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Why we have chosen to run TreadWright tires on our Toyotas.


I was sitting in a tire shop one afternoon, waiting to speak with a sales person about new tires for our 4Runner, when I happened to glance outside.  Employees were loading used tires into the back of a cargo container to be hauled away.  “What a waste”, I thought to myself as I looked back at the tires on display.  A lot of the tires being loaded up seemed to be in good condition, but were destined to be ground up, incinerated, shipped over seas, or worse, sent to a landfill.  I could not help but think about the environmental impact, beyond fuel consumption, our little 4Runner was making over the course of its life.  Hoping to see 300,000 miles, our 4Runner would go through six to seven sets of tires.  Not considering any tires that would need to be replaced because of road damage, we would be sending 24 tires to the incinerator.

2014 Overland Expo East


"Hey Johnathan, I'm glad to finally meet you," I heard a woman say, as she walked toward me from an ever familiar, and impressive, Toyota Tacoma that I had watched on the internet as it made it's way into Alaska last year. The woman, though we had never met, was no stranger either...  This really is a community and it is great finally meeting folks I have chatted with online for years.

Nestled among the rolling hills, green pastures, and lush forest land found at the base of the Blue Mountains lays Taylor Ranch.  A picturesque setting, of varying hues of green, yellow, and red, was home to the inaugural Overland Expo East which transformed the area into a beehive of activity.  The three day event brought in several thousand attendees to enjoy classes, presentations, and the chance to chat with vendors about the latest in gadgets and gizmos on the market.  Although there were several thousand in attendance, the size and diversity of the ranch allowed the activities to be spread out.  I never saw more than 200 people, in my line of sight, which made the whole experience very pleasant for my family and me.

Walkabout:
First let me say that as far as Automobiles go, the shear number of custom vans on display, all decked out with the coolest custom gear, was extremely impressive and even had this Toyota fan boy's tongue dragging the ground. 4wd, solid axle beasts that could house a family of four in the most remote parts of the worl
d stood tall and proud. U-Joint Offroad had everything from mild to wild right up front and the layout was nothing less than spectacular.

TCT Magazine - October 2014 Issue


Wahoo, the October 2014 issue of Toyota Cruisers and Trucks Magazine is out!  We are super excited about this issue; it is packed with some great articles and a few recipes.  Be sure to check it out at Toyota Cruisers and Trucks Magazine!




Review: Bushnell SolarBook 600


Specifications:
  • Weight: 23oz.
  • Size: 9.25 x 8.3 x 1.3in.
  • Deployed Length: 47.25in.
  • Charge From Wall:6 Hours 
  • Charge From Solar:6 Hours
  • USB Outlets:2
  • Power Output:5v, 1a
  • Battery Type:Dual Li Ion
  • Price: $209.40 (Amazon)

Plugging in Outdoors:
If you are like me, you are carrying more and more electronic devices with you into the field.  We rely upon these gadgets to make our lives easier, and stay in contact with friends and family.  With this reliance upon technology comes a need to ensure these devices are properly charged, a difficult task when you are away from a power source.  Having worked in the construction of, and currently working on a degree in, alternative energy technologies around the country, I have seen the price of solar panels continue to come down as the quality of devices increases.  While not the answer to all of our energy needs, there have been some cool developments in the industry over the last few years.  Included has been the explosion of what I would call 'personal' solar charging solutions, my current go-to for electrical power in the field.