There's currently a massive interest in overland prepped vehicles.
Overlanding used to be a niche off-roading segment, but it has become popular for multiple reasons. First, you don't need to spend a lot of money to get an off-roader overland ready, though some of the cars you will read about here cost a bundle.
Secondly, the idea of setting up camp in the middle of nowhere, far away from a noisy city, is more appealing than ever before. After spending most of 2020 locked in, the logical antidote is to get as far away as possible.
Understandably then, there was a staggering amount of overland projects at this year's SEMA show. Ford unveiled a wide selection of Ranger and F-150 based models, while Honda showcased an affordable, basic overlander based on the Passport TrailSport. Toyota went all out and built an SR5 Tacoma with everything you need to stay outdoors for extended periods.
Here are a few other overland highlights from the SEMA show:
Lance Enduro Overland Camper Trailer with Custom VW Atlas
This is a two-part overlander. At the front is a VW Atlas with off-road tires, additional lights, and a roof rack with storage boxes. The party is at the rear. The Lance Enduro Camper comes standard with an independent suspension, all-terrain tires, and sleeping for six. It has a fully-equipped kitchenette, powered by a lithium-ion battery and solar panel combo.
The LTi is expensive, as it's based on a Ford F-550 chassis and a camper body made entirely of carbon fiber. It can carry 95 gallons of diesel, 100 gallons of freshwater, and 40 gallons of greywater. It also comes standard with an 11,000-hour lithium-ion battery system. Perfect for those who want to leave home without actually leaving home.
Ford Raptor Prelander
This Raptor boasts a Camburg long-travel suspension with King shocks and 37-inch all-terrain tires. It also has KC lights to lighten up the dark, a full-size spare, a domestic fridge, and a high-lift jack. When you're done overlanding for the day, you pop the Go Fast Camper open and crash like a champ.
Land Cruiser Bandeirante FJ 45 Crew Cab
This car is precious, and not because of the overland upgrades. Officially, production of the FJ-40 stopped in 1984, but Brazil kept building them up until 2001.
As for the overland upgrades, it has an Old Man Emu suspension, 35-inch all-terrain tires, a Warn winch, and a Nomadic roof-top tent mounted on a Freedom Bed Rack. As a bonus, a Goat Overlander Trailer is towed along to provide more room for sleeping and toys.
Toyota Land Cruiser FJ 75 Troopy
This epic old Troopy is the business. It has an Old Man Emu suspension, BP-51 shocks, and all-terrain tires. At the front, it has an ARB stainless steel bumper with a Warn winch.
Instead of a roof rack, the Troopy has a Mulgo Pop Top conversion. Mulgo replaces the entire roof, which pops up and provides more than enough space for standing, changing clothes, or just hanging around looking at nature.
The 4Runner is an excellent place to start since it's so good off-road without modifications. This one has an AluCab roof-top tent with solar panels. It's mounted on a Prinsu roof rack. Up front, it has KC Hilites Pro 6 lights to illuminate the road even if you travel after dark. The tires are 33 inches mounted on 17-inch rims.
It has a Dobinson drawer system with a fridge freezer that slides out for easy access to improve the available storage space. It even has a QuietKat RidgeRunner E-bike mounted on a Thule rack if you want to explore after parking up for the day.
1964 Jeep M677
The Jeep M677 is yet another rare classic, as only 500 were made for the USMC and the Navy. It's powered by a Chevy 350 V8 with a Holley fuel injection system. To make it handle better, it has custom leaf springs and modern 37-inch Falken tires.
Unlike the other cars on this list, which feature a host of bolt-on accessories, most of the stuff on this overlander had to be made from scratch. We can only imagine what it's worth.
This build is based on the Ford F-250 Super Duty Tremor. It's not lifted but instead uses an aftermarket fender kit to make space for the 39-inch BF-Goodrich mud-terrain tires. Aftermarket bumpers were bolted to the front and rear, while an iKamper roof-top tent provides a place to sleep.