Thursday, March 26, 2020

Overland Lock for the Front Runner Pro Table Under Rack Bracket

Front Runner Pro Table Under Rack Bracket is an accessory for your Slimline II rack that allows you to store either a Pro Stainless Steel Camp Table, a Pro Stainless Steel Prep Table or a Pro Stainless Steel Prep Table With Basin underneath it. The lock that front runner sells is terrible. For the same money you can get these locks.
Master Lock 131T Aluminum Covered Locks Master Lock 120T Brass Locks

Roofnest Falcon In-Depth Walk Around - Clam Shell Roof Top Tent

Here's a complete in depth Roofnest Falcon Roof Top Tent walkaround before we get it installed on the land cruiser.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming install video and all of our adventures this coming summer. We also have a unique idea for getting the tent on and off the roof so keep an eye out for that too.

How we chose our LED light strips - 100 Series Land Cruiser Overland Rig Build

When I ordered my firstLED light strip I had no idea what I was getting and just wanted to have some fun lights while camping. I ended up installing these in the rear for general lighting and for fun. Not all LED strips are the same. Here are links to some of the products mentioned in the video:

Govee Dreamcolor APP Control Bluetooth 16.4ft Multicolor LED Light Strip


Double Sided Tape 3M VHB Waterproof Foam Tape for LED Strip Lights



Keep an eye out for the installation of a dream color music sync bluetooth led strip in the roofnest falcon. It can be a real challenge to figure out the difference between strips on amazon but here are a few things to consider. LED Types: most strips have SMD5050 LEDS indicates the size of the led 5mm by 5mm and contains 3 leds RG and B to create various colors. LED Density: some strips have 3 LEDs every for inches (150/5m) and some have 6 LEDs (300/5m) I generally look for the low density strips to minimize power consumption. LED Strip Waterproofing - some strips have a silicone cover that makes the strip itself waterproof. I always pick waterproof for overland durability. Adhesive Backing - adhesive or not - you can buy better Voltage - Strips are DC and voltage vary from 3v to 5v to 12v and 24v. most strips come with a 120v AC to DC transformer and not all indicate the DC voltage. If you want to wire them in your truck make sure the strip is 12v LED Strip Controllers: Smart/Addressable/Programmable/Dream Color/Color chasing controllers will consume some power so good to put them on a switch. Many strips can display many colors but only one color for the entire strip at a time. Some strips have integrated IC circuits and are able to display different colors for every 3 LEDs Controllers Types - Communication Types - RF/IR/WIFI/Bluetooth If you are operating disconnected you should avoid wifi RF remotes have worked well for me. Bluetooth generally have an app that give you many more light controlling features. Other Features to consider: Music sync Color chasing patterns Phone apps Levels of diming etc. Length and connectors LED Strip Length: How many depends on strip and controller Generally length is 16.4ft and some kits string 2 together or run two independently from one controller.


Friday, February 14, 2020

Why choose the Roofnest Falcon? Unboxing and Initial Impressions


Why the Falcon? We get the Roofnest Falcon off the truck, unboxed, and check it out for the first time in this video.


I was always interested in roof top tents but most of the tents that could fit the family took as much time to setup as our ground tent. Realizing that I would be taking as many trips solo, with friends, or just the kids and I, I decided to take another look. I know the biggest down side was loosing rack space. I was really interested in the Roofnest sandpiper due to its load rails that would allow me to get some items from the rack to the top of the tent. I talked with Roofnest and they pointed me to the Falcon. I didn't initially consider it due to the a-frame design but after looking at all the features I changed my mind. I am glad I did because this tent has now become the coolest piece of kit I have. We will be doing a more detailed initial workaround before we get it installed, an install video, and some sort of post install walk around and camping impression videos in the coming weeks. We also have a unique idea for getting the tent on and off the roof so keep an eye out for that too.

So here are the big reasons we chose this particular tent.


  1. Profile - This tents profile is extremely low which means it will effect gas mpg less and well let's be honest it is going to look very cool.
  2. Weight - The falcon is 135lbs. Tents get up to or even over 200lbs and that is more than I want on my roof. I have traveled with weight on the roof and less is better. Not only is it safer but the vehicle handles better.
  3. Load Rails - The available load rails are going to allow me to get a few things that were on the rack to the top of the tent.
  4. Accessory Channels - The roofnest's accessory channels take a standard M8 bolt just like the frontrunner and the possibilities are endless.
  5. Fit - the dimensions of this tent fit my frontrunner perfectly. If my rack was a 1/2" longer the tent would fit down into the rack but due to the Alu-Cab Shadow Awn's mounting brackets I am going to have to mount with the Frontrunner brackets that elevate it 1.2". Most of the competition is a few inches wider and would have caused me to mount the tent offset from the middle. Roofnest also offers and XL version that is 10" wider.
  6. Price - while this is no inexpensive item when comparing to similar tents like the Alu-Cab's Gen 3 Expedition, Go Fast Camper GFC, Eezi-Awn Stealth, and Camp King after you include the shipping costs (roofnest includes shipping in price) most of the direct competition cost $1000 or more over the roofnest.


Here are a few similar tents to compare:
Alu-Cab's Gen 3 Expedition
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Go Fast Camper GFC
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Eezi-Awn Stealth
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Camp King
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Friday, February 7, 2020

Getting Gear on Your Roof Just Got Easier - SUV Doorstep Overview

SUV Doorstep sent us one of these to review. I had seen these before and thought it would be nice ot have one of these for getting stuff on the roof rack. These are pretty great little items to have in your rig.
Here is a link to the site: https://suvdoorstep.com/ There are also several very similar if not identical products on amazon. This one can support both feet:


This one looks identical:

Friday, January 31, 2020

Voswitch Universal 6-Switch Relay Box Install - 100 Series Land Cruiser Overland Rig Build

We just installed a voswitch 6 relay box and some round 7" LED driving lights on our Land Cruisers ARB deluxe bullbar bumper. I have been wanting to install a rocker switch panel and relays to power up some lights on the 100 series for quite a while. I really like the spod but it is very expensive. I considered other more economical models like the trigger and s-tech. During my search I ran into the apollointech voswitch equipment on a jeep forum. It came highly recommended by that community so I decided to try it out. I purchased the apollointech voswitch 6 switch universal kit for about $150. It is remarkable similar to the spod and has many of the same features. I really like the construction of the relay box. To mount the switches in the overhead sunglasses holder I needed to buy a switch plate. I also picked up my first set of sxma led driving lights to go on the arb bumper. This is going to be a fun project and can't wait to see the results.




Voswitch Universal 6-Switch Pod/Panel Features:

  • Integrated LVCO (Low-Voltage-Cut-Off) circuit that detects the battery voltage and will cut-off at 11.0VDC and cuts-back in at 12.4VDC so there is enough juice to start your vehicle in case you left an accessory on!!!
  • Diodes to protect sensitive accessories such as LED lights from "field collapse"
  • One touch switch and six rocker switches,one touch on touch switch to turn on/off the whole unit,long touch to dim the brightness of the backlight
  • 8 gauge power leads with crimped and soldered terminal for connection to the battery
  • Plug and Play

Here are links to the stuff we are using:



Here's our installation video:

Friday, January 24, 2020

Overhead Console Rocker Switch Wiring - 100 Series Land Cruiser Overland Rig Build

In this one we route our rocker switch wiring harness from the engine compartment through the A-Pillar and headliner to the overhead console. I also run an ignition power source from the kick panel. I broke this video out from the switch panel install since this is something that can be useful for a number of projects.

Hope you enjoy the video.

Here's a link to the piggyback/tap-a-fuse connectors.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Rocker Switch Sunglasses Holder Install - 100 Series Land Cruiser Overland Rig Build

I wanted to install rocker switches in the sunglasses holder ever since I saw a thread on ih8mud. I finally pulled the trigger bought a some switches, a relay box and my first pair of led lights, videos coming soon. The initial installs I saw did not have homelink and unfortunately that makes the install a little more complicated but I made it happen. Hope you enjoy the video. Here's a link to the ih8mud thread: https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/so-you-wanted-an-overhead-switch-panel.840370/ Here are links to the stuff we are using:



Here's the install video:

Here are some pictures of the install:












Friday, January 10, 2020

Picking a Switch Panel and Relays for our 100 Series Land Cruiser

I have been wanting to install a rocker switch panel and relays to power up some lights on the land cruiser for quite a while. I really like the spod but it is very expensive. I considered other more economical models like the trigger and s-tech. During my search I ran into the apollointech voswitch equipment on a jeep forum. It cam highly recommended by that community so I decided to try it out. I purchased the apollointech voswitch 6 switch universal kit for about $150. It is remarkable similar to the spod and has many of the same features. I really like the construction of the relay box. To mount the switches in the overhead sunglasses holder I needed to buy a switch plate. I also picked up my first set of sxma led driving lights to go on the arb bumper. This is going to be a fun project and can't wait to see the results. Here are links to the stuff we are using:



Here's are unboxing video on this stuff: