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Top 5 Toyota Tacomas at the Inaugural Overland Expo Mountain West 2021
Posted on November 14, 2021
The ultra-popular Overland Expo hosted its first Mountain West event this year in Loveland, Colorado, to great success. Known for bringing adventurers and off-road enthusiasts, vendors, and industry experts together, Overland Expo is a must-visit if you are passionate about Toyota Tacomas—or any other off-road-capable vehicle for that matter.
If you know us, you know that we spent most of the weekend searching the Larimer County Fairgrounds, lovingly known as “The Ranch,” for the coolest Tacoma builds. By the time the event came to a close, we had probably seen every Tacoma on the premises. With so many epic Toyota Tacomas in attendance, we felt it was only right to share our favorites with you.
So, without further adieu, here are the top 5 Toyota Tacomas at the...
Overland Expo Mountain West 2021
Skinny Guy Campers
Of course, the main attraction of the Skinny Guy Campers Toyota Tacoma, though, is the camper. The design of the camper combines the concepts of a truck topper and rooftop tent while still intended to fit inside your garage. When closed, the camper aligns with your Tacoma’s cab, meaning no height is added to your truck.
Featuring a full array of armor from CBI, including front and rear bumpers, skid plates, and sliders, this Toyota Tacoma is ready for any challenges the trail holds. The suspension is impressive, as well, with Kings all around and heavy-duty leaf packs from Icon in the rear. Supporting the iKamper rooftop tent is an RCI Metalworks rack that keeps the tent and center-of-gravity a little lower.
With a name like Overland Eats, there must be an extensive kitchen setup. This starts with the AL Offroad Products Trailgate, which is perfect for meal prep off-grid. To keep all the food fresh and ready for cooking, this Tacoma is outfitted with a well-loved Dometic fridge. It is truly a food lover’s build.
The Arkansas Offroad Toyota Tacoma has enough armor to ensure no rocks or tree stumps cut the trip short, too. The Backwoods Adventure Mods dual swingout bumper provides protection and extra storage, the Backwoods front bumper adds protection and functionality while weighing at only 80 pounds, and the custom sliders protect the body flawlessly.
Last Line of Defense
His truck showcases CBI armor all around, including the front bumper, skid plates, rock sliders, and rear bumper. Complementing the armor are aftermarket headlights and an array of KC HiLites. Beneath the Tacoma are Dakar leaf springs, Fox shocks, and 35” BFGoodrich KO2 tires wrapped around Black Rhino Wheels.
In the back, the truck puts the fun in functional by combining overlanding goodies with everyday usability. The heart of this combination is the aluminum Diamondback Bed Cover, which keeps the bed sealed and provides a platform for the Front Runner rack and iKamper Skycamp Mini rooftop tent.
Paired with that already impressive driveline modification are dual transfer cases and hydro-assist steering from PSC. Brett is running adjustable Radflo shocks, Eibach springs in the front, and custom leaf springs from Deaver in the rear to help the truck handle the weight of the modifications and enhance performance. In fact, he claims the front axle has over 3’ of articulation—that is impressive, especially with his 38” Falken tires.
While the axle swap and suspension make this 2nd Gen Tacoma a beast on the trails, it is impossible to overlook the Adventure Trailers Habitat. This camper shell features a massive foldout tent but weighs in at only 350lbs, making it a unique and ultra-functional addition. It is equipped with Goose Gear cabinetry, a propane heater, a water heater, and more.
There is a little bit of history on this Tacoma, too. The color scheme and design of the wrap harken back to desert racing and the legendary Ivan “Ironman” Stewart. The truck also features a front bumper, rear bumper with swingout, and rock sliders from the now-defunct Pelfreybilt.
The inaugural Overland Expo MNT West 2021 was an incredible experience packed with passionate people and rad rigs. If you have not been to an Overland Expo yet, we highly recommend you do so. Seeing these and other Toyota Tacomas at the event is sure to inspire you. In the meantime, check out the video about these trucks for more details.