September 07, 2022 3 min read
Location: Boise, ID
Nickname: Tonya the Toyota
Make & Model: GMC Savana
Year:1998, Automatic Toyota 4Runner
Critical dimensions for your bed platform:
Width (at narrowest point): 50"
Is this your daily driver or getaway car?
On your average weekend adventure, what is the gear set up you bring with you? How did you navigate gear storage needs into your rig set up?
Something that was important to us was being able to pack up and go super easily. Our storage platform from Solid Wood Worx is always in the back so we grab our HEST Mattress & Pillows, our MoonShade awning and our clothes and we're pretty much set to go. If we know we're gonna hit some lakes or rivers we grab our paddle boards and strap them to the roof!
How did you
navigate gear storage needs into your rig set up?
Storage in a smaller SUV is key, especially when 3 of us are sleeping inside (us two + our adventure pup Levi). We maximize our storage space 3 ways: 1) We have a Roam Adventure Co. box that we put on the roof to store mostly our dog's belongings & food as well as some other odds & ends like our fishing pole and paddle board pump. 2) Our Solid Wood Worx bed platform has two locking sliding drawers that hold all our kitchen & food items. 3) One of our FAVORITE things about the HEST Mattress is that it folds in half and clips. We keep the mattress folded in half when we're driving to & from and keep our cooler, water jug & solar generator on the other half. Then of course we lay our HEST Dog Bed right behind the two front seats so Levi has a comfy place to sit.
Any cool custom details you’re proud of?
Not yet ;) Tonya is a newer adventure rig for us. We're cooking up some good ideas for making her one of a kind. But right now we're kinda loving that for a 1998 she's pretty stocked up!
Coolest place you’ve taken your rig to?
We'll definitely have to update this again after we get into more shenanigans with this rig, but we recently went to Mt. Hood & Hood River and absolutely loved it.
Any projects in the pipeline to get the cruiser even more adventure ready?
Oh yes! We want to start with suspension because we know that it needs some updating/upgrading. We also would love a full length roof rack for more secure storage on the roof.
Biggest challenge in your build out?
Gosh we feel super lucky from our prior experience from living on the road for this buildout. We knew a comfortable night of sleep was key & HEST has more than delivered on that! I'd say our biggest challenge going from a van to a SUV is simply storage. We were so used to having a full "garage" in the van to store toys so now we have to be a little more choosy when we're headed out on what to bring.
Tips for others looking to do the same to their vehicle?
What are you waiting for?! Something we hope to share is you don't need the newest, biggest, bestest vehicle to get out and adventure. All that you really need is a solid place to sleep & the desire to get out there. HEST has you covered on the former and if you are reading this then I think you also have the latter. Start with the very basics and build your rig as you go. You will find the gaps along the way, but don't let them stop you from starting. We feel like having a classic, simple car camping setup really gets you out there more!