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T. Stanley

Rocky Mountain Region Member Rep Kansas
Member

Influencer I

2,294
Clay Center, Kansas
First Name
Tim
Last Name
Stanley
Member #

25893

Great forum you all have here! I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast with an 11 year old son that's been car camping with me since he was 3. We often find ourselves up on hwy. 108 in developed campgrounds. When there we spend our days swimming and fishing in Pinecrest Lake.

I finally was able to afford a truck last year so we can get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. I feel he's old enough now to take him into some majestic spots in the Stainislaus Forest back country. Already have a few places mapped out after speaking with some locals last year while floating on the Clavey River. Looking forward to the process of turning my truck into a self sustained overlander.

2) Location (General area is fine)
Santa Cruz, California.

3) Rig (Year, Make, Model, etc.)
2003 Chevy Avalanche 2500. My son named it Twilight. He knows nothing of the movies. I call it Twilight The Black Hole. As it sucks up all my resources. Including gas with the thristy 8.1L. I didn't intend on getting a 2500. Was looking at the 1500's. But the deal was impossible to pass up. Try finding a low mile avalanche for less than 14G's. Not going to happen in my location. Besides the hit on gas I'm very happy I have a full float 14 bolt rear axle and gobs of torque. I'll definitely be investing in Rotopax fuel cans!

2nd owner and 98K miles on it. Rebuilt the transfer case, new water pump, and fresh fluids. Pretty sure the spark plugs were originals from 2003!

Plan is to add 33" MT Baja Boss for now and a 2" key lift with Bilsteins. Change the 3.70's to 4.56's and lockers. Not going to waste my money on a 6" bracket/knuckle lift that provides no increase in wheel travel. Plan is to put in a SAS kit from WFO in Auburn eventually.

4) Overlanding Experience Background (Novice or Experienced, you're welcome here!)
None. Other than 4 wheeling most of my life on well traveled trails. Does that count? Though I was a Boy Scout back in the 80's. Loved it. I've had several rock crawlers over the years but just not into it much anymore.
Welcome to the OB crew, to get started on your overlanding journey, head over to the Boot Camp threads here in the forums, there is a lot of useful information on almost every aspect of overlanding, be sure to ask questions, our experienced overlanders here are happy to answer questions and offer you advice. Be sure to check out the vehicle build threads, there you can find lots of ideas to incorporate into your own build.
 

Northman555

Rank 0

Traveler I

60
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
First Name
Anthony
Last Name
Rutland
Welcome to the OB crew, to get started on your overlanding journey, head over to the Boot Camp threads here in the forums, there is a lot of useful information on almost every aspect of overlanding, be sure to ask questions, our experienced overlanders here are happy to answer questions and offer you advice. Be sure to check out the vehicle build threads, there you can find lots of ideas to incorporate into your own build.
Thanks for the welcome. I'll definitely check that out. I have a long list of "wants" already but not in a rush.
 

donnf

Rank 0

Traveler I

60
Albuquerque, NM, USA
First Name
donn
Last Name
friedman
Hello Chad (@CBS-TX-27432 ), welcome from Oklahoma.

You are in the Southwest Region. Check out the Southwest Region sub-forum for local information and involvement opportunities.

Here is the link to the forum calendar and Meet-Up event page: Overland Bound Meetups. We have had meet ups in the DFW area so keep an eye out for that.
Or to check out what other members are planning go here: Overland Trip Planning.

I am one of the SW Region Member Reps so if you have any questions let me know.
If you are on Facebook feel free to join us there as well, Overland Bound – Southwest.
Thanks for the info. I might become a paid member next month -- just spent a bit buying membership in gaia and becoming a patreon for a couple of content creators. For now, seems like plenty to check out as a lurker.
 
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T. Stanley

Rocky Mountain Region Member Rep Kansas
Member

Influencer I

2,294
Clay Center, Kansas
First Name
Tim
Last Name
Stanley
Member #

25893

Thanks for the welcome. I'll definitely check that out. I have a long list of "wants" already but not in a rush.
Here is a tip from someone who is knee deep in building a new rig, do not wait until the last minute to order stuff for your build or you will be shocked to find you can’t get it today and depending on what the item is, it could take days, weeks or in some cases months or even a year to receive your items due to the huge influx of new adventure seekers. Things that were once common and stocked on most suppliers shelves are now back ordered and you get put on a waiting list.
 

freak4life

US Southwest Member Rep, Arizona
Member
Supporter

Enthusiast III

1,049
Phoenix, AZ, USA
First Name
rich
Last Name
anderssohn
Donn, Rebeca, Sami and Ora and often our granddog Padfoot are not true 4-wheeling, Overlanders, just campers that travel the Southwest looking for dispersed camping to run free. Donn and Rebeca started adventuring together in 1984 with a Ford 150 and a camper shell for a year-long trip across the USA. After a 30-year break for life, we are at it again.

This time we rock a NV200 Recon Weekender Camper Van or a Sportsmobile Promaster 2500 (depending on which vehicle our rock-climbing kids take off with).

We often spend weeknights watching Youtube adventure videos, but try to escape to the places within a couple hours of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on weekends.

Just starting to understand MVUMs and using Gaia and Avenza maps (when we can find our glasses).
Hello Donn, welcome from Phoenix.
 
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freak4life

US Southwest Member Rep, Arizona
Member
Supporter

Enthusiast III

1,049
Phoenix, AZ, USA
First Name
rich
Last Name
anderssohn
Great forum you all have here! I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast with an 11 year old son that's been car camping with me since he was 3. We often find ourselves up on hwy. 108 in developed campgrounds. When there we spend our days swimming and fishing in Pinecrest Lake.

I finally was able to afford a truck last year so we can get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. I feel he's old enough now to take him into some majestic spots in the Stainislaus Forest back country. Already have a few places mapped out after speaking with some locals last year while floating on the Clavey River. Looking forward to the process of turning my truck into a self sustained overlander.

2) Location (General area is fine)
Santa Cruz, California.

3) Rig (Year, Make, Model, etc.)
2003 Chevy Avalanche 2500. My son named it Twilight. He knows nothing of the movies. I call it Twilight The Black Hole. As it sucks up all my resources. Including gas with the thristy 8.1L. I didn't intend on getting a 2500. Was looking at the 1500's. But the deal was impossible to pass up. Try finding a low mile avalanche for less than 14G's. Not going to happen in my location. Besides the hit on gas I'm very happy I have a full float 14 bolt rear axle and gobs of torque. I'll definitely be investing in Rotopax fuel cans!

2nd owner and 98K miles on it. Rebuilt the transfer case, new water pump, and fresh fluids. Pretty sure the spark plugs were originals from 2003!

Plan is to add 33" MT Baja Boss for now and a 2" key lift with Bilsteins. Change the 3.70's to 4.56's and lockers. Not going to waste my money on a 6" bracket/knuckle lift that provides no increase in wheel travel. Plan is to put in a SAS kit from WFO in Auburn eventually.

4) Overlanding Experience Background (Novice or Experienced, you're welcome here!)
None. Other than 4 wheeling most of my life on well traveled trails. Does that count? Though I was a Boy Scout back in the 80's. Loved it. I've had several rock crawlers over the years but just not into it much anymore.
Hello Anthony, welcome from Phoenix.
 

freak4life

US Southwest Member Rep, Arizona
Member
Supporter

Enthusiast III

1,049
Phoenix, AZ, USA
First Name
rich
Last Name
anderssohn
View attachment 189939
I’m Chad and this is my trusty ole 2008 Land Rover LR3 v8 with over 200k on the clock. In North TX, but summer in CO as much as possible! I started off-roading with my first car, an olderJeep Waggoner back in 1991. Been a fan of the dirt and rocks ever since!
Hello Chad, welcome from Phoenix.
 
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freak4life

US Southwest Member Rep, Arizona
Member
Supporter

Enthusiast III

1,049
Phoenix, AZ, USA
First Name
rich
Last Name
anderssohn
Unlost Overland checking-in from Iowa. Newish to Overlanding but not adventure. Starting on two wheels years ago I found a passion for exploring. Riding down Baja for 2 weeks with my brother started it all. Coming from a manual Jeep Gladiator into the current rig, Launch Edition Gladiator. My co-pilot couldn’t drive analog so moved into an automatic. After last year, getting 35 days in a tent I’ve decided to go with a more dedicated built out rig. Excited to meet new people and share my rig build and our future adventures.

-Unlost Overland
Hello Andrew, welcome from Phoenix.
 

Kent R

Executive Director
Staff member
Moderator
Member
Supporter

Off-Road Ranger I

4,099
El Dorado, Ca
First Name
Kent
Last Name
Reynolds
Member #

1632

Ham Callsign
K6KNT
1) Don't have any pictures yet. Currently piecing my truck together to sleep off the ground for a change.
2) North Georgia - Foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range
3) 2021 Toyota Tacoma DCSB OR
4) Novice here. But have done a lot of hiking/camping over the years. Now just adding a vehicle to the mix!
Welcome To Overland Bound
Check the forum calendar and Meet-Up page for events, and the Trip Planning page for trips being planned by members. These pages can be filtered by region.
Overland Bound Meetups
Overland Trip Planning
You are in the Southeast Region, local information can also be found in the “Overland Bound by Region”
OVERLAND BOUND COMMUNITY
Your Regional Director is @AdventureWithDanan . The closest Member Representative to you for local information is @Hank Outdoors @NC-Trooper
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Kent R

Executive Director
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Moderator
Member
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Off-Road Ranger I

4,099
El Dorado, Ca
First Name
Kent
Last Name
Reynolds
Member #

1632

Ham Callsign
K6KNT
Great forum you all have here! I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast with an 11 year old son that's been car camping with me since he was 3. We often find ourselves up on hwy. 108 in developed campgrounds. When there we spend our days swimming and fishing in Pinecrest Lake.

I finally was able to afford a truck last year so we can get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. I feel he's old enough now to take him into some majestic spots in the Stainislaus Forest back country. Already have a few places mapped out after speaking with some locals last year while floating on the Clavey River. Looking forward to the process of turning my truck into a self sustained overlander.

2) Location (General area is fine)
Santa Cruz, California.

3) Rig (Year, Make, Model, etc.)
2003 Chevy Avalanche 2500. My son named it Twilight. He knows nothing of the movies. I call it Twilight The Black Hole. As it sucks up all my resources. Including gas with the thristy 8.1L. I didn't intend on getting a 2500. Was looking at the 1500's. But the deal was impossible to pass up. Try finding a low mile avalanche for less than 14G's. Not going to happen in my location. Besides the hit on gas I'm very happy I have a full float 14 bolt rear axle and gobs of torque. I'll definitely be investing in Rotopax fuel cans!

2nd owner and 98K miles on it. Rebuilt the transfer case, new water pump, and fresh fluids. Pretty sure the spark plugs were originals from 2003!

Plan is to add 33" MT Baja Boss for now and a 2" key lift with Bilsteins. Change the 3.70's to 4.56's and lockers. Not going to waste my money on a 6" bracket/knuckle lift that provides no increase in wheel travel. Plan is to put in a SAS kit from WFO in Auburn eventually.

4) Overlanding Experience Background (Novice or Experienced, you're welcome here!)
None. Other than 4 wheeling most of my life on well traveled trails. Does that count? Though I was a Boy Scout back in the 80's. Loved it. I've had several rock crawlers over the years but just not into it much anymore.
Welcome to Overland Bound
One of our Regional Directors @Neal A. Tew has an Avalanche also and can give you suggestions. Its a very capable rig.
Don't hesitate to message your Regional Director @Narbob if you have any questions.
For local information about trips and meet-ups contact your NorCal Member Representatives; Bay Area @PapaDave, Sac/Foothills @Magic Mike, North State @Cottonwoody, Central Valley @TOMB, Nevada @HappyOurOverlanding
Check the forum calendar and Meet-Up page for events, and the Trip Planning page for trips being planned by members. These pages can be filtered by region.
Overland Bound Meetups
Overland Trip Planning
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T. Stanley

Rocky Mountain Region Member Rep Kansas
Member

Influencer I

2,294
Clay Center, Kansas
First Name
Tim
Last Name
Stanley
Member #

25893

1) Don't have any pictures yet. Currently piecing my truck together to sleep off the ground for a change.
2) North Georgia - Foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range
3) 2021 Toyota Tacoma DCSB OR
4) Novice here. But have done a lot of hiking/camping over the years. Now just adding a vehicle to the mix!
Welcome to the OB crew, to get started on your overlanding journey, head over to the Boot Camp threads here in the forums, there is a lot of useful information on almost every aspect of overlanding, be sure to ask questions, our experienced overlanders here are happy to answer questions and offer you advice. Be sure to check out the vehicle build threads, there you can find lots of ideas to incorporate into your own build.
 

PapaDave

US West Region Member Rep
Member

Off-Road Ranger I

3,145
Livermore, CA, USA
First Name
Dave
Last Name
A
Member #

10123

Ham Callsign
KN6BKH
Great forum you all have here! I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast with an 11 year old son that's been car camping with me since he was 3. We often find ourselves up on hwy. 108 in developed campgrounds. When there we spend our days swimming and fishing in Pinecrest Lake.

I finally was able to afford a truck last year so we can get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. I feel he's old enough now to take him into some majestic spots in the Stainislaus Forest back country. Already have a few places mapped out after speaking with some locals last year while floating on the Clavey River. Looking forward to the process of turning my truck into a self sustained overlander.

2) Location (General area is fine)
Santa Cruz, California.

3) Rig (Year, Make, Model, etc.)
2003 Chevy Avalanche 2500. My son named it Twilight. He knows nothing of the movies. I call it Twilight The Black Hole. As it sucks up all my resources. Including gas with the thristy 8.1L. I didn't intend on getting a 2500. Was looking at the 1500's. But the deal was impossible to pass up. Try finding a low mile avalanche for less than 14G's. Not going to happen in my location. Besides the hit on gas I'm very happy I have a full float 14 bolt rear axle and gobs of torque. I'll definitely be investing in Rotopax fuel cans!

2nd owner and 98K miles on it. Rebuilt the transfer case, new water pump, and fresh fluids. Pretty sure the spark plugs were originals from 2003!

Plan is to add 33" MT Baja Boss for now and a 2" key lift with Bilsteins. Change the 3.70's to 4.56's and lockers. Not going to waste my money on a 6" bracket/knuckle lift that provides no increase in wheel travel. Plan is to put in a SAS kit from WFO in Auburn eventually.

4) Overlanding Experience Background (Novice or Experienced, you're welcome here!)
None. Other than 4 wheeling most of my life on well traveled trails. Does that count? Though I was a Boy Scout back in the 80's. Loved it. I've had several rock crawlers over the years but just not into it much anymore.
Hey Anthony
I am the Bay Area member rep and I can help connect you to meet ups that are happening near you. In Pleasanton CA there is a meet up on the second Sunday’s of the month and it has a great regular turn out and active. The Tri-Valley (Pleasanton) group had a big year with 7 trips and have 2021 all planned out!

March 13th we are doing a day run up to do some snow driving and our next meet up will be March 14th, 1-3pm. Below is a link to the meet up page and thread with information.

This is the regular meet up info

US West - Tri-Valley Monthly Meet Up- Pleasanton CA
 

Kent R

Executive Director
Staff member
Moderator
Member
Supporter

Off-Road Ranger I

4,099
El Dorado, Ca
First Name
Kent
Last Name
Reynolds
Member #

1632

Ham Callsign
K6KNT
View attachment 189939
I’m Chad and this is my trusty ole 2008 Land Rover LR3 v8 with over 200k on the clock. In North TX, but summer in CO as much as possible! I started off-roading with my first car, an olderJeep Waggoner back in 1991. Been a fan of the dirt and rocks ever since!
Welcome to Overland Bound Chad
Check the forum calendar and Meet-Up page for events, and the Trip Planning page for trips being planned by members. These pages can be filtered by region.
Overland Bound Meetups
Overland Trip Planning
You are in the Southwest Region, local information can also be found in the “Overland Bound by Region”
OVERLAND BOUND COMMUNITY
The closest Member Representative is @Prerunner1982. When in CO the Member Reps are @trail_runn4r on the Front Range and @OpenlanderZ on the Western Slope.
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Kent R

Executive Director
Staff member
Moderator
Member
Supporter

Off-Road Ranger I

4,099
El Dorado, Ca
First Name
Kent
Last Name
Reynolds
Member #

1632

Ham Callsign
K6KNT
Unlost Overland checking-in from Iowa. Newish to Overlanding but not adventure. Starting on two wheels years ago I found a passion for exploring. Riding down Baja for 2 weeks with my brother started it all. Coming from a manual Jeep Gladiator into the current rig, Launch Edition Gladiator. My co-pilot couldn’t drive analog so moved into an automatic. After last year, getting 35 days in a tent I’ve decided to go with a more dedicated built out rig. Excited to meet new people and share my rig build and our future adventures.

-Unlost Overland
Welcome to Overland Bound
Check the forum calendar and Meet-Up page for events, and the Trip Planning page for trips being planned by members. These pages can be filtered by region.
Overland Bound Meetups
Overland Trip Planning
You are in the Midwest Region, local information can also be found in the “Overland Bound by Region”
OVERLAND BOUND COMMUNITY
Your Regional Director is @Mike W. The closest Member Representative to you for local information is @Joe Hunt
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ButtMudBrooks

Rank 0

Traveler I

60
Georgia, USA
First Name
Tyler
Last Name
Jones
Welcome to the OB crew, to get started on your overlanding journey, head over to the Boot Camp threads here in the forums, there is a lot of useful information on almost every aspect of overlanding, be sure to ask questions, our experienced overlanders here are happy to answer questions and offer you advice. Be sure to check out the vehicle build threads, there you can find lots of ideas to incorporate into your own build.
Thanks, Tim. I will definitely use this as a tool/resource as I complete everything and begin my journey!
 
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Kent R

Executive Director
Staff member
Moderator
Member
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Off-Road Ranger I

4,099
El Dorado, Ca
First Name
Kent
Last Name
Reynolds
Member #

1632

Ham Callsign
K6KNT
Donn, Rebeca, Sami and Ora and often our granddog Padfoot are not true 4-wheeling, Overlanders, just campers that travel the Southwest looking for dispersed camping to run free. Donn and Rebeca started adventuring together in 1984 with a Ford 150 and a camper shell for a year-long trip across the USA. After a 30-year break for life, we are at it again.

This time we rock a NV200 Recon Weekender Camper Van or a Sportsmobile Promaster 2500 (depending on which vehicle our rock-climbing kids take off with).

We often spend weeknights watching Youtube adventure videos, but try to escape to the places within a couple hours of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on weekends.

Just starting to understand MVUMs and using Gaia and Avenza maps (when we can find our glasses).
Welcome to Overland Bound Donn, Rebeca, Sami and Ora.
I really dont know exactly what a true Overlander is but you guys sure sound like one. ;-)
As for the MVUM, our map on the app has all the USFS maps in the US and will have all the updates for each one. There are several pages that only deal with Gaia so that's a good place to start for that.
Check the forum calendar and Meet-Up page for events, and the Trip Planning page for trips being planned by members. These pages can be filtered by region.
Overland Bound Meetups
Overland Trip Planning
You are in the Southwest Region, local information can also be found in the “Overland Bound by Region”
OVERLAND BOUND COMMUNITY
The closest Member Representative is @Prerunner1982
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Generalbuc

Rank I
Member
Adventure

Traveler I

233
Florida, USA
First Name
Bob
Last Name
Thomson
Member #

27734

Recently retired and looking forward to some adventure. Wife and I are the original proud owners of a 1994 Wrangler and a 2020 Gladiator from sunny Florida. The Gladiator is still getting prepped for overlanding and we can’t wait to get out.