April 21, 2023 2 min read

Jeep Cherokee Build Out Idea

Your name: Brock Lower

Location:Portland, OR

RIG Nickname: Don’t really have one but probably should be Smokey

Make & Model: Automatic 1999 Jeep Cherokee XJ with Clamshell RTT

HEST products: I have a HEST Dog Bed  but have my eye on the HEST X Pollard Pillow and maybe a mattress upgrade

Critical dimensions for your bed platform:  Clamshell RTT

Length: 79"

Width (at narrowest point): 48" 

Is this your daily driver or getaway car?


What do you like most about your rig? 

It has to start with the Forest Service green color. Also just love the old classic square styling and toughness of the XJ. Plus it helps me get out where I like to be…forest, beaches and deserts.

On your average weekend adventure, what is the gear set up you bring with you? 

The RTT has made my getaways so much easier. I also have a lot of fun accessories like Roam Awning and water jug, Kovea Cupid heater, Grizzly cooler and then all the cooking set up. Plus the Jeep is true to its roots with the ax, Pulaski, fire extinguisher, etc…that is in the Jeep full time.

How did you navigate gear storage needs into your rig set up?

The XJ came with the old Forest Service rack in the back so I use that for a lot of fun accessories. The RTT has also allowed more storage in the back.

Any cool custom details you’re proud of? 

I think the whole package. Always looking for fun and functional equipment and if it has a Forest Service history even better. Overall, I like to keep it pretty stock as I like the look and function as is.

Coolest place you’ve taken your rig to?  

I have spent a fair amount of time up on Mt Hood and the OR/WA coasts. Looking to retire in the next couple years and then taking some longer trips to a lot of the National Parks across the country.

One of my favorite trips was to my parents house during the pandemic to celebrate my Dad’s 86th bday!

Any projects in the pipeline to get your rig even more adventure ready? 

Planning to get some General Grabber ATX white letter tires.

Biggest challenge in your build out?

Just spending the time and money keeping an old beast on the road but I get a lot of satisfaction from keeping it going.  

Tips for others looking to do the same to their vehicle? 

For me I have to love the vehicle. I always was attracted to these Forest Service Jeep Cherokee XJ’s and when I came across it I bought it and have never regretted it.

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