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Tacomaboatguy

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After years of telling myself I'm going to get out more, this is the year. Starting to outfit my truck, Its a '12 sierra that is all stock except for the 31" tires and hideous chrome wheels that came on it. Where do I even begin? So far all I have is enough gear to spend a weekend away. Where do I start on my truck? Do I start on the rack and rtt? Sit down and plan out exactly what Im wanting? How do I prioritize what I do first? It will most likely be just myself out with other friends, occasionally my wife will be joining, but not every time. Would a bed tent be worth the money? Would it be best to save for the rack and rtt instead? Sorry for all the questions, I don't want to spend money twice if that makes sense.
 
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I think I'll speak for a lot of guys on here when I say don't buy anything but bare necessities for the time being; you mentioned you have enough gear for a weekend away, so you might not need to buy anything at all except food. Do some trips with the gear you have, and as you go out more, you'll see what you really need.

The only thing I will recommend is that if you have street tires on your truck, invest in a good set of All Terrain or Mud Terrain tires depending on how much time you plan to spend on hard pack vs dirt. All terrains are good for almost all off road conditions, and are much nicer on road than M/T's. M/T's rule on the rock crawls and deep goopy mud, but suck in rain on pavement and are noisy and not very fuel efficient on pavement.

I will also say that if you're running low profile tires on huge rims, ditch those things quick - sell em and use the funds to buy some smaller steelies, 16 or 17 inch, and clad them with high aspect ratio (70-80 range) A/T or M/T tires. If you're already running smallish wheels, then you should be fine, taking into account the advice about no street tires.

Cheers and welcome aboard!
 
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JCWages

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Great advice above.

Skip the RTT and rack. Invest in good tires and then recovery equipment. All the other toys should only be purchased after you've spent enough time on the trail to determine you actually need or want them.
 

Chadlyb

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After years of telling myself I'm going to get out more, this is the year. Starting to outfit my truck, Its a '12 sierra that is all stock except for the 31" tires and hideous chrome wheels that came on it. Where do I even begin? So far all I have is enough gear to spend a weekend away. Where do I start on my truck? Do I start on the rack and rtt? Sit down and plan out exactly what Im wanting? How do I prioritize what I do first? It will most likely be just myself out with other friends, occasionally my wife will be joining, but not every time. Would a bed tent be worth the money? Would it be best to save for the rack and rtt instead? Sorry for all the questions, I don't want to spend money twice if that makes sense.
I think I'll speak for a lot of guys on here when I say don't buy anything but bare necessities for the time being; you mentioned you have enough gear for a weekend away, so you might not need to buy anything at all except food. Do some trips with the gear you have, and as you go out more, you'll see what you really need.

The only thing I will recommend is that if you have street tires on your truck, invest in a good set of All Terrain or Mud Terrain tires depending on how much time you plan to spend on hard pack vs dirt. All terrains are good for almost all off road conditions, and are much nicer on road than M/T's. M/T's rule on the rock crawls and deep goopy mud, but suck in rain on pavement and are noisy and not very fuel efficient on pavement.

I will also say that if you're running low profile tires on huge rims, ditch those things quick - sell em and use the funds to buy some smaller steelies, 16 or 17 inch, and clad them with high aspect ratio (70-80 range) A/T or M/T tires. If you're already running smallish wheels, then you should be fine, taking into account the advice about no street tires.

Cheers and welcome aboard!
This is great advice.....get out into adventures and figure out what works and doesn't work. How do you want to use your truck?....ground tent, rtt, hammock, bed setup. Do some time in the wild and don't buy anything that breaks the bank until you know for sure what you need. Get yourself a first aid kit, basic recovery gear, shovel, axe and bug out of town. Test yourself and your gear . Be smart and safe. Especially if your alone. Good luck and welcome to the Family.
 

Tacomaboatguy

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Thanks for all the advice! Right now I think I will be ok with my AT tires, I might pick up some sliders for the truck. My buddy and myself tend to push our vehicles when we do venture out whether it is on dirt or pavement, and the last thing I would want right now is to crush my cab on a rock. What would a good app for the iPhone be for GPS until I get something that is more capable?
 

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Thanks for all the advice! Right now I think I will be ok with my AT tires, I might pick up some sliders for the truck. My buddy and myself tend to push our vehicles when we do venture out whether it is on dirt or pavement, and the last thing I would want right now is to crush my cab on a rock. What would a good app for the iPhone be for GPS until I get something that is more capable?
GAIA is my favorite. Most user friendly app out there!!!
 
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This is the order I’d go with: rig maintenance, basic mods to get you in and out (this would depend on your trail style), food, water and shelter, meaning a decent stove or equivalent, storage to keep your food and utensils safe and organized and a decent ground tent or equivalent. Or maybe a truck bed tent. Both are good and inexpensive. Also can be unloaded easy when you’re ready for a RTT or other shelter you decide on. I’m also in agreement not to buy too much until you’re out and about and figure out what else you really need.
 

JCWages

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Thanks for all the advice! Right now I think I will be ok with my AT tires, I might pick up some sliders for the truck. My buddy and myself tend to push our vehicles when we do venture out whether it is on dirt or pavement, and the last thing I would want right now is to crush my cab on a rock. What would a good app for the iPhone be for GPS until I get something that is more capable?
In that case look for skid plates to protect vital parts too.
 

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This is the order I’d go with: rig maintenance, basic mods to get you in and out (this would depend on your trail style), food, water and shelter, meaning a decent stove or equivalent, storage to keep your food and utensils safe and organized and a decent ground tent or equivalent. Or maybe a truck bed tent. Both are good and inexpensive. Also can be unloaded easy when you’re ready for a RTT or other shelter you decide on. I’m also in agreement not to buy too much until you’re out and about and figure out what else you really need.
Very true about buying too much. My wife and I go pretty minimal and even at that, there are quite a few things we take and end up not using. Dont forget about the good ole Dollar Store. I started off buying a lot there, $1 for a nice little chef knife, $1 can opener, pot, pan, tupperware, etc. I have my entire galley set up for under $30 and after a year, I still use the same $1 chef knife...it cuts as well as more expensive ones and oddly enough, the $1 bowls and plates are still good and its my expensive enamel coated plates and bowls that are chipping and messing up.
 

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All good advice. For comforts sake though maybe consider bumping up a roof rack / bed rack on your list so you can have an awning for shade / rain . Not a nessecity but very nice to have.
 

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Lots of good advice here. The only thing I can add is "Google is your friend". Start looking at other builds and do a bit of research before buying.

Oh and welcome.

Scott