Toyo Mud Terrain Tires In The Snow

December 31, 2012

In 2008 when I purchased my '97 FZJ80 I immediately did suspension changes and then replaced the tires with Toyo Mud Terrains. I'm up in the local California mountains often every winter. What makes driving on the local mountain roads most dangerous in the snow are all those that drive up here to go sledding […]

On Board Hot Water Install for Shower for Camping

May 16, 2010

On past trips that lasted more than a few days, I would bring a Colman hot water heater for showers. This worked great but it took up precious cargo space and was clumsy to operate while taking a shower. I know of two models that use use the hot engine coolant to heat water (heat […]

7 Days of Camping and Exploring North of the Grand Canyon

April 23, 2009

The Arizona Strip and the Parashant are isolated areas North of the Grand Canyon. Far from any Interstate highways, it is as beautiful as it is remote. On this 7 day trip with over 400 miles of driving, we did not encounter any paved roads. I would have posted this sooner, but the day after […]

Portable Satellite Internet

April 5, 2009

Around a year and a half ago I went on a trip to Death Valley and decided to rent a portable satellite Internet device to use to get some work done at the end of each day. Normally I’d need about an hour to get the most important things done. Owning a small business it’s […]

New Land Cruiser Slotted Brakes from

February 3, 2009

I was about to buy slotted rotors from Man-A-Fre but they were out of stock at the time. I wanted slotted rotors since I drive up and down a long and very steep hill several times a month. I opted against the cross-drilled because of clogging potential cracking. I did some web searching and found […]

Man-A-Fre Land Cruiser FZJ80 Auxiliary Gas Tank Install

January 5, 2009

Back in October, I had scheduled a trip into the area north of the Grand Canyon called the Arizona Strip. This would be almost a week long with nearly 400 miles of driving off the pavement. I needed better range than the stock tank and jerry cans. I drove out to Man-A-Fre and picked up […]

My Favorite Photos from our desert camping trips

December 16, 2008

Lava Tube in Mojave: Campfire: Death Valley Racetrack: Desert Big Horn Sheep: Morning at Seventeenmile Point: Another day on the trail: Ballarat: Desert Wildflowers: Forgotten Cemetery:

Mojave Desert and Route 66

December 15, 2008

We camped at Seventeenmilepoint the first night: The next day we visited the Lava Tubes: The Cinder Mines: We drove about a 1/3 of the middle of the Mojave Road: We visited the Mojave mailbox and the Toad Shrine: We tasted a Coyote Melon. It was horrible!: We camped the 2nd night near the Beale […]

Mounting Hi-Lift on front ARB bumper

December 14, 2008

I used Fourtreks mounts for mounting the Hi-Lift. I wanted to keep it low, and outside of the passenger compartment. When I first installed it, I had it angled towards the front (see last photo) but the headlights reflected too much on the jack so now it’s all the way on the top. The photo […]

Wilderness Wireless Internet on OAUSA Tonight

July 17, 2008

Have you been somewhere, perhaps camping or traveling and you need Internet access or need to make a phone call? Your cell phone or EVDO card has no signal bars and Windows wireless networks is empty of hotspots? Tonight I’ll be discussing this topic on the Outdoor Adventure USA Amateur Radio net on the Keller […]