ORP 030 - Overlanding?

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is Jeff Bakken the coolest guy alive. In this podcast we’ll cover all things offroad.  Whether you're looking for Sunday jaunts on some fire roads or hard core rock crawling, we will cover it all.   Episode 30!!!

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Listener Feedback:

I think your head knows what you should do, put the FAM and the future first. How else do you think I ended up with a cr-v and not Grand Cherokee, or 4runner.  I you have mentioned this struggle on two episodes now.  I think you can host this show like a boss without this dream JK.  Also, a trailer queen sounds like a better option. More capable and less cost.  Believe me I know it sucks not being able to show it off daily driving but it just might be a smarter solution.  As for selling the JK that's gonna be tough but it might be the only option if you want a hard core wheeler on a budget.

Take care I understand this dilemma well.

Andrew the gun toting, CR-V wheeling, frugal, engineer

Hey Greg and Jeff -

Your podcast is awesome.  Thanks for the great work.

Ohio terrain tends to be a lot more muddy than rocky.  And it's more hilly than mountainous. Can you recommend a "top ten" list of recommended mods for rigs that are tackling this terrain?


ps Can you give DAS Offroading a shout out on the show?  (DAS stands for Deep and Sticky.)

Main Topic: Overlanding?

Where is the love for the overland vehicles, A buddy of mine and I are planning a 30 day trip from Tennessee to Alaska and back. We are taking the long way around, We are driving West till we hit water then driving north till we hit water again. The way back will be through the Rocky Mountains pass. Here's the kicker, we are carrying 17 foot kayaks and bikes on our rigs. For the most part we will be sleeping and living out of the vehicles. Here is the question for you. I bought a 2015 Tacoma TRD Sport DCLB for this trip. I have a $5K build budget. Things to consider, It's not a rock crawler, It has to be able to transport camera and video equipment the Kayak and bike and still allow me to sleep in it. Oh, the vehicle has a bumper to bumper lifetime warranty on all mechanical parts and 8 year on electronics. How would you outfit this vehicle? Love the show, keep up the good work. Forgot to mention, Vehicle is stock but has a Bilstein 5100 2.5. Factory TRD roof racks skid plates and running boards. Dave..

Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries.


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