March 09, 2023 2 min read

Your name:  Alan and Kristy 

Location: Texas 

Nickname: Appa the Bison 

Make & Model:  2020 Automatic Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison 

HEST products:  Dually Long, Standard Pillows, HEST Large Dog Bed & HEST Bedding 

Critical dimensions for your bed platform:  Length: 81 in;   Width (at narrowest point):  48 in;   Height:  57 in

Is this your daily driver or getaway car?

Definitely our getaway car.

What do you like most about your rig? 

Probably the 2.8 Duramax diesel, for its fuel efficiency and torque. Despite the modifications we have done to the truck, we still average 20 mpg!

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

Usually, the Canopy Camper stays packed with most of our gear. This consists of the Kovea Slim Stove, Tembo Tusk Skottle, chairs, cookware, recovery bag, and the Dometic CFX3 55 fridge.

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

At first, we were using aluminum boxes for storing everything. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it also wasn’t ideal as it made it hard to keep things organized. To ramp up the organization, Goose Gear developed a storage solution for the interior space of the Alu Cab Canopy camper. It allows us to store our gear efficiently, with quick access to essentials. We haven’t looked back since.

Any cool custom details you’re proud of? 

I would say, the propane fireplace. It gives us plenty of heat and is a great source of ambient light at night.

Coolest place you’ve taken your rig to?

I think the best place we’ve taken our rig so far is Alstrom Point near Lake Powell. The sunrise and sunset were absolutely beautiful. 

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

Nothing too crazy, but more lights. You can never go wrong with having too many lights LOL!

Biggest challenge in your build out? 

Lead times really killed us. Being patient is not our strong suit, but it was all worth it.

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

Start off small. Definitely trust the process. I know that some of this top-shelf gear looks enticing, but you don’t need it to get out there. We started with a trunk full of Walmart gear and a cheap tent. The more trips you take, the more dialed your gear becomes. It’s at that point you begin taking advantage of upgrading and make the necessary adjustments as you go along. JUST GET OUT THERE!

Want to submit your rig for our blog? Email us at to get started!