We try to cover lots of different EDC here at Loadedpocketz. One area we haven’t explored to-date is vehicle carry.
The reality of today is most people in the civilized world do not travel by foot. Even the most avid outdoorsmen will use some form of vehicle to get within reach of their final destination. Overland Adventure Travel has become increasingly popular. “Overlanding” is basically vehicle-supported, self-reliant adventure travel, typically exploring remote locations and interacting with other cultures. However, the scope doesn’t have to be international. I’ve traveled abroad more in recent years but there is plenty to explore here in the United States. For instance, I plan on taking my family on a fourteen-day driving trip to Yellowstone later this year with plenty of great stops along the way.
Vehicle choice is a hotly debated topic among overland enthusiasts. At the pinnacle, you have the Toyota Land Cruiser 100 Series and Land Rover LR4, but those are out of reach for most people. In the U.S., there are plenty of capable alternatives including the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JK, Nisson X-Terra (discontinued last year), Toyota Tacoma, Toyota 4Runner and a number of double cab pick-ups. I recently invested in a 2016 4Runner Trail Edition Premium (TEP). The 5th Generation 4Runner TEP is fitted with a proven 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine, part-time 4WD, skid plates (on engine/front suspension, fuel tank and transfer case), electronic locking rear differential and Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select Control with Crawl Control.
Overall, I wanted a vehicle that I could build out and drive 150,000 miles or more. Like Jeep, 4Runner owners have access to an endless number of aftermarket accessory options. And the 4Runner, mechanically speaking, is a dinosaur but it’s also a proven platform that hasn’t suffered the reliability issues that have plagued other brands. Yeah, I’m talking to you Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.
Expect future posts on vehicle modifications and experiences – both on and off the road. And never fear. If this stuff doesn’t interest you… there will still be plenty of pack and other gear reviews also.