With every vehicle I have ever owned, there are always some things that just don't make sense. When I decided to buy a Tundra, my ﬁrst stop was the Toyota website, then the dealership to feel and touch.
Written on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 07:35
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Long time readers of our little publication may remember the very first FJ Cruiser we included as a featured vehicle: El Diablo, January 2008 issue (http://www.tctmagazine.net/january-2008/reader-rigs-el-diablo).
For those of us that contribute to TCT Magazine and for those of you that read TCT Magazine the DzLove of Off Roadingdz is in our blood. We love to simply Dzget out theredz and get away from our busy city lives, see what few have seen, and take in a surreal sunset or sunrise... or both! The deeper we go or the higher we climb may find us wanting more from the vehicles we drive. To achieve the desired result or travel to the most remote locations requires us to modify or improve our vehicles. This same desire is shared by the family that makes up Low Range Off Road.
Nature’s fall foliage backdrop illuminated the trails and the VOR gathering with shades of orange, gold, and crimson. It was photographically addicting to capture the reflection of the season on top of trucks painted metal surfaces. The beautiful surroundings made the trails long as you cannot help but stop to collect photographs.
While traveling the rugged roads of Vermont and the VOR trail systems, it was easy to find muddy terrain and the need to be prepared for rescue. These conditions made for some fun obstacles and some extra difficulty in directing vehicles through the terrain. While driving through the mud, I often felt like I was on ice or snow; when I veer right, I felt the vehicle disobey and veer to the left.
TCT stayed in the heart of the rally by camping in CVT roof top tents in the center of the Lillie Brook Farm, open to its attendees for the entirety of the event. It was very fascinating to see the vast assemblage of different makes and models in attendance at the Vermont Overland Rally. The makes we observed included Toyota, Jeep, Range Rover, Dodge, Mercedes and even Subaru.
The main attractions for the Rally included group off road tours (VOR mapped) and classes for off-road preparedness: extreme recovery techniques, preparing yourself and your vehicle for an expedition, vehicle conversions, CPR and first aid, vehicle maintenance, documentation for media and winning VOT information. Additional features included workshops for kids, vendors, overland movies, dinners which included local foods and produce (Lillie Brook Farm), a raffle and a bon fire.
The highlight of our tour at the Vermont Overland Rally was conversing with members of OEX (Overland Experts) and observing their rare Toyota vehicles which include a Toyota Hilux D-4 TDI and a Toyota Land Cruiser 150 Prado D4-D diesel. Their field of work includes training the public and the military in off-road rescue and preparedness.
The Vermont Overland Rally encompasses challenges and tools for stock vehicles and beginner drivers, to fully loaded vehicles and advanced knowledgeable drivers. If you plan to visit the beautiful and bountiful Northeast, give Vermont Overland Rally a try. Rain or shine, you can wheel as much or as little as you want, stay behind and take a lesson, or just hang out and relax to enjoy the scenery and hospitality. We at TCT, had a memorable time and look forward to what 2016 has to offer.
Suppliers and manufacturers of vehicle bolt-on LED lights have sprung up faster than Texas blue bonnets in the spring. The task of identifying solid brands that rival higher priced brands in performance and quality can be daunting. Furthermore, adding multiple lights means adding rocker switches, which means looking for dashboard real estate for cutting slots if the few spares Toyota provided in the truck are already occupied. In this review, we’ll examine a quality LED brand and a switch solution using a space-saving LCD screen.
Working with ARB on this new product, LabRak has developed a solid alternative to the factory fog lights that come with the ARB bumpers. Using laser cut steel and a powdercoated finish, these inserts are made to look factory and provide a durable upgrade to your ARB bumper. Their design is made to work with most flush mount LED lights offered on the market and utilize a proprietary dual color LED marker light that comes standard. LabRak offers a set of LED pods as an option to complete the set all in one purchase.
Walking into an outdoor store in search of a new sleeping bag can be overwhelming, even if you’re a seasoned camper. Between quilts, blankets, mummy bags, rectangular bags, and more, it can be tough to figure out what’s best. Whether you’re planning on driving to the trailhead and carrying everything with you, pulling into a campground, or curling up in the back of your truck for a good night’s sleep under the stars, ask yourself these questions to help you choose the right sleeping bag for you.