001 – Sebastien’s 2006 Tundra Build

Build details

2006 Toyota Tundra Double-cab 4×4 Limited
206,000 miles

Open front differential
Locking center differential
Limited-slip rear differential (OEM)
Stock and original 4.7L 2UZ-FE motor
265/70R16 (31″ Diameter X 10″ Wide)

Self-built Camper shell
Self-built sleeping platform with full-length drawers
Self-built stabilizers
Combination of two memory foam mattresses, total maybe 6in
Memory foam pillows
Honest Outfitters Sleeping bags
Bear spray
Maxxair Deluxe Fan
Camco Heavy-Duty Leveling Blocks

Coleman dual burner stove
Stainless steel kitchen kit
Alpicool C30 overland fridge

At camp
Cascade Mountain Tech Ultralight High back Chair
Nitecore NU25 headlamp
Braun Magnetic light
Lunatec hydration spray for Nalgene bottles

Trail gear
Silky Pocketboy 170mm Folding handsaw
Viair 88P air compressor
Maxsa Escaper Buddy recovery boards
Smittybilt Recovery strap and D rings

Electrical system
SOK 100Ah Lithium battery
Renogy DCC50S DC-DC charger with Alternator and MPPT Solar input
2x 100W Rich Solar rigid panels

Harbor Freight Campfire axe
Standard tools
Backseat delete for self-built gear platform (mtb, fridge, etc)
Ultragauge OBDII scanner
Fire extinguisher, ABC class
Gooloo 4000A Jump starter
Overlandbound member emblem
Baofeng UV-5R Radio

How did you get into overlanding?
I started my overlanding journey when I began sleeping in my 2012 Subaru Outback while camping. At some point in 2017, two co-workers and I planned a trip. The trip included a 2017 GMC Sierra Elevation, a 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara and my Subaru. I almost got stuck and that trail was almost certainly too much for the clutch on my 6-speed manual but the campsite on the lake was worth it! I was hooked. I started outfitting that outback and buying more gear. I sold it in 2020 to get this Tundra and the only thing I miss about the Outback is the mpg.

What is the single item that made the biggest difference for you when overlanding?
That would be the mattress. Ever since I started sleeping in my car, I was using the usual inflatable camping pads. It works and I was able to sleep but it didn’t feel that great. Now that I have the memory foam mattress it feels like home and we sleep so much better which makes for a significantly better experience on longer trips!

Why do you overland?
There’s multiple reasons for me. I like being in nature and I like vehicles, for sure. I like driving too, but I think the main reason is for the exploration. Yes we have maps, GPS and all the tech, but at the end of the day you don’t really know what is going to happen and what you will face. The best feeling is when you find a gem that you were not expecting or when you face some trouble (obstacle, failure, tree in the road, etc) and overcome it. Most travel these days is getting to some place by plane or highway, the fastest way possible. When overlanding, the destination is only a small part of the trip.

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