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Shahn Brown

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Seattle, WA, USA
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Shahn
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Brown
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Hello all!

I found OB through YouTube while researching drawer systems for my 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport. Currently it’s bone stock and still needs some maintenance items addressed. Seems to be an okay purchase for $200.

I’m definitely a novice at overlanding, my general camping experience has always been camping over weekends with the long haul trips reserved for hunting camp.

I’ve been watching the Aussie show on YouTube, 4WD 24-7 and watched all of the Expedition Overland series on Prime Video which has got me interested in overlanding.

We’re currently based out of Moscow, Idaho.

Excited to learn more and get my family out for some vehicle based adventures.
Hello William and welcome to Overland Bound!
 

Shahn Brown

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Seattle, WA, USA
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Shahn
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2004 Dodge ram 6" lift 37" tires With a list that goes on. I am in Vancouver British Columbia, I did camping and some pretty serious 4 wheeling with my dad as a kid in an old xj But then my dad went away and life past I never really forgot it so once my wife and I had our son I went and found the same XJ same year and every thing and the three of us set out on a good 10 years of deep back woods camping through out BC sitting in a 2015 JKU with lots of work done to it now and the XJ gone we decided about three years ago to have it just for 4wheeling and build a overlander
Hello Cody and welcome to Overland Bound!
 

Explore more

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Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
First Name
Cody
Last Name
Hartley
Member #

40405

2004 Dodge ram 6" lift 37" tires With a list that goes on. I am in Vancouver British Columbia, I did camping and some pretty serious 4 wheeling with my dad as a kid in an old xj But then my dad went away and life past I never really forgot it so once my wife and I had our son I went and found the same XJ same year and every thing and the three of us set out on a good 10 years of deep back woods camping through out BC sitting in a 2015 JKU with lots of work done to it now and the XJ gone we decided about three years ago to have it just for 4wheeling and build a overlander
Hello Cody and welcome to Overland Bound!
 

Shahn Brown

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Adventure

Member III

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Seattle, WA, USA
First Name
Shahn
Last Name
Brown
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29302

Hi All,

I just joined, mainly to do some interested reading, and maybe buy some used gear to try out and/or sell some of the stuff I have, that hasn't worked out for me. With regard to forums like this one, I'm generally not a constant active member, but have flurries of activity and will then go away for a few months ... but will always react to PMs.

Now, on to the questions to be answered:

1) Picture! If you have a rig, we want to see it!



2) Location (General area is fine)

Silicon Valley, California.

3) Rig (Year, Make, Model, etc.)

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro; black, currently with DYI roof rack based on Rhino base and some 8020 t-slot aluminium, iKamper Skycamp Mini on top. The 4Runner has very few modifications, for what we do not much is needed. We mostly keep things vehicle agnostic, so it can be used in various settings.

4) Overlanding Experience Background (Novice or Experienced, you're welcome here!)

Very little overlanding experience in the modern understanding of "Youtube overlanding", rather extensive experience hiking (many days, with all gear on my back), as well as motorcycle and car/van camping experience. mostly during times when "overlanding" wasn't a word yet and most of it all over Europe.

A year ago I jumped on the more gear driven overlanding train (e.g. roof top tent, drawer kitchen, complex electrical/water setups, etc.) with some wrong assumptions about myself, e.g. that I'd enjoy a roof top tent or would really want a drawer system, but time and many weekends out testing have shown that deep in my heart I'm a "keep it simple" person who likes to have gear that works in a multitude of settings and don't like complexity. Therefore I started out with too much enthusiasm and right now are in the process of "right sizing", which means going out more with my backpacking gear and slowly, over time, getting rid of the impulse buys I've made over the last year that haven't worked out.

Overall I have enjoyed the experience going out with the 4Runner, but again, coming from a much more trimmed down background, I sometimes can be snobby about ultra-complex rigs, but of course I also understand that different folks have different desires, maybe I can contribute a bit more in the keeping it light department and learn a few things about simple, but useful optimizations for the car camping setup.
Hello Guido and welcome to Overland Bound!
 
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Shahn Brown

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Seattle, WA, USA
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Shahn
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Brown
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Hello! I'm excited to join this group. Seems pretty laid back, welcoming, and unpretentious.

My name is Brandt

Location: Phoenix, AZ area
Rig: M101A3 - currently building out
Experience: More days/nights camping, fishing, hiking and exploring than I can number. Not much 4x4 experience
Hello Brandt and welcome to Overland Bound!
 

Shahn Brown

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Seattle, WA, USA
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Shahn
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Hello, my name is Dick...easy to remember
Rig...well not really but maybe some day. 2002 Subaru Forester. Bone stock. An probably my 2020 Kawasaki z900rs too.
As far as experience I used to be into off-road trucks in early 20s. I've always ridden dirt bikes and I started building motorcycles for the past 7 years or so. Before overlanding was overlanding I loved camping in the back of my blazer and carried that on traveling very minimally and camping off a motorcycle. I traveled all over with a change of clothes, a tarp, some Paracord and a survival knife.
I decided that I wanted to take my kid and wife partially up the TWAT to do some weekend Glamping. I've been on the trail here and there by koto and it's a really mild route so the fozzy will be just fine. This is how I learned about overlanding and glamping haha. Seeing a community like this gets me excited for what's to come from this little family experience I have planned. Trying to start small and get the family into it. Then maybe some mild Subaru mods and some other vehicle in the future. I like the Xterra Pro 4x personally but a lifted subie is pretty dang good for my plans.
Hello Dick and welcome to Overland Bound!
 

Shahn Brown

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2,491
Seattle, WA, USA
First Name
Shahn
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Brown
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29302

Hello All,

I am Kevin and have been overloading since childhood, off roading (bikes, truck, buggy) I have a family and love sharing the time with them.

Riverside CA. 2014 Toyota Tundra 5.7 Crewmax Platinum 4x4:
  1. Alpine ILX207 with light controller and integrated cameras F/R
  2. JL Audio Slash 500x1
  3. JL Audio Slash 300x4
  4. Diamond HEX600's front & rear
  5. Two JL Audio 10TW3-D4's
  6. Midland MXT115 GMRS Radio
  7. President Bill II CB
  8. iKamper-mini
  9. Smitty x20 12,500 synthetic rope winch & custom winch mount
  10. Custom rock sliders
  11. ARB Snorkel
  12. K&N Filter
  13. Genesis dual battery
  14. Victory 4x4 roof rack, bed rack, belly skin's
  15. BFG AT KO2's: LT305/55/r20's (yeah wheels are next up)
  16. Next up is going to be Fuel Tank upgrade to 40 gallon (:grimacing:)
Been into off road and camping, overloading, anything in the great out doors. I have been off roading since 5 years old and got on 125 mini-bike in the hills of Southern Ca. I would consider myself Experienced at breaking stuff and fixing stuff. I have been doing it for years, but small breakage, not roll truck over type stuff, ok this one time but for another day.....
View attachment 205579
Hello Kevin and welcome to Overland Bound!
 
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M Rose

US Northwest Region Director
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La Grande, Oregon, USA
First Name
Michael
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Rose
Member #

20990

Ham Callsign
KJ7MFV
Service Branch
US ARMY Retired
Hello Fellow Land-Vikings!!
Live in the PNW, retired military, new to owning a truck and to over-landing. Purchased my 2021 Ram; "TANK", in March, and have did a couple things to it already (rack, and RTT).
Joined the forum to find out about more places to disperse camp here in WA. State, and maybe make a friend or two. :grinning:
Skol! ~ Son of the Norse

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Hello , Welcome to Overland Bound.
I am the Northwest Director. @Ubiety is your closest member representative.
To help navigate through the forums, here are some links that can be filtered by “Region” prefix. We are in the Overland Bound North America US Northwest Region (US Northwest for short).
Overland Bound Meetups- is where all member generated rally points are posted in forum format for discussion of Rally Point and other types of Meetups. A meetup can be as simple as a group getting together for coffee, a trail ride, or a full in expedition with other Overland Bound Members.
Overland Bound Trip Planning- is a great place to talk about planning a trip wether by your self or as a group.
Overland Bound Routs: Downloadable- is exactly what it sounds like. Search, or share your GPX files here with a description of the route and POIs.
Share your Overland Routes- is similar time the downloadable posted above, but doesn’t require you to share the actual GPX file.
Overland Bound By Region < North America < US Northwest- is where you can find regional members discussing local events, Overland News, and general topics. It’s a great recourse to mete others in the regions.
Member Maps- a great trip planning tool. It can also be used to send out messages to members near your location, or a location you plan to visit.
Rally Point- a tool used to creat Meetups or send out an SOS.
Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask myself or your member representative team. Again welcome and hope to see you on the trails.
Mike Rose
Northwest Director
Overland Bound
 

M Rose

US Northwest Region Director
Benefactor
Member

Explorer I

5,171
La Grande, Oregon, USA
First Name
Michael
Last Name
Rose
Member #

20990

Ham Callsign
KJ7MFV
Service Branch
US ARMY Retired
Good evening from Georgia. My name is John Newberry and I have a 1978 Ford Bronco custom that I have been putting back together for the last 7 years.
Originally from Burbank, CA move here in 1980 and have been here ever sense. This weekend will be our first overland trip as we hit the GA Traverse, should be loads of fun. Thank you all for the opportunity to become a member. Good night.View attachment 205489
awesome 2nd Gen, very clean looking FSB. Personally the 78 is my favorite year of the FSB.
 

Roots66

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Georgetown, TX, USA
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Mike
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Roots
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USAF / FEMA CERT
Hello, my name is Dick...easy to remember
Rig...well not really but maybe some day. 2002 Subaru Forester. Bone stock. An probably my 2020 Kawasaki z900rs too.
As far as experience I used to be into off-road trucks in early 20s. I've always ridden dirt bikes and I started building motorcycles for the past 7 years or so. Before overlanding was overlanding I loved camping in the back of my blazer and carried that on traveling very minimally and camping off a motorcycle. I traveled all over with a change of clothes, a tarp, some Paracord and a survival knife.
I decided that I wanted to take my kid and wife partially up the TWAT to do some weekend Glamping. I've been on the trail here and there by koto and it's a really mild route so the fozzy will be just fine. This is how I learned about overlanding and glamping haha. Seeing a community like this gets me excited for what's to come from this little family experience I have planned. Trying to start small and get the family into it. Then maybe some mild Subaru mods and some other vehicle in the future. I like the Xterra Pro 4x personally but a lifted subie is pretty dang good for my plans.
Hello Dick, welcome to the OB family.
 
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Roots66

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Georgetown, TX, USA
First Name
Mike
Last Name
Roots
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16968

Service Branch
USAF / FEMA CERT
Hello All,

I am Kevin and have been overloading since childhood, off roading (bikes, truck, buggy) I have a family and love sharing the time with them.

Riverside CA. 2014 Toyota Tundra 5.7 Crewmax Platinum 4x4:
  1. Alpine ILX207 with light controller and integrated cameras F/R
  2. JL Audio Slash 500x1
  3. JL Audio Slash 300x4
  4. Diamond HEX600's front & rear
  5. Two JL Audio 10TW3-D4's
  6. Midland MXT115 GMRS Radio
  7. President Bill II CB
  8. iKamper-mini
  9. Smitty x20 12,500 synthetic rope winch & custom winch mount
  10. Custom rock sliders
  11. ARB Snorkel
  12. K&N Filter
  13. Genesis dual battery
  14. Victory 4x4 roof rack, bed rack, belly skin's
  15. BFG AT KO2's: LT305/55/r20's (yeah wheels are next up)
  16. Next up is going to be Fuel Tank upgrade to 40 gallon (:grimacing:)
Been into off road and camping, overloading, anything in the great out doors. I have been off roading since 5 years old and got on 125 mini-bike in the hills of Southern Ca. I would consider myself Experienced at breaking stuff and fixing stuff. I have been doing it for years, but small breakage, not roll truck over type stuff, ok this one time but for another day.....
View attachment 205579
Hello Kevin, welcome to the OB family.
 

jmbdefender

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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Jean
Last Name
Blake
Hi folks!

My name is Jean-Michel, (french name translated as John-Michael roughly!).
I live in Harare, Zimbabwe and drive a Land Rover Defender.
It is my second 4x4, previously I owned a Land Rover Discovery 1.
I have done very few modifications to the vehicle, as it has met all my needs thus far. I have owned it for 5 years, and done about 65,000km. I do basic maintenance myself and use the Landy to go into various parts of the country, mostly our National Parks and wildlife areas, where I work as a Professional Safari Guide.

Great to be a part of this community.
Cheers
 

Roots66

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Georgetown, TX, USA
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Mike
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Roots
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16968

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USAF / FEMA CERT
Hi folks!

My name is Jean-Michel, (french name translated as John-Michael roughly!).
I live in Harare, Zimbabwe and drive a Land Rover Defender.
It is my second 4x4, previously I owned a Land Rover Discovery 1.
I have done very few modifications to the vehicle, as it has met all my needs thus far. I have owned it for 5 years, and done about 65,000km. I do basic maintenance myself and use the Landy to go into various parts of the country, mostly our National Parks and wildlife areas, where I work as a Professional Safari Guide.

Great to be a part of this community.
Cheers
Hello Jean-Michel, welcome to the OB family.
 

raburton12

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Ellijay, Gilmer County, Georgia, United States
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Robert
Last Name
Burton
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29695

Hello, I’m Rob and I’m completely new to Overlanding. This all started with my desire to build out a camper van, which I did. I took a Ford Econoline 150 (paid $1100) and gutted it and built out the inside on my own. Which is a great accomplishment for me because I have ZERO carpentry skills!!! I built the van because I wanted to get out and see the less visited spots and that is the only way I knew to do it. Somewhere along the way I was introduced to Overlanding. But I didn’t have a vehicle to do that with so I sold the van and bought an “Adventure” camper. Long story short, I don’t like pulling something. So that brings us to the present, I’m in the process of selling my camper to put towards an SUV to build out (slowly and cost effectively) as a vehicle to get out on the backroads.

As of this moment I don’t have a vehicle but I’m leaning towards a Toyota 4 Runner or something similar. I’d love some input on this. What are the best mods to make first?

Anyway that’s the short version of what brought me to Overland Bound.

Looking forward to meeting some new people and getting out on the dirt.

Rob
 

cug

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San Jose, CA, USA
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Guido
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GNE
Hi Rob, welcome here. I also joined just recently and have little experience in what you see on Youtube as overlanding. My experience is more along the lines of off-grid camping, motorcycle camping, car camping etc.

I have a 4Runner, but since I don't want to go too much in to vehicle details here in this thread, my main "mod" was to just get to know the vehicle. Most 4Runners out of the box are more than good enough to backroad and off-grid camping with, I certainly know that mine is. So, I'd say, get whatever vehicle you think meets your needs, then just go out with it and only change/mod what actually limits you in doing what you want to do. More money saved means more money spend on actual adventures ... ;-)

See you around here ...
 

SLO Rob

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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Rob
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Petterson
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Rob! Check out my build. (Link in my signature). I have a very capable 2000 4Runner that could be a great platform for you to check out as you make your choice. Holler if you have any questions, or list in the 4Runner registry. All my decisions I’ve made so far have come from OB members with decades of experience and I couldn’t be happier with it.

SLO Rob
 
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Spartan430

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233
Milan, TN, USA
First Name
Mark
Last Name
Popelka
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30596

Greetings! Happy to be part of Overland Bound. I’m retired from the Army. I overlanded a lot when I was in the Army. All over the US Western Deserts, Middle East and Australia. Fun times. Heading to Overland Mtn East in August. I recently added the AEV Snorkel and am due for new tires. Looking at the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W tires. I just moved to TN from the NC mtns to look after my 97 y/o Uncle. So my overlanding will be slowed for the time being. Looking forward to many future adventures. Stay safe! Mark
 

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Shahn Brown

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Hi folks!

My name is Jean-Michel, (french name translated as John-Michael roughly!).
I live in Harare, Zimbabwe and drive a Land Rover Defender.
It is my second 4x4, previously I owned a Land Rover Discovery 1.
I have done very few modifications to the vehicle, as it has met all my needs thus far. I have owned it for 5 years, and done about 65,000km. I do basic maintenance myself and use the Landy to go into various parts of the country, mostly our National Parks and wildlife areas, where I work as a Professional Safari Guide.

Great to be a part of this community.
Cheers
Hello Jean-Michel and welcome to Overland Bound!
 

Shahn Brown

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Member III

2,491
Seattle, WA, USA
First Name
Shahn
Last Name
Brown
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29302

Hello, I’m Rob and I’m completely new to Overlanding. This all started with my desire to build out a camper van, which I did. I took a Ford Econoline 150 (paid $1100) and gutted it and built out the inside on my own. Which is a great accomplishment for me because I have ZERO carpentry skills!!! I built the van because I wanted to get out and see the less visited spots and that is the only way I knew to do it. Somewhere along the way I was introduced to Overlanding. But I didn’t have a vehicle to do that with so I sold the van and bought an “Adventure” camper. Long story short, I don’t like pulling something. So that brings us to the present, I’m in the process of selling my camper to put towards an SUV to build out (slowly and cost effectively) as a vehicle to get out on the backroads.

As of this moment I don’t have a vehicle but I’m leaning towards a Toyota 4 Runner or something similar. I’d love some input on this. What are the best mods to make first?

Anyway that’s the short version of what brought me to Overland Bound.

Looking forward to meeting some new people and getting out on the dirt.

Rob
Hello Rob and welcome to Overland Bound!
 

Shahn Brown

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Seattle, WA, USA
First Name
Shahn
Last Name
Brown
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Greetings! Happy to be part of Overland Bound. I’m retired from the Army. I overlanded a lot when I was in the Army. All over the US Western Deserts, Middle East and Australia. Fun times. Heading to Overland Mtn East in August. I recently added the AEV Snorkel and am due for new tires. Looking at the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W tires. I just moved to TN from the NC mtns to look after my 97 y/o Uncle. So my overlanding will be slowed for the time being. Looking forward to many future adventures. Stay safe! Mark
Hello Mark and welcome to Overland Bound! Thank you for your service!!!
 
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