukenam
  • CVT Mt Bachelor and Mt Shasta

The Hitch n’ Pitch was conceived by Pat Brown, a NASA aerospace engineer. The product is still in pre-production phases, but we look forward to seeing the final product for sale soon.

Expandable Hitch Hotel

Expandable Hitch Hotel

Simply put, Hitch Hotel is The World’s First Expandable, Wheel-less Trailer. At 240 lbs dry weight, with 100+ lbs of cargo capacity (depending on your hitch class), the look of the hitch hotel reminds me of some sci-fi habitat pod you’d see left on another planet. It’s quite an ingenious design, and originally was featured as a Kickstarter project.

The hitch hotel features a welded aluminum frame, and a gel coated fiberglass shell. Other features include:

  • Roof and Window Vents
  • Locking Door
  • USB port and a 12 volt light
  • Taillights
  • Platform that supports 1,000+ lbs

Being a relatively new niche, we look forward to seeing how this hitch camper, and hitch-mounted tents evolve in the near future.

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TCTeardrops has been on Savage Camper’s radar for some time. In our opinion, it’s one of the best options in the teardrop trailer market today: affordability, features, design, practicality and overall aesthetics. We had recently posted another article about a Jeep Wrangler/TCTeardrop overland setup, and ended up connecting with TCTeardrops owner Todd Mowrer. He and his wife Carol are avid users of their own product, with their own custom overland setup:

It’s obvious Todd is a very skilled individual, and being avid users of their own product explains why the functionality and design of their teardrop trailers seems so polished.

Here’s the details of what Todd and Carol have to say about their Tacoma/TCTeardrops overland setup:

Our Off Road vehicle of choice is a 2014 Toyota Tacoma SB, and of course we matched it up with our 5×10 TCTeardrops Off-Road Expedition (ORE) trailer that goes everywhere we go.

To make the Tacoma a little more capable of handling our overland adventures, we have added Bilstein 5100’s, OME Dakar HD leaf packs with Air Lift bags for stability, LT265/75/16 Toyo A/T’s, Raceline wheels, 4XInnovations’ 1/4″ skids on the engine and trans, Rhino Rack Platform to carry the Hi Lift Jack, Spare Tire, Traction Mats and anything else we thought we might need.

This is only part of our overland travel package; we typically bring either our mountain bikes or we haul the Ural Gear Up for even more adventures.  That’s why we are running the Dakar HD leafs and airbags, as well as a custom-built flatbed that I designed myself and had ROAM Automotive in Munising, MI fabricate to go with my Magnum rear bumper. My RhinoRack Platform slats allow me to tie down gear anywhere on the bed. The Tacoma pulls the load great and we make yearly runs from Wisconsin to Arizona for Overland Expo, spending 4-5 weeks on the road every Spring. The Tacoma has 85,000 miles and has never had any issues.  As for the Ural GU it’s a 2017 and it is as much fun as it looks, on and off road! It hauls my wife Carol, our Jack Russell, Lexi and myself to remote destinations. Not only does it put smiles on our faces but also the faces of people passing by.

The TCTeardrops 5×10 ORE is also setup to take into remote locations, and when we leave the house, every night is spent sleeping in the Teardrop – no hotels for us!  We carry a Dometic Porta Potti, on-demand hot water heater, 19 gallons of fresh water between the Rotopax and Road Shower, 180 watts of Zamp Solar paired up with a 100ah AGM battery and Dometic CFX-65DZ fridge, #3500 derated torsion axle with 10″ electric brakes, Lock N Roll articulating hitch, and Rhino Rack platform with both the Batwing and Sunseeker Awnings  to give us plenty of shade in the hot desert.

That’s how we roll!
Todd and Carol Mowrer

TCTeardrop 5×10 Off-Road Expedition (ORE) Trailer, Owned by Todd & Carol Mowrer

Toyota Tacoma with Todd’s Custom Flatbed

Todd and his Ural Gear Up Trail Motorcycle

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I purchased this 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk used through an online dealer, with just over 10K miles on it, and here’s why:

For over a year, I have been in the market for a capable 4×4 vehicle that is also commute friendly. Exclusively driving a truck up to this point that now has over 225K miles on it, the need for a replacement vehicle became a top priority. Since I have a fairly sizable work commute, it helped influence my decision on downsizing for a daily driver. When not commuting however, I also like to go on short car camping trips. The destination I often like to go is definitely off the beaten path, with bumpy dirt roads winding up and down through a canyon, and pure cobble rock and a creek to traverse at the end.

After some extensive online research, I determined the Renegade Trailhawk may be a good fit as both a commuter and a capable little 4×4 that could suffice in the role of getting me to my usual off-road camping destination. Along with robust 4×4 capabilities, the Trailhawk model also comes equipped with under-armor in the form skid plates – essential for traversing cobble rock. I decided to take a leap of faith and purchased this used 2015 Renegade Trailhawk.

While I do have plans to potentially implement upgrades in the future, I wanted to immediately test out the Renegade Trailhawk stock, as-is. So, I headed out to my favorite destination. In the video below, I included some highlights from my first off-road trek to go camping overnight with the Jeep Renegade.

Stock 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk First Off-Road Trek - YouTube

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Off-Road Trek First Impressions

I have travelled these particular deep backcountry roads quite a bit, so I am familiar with them. With bumpy, uneven dirt roads, I was pleasantly surprised with the ride. You can feel the suspension is stout. The Renegade handled washed out channels, bumps and divots in the road quite smoothly – the Renegade felt unexpectedly at home on these roads.

There’s about 15 miles of dirt road, sometimes switchbacks as you wind through the foothills canyon I was driving. There was no need for 4WD until the end, where a fairly steep descent to the creek suddenly becomes cobble rock sitting on bedrock. With the push of 2 buttons in about 5 seconds: the 4WD lock, then 4-wheel low, I was ready to put this little Trailhawk Renegade to a real test.

The truck that I normally 4×4 into this location with, has been a Chevy Avalanche Z-71. It was definitely a challenging, bumpy drive across the bowling ball & smaller-sized cobble, so I assumed the Renegade would have a more difficult time with smaller wheels and a bit less ground clearance. To my amazement however, crawling this terrain in the Renegade seemed a bit easier and smoother; I was pleasantly surprised! In fact, I didn’t bottom out once on the cobble (we can attribute some of that to my driving skills as well of course!)

I’m certainly looking forward to more involved off-road treks with this little 2015 Renegade Trailhawk, so stay tuned as I will be continuing to document the trips.

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In production since 1948 it isn’t really necessary to introduce and summarize the Ford F-150, so we’ll just get to the point of hopefully why you’re on this post – for one reason or another, you’re researching a Ford F-150 camper.

Ford F-150 Hard Side, Pop-Up or Hybrid Truck Camper?

There’s alot to consider – weight, profile, layout, features, insulation, interior space – it all can be overwhelming at first.

The two most popular types are hard side campers and pop up campers. Keep in mind you’re always going to have some trade off between weight and features. Some of the differences include:

  • Pop-up camper is typically lighter weight
  • Pop-up camper has lower profile when driving, better for clearance off-road, fuel mileage and windy driving conditions
  • Hard side camper is better insulated and increased privacy (hard side vs. soft side)
  • Pop-up camper can require some manual effort to raise/lower the roof

There’s also a host of hybrid truck campers on the market now. Some tend to be geared toward a more minimalist market with a key focus on weight savings and minimal features.  Others are variations, with pop-out side/rear panels, or even a hardside pop-up camper.

Let’s get to some F-150 camper examples:

Lance 650 Camper

Lance 650 Camper fits Ford F-150

Lance is probably the most well-known hard side camper manufacturer. Designed specifically for half-ton trucks like the Ford F-150 with 5 & 6 foot beds, Lance’s 650 is a hard side camper with a full menu of features that come standard, including a bathroom with a toilet and black water tank, tankless water heater, forced air furnace & exterior wash station amongst the other standard features you typically see.

  • Lance 650 Dry Weight Standard Equipped = 1,700 lbs.
  • Lance 650 Wet Weight Standard Equipped = 1,903 lbs.
Four Wheel Camper for Ford F-150

Four Wheel Camper on a Ford F-150, with a Batwing Awning

FWC is the most well-known pop-up camper manufacturer. As the name eludes, these campers are built to be rugged to handle varying off-road conditions – a testament to how well built Four Wheel Campers are. They make 3 different models that an F-150 can accommodate, depending on bed length.

Short 5’8” bed – Raven Model: Base weight = 1040 lbs.
Short 6’ – 6½’ bed – Hawk Model: Base weight = 1100 lbs.
Long 8’ bed – Grandy Model: Base weight = 1200 lbs.

Super Lite Truck Camper by Travel Lite RV

Super Lite Camper on a Ford F-150

The Super Lite is a series of truck campers designed for 1/2 ton trucks, that range in dry weight from about 1,120 – 1,360 lbs. It’s a hard side camper, but the weight of the lighter models are comparable to a pop-up camper. Basic amenities are included, such as a refrigerator, 2 burner stove, storage, queen size bed, sink and more.  Some models offer a water heater as optional or standard. Some models offer grey water storage, and the largest, either closet storage or an optional shower.  Toilet can be achieved with a portable.

Alaskan Campers

The 6.5′ Cabover Alaskan Camper on a Ford Truck

The single most unique feature of Alaskan campers is the fact they are a hard-side, pop-up camper, or a “telescopic camper” as they have termed it. Pictured above, is the 6.5′ model, which has a dry weight of 1,390 lbs.  Lifting the top is achieved through an electric hydraulic pump and heavy-duty stainless steel pistons.

AT Overland’s Habitat Truck Topper

Ford Truck with AT Habitat Camper. Photo by Greg Scott

On the fringes of what constitutes a camper vs. a camper shell, the Habitat Truck Topper is beautifully crafted out of aircraft quality aluminum, as you can see on Greg Scott’s Overland Ford Truck (Yes it’s a F-250, but AT Overland builds Habitat Campers for the F-150 as well). Weighing only 340 lbs and intentionally slim on features compared to a full-blown camper, the Habitat includes an all weather fold-out tent made exclusively by NEMO Equipment, with a bed for two that supports 600 lbs and has a dense foam mattress. Options available include LED lighting, cabinetry and even forced air heating.

F-150 Payload Capacity for a Camper

Just to get an idea of payload capacity, here’s some stats for some of the more recent F-150 models years:

  • 2019 – 1,326 to 2,309 lbs
  • 2018 – 1,485 to 2,311 lbs
  • 2017 – 1,621 to 2,329 lbs
  • 2016 – 1,514 to 2,320 lbs
  • 2015 – 1,654 to 2,286 lbs
  • 2013-2014 – 1,046 to 1,988 lbs
  • 2012 – 984 to 1,988 lbs
  • 2011 – 994 to 2,732 lbs
  • 2010 – 1,042 to 2,715 lbs
  • 2009 – 1,448 to 2,705 lbs
  • 2004-2008 – 1,298 to 2,749 lbs
  • 2003 – 1,380 to 2,115 lbs
  • 2002 – 780 to 2,115 lbs
  • 2001 – 780 to 1,837 lbs
  • 2000 – 780 to 1,834 lbs

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What happens when you combine a family overland camping adventure with a gourmet cooking challenge? You get the the Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge of course! Basically it’s a “Top Gear meets Top Chef” event. It’s exactly the kind of adventure Geoffrey Dufur, his wife Deb and kids Madeline and Jameson decided to participate in, using their family 2006 Range Rover L322 Full Size that’s decked out for overland family camping excursions.

“We recently completed an overland trip for the Muddy Chef Challenge, from Port Charlotte in Florida to Manchester, Vermont – four days of wheeling Vermont trails and competing in a top chef challenge using camping cookware only”, states Geoffrey. “We prepared stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer, Momma June’s Mac & Cheese for the main course and fireball brazed cinnamon peaches for dessert.” (As I write this, my stomach is growling and mouth salivating just thinking about feasting on this while camping – what a meal it must have been!)

Range Rover with CVT Roof Top Tent

Madeline and Jameson Prepping for the Muddy Chef Challenge

Range Rover Overland Upgrades

Of course, you have to be able to reach and camp overnight at the competition’s destinations in order to participate in the tasty cook-off. To ensure reaching those overland destinations, Geoffrey has performed some overland upgrades to the family Range Rover.

If you are unaware, Range Rovers have air ride suspension that adjusts in height depending on terrain. As standard there’s a 3 inch height difference from standard and off-road modes. Geoffrey added 2 inches of additional lift via a Gap Diagnostics programmer, so total lift height went from 3 to 5 inches! And what’s really cool is the Range Rover can detect upcoming obstacles where it will automatically adjust ride height accordingly.

Additional upgrades include 275/55R20 Falken Wildpeak A/T3 Tires and a Voyager Offroad Roof Rack that provides a platform for a CVT Roof Top Tent.

Range Rover with Weeroll Overland Camper in Tow

Weeroll Overland Camping Trailer

Geoffrey and his family also have a Weeroll camper in tow. It’s an 5x5x10 foot overland model, made with an all-aluminum frame/skin/floor construction for durability and weight reduction. There’s a host of features and customizations, and the overland version of this trailer rides on a 45 degree down Dexter “Torflex” Torsion Axle for independent articulating suspension.

The Dufur family’s particular Weeroll trailer sits on 32 inch tires and sports a 100 Watt panel that flips up and can be positioned better to capture sunlight. Power is stored in a 100 Ah battery, which among other things, powers a 12V/110V Norcold Fridge/Freezer.

To get clean at the end of the day, the trailer also has a Camp Chef Propane Shower. An ARB awning with attachable awning room is mounted to the exterior for additional shade and some protection from the elements.

Weeroll trailers are offered basically as a shell model, where handy do-it-yourselfers can customize their trailer interiors. That’s exactly what Geoffrey did, building out the shelving and a flip down bunk, as well as adding a fold-out futon. Geoffrey adds, “It’s cozy!”

ARB Awning Room on the Weeroll Trailer

Camping Along the Way

Sometimes, it’s not just the destination that’s the best part of a camping trip, but also the stops along the way. Geoffrey comments, “We wheeled in Jefferson National Park in West Virginia on the way to the Muddy Chef Challenge and found a beautiful mountain lake. The kids discovered a natural swimming hole in Vermont.”

This overland adventure is exactly the kind of family experience that will create lasting fond memories for a lifetime. We welcome the Dufur family as part of the Savage Camper community and look forward to seeing more of their overland adventures! Follow some of their escapades and Range Rover overland upgrades on Instagram @rocinante_rover

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WHEN:  Saturday, March 2nd from 10:00AM – 4:00PM

WHERE: At the Four Wheel Camper Factory

ADDRESS: 109 Pioneer Avenue, Woodland, CA 95776

EVENT ACTIVITIES:

  • Hourly Factory Tours
  • See and climb into 15 campers
  • See over 20 trucks/camper rigs
  • Free BBQ and drinks
  • Meet the staff and get all of your questions answered
  • Learn how to purchase or prepare your truck for a camper
  • Learn about our customer-only rallies
  • See other camping products and accessories

MORE INFORMATION: Call us (530) 666-1442
www.fourwh.com

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It’s no secret how popular the Wrangler JK generation Jeeps are, with the Rubicon being the premier overland version from the factory. Even amongst stock Rubicons however, not all are created equal. The Rubicon Recon in the JK era stands as the most off-road capable OEM Jeep.

If you’re not already familiar, one of the key differences is the front Dana 44 axle has a beefier housing and end forgings. There’s other upgrades and trim differences as well. You can typically visually identify a JK Rubicon Recon by it’s red tow hooks in the front bumper.

Enter Levi Farish and his family’s primary camping vehicle – an awesome-looking, overland upgraded 2017 Wrangler Rubicon Recon. “The Jeep is our main overland vehicle, and we’re continuing to improve it” states Levi.

Rubicon Recon Overland Suspension Upgrades

To fit the beefy 37” Nitto tires on Method Race Wheels, Levi’s upgraded the suspension of his Jeep with a Rubicon Express 3.5 Inch Sport Lift Kit. “This kit corrects steering and control arm geometry to eliminate bump steer and increases anti-dive for better braking and improved safety.” according to Rubicon Express. Levi also added Synergy Jeep JK Rear Lift Coil Springs to help with weight and Teraflex’s Falcon Shocks. Finally, crawling capability was improved with 4.88 gears.

Further overlanding Jeep upgrades include the addition of a Warn Industries VR10 Winch with custom splice rope and Factor 55 Splicer link mounted in the factory front bumper.

Rubicon Recon Camping Gear

You know someone is seriously into overland camping when you see a Jeep like Levi’s outfitted with a Gobi Stealth Rack. It supports a static load limit of 800 lbs and a driving load limit of 300 lbs, making it ideal for a roof rack tent. That was exactly Levi’s intention, as it provides a platform for his CVT Mt. Rainier roof top tent that also includes an annex room. To ensure extra shade, Levi also mounted an ARB awning to his Gobi roof rack.

Other overland camping features include a GP Factor Stainless Folding Table that mounts to the inside of the tailgate, and Molle Platform Solutions overhead panels mounted to the interior roof. Levi also added a Teraflex Alta Rack  in the rear of the Jeep, and “we are building a custom storage box in the rear” he states.

Nighttime visibility is improved with RIGID Dually front-side shooter LED lights in the front, RIGID LED Scene lights on the side and RIGID LED lights in the rear. Levi added an overhead auxillary switch panel inside to control the lighting. Communication includes a Rugged Radio.

Finally, to keep perishables fresh on the trail, Levi integrated an ultra-efficient, portable Dometic CFX 40W cooler and freezer, mounted to a Dometic CFX Fridge Slide-Out.

Follow Levi and his overland Rubicon Recon adventures on:

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After returning in 2013 from deployment in Afghanistan, Wayland Michael Pearce (who owns Smashing Adventures), went out and bought a new 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport, saving for it throughout his deployment overseas. Finally a new Tacoma owner, it wasn’t long before Wayland decided to make his first modification with the addition of an automatic starter. And that’s all it took for Wayland to take a leap of faith and build an impressive expedition camping machine. Little did he know it would be the beginning of a 6 year journey building the Ultra-Overland Tacoma Beast!

Wayland commented that in the beginning of his overland build journey, he purchased baja fenders before a lift and tires, and as he says, “It was the ugliest site in the world for about a year and half.” Also humbly admitting having made a similar initial miscalculation on the bumper from an aesthetics standpoint, Wayland kept pushing forward learning from the off-road community.

“Later on I was stationed in Hawaii and I joined more Facebook groups and forums. A dangerous place that just made my mind go crazy on what I could build.” states Wayland. “Fast forward to today after a ton of part swapping, purchases and fabrication work, I now have a captivating rig that I am so proud of building.”

Wayland’s 2013 Toyota Tacoma before it’s overland transformation

Six years later, the pictures you see of the expedition Tacoma Beast he built speak for themselves. Now let’s get to the nuts & bolts of Wayland’s overland Tacoma build.

Tacoma Beast Overland Suspension Upgrades

To properly handle substantial off-road obstacles, Wayland put together a Total Chaos/Kings mid-travel suspension setup for his Tacoma, including:

  • Total Chaos Tacoma Upper and Lower Control Arms
  • King Coilovers in Front with Remote Reservoirs
  • King Rear Remote Reservoir Shocks
  • Dakar Rear Leaf Springs
  • Bed Stiffeners

Wayland did most of the work to his Tacoma himself, but a couple modifications required additional help. He wanted to run 37” tires, so he had to take the Tacoma on a trip out to Off Road Innovations in Winchester, VA to properly tub out his firewall so the truck could accommodate them. He had his stock gearing swapped out for 4.88 gears with differential lockers front & rear as well.

Success with the firewall tub allowed Wayland to finally mount his 37×12.5×16 Mickey Thompson MTZP3 tires on Stealth 16″ Wheels. Fiberwerx Baja Fenders gave the proper room needed for those big 37 inch rubber meats through the full range of suspension travel.

Tacoma Beast Armor

Wayland’s off-road Tacoma Beast now has a Pelfreybilt front and rear bumper, with a swing out gate, tire carrier and table in the rear. It also has a Pelfreybilt front skid plate, battery cage and fuse block bracket. Armor beneath the doors is provided by Cali Raised Sliders with kick outs.

Wayland’s son kicking back on the DECKED storage system

Toyota Tacoma Camping & Recovery Gear

The most visible piece of camping gear on Wayland’s Tacoma are the CVT Roof Top Tent mounted to a CBI Bed Rack, and CVT Awning. “I carry the all camping essentials, always packed up ready to go with my DECKED truck bed storage system.” states Wayland. “The only thing I need to grab is clothes, food, and bulk items.” Other handy items he has equipped Tacoma Beast with for camping include a Trasharoo off-road spare tire trash bag Waterport pressurized water tank.

Wayland also makes sure he has his recovery gear everywhere he goes because, “You never know when you’ll need to pull someone out. It’s happened multiple times and I’ve saved a lot of people money on tow trucks.” he states. Some of the gear he keeps handy in case of such emergencies includes:

  • Warn 10k lb Winch with synthetic rope (wireless control)
  • ARB On-Board Dual Air Compressor
  • Maxtrax Recovery Boards
  • Krazy Beaver Shovel
  • Hi Lift Jack
  • Fire extinguisher

Patches collected throughout overland adventures

Additional Tacoma Beast Upgrades

Some of the other upgrades Wayland made to his Tacoma Beast include:

  • Optima Marine Battery
  • Rigid Industries and Heretic lights
  • Rotopax gasoline container
  • Prinsu Roof Rack
  • Switch Pro power panel system for all accessories
  • Custom gear shifter knob
  • Tinted windows

Wayland’s Tacoma Beast

It’s pretty safe to say, we think Wayland and his creation, the Tacoma Beast are certainly Savage Camper! We look forward to hearing more Wayland thanks for sharing!

The post Wayland’s Expedition Toyota “Tacoma Beast” Build Takes Overland Camping to the Next Level appeared first on Savage Camper.

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