I’ve been slowly building my truck since purchasing it in Jan 2013 as a CPO. My build has been put on hold several times over the years due to cancer treatment but I feel like I’ve managed to make fairly steady progress and I’m excited about the next phase of the build.
I recently picked up a V1 for my 2nd Gen Tacoma to move the kids out of our trailer but have a faster setup/breakdown time than we did with our RTT.
I wanted an easier setup to load and go so we picked up a trailer. We previously camped with a 23ft trailer that was purchased after my first recurrence in 2014 but we prefer disbursed camping away from the crowds and that trailer wasn’t something that we could easily drag around on BLM and NF land so we sold it and ordered a Patriot X3. The new trailer is a beast and will go anywhere the Tacoma goes off pavement.
The downside to the trailer is the living space is taken up by the kids’ bed so we lose the table and bench area. It’s not a big deal but we have plans for some longer 4-8 week trips and I’ll need that space for working (which will typically happen when the kids are sleeping). The plan was to pick up a clamshell camper to replace the iKamper X-Cover but the weight of them all made me hesitant…I didn’t want anything heavier than the 120lb X-Cover. That lead me to the GFC. A V1 popped up locally when Relentless Fabrications was selling one of their shop trucks and the buyer didn’t want the camper.
The kids really missed the treehouse feel of being in the RTT so they were pretty excited to see the GFC setup and I’ve been told by the GFC is for kids only Life has been busy the past few weeks so I haven’t done much but I managed to get the lower level lighting setup (I used LED strips I had leftover from the lighting I put in the LEER cap I was running previously and covered them with a yellow vinyl to cut the glare), mount the Viair compressor I’ve been using, and put some vinyl wrap I had from another project over the red tubes on the lid of the GFC since they didn’t match anything on the truck. I’ll probably re-wrap the bars next year when I address some clear coat issues on the truck with either a repaint or a full wrap. I’ve also installed the JE Design latches and gutter and some beef bars.
Here are the details on the build:
2012 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road double cab short bed
GFC V1 with red space frame, front/rear windows, a 3 bar beef rack, custom lighting, JE Design latches and gutters, Milky Way galaxy print vinyl on the GFC lid bars
Relentless hi-lift mount with 60" hi-lift
Quick fist shovel mount
Bed mounted Viair compressor
Cab Mount Chop, fender trimming, and pinch flat beating
TRD Pro headlights
color matched grill surround
derped front emblem +3hp
Relentless bolt on, flat sliders with fill plate
Relentless stingray front winch tray/bumper
Relentless 3/16 steel IFS, transmission, and transfer case skids
Warn M8000S Winch
Bruteforce HC rear bumper with swingout
tint on front windows to match the rears
RedARC Tow Pro trailer brake controller
Kenwood DNX996XR head unit with nav and CarPlay using a Maestro for steering wheel controls and OBD2 data
Kenwood KSC-SW11 under seat sub
Kenwood dash cam
factory rubber floor mats
red LED map lights
Gunmetal SCS F5 16x8 +0mm (matching spare and matching wheels on the trailer)
Fox 2.5 extended travel coilovers
Fox 2.0 remote reservoir rear shocks
Dakar leaf springs (CS047R)
Wheelers ubolt flip with superbump bumpstops
Aux transmission cooler (B&M 70268 plate cooler)
Rear diff breather relocated to a bed cubby
LED reverse lights and license plate lights
LED bed-lights wired to a switch in the bed (update in process 9/2022 since the GFC install)
12v power outlet, USB quick charge, and voltmeter for the bed
20" LED lightbar mounted above the winch
CSI Black Ice 52q freezer/fridge
Thule Motion XT Alpine cargo box for the skis
Relentless Fabrications aluminum tailgate skin
Total Chaos bed stiffeners
Dual batteries: 107Ah deep cycle in the bed that is charged off the alternator and isolated from the starting battery. The house battery is in a box that I put in the bed and plug in via an anderson 30a plug when needed. It only powers a fridge and charging for phones/cameras/etc.
braided stainless brake lines. Stock length up front (wish I went with +1") and +3" on the rear
TRD performance ceramic brake pads
Stoptech cryo slotted rotors with directional venting
Exhaust cut at rear axle
Anderson plug at the rear bumper
10 year survivor patch #fuckcancer
To be installed:
2.8" quick change pulley
ECU swap with a modified TRD tune by JustDSM on TacomaWorld
High flow fuel pump
Long tube headers (URD Spec-U)
Y-pipe/exhaust (URD Spec-U)
Headlight Services Harness
Camp lighting (under truck and flood)
LED courtesy/puddle lights wired to dome light
LED underhood lights on a pressure switch
10" sub in a sealed enclosure
sound deadening behind the rear seats and in the doors
Thanks @TearingOut55. It has definitely evolved as the kids grow. Having an off-road capable trailer has huge for me since I can still use the bed of the truck for truck stuff and loading up to leave takes a lot less time…we really just have to fill the water tanks, pack our food and clothing, and then hitch up the trailer and go.
Much better now than when I was packing/unpacking everything into the bed of the truck for trips or being stuck in developed campgrounds due to the size of our old trailer. The downside was the sleeping space so I’m happy to have the GFC now (the iKamper setup/breakdown took longer than I liked for trips where we are moving daily or want the vehicle to explore during the day).
Quick outing with the kids. My wife was supposed to come but she messed up her back and bouncing around off-road wasn’t something that was going to help her get better so I left her with a selection of pharmaceuticals from my previous surgeries and packed up the kids to give her a quiet weekend to rest.
The playa is massive but you can cruise at a pretty good pace in the flats.
After checking out the hot springs and exploring a section of one of the migrant trails I hadn’t spent any time on before, we headed back out to the playa to set up camp. I like to set up camp on the edge of the playa where the surface isn’t ideal for hauling ass.
After I packed up and everyone was fed we headed back out to the flat section of playa to launch model rockets. My son flew the drone while I got the rockets set up and managed to snap a pic of us…pretty good for his first time flying it.
Put the Thule cargo box (motion XT alpine) on the GFC a few weeks back to keep the skis in and installed a pair of chalk bags to use to hold beverages and other small items like ski wax, scrapers, or other small tools.
We found out my wife was pregnant with our oldest the day after I had a 14 hour surgery to treat my first cancer recurrence. Definitely gives you something to fight for. That was over 7 years ago and prior to that surgery I was told I had 18-24 months to live.
Congratulations on 7 years! I was diagnosed with colon cancer last summer, had surgery and chemo. I made it through everything and yesterday my 6 month CT scan shows cancer free! I just bought two Superlite’s for myself and my boys to go camping this summer. Going to take full advantage of my good health!