TACOMALANDING

A 2017 Toy­ota built for ad­ven­ture

Four Wheeler - - Contents - By Ali Man­sour ed­i­tor@fourwheeler.com Pho­tos: Ali Man­sour

A 2017 Toy­ota built for ad­ven­ture

IN 2016, TOY­OTA FI­NALLY RE­VAMPED THE TA­COMA PLAT­FORM. WHILE WE wouldn’t call it a rad­i­cal de­par­ture from the pre­vi­ous plat­form, it did come to the ta­ble with up­dated styling and a fresh pow­er­train. To the de­light of many Ta­coma en­thu­si­asts, the TRD Off-road model was still the rugged trail-ready pickup that fans have grown to love. For Rod­ney Red­mon, the Ta­coma’s proven re­li­a­bil­ity and roomy Dou­ble Cab con­fig­u­ra­tion made an ex­cel­lent fit for his build vi­sion and grow­ing fam­ily.

Un­der­stand­ing that his wheel­ing ad­ven­tures would be more camp­ing and ex­pe­di­tion based, he moved for­ward with a build plan that could help him achieve his goals. Start­ing with a ’17 TRD Of­froad model, Rod­ney spent a year get­ting his Ta­coma to the over­land build you see here. With thou­sands of miles and ad­ven­tures al­ready un­der his belt, he con­tin­ues to im­prove upon and fine-tune the build for his needs.

We caught up with Rod­ney on the shores of North Carolina to get a closer look at the well-ex­e­cuted ma­chine, which you can read all about in the fea­ture break­down.

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