1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

National Parks Highway/OffRoad Build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Motogussi, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Aug 5, 2018 at 2:39 PM
    #1
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR

    Sun + Moon, Badlands National Park

    2014 Toyota Tacoma, Double Cab, 4x4, TRD Off-Road

    Hey hey TacomaWorld.

    Many have helped with build advice, so I gotta return the favor. Special thanks to @Toynado, @ETXTacoma, @justinmbowen, and @Canoehead.

    Here are the modest mods, with comments after 10,000+ miles traveling cross-country, freeway, gravel, 4x4 trail, rain, sleet, hail, and snow. Hit me if you have any questions...

    Build Goals

    Since I log mostly highway miles working in the national parks, but still need 4x4 capability, I wanted to outfit the truck with:

    • Tires good on highway and off road (rock crawling not necessary)
    • Bed rack to carry a rooftop tent
    • Fridge inside truck, behind driver's seat
    • Lockable space in the bed for camping gear
    • Keep mpg as high as possible
    Tires
    Cooper AT3

    LT265 /75 R16 112R C1 OWL
    America's Tire
    Decided on C-Rated. E-rated seemed overkill for my needs, and at 46lbs, each tire is lighter, thus better mpg.

    Pros:

    • Smooth and quieter on freeway
    • Great off-road and gravel
    • Good mileage, great ride
    Cons:
    • Gravel can stick in the treads and tick-tick-ticks on asphalt until spit out
    10,000 mile update: Very happy with the Coopers, on every surface I'm driving.


    Randybuilt rack, Badlands National Park

    Bed Rack
    RandyBuilt
    San Jose, CA

    Randy's developed a great rack. I wanted a rock-solid rack to carry my RTT and still leave space in the bed for mountain bikes and camping gear. This rack does it all. An added plus is the rack's height: the closed RTT doesn't suck up mpg high over the cab, my bikes roll in below, and I can see out the rear view mirror.

    Easy installation in the stock bed rails. Super welds. Looks great. Double thumbs up! :thumbsup::thumbsup:

    10,000 mile update: Still solid and looks like new. Perfect with the RTT.



    Tent up, Olympic NP

    Rooftop Tent
    Tepui Ayer Sky 2

    Went with Tepui after reading positive, long-term reviews. Plus, they're Santa Cruz local.

    Pros:

    • The more I use it, the more I'm impressed with how it's designed.
    • Quick pop up and take down
    • Comfortable, sleep great
    • Handles rough rain and sleet, stays warm
    • Bolts directly into RandyBuilt rack
    Cons:
    • Something to consider with a RTT is you need to break it down whenever you leave camp. You can't leave the tent set-up if you want to drive somewhere.
    • Crappy hardware. Why include cheap hardware on an expensive tent? I replaced many of the flimsy bolts and nuts with solid USA made hardware.
    • Obnoxious, multi-colored logos on original tent cover. Loud, branded advertising on outdoors gear defeats the purpose of escaping to the outdoors. Problem solved with 3 coats of SEM paint. Looks much better. And I'm not driving a billboard into the wilderness.
    10,000 mile update: Like this RTT the more & more I've used it. Great being off the ground for a long trip. SEM paint still covering those obnoxious logos!

    WeatherGuard box, Crater Lake NP

    Storage Box
    WeatherGuard All Purpose Chest
    Installation by Bill's Ace Truckbox Center, Martinez CA

    Wanted a secure place in the bed to store camping gear, propane, etc. And I wanted it perpendicular to the bed so I can put longer items on the side. WeatherGuard makes a great box and the guys at Bill's installed it perfectly.

    10,000 mile update: No problems. Works just as I hoped.


    L-Brackets for ARB fridge snap-in/snap-out

    Fridge
    ARB 37 qt
    Wired direct to battery with ARB wiring kit

    Inspired by @
    ETXTacoma's posts detailing his fridge install behind his driver's seat, I did something similar.

    One change: I used interlocking, metal L-brackets bolted into the feet of the ARB and the mounting board so I can snap the fridge in and out. Everything works great, is secure, and the position behind the seat is perfect.

    But, hey ARB, why don't you sell a
    simple mounting plate like Engel??? Someone should produce a simple, fridge mounting plate that bolts into the existing Tacoma seat brackets...

    Pros:

    • Fits perfectly behind driver's seat
    • Battery protection system works as advertised
    • Cold beer anytime, anywhere!
    Cons:
    • No simple ARB mounting plate for mounting without a slide, like Engel's.
    10,000 mile update: The fridge rocks! Never a battery problem, easy to clean, cold beer always ready...

    Badlands NP
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019
  2. Aug 10, 2018 at 2:14 PM
    #2
    ask

    ask Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2009
    Member:
    #24886
    Messages:
    8
    Gender:
    Male
    SF Bay Area
    Nice writeup and setup!
     
    Motogussi [OP] likes this.
  3. Nov 1, 2018 at 12:42 PM
    #3
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    IMG_8815.jpg
    Voyageurs NP, MN. Heading out for 3 days canoeing, camping.

    DSC_0060.jpg
    Voyageurs NP. Sunrise on Rainy Lake.

    IMG_8893.jpg
    Voyageurs NP. Dryweed Island campsite.

    IMG_8996.jpg
    Voyageurs NP. Packin up.

    DSC_0175.jpg
    Isle Royale NP, MI. No trucks allowed...


    IMG_9288.jpg
    Mammoth Cave NP, KY
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Nov 20, 2018
    Spare Parts, Gunshot-6A and jwctaco like this.
  4. Nov 8, 2018 at 1:06 PM
    #4
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    IMG_9502.jpg
    Smoky Mountain, NP, North Carolina


    IMG_9589.jpg
    Drying out outside Nashville, TN, after 4 weeks working on the road. Real shower! SportsCenter!

     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
    Spare Parts, Gunshot-6A and jwctaco like this.
  5. Nov 16, 2018 at 6:56 PM
    #5
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    yellowstone_breakfast.jpg
    Breakfast, Yellowstone NP

    tetons_lookingback.jpg
    Grand Tetons NP

    badlands_dirtroad.jpg
    Badlands NP

    badlands_doublerainbow.jpg
    Double rainbow, Badlands NP
     
  6. Nov 18, 2018 at 4:29 PM
    #6
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    Really dig this Tundra's solution to the "RTT-break-down-before-leaving-camp" conundrum...

    smokymtn_tacoma_moto.jpg
    Smoky Mountain NP, TN
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2018
    jwctaco likes this.
  7. Nov 18, 2018 at 4:40 PM
    #7
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    map_parks.jpg
    Check list....
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2018
    Spare Parts likes this.
  8. Nov 20, 2018 at 9:10 PM
    #8
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    windcave_bales.jpg
    Wind Cave National Park, SD

    windcave_junction.jpg
    Wind Cave NP

    windcave_pronghorn.jpg
    Wind Cave NP
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2018
    Spare Parts likes this.
  9. Jan 26, 2019 at 6:38 PM
    #9
    GotPho

    GotPho Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2019
    Member:
    #278528
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2019 cement grey trd sport
    How is your randybuilt rack holding up. I'm looking at buying it from randy probably next week. Any issues or problems?
     
  10. Jan 27, 2019 at 2:01 PM
    #10
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    Hey GotPho, Randy's rack is solid. Still works and looks great. Still diggin the height for the tent, that my bike rolls in underneath, and I can still see out the rearview mirror. Are you putting a tent on top?
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2019
  11. Jan 27, 2019 at 8:19 PM
    #11
    GotPho

    GotPho Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2019
    Member:
    #278528
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2019 cement grey trd sport
    Yes I am, I have a Yakima skyrise tent. Nice thing about his tent is I will still be able to lock my tent. Just found out yesterday I can remove my mounting brackets and replace it with tepui mounting brackets and can install my tent to any bed rack. So right now I'm debating between his and a kb voodoo. Both are almost the same price. Tough decision, my tent looks super weak in my garage lol.
     
  12. Jan 28, 2019 at 11:49 AM
    #12
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    Good luck on choosing. FYI, I bolted my Tepui directly into Randy's rack, bypassing the brackets. Looks cleaner and no screws sticking down....
     
  13. Jan 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    #13
    GotPho

    GotPho Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2019
    Member:
    #278528
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2019 cement grey trd sport
    Awesome man, I'll let you know which one I decide to go with. I like the fact you drove 7500 miles with that rack. Any rust issues?
     
  14. Jan 28, 2019 at 7:56 PM
    #14
    GotPho

    GotPho Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2019
    Member:
    #278528
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2019 cement grey trd sport
    So I just went with the randybuilt rack. I took what you said into consideration and you doing a 7500 mile road trip says more about the product then any review on Tacoma world. Thanks for your input.
     
  15. Jan 29, 2019 at 6:02 PM
    #15
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    Sure, no problem.
     
  16. Feb 27, 2019 at 3:32 PM
    #16
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    guadalupe_peak.jpg
    Guadalupe Mtns NP

    guadalupe_ponyexpress.jpg
    Guadalupe Mtns NP, Pony Express 4x4 trail
     
    Spare Parts likes this.
  17. Feb 27, 2019 at 3:34 PM
    #17
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    saguaro_tent.jpg
    Saguaro NP, AZ
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019
    Spare Parts likes this.
  18. Feb 27, 2019 at 3:35 PM
    #18
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    navajonation_road.jpg
    Navajo Nation, AZ

    grandcanyon_nrim.jpg
    Grand Canyon NP, North Rim looming
     
    Traegermaster and Spare Parts like this.
  19. Feb 27, 2019 at 3:42 PM
    #19
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 3.38.52 PM.png
     

    Attached Files:

    Spare Parts and jwctaco like this.
  20. Mar 5, 2019 at 9:28 AM
    #20
    Motogussi

    Motogussi [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2018
    Member:
    #240343
    Messages:
    66
    Gender:
    Male
    SF CA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma DC OR
    bigbend_oldore_tacoma.jpg
    Big Bend NP, Texas. Old Ore Road. Photo by BB expert and super photog SouthtownTaco.
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019

Products Discussed in

To Top