Deciding what vehicle you will take on this journey with you can be as in-depth or as simple as you want it to be. Almost every time I am out I see someone in a 90s model 3” lifted truck on 33’s having the time of their life. It can be an old Jeep you’ve had sitting behind the barn for years and now you’ve got a few bucks to sink into it, or something you go specifically pick out after reading and combing through every detail on 50 different options. The main objective here is to get in something and get out there and see things most people will never take the time to see!
I have been a Toyota connoisseur for as long as I can remember. My business partner John Pope’s dad Theron used to take us out in his 2nd Gen 4-Runner when we were young kids to work on our manual trans skills. Memories like these will give you an attachment to Toyota forever. Since then I have owned an assortment of Toyota’s, an FJ Cruiser, a couple of 80s series Land Cruisers, a pickup, a couple of 1st gen Tacomas, two 3rd Gen 4-Runners, and an 08 Tundra.
While I was making the decision on what I wanted to build I owned an F250 with a 6.7 Powerstroke, and was daily driving an FJ80. My mind went around and around the idea of building the Land Cruiser, but ultimately, I wanted more power and more of the creature comforts that come with a newer vehicle. I sold the FJ to a buddy and started looking at used Toyotas on the market. I had 3 vehicles in mind at this point, another FJ Cruiser, a 4 door Tacoma, or a newer 4-Runner with around 50-80k miles on them preferably. The numbers I was seeing on newer used Toyotas as usual just didn’t make sense to me so we narrowed our hunt… I decided on the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road in Quicksand. While the TRD Pros have some awesome features, I knew with mods I would make in the future and with the nature of what I planned to do with the truck the value in price difference just wasn’t there for me.
If you are planning to sink some money into your overlanding rig take some time and think about the right vehicle for you. I went back and forth between SUV and Truck and found more benefit from a truck bed setup with our family size and Off-Road habits. I also knew a Topper was always an option if I didn’t want to go with one of the many Bed Rack lines we were acquiring to support the Roof Top Tent I knew I would be adding shortly!
I am always happy to discuss pros and cons with various vehicle / modification setups if you want more in-depth information on what determining factors led to my decision you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org, I appreciate you taking the time to read our first blog post and hope you will continue with us as we move forward!