@carsoffortlangley I’m late to the party and haven’t done much overlanding but have done a good deal of wheeling, backpacking, multi-night canoe expeditions and camping. A lot of what others have already said is great I’ll just add a few things.
Basic cold weather gear, especially at altitude it can get cold fast and you should be prepared
Well stocked first aid kit
Multiple ways to start a fire (lighter, matches, flint, etc)
Hatchet and Saw (either to clear obstacles or prepare firewood)
A good camping chair (this is more important than you’d think)
Things like tent, sleeping bag, mat and so on are important but vary depending on where you are and your preferences so I won’t make any recommendations other than to buy quality gear so you don’t have to buy again after a season of use.
@hammerheadfistpunch Factory ones are off the main, aftermarket are normally a direct line from the fuel tank (at least the diesel heaters used in Land Rovers) or it's own tank entirely. I'm seeing if I can hunt down a diagram of the setup.
@jb-boin Just wanted to say thanks. Spent most of the day copying my old trip reports. Which I didn't have recorded elsewhere. Anyway, I appreciate what you did, there are probably places there I'll never get back to and looking over them now others that are probably others overdue another visit. Cheers
we've got an I4WDA instructor on staff, he and bill burke (also I4WDA certified) recommend against soft shackles. i tend to agree, i think it's a solution looking for a problem. The safety factor on soft recovery devices is significantly less than steel. having said that, everyone here runs CW shackles which are the "standard" size you commonly see but rated for overhead lifting at 6.5t instead of 4.75t commonly seen.
@thomas-donohue My trailer has something similar. It would be cool to have that built-in, but I need something portable. Though I have looked at doing this myself in various ways. The trick is charging.
I hope you enjoy your time in the Ozarks. Considering I live a day trip away from most everywhere you mentioned, I really need to go out more! If you need anything, I’m in the area. Feel free to email me dtg11 at yahoo dot com. If you end up in Springfield, I can give you some pointers on where to eat.
Also, I’m sure you’ve noticed, but we have snow in the forecast on NYE
[sigh] so many reasons to carry two spare tyres around here but this ain't one. I'm not saying it can't but it is biomechanically unlikely due to the way an echidna is built. Even more so since echidnas are largely diurnal (which means they are generally only active during daylight hours).
The other giveaway on this is the username - Old Mate is taking the piss.
@dipodomysdeserti I don't really get high pressure caps. The cooling system was designed to run at a given pressure and a higher cap just raises the boiling point past the point where engine damage is already going to happen. My 2 cents with toyota Truck cooling systems is keep the condenser clearer, keep the fluid fresh and replace the parts with OE. oh, and make sure all the gaps around the radiator are filled. I've found that Toyota systems work best when the pressure at the face of the radiator is greatest. if there are gaps around the sides, bottom or top of the radiator I close them with that RV seal foam. makes a big difference.
EDIT - with a .9 bar cap, the boiling point is 245-251, well beyond the thermal limits for engine safety. Whats the point of raising it even higher?
If I recall, the limit for the 1fz-fe is 105C before the AC turns off and enrichment begins. (221f) pretty sure the 2uz is around there too, I've seen as high as 217 (103 c) but the AC never kicked out. The UZ seems to like to run about 10 degrees hotter than the fz and from what I hear that's intentional for emissions. so long as you are saying below 105 c I think you have a good healthy cooling system.
@crown-victor-victoria This is what my friend did with the Tacoma. You can't even tell it's there other than the fact that he can now physically remove the secondary air pump, which opens his engine bay WAY up. I don't love messing with emissions equip. but this feature is so rarely used and its so much potential trouble that its hardly worth worrying about.