Pete’s 2010 FJ Cruiser was bought new with the factory off-road package. Then began the transformation of “Mary Hatch Bailey” to a daily driver capable of overlanding (long trips exploring and camping).
Body protection includes A DeMello front bumper holding a Bulldog 9500lb winch, rock sliders, and All-pro skids. A hi-lift jack, shovel and Maxtrax round out Mary’s recovery gear.
Clearance for the 315/75R16 (approx 35x12.5") Nitto Grapplers is provided by Walker Evans Racing adjustable coilovers in the front and a Metal Tech long travel suspension in the rear.
Toys to make the overlanding easier include a snorkel, rock cameras with a 7" LCD display, a 10” Android tablet for navigation using BackCountry Navigator with an external Bluetooth GPS antenna, front and rear dashcams, a ScanGauge, CB and HAM radios, a Wilson 3G cell phone booster, a CO2 Power Tank, Viair onboard air, dual batteries, Rigid LEDs, and onboard US/Canada LTE Wifi.
Amenities include a fold-up kitchen and 7ft table, 70l of water connected to an electric tap and sink, an ARB fridge, two 20 pound propane tanks, a propane BBQ and stove, and two 20 liter gas cans. It also has a Magnum inverter that puts out household voltage to numerous plugs inside and outside of the trailer. Dual deep cycle batteries, a power connection to the Cruiser, and a solar panel can keep everything running for days.