Which would you choose? Tell us in the comments!
Which would you choose? Tell us in the comments!
Looking for some more options when it comes to lifting your 2005+ Toyota Tacoma? Ironman 4x4 has just released a new suspension kit for those of us who need the little bit of extra clearance for the rough bits. Ironman 4x4's engineers weren't happy with the ride quality coming from the rear suspension, so they set out not only to alleviate this problem, but to also allow for more wheel travel and flex in the rear suspension.
We have a deep fascination with Death Valley and all that it has to offer. The park is so vast that it's not possible to see everything in one trip. Especially if you travel in the back country like we do. That is why we make it a goal each year to head out at least twice to see new areas and explore.
On this particular trip to DV we wanted to visit Eureka Dunes in the North West corner of the park. Eureka is said to be the highest set of dunes in California and may be the most remote in the USA. Apparently second to the "Great Sand Dunes" in Colorado. They also lend themselves to surrounding barren landscape in the Eureka Valley and the jaw dropping stripped Last Chance mountain range.
Arriving at camp for the night. We chose a location close to the dune access and the kiosk area. The sites have rock boundaries to keep you from damaging the land with unnecessary movement.
Tired of constantly replacing the batteries in your headlamp? SureFire has a solution for you - the Maximus ($265) and it might just be the solution to all of your nighttime worries. Don't need a lot of light? It's infinitely adjustable from an incredibly bright 500 lumens, all the way down to a miniscule 1 lumen. Depending on how much light output you want from the Maximus, you can get up to 70 hours of run time on the lithium-ion rechargeable battery. It's solid magnesium construction is paired with a no-chafe headband and a breathable forehead pad for durability, and comfort. If you just have to have the best of the best, this might be it.
Not all camp chairs are created equal, for years I've been buying nearly disposable $15-20 chairs at a big box sporting goods store. Did they work? Yes. Did they work well? No. I don't think I've ever had a single chair that didn't bend one of the cheaply made aluminum rods, or break a plastic hinge. They weren't even that comfortable, since they kept breaking, I stopped bringing them with me on my trips, and I was reduced to sitting on the ground (or a bucket, cooler, or pelican case.) Needless to say, the ground is a treacherous place. It's full of dirt, mud, rocks, and poisonous things that are trying to kill you whenever you glance away. It's not a pleasant place, and after a long day of exploration, it isn't the place you want to be sitting. Luckily there's a solution: Autohome USA's new prototype butterfly chair.
Now this can depend on where you live, but generally in the summer, it's pretty hot. Usually hot enough to discourage you from driving that vintage car you own, and hopping in a modern car for the convenience and comfort of air conditioning. Here's the problem, that new car you have is boring, you know you'd rather be cruising to work in your vintage pride and joy. What is the solution? Either tough it up, or check out this 1951 Willys Wagon that has an aftermarket air conditioning system installed on it. You'll get your vintage good looks, fantastic driving experience, and best of all, you aren't going to melt.
I'm currently a little bit jealous of this vehicle.
There is no doubt that a Man/Unimog/Iveco/etc is a very capable vehicle and a great way to go explore the world.
However, "with great power comes great responsibility" as they say...and that includes rescuing your vehicle when it fells down a cliff, as this family just experienced.
Thank you to Martyn at Overland-live to point this story out.
Major kudos to Luca and Sameena to have managed to rescue the vehicle and stay on the road (and the 20 or so villagers who helped them).
Here is short excerpt of the story but please read their blog for more stories and images - it's worth it.
Halfway down the slope, as I help Luca keep on track, I see to my horror the road disappear beneath our wheels. “STOP” We halt just in time, the gap is from wheel to wheel, 3 metres wide. I jump out but have no immediate reaction, seconds pass loudly and Lusira is passed out of the window. Harald and Tanja join me quickly, I instinctively try and jam stones under the wheels , where they have fallen away. I quickly realise the road is handmade , and what seemed solid from above, from below is incredibly unstable.
Those of us living in the United States don't exactly have the most options when it comes to choosing a brand new vehicle for your overlanding adventures. Regulations set in place by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation often prevent simple, fuel efficient, utilitarian vehicles from ever being imported into the United States. We've picked out 5 of the best 4WD's that you can't get in America—even though one of them is built here.