Overland Expo West 2017

Overland Expo West 2017 — Flagstaff’s Fort Tuthill County Park  New Venue  Overland Expo West is a three-day annual event focused on educating and inspiring folks to explore their outdoor world, both near and far. The big news for the event this year was change: it moved to a new venue, the Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, Arizona. The … Read More

SEMA 2016

This 2016 SEMA Show post is centered around diesel pickups, and towing and hauling. Originally written for and published in my Still Plays With Trucks column, for the Turbo Diesel Register magazine.  Was it Ford’s Year to Shine At SEMA? The publisher of the Turbo Diesel Register suggested that I gauge enthusiasm for the new 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks based on … Read More

Canadian Arctic trip countdown

Canadian Arctic adventure countdown…we are less than four weeks out! Does it look cold? It was, but it’s nicer when the sun is out and the wind isn’t blowing. This was during a recent cold camp and drive test in Northern Nevada. The VisionX 4.5″ Light Cannons, Factor55 UltraHook, Fairlead 1.5, and a HitchLink 2.0 secured by a BOLT receiver lock, all … Read More

Big tires, odometer error, and mpg

Recently a friend emailed this miles-per-gallon question: I’m scratching my head here on fuel and mileage numbers. If I do the math for gallons of fuel consumed (fuel filter life % gauge) and odo I get about 16 mpg. But the Ram’s EVIC dash display says 11 MPG. With 4.30:1 gears and 37-inch tires, I know ALL the numbers are inaccurate. How … Read More

WAGAN Tech SlimLine 1500 watt inverter

(For those not following my Instagram feed, plus a few more tidbits…) A few weeks ago I test fit, then performed a quick and dirty installation of this WAGAN Tech 1500 SlimLine inverter on my 2014 Ram/Cummins 2500. The idea is to use the almost free power from the engine to run an electric heater inside my Hallmark Milner camper while … Read More

Mastercraft Courser CXT

Mastercraft Courser CXT  Commercial Traction Most light-truck tires are welcome in my garage, from tame all-terrains to the impressively streetable modern mudder. However, I have a strong preference for rubber that fit neither category, those that intentionally blur the lines of distinction, finding their own focus. Known by their traditional name, commercial traction tires, or aggressive all-terrains, hybrid, or the … Read More

Toyo M/T 255/85R16 Part 5

It’s time to continue telling this story, too much has passed, time for closure and for a small blog revival. Depending on your point of view, particularly if you are a Toyo Open Country M/T fan, you may consider this a not-so-happy ending. We will get there together…eventually. Within ten days of ownership these LT255/85R16E Toyos saw many miles of both graded byways … Read More