CAISOB 2012 Tacoma Overland Build

#16
Yesterday, I ran power to the bed for a couple of projects. First, I installed a set of lights for the bed. Instead of going under the rail, I mounted them to the bedrack.


Next, I added a power bank in the bed, including switched USB outlets & voltmeter and a constant on 12v plug. You can see the push button switch for the bed lights in the upper right below.




After, I loaded up the truck and went camping up in Daytona. I was supposed to do 2 nights, but a 70% chance for rain and temp projections in the 40's made me rethink that.

Here are some pics from the campsite, as well as a few from around Tiger Bay State Forest and Tomoka WMA.




This was on a portion of the old Pershing Highway, a brick road built in 1917 to connect DeLand to Daytona Beach.



On one of the trails out in Tomoka WMA. I got some exploring in, but not as much as I would have liked. There were a lot of hunters out there and I made sure to do everything I could to not disturb their hunts.


A couple of twisted trees. Their trunks are almost parallel. Very strange.
 
#18
How do you like the Trasharoo on your tailgate? Can you use it with the gate open or only closed?
I like it. I'll be happier when I get my new rear bumper with swingout tire carrier though. With the tailgate down, the bag is horizontal, but you can still toss trash in there. I haven't had anything fall out, unless it is getting close to being full.
 
#19
So, after doing my winch install and relocating my lightbar, I found that the lightbar was trying to communicate with aliens.



[video]https://youtu.be/wZj7gUIO-2k?t=5s[/video]

I replaced it with 3x 12" bars


 
#22
I like that it is lighter than a plate bumper. The Pelfreybilt unit is pretty stout and well built. I did opt for synthetic line, which might not be the best for Florida (sand can degrade the fibers), but I like the weight savings and plan on washing the line regularly. Plus, I've had winches with steel rope before and the salt in the air here wreaks havoc on it.

I looked at other winch mounting options as well (US Offroad & SOS Streamline in particular). Ultimately, I went with the one with the lowest cost and quickest delivery timeline (Pelfreybilt had the unit in stock, ready to ship).
 
#25
So, after all a considerable amount of internal debate, I decided that my best long term camping solution would be either a RTT or a good ground tent. With my tax refund pending, I was leaning more towards a ground tent since I would have felt more comfortable mounting a RTT on a professionally built bed rack than on my unistrut rack. While looking at and researching Kodiak Flex Bows, a fellow Tacomaworld member mentioned he was considering selling his rack and tent. We talked a bit, and when the time came he was ready to sell and I was ready to buy. I ended up scoring an AllPro rack and Smittybilt Overlander tent for a screaming deal.

I mounted my Amazon awning and reconfigured my camping light pods to work with the new rack, and I'm pretty happy with the finished result.
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#27
A handful of updates. The swingout on the rear bumper obstructed the reverse camera (well, the spare tire did), so I relocated the camera using a bracket from @pelfreybilt . I also added a set of OEM style roof racks from eBay, then cobbled together some lengths of unistrut that I had laying around to attach my Plano case and traction boards to it. I also mounted a set of LCA skids from 4xInnovations and IFS and mid skids from SOS Offroad Concepts. I've got a transfer case skid from SOS as well that I will be mounting soon.

Roof Rack:
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SOS IFS skid and 4xInnovations LCA skids
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SOS mid skid
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#28
Got my Trasharoo mounted on the spare tire. I had to order some webbing hardware since I had trimmed the straps (like a dummy) when I was hanging it from my tailgate. If you need webbing or slides, Strapworks.com has my vote. I ordered on Thursday and it was the package was in my mailbox at 11am this morning. From Oregon to Florida. Not too shabby! I also dodged some showers and got my SOS transfer case skid mounted up, then went to play on a couple of local trails. After that, I headed to a parking lot to do a chalk test. I had been putting it off until I had all of the armor mounted. I ended up at 40psi in the fronts and 30psi in the rears, which seems a little low for all the weight I'm carrying...

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