And it'll take a small home with it.
The Toyota Tacoma is one of America's favorite pickups, particularly among off-road enthusiasts. Toyota knows this and will sell you a bunch of off-the-shelf enhancements like lift kits to make your adventuring a little easier, but it's the aftermarket scene that can give you a truly comprehensive host of upgrades. We've seen the Tacoma turned into a wild adventure truck for SEMA called the Overland-Ready Tacoma, and into a camper home called the BCT. Now a company called Redarc gets a crack at creating a mix of the two, namely an overlanding off-roader that you can live in, and it's brilliant.
The Australian company has over four decades of experience powering overland rigs and building off-grid tourers. But it has now created its first-ever North American overland adventure vehicle. Starting with a 2021 Tacoma TRD Off-Road, Redarc added Falken WildPeak AT3 rubber and an ICON 1.5-inch lift kit with rear airbags. A roof rack fitted with LED light pods offers storage and aids visibility, as does the 30-inch light bar in the CBI Covert front bumper. A Warn VR 10-S winch is fitted too, coupled with a reinforced fairlead and shackle mount, plus a recovery kit and soft shackles. All of these parts combine to make climbing the steepest rock steps a pleasure, but there's far more to this build than just its off-road ability.
Atop that roof rack is a rooftop tent and shadow awning from Alu-Cab, while the canopy houses dual 120-Ah lithium batteries. Keeping these charged is Redarc's own battery management system that can refill the batteries with solar or AC power, or even using the truck's alternator. This means that whether you're at a well-equipped campsite or on the trail, the batteries can always be kept full. You'll need them to power the fitted refrigerator and dual air compressor, as well as your other appliances and chargers that can be connected to a 2,000-watt inverter. What brings this all together is the Redarc RedVision management system that can be accessed from either side of the canopy or a smartphone app, and an onboard water tank ensures you can outlast the apocalypse.
It's quite an impressive build for the adventurer who despises infrastructure and other human beings, and will be on display for the first time at Overland Expo Mountain West this month, along with other expos throughout the year and the SEMA show in November.
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