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Thinking of making my truck into a overland trail rig

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  1. McBroom

    McBroom U.S.Marine Veteran Retired 88-2000 Military

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    As the title says, I wanna turn my truck into an overland trail rig.
    The main question is how to do it and what equipment should I put on it?
    I have an old ladder rack that I could put on it and use that as a way to mount things I would need for camping and stuff like water extra fuel and stuff. What do y’all recommend and how would I go about building my set up?


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    A Facebook friend did an overland type setup as you can see above. Now this was his first vehicle project and I'm not sure how well all of this would work in the real world. It certainly looks cool, but the people over at https://expeditionportal.com may have other thoughts. I like it though.

    A list of modifications:
    - New differentials/covers
    - New front bumper
    - Raised air intake
    - Twin air compressor w/ auxiliary tank and auxiliary air port
    - Air suspension
    - Switch pod w/ custom relay board
    - Trail lights
    - Upgraded rear trackbar
    - LED high beams
    - HID low beams
    - Bed rack
    - Bed drawer system
    - Tiregate tailgate
    - 37” tires w/ beadlocks
    - New exhaust
    - Flatlink winch hook
    - Rock sliders
    - Transmission skid plate
    - Steering brace
    - Cell phone booster
     
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    That’s awesome looking rig


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    McBroom I tried posting from my iPad and photos weren't uploading. So I had to rush down to my PC and edit my post with photos.
     
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    Thank you.
    My wife got me a 2.5” leveling kit for Christmas.
    I don’t think I need it that extreme of a rig as there’s not many trails or places in north Texas to go. But maybe down around the Rio Grande area or west Texas.


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    I've seen a few overland rigs in person and spent a lot of time surfing Expedition Portal, so I'm far from an expert, but the overland vehicle builds generally combine a moderate offroad capability with multi-day, off-grid camping ability. So they'll have skid plates and winches, and on-board air so you can air down the tires if needed then air them back up. And they'll have water tanks, extra fuel, tents, solar power setups, multiple batteries.
     
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    Don't forget a place to sleep. I am generally a fan of quick deploy sleeping in/on a vehicle in order to maintain a small footprint site, don't worry about rocks or as many poisonous/venomous pals, never worry about random water ingress, and less room taken for a good tent. I am thinking a canopy with roof rack and a RTT on that.

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    Then you've got to spend some time out in west Texas. There are some trails that would definitely challenge a rig like that. That is one great looking rig!!
     
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    I may be too old to understand the concept, but I am willing to learn.

    What is your design purpose? What is the end product going to do?

    And last, but not least, will you be making money with the rig,e.g., taking people into the outback?

    Good luck

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    None of that. I’m thinking of just a simple trail rig that can also double as a bug out truck.
    I found out yesterday that my daughter is pregnant. Hell of a Christmas present.
    So now I might not get to transform the truck. Grandkids become expensive but worth it. This is my 1st grandchild.

    I really was thinking about it being an off the grid hunting fishing camping type of truck that can go anywhere.
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