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XPDN2 Upper Peninsula Adventure Recap via Fresh Coast Offroad

Below is a recap from Aaron Marquis and Paul Wisniewski from Fresh Coast Offroad of the XPDN2 Upper Peninsula Adventure. All included pictures were taken by All-Pro Offroad, Jim Roy, Fresh Coast Offroad, Ken Farley Jr., and Torq Masters. Links are provided for all of the additional companies, restaurants, and stops throughout the article. Make sure to check them all out and give all of the companies a follow or visit. Below is a list of the sponsors who made this trip happen. Please give them a follow! Headline Sponsor Milestar Tires Website | Instagram | Facebook Title Sponsors  Rancho

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The Preparedness Triangle Overview

There are plenty of resources available to get a good understanding of preparedness. There are also varying levels of being prepared that you may or may not be aware of. Most people who overland are relying on what they have in their vehicles to survive for the time they are out adventuring. This gives a good basis for what we mean by preparedness. In my mind, there are levels of preparedness that I follow. In my case, there are four levels of a triangle. Each level expands on the previous with more and more capabilities. My end goal is to

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The Preparedness Triangle: Everyday Carry

As a quick overview, Everyday Carry, or EDC, are essential items that a person carries on them from day-to-day. I mentioned the three items that most people have every day in the preparedness triangle overview article. Outside of those three main things, several other things should be considered for an EDC loadout. While your EDC isn’t going to help you in a long-term emergency scenario, it should be stuff that is helpful in the short term. EDC falls into the smallest section of the triangle. Ideally, the items are carried on your person rather than in a bag. They should

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The Preparedness Triangle: Vehicle Every Day Carry

Vehicle Everyday Carry (VEDC) expands greatly on what you carry on your person as well as keeps you prepared for events beyond what a traditional EDC would prepare you for. In my case, most of what I might need in the event of an emergency is already in my vehicle. My additional VEDC ends up being more safety and personal items. I keep most of my camping gear in stackable Plano Sportsman’sTrunks that are easily transportable if I’m getting away for a weekend. We’ve written about keeping a go box, which allows you to get out of town for a weekend

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The Preparedness Triangle: Get Home and Bail Out Bag

The next part of the triangle deals with having to leave a location and move on foot from A to B. Whether that’s from work to home or from a location in the woods to the nearest road. A Get Home Bag (GHB) and Bail Out Bag (BOB) are for similar situations but set up for different lengths of time. A Get Home Bag (GHB) and Bail Out Bag (BOB) as I see them are not the same things. My GHB is to get me from point A to point B in the event of an emergency in town. Point

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The Preparedness Triangle: Shelter in Place and Not Coming Home

The last and bottom part of my preparedness triangle is going to be a subjective one. As mentioned in the overview, this is going to come down to personal preference and what your plan is for emergency scenarios. The bottom part has two options, shelter in place (SIP) and not coming home (NCH). All of this information right now is basically just a plan. We haven’t started pulling everything together yet. However, with how things have gone this year because of the pandemic and instances of social unrest, it has put into perspective the need to have a solid plan

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Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter

Winter is an interesting month in Michigan. Parts of the state get consistent winter weather through the season and other parts don’t. Here in the Southeast portion of Michigan, we fall into the inconsistent weather pattern. Unlike our friends on the west side of the state, we may or may not get predicted snow. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare your vehicle for winter, whether it’s driving around the city or running trails in the snow. During the warmer months of the year, we prep our vehicles for rain or mud. The same things that we carry when it’s warm

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2016 SR5 4Runner Build Part 1

To me, 4Runners are like LEGO sets for adults. There is a vast number of aftermarket parts available for just about everything you can think of. They have a proven track record as being excellent  adventure rigs and have that Toyota reliability that isn’t found in many other vehicles. Once we had our new 4Runner home, I started planning out what I wanted to do and the companies that had the goods to accomplish my plan. Below is the first in a planned few articles detailing what has already been done and what we plan to do with our 4Runner

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My New Adventure Rig and Why I Chose It

A few years back, I wrote an article about why I chose a 2004 Suburban as my adventure rig. At the time, it was functional for usage as my daily driver and my adventure vehicle. It could haul my entire family to either the grocery store or out into the woods. It had its pros and cons for sure, but it was what worked at the time. Fast forward to 2019, and my once-reliable Suburban started to have some significant problems. First, we had to have the entire rear differential replaced as it decided to eat itself at some point.

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Go Offroad Armor Tech (GOAT) Magnetic Panels Review

When we purchased a 2016 SR5 4Runner, black wasn’t exactly the color I would have chosen. Having owned a black vehicle some years ago, I was well aware of how much it would show everything; dirt, water spots, and scratches. In order to offer some protection to the paint, my initial plan was to wrap the vehicle. However, the cost to do a full wrap didn’t seem practical to me. I did some more research on what I could do and came across Go Offroad Armor Tech (GOAT). The biggest problem I’ve always had with being in the overland space

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Mio Weekend Trip Recap

Anyone that’s spent a good amount of time in Michigan, specifically the northern part of the Lower Peninsula, will know how sandy it is. We’ve been on the west side of the LP and worked through the sandy trails around Grayling and Kalkaska. And now we’ve had the chance to check out the east side in the Mio area. New Holland Overland organized a trip in the Huron National Forest, a place we hadn’t been able to get to yet but can confidently now say we have. The plan for the weekend was to meet up just outside of Mio

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Carista Adapter and Application Review

Carista exists in a space that is flooded by options. You can get on Amazon and look for an OBD2 reader and easily find one under $20. Pair it with certain applications and you have a way to diagnose what’s wrong with your vehicle at home. Where the Carista adapter stands out though, is in its ability to let you customize your vehicle. Having upgraded from a 2004 Suburban to a 2016 4Runner recently, this was something new to me. In the past with my Suburban, I simply used an OBD2 adapter to tell me what was wrong with it.

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Recycled Firefighter 42L Battlaion Duffle Bag Review

I’ve been carrying the Recycled Firefighter 24 Hour Pack for over a year now as my daily EDC. I also planned on getting the 42L Battalion Duffle and was finally able to recently. Before even getting to use it on a trip, it has far exceeded my expectations. The bag itself is 11 inches tall, 11 inches wide, and 21 inches long. The zipper goes entirely from end to end, something that is not usually found in most duffle bags. It’s a convenient feature that lets you essentially open the bag completely. Each side has pockets for various things. One

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