Several weeks ago we posted a feature listing our picks for the top five overland options for 2015. Absent from the list, and causing a considerable amount of pushback, was the Nissan Xterra. As the author of that piece I concede that omitting that vehicle may have been an oversight. Over the last few years our staff at Overland International has owned a couple of Xterras and they have performed admirably. This gave us an opportunity to revisit this proven platform, and in particular one owned by our colleague Austin.
A 2003 Nissan Xterra, it might be one of the most comprehensive overland builds we’ve seen applied to this platform. Austin is a professional videographer and needed a vehicle to serve as his home base while shooting on remote locations. To that end, the James Baroud rooftop tent provides living space while a carefully chosen assortment of components and accessories have bolstered the truck’s off-road performance and durability. With guidance and work performed by the overland mavens at AT Overland in Prescott, this Xterra is head and shoulders above any other we’ve seen.
Custom Water Tank
Water Tank Skid Plate
Extreme air Magnum air compressor
Custom skid plate
Dual Battery System:
Custom second battery mount & plates
Shrockworks front & rear bumpers & swing away
Winch in front bumper
Bajadesign light in front bumper (ffot activated)
Shrockworks sliders & skid plates
LED reverse lights
Propane bracket & cylinder
Gobi Rack & ladder install
JB roof top tent moun
Fiamma 2.2M awning (custom mount)
Fridge & Slide
AT Combo slide
AT JK stove
Nation Luna Fridge
NL LED light rear glass
Rancho 2.5” lift
Ranch 9000 shocks.