I should start off by saying why i chose GFC. Above all else, a GFC is an American product, made with American materials, by American hands. That means something to me. The quick setup/take down, excellent customer service and communication, and overall product simplicity are all bonuses. Ill add that the lack of the typical, “Overland,” industry douchebaggery and arrogance is really nice. I met Graeme MacPherson at Overland Expo MW this year at the GFC booth. He answered all of my questions in detail, let us climb all over his personal GFC to see if it would be a good fit, and even took the time to show my little kids a praying mantis that was hanging out on his LandCruiser. Down to earth, humble dude.
On to my build goals:
Daily-able vehicle with uncomplicated systems, fast setups/takedowns, comfortable sleeping for my family of 4. We average 8 weeks of travel per year; typically 10day - 2 week intervals. Backcountry camping and hunting trips, driveway camping while visiting family, traveling league sports with my kids, random city trips to museums, and running to HomeDepot all have to be within the trucks wheelhouse. I think the Raptor/GFC combo is going to be on the money.
With that said, here are my plans:
- Deaver leaf pack to help with weight management.
- Fridge. Not sure on model yet. Something 60-70l, uncomplicated, cost effective, and reliable.
- Some sort of water tank. Water is usually what sends us into town the most, so 15-17 gallons of on board water would be solid. Perhaps some sort of simple filter and pump?
- Power box of some sort: Ecoflow, Jackery, Goal Zero. Probably a 1000-1500wh unit. Charge before we leave home and keep topped off with Solar. I really like the 4thDSolar panels made for the GFC.