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 […]

New Land Cruiser Slotted Brakes from brakeperformance.com

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 […]

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 […]

Landtank Seat Modification for FZJ80 Land Cruiser

June 30, 2008

I used this last weekend to add the Landtank seat modification to our two FZJ80’s. It’s quite a job so if you need to do it I’d suggest doing them all at once. Both my wife and I are over six feet tall and the standard seat placement is needs just a couple moreinches. Here […]

4×4 Automotive Laptop Setup Version 2

June 25, 2008

I’ve been running this setup since 2006 with good reliability (photo above is inside a 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80). I’m often asked which applications I’m running, so here they are: Here’s the list of software applications I run on the laptop: TOPO!: Provides detailed topographic maps. Great for planning trips. Plus most all of […]