Brian McVickers is the Overland International CBDO (Chief Business Development Officer), partner, contributor, highly experienced overlander, and one of the most genuine guys you will ever meet (brownie points, please, boss!). Brian took to the fields of hard carpet at the SEMA event held in Las Vegas last week and returned with sore feet and a list of clear favorites, both vehicles and accessories. Here are his top picks.
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Bestop is recognized as a leading Jeep tops and accessories manufacturer, part of a family of brands that includes Aluminess, Baja Designs, BullRing, MGP, PRP Seats, Softopper, and others. A diverse range of products was on show at SEMA, from aluminum winch bumpers and lighting solutions to custom seats and power distribution systems. The standouts were:
- A spare tire gear carrier
- A passenger footwell cargo box
- A practical bike rack.
Canyonland Coach Trailer
CanyonLand Coach specializes in overland travel trailers, focusing on their “White Rim” Rooftop Tent Trailer. This model starts at $14,400 and offers standard features like an 18-gallon water tank, a 12-volt water pump, a sink connected to the water tank, a propane stove, recovery hooks, a removable hitch, stabilizing jacks, and an electric brake system. It also has a powder-coated paint finish, steel wheels, and a spare tire. Optional add-ons include:
- A rooftop tent
- Premium wheels and tires
- A propane tank
- A cooler
- A power generator inverter
- An adjustable awning bracket
- A 270-degree awning.
Expedition One crafts precision equipment for off-road vehicles, covering a wide array of models from prominent manufacturers. Their offerings include specialized front and rear bumpers and accessories for various Toyota models like the Sequoia, Tundra, and 4Runner. They also cater to Jeep enthusiasts with products designed for the Gladiator, Wrangler, and popular General Motors models. Additionally, the company offers a range of roof racks and bed racks suitable for multiple vehicle makes and models. The Toyota Sequoia at the SEMA show was equipped with sleek and snug front and rear bumpers and a tidy swing-away rear spare tire carrier.
Vorsheer XOC Featuring Gentex Rear Vision System
Vorsheer’s XOC (Extreme Overland Camper) is a compact yet fully-featured trailer for all adventures. Weighing 2,600 pounds with a 170-pound tongue weight, it measures 15 (l) x 7.4 (w) x 7 (h) feet. The camper boasts a significant 23-inch ground clearance due to a Timbren suspension system, allowing for unimpeded off-road travel. It includes a sleeping area measuring 59 by 80 inches and an angular cabin profile. The 2022 model introduces a full kitchen with a sink, stove, fridge, and freezer. For comfort, the interior includes a fan with heating and air conditioning options. The base model features 33-inch A/T tires, electric drum brakes, axle-less suspension, and various storage options, including a roof rack and gearbox. The towing vehicle’s rear vision system is enhanced by a custom-designed Gentex trailer camera mounted within the center cap of the Vorsheer trailer’s spare tire.
Giant Loop products have long been a favorite of the Expedition Portal staff. Giant Loop offers robust liquid storage solutions for overland travel, emphasizing durability and versatility. Their lineup includes the Cactus Canteen, available in 3 and 5-gallon sizes designed for easy packing and transport. These tough-as-nails products are crafted to meet the demands of outdoor activities, ensuring that travelers can carry and access their water supply conveniently and securely. The Armadillo Bag is another highly-rated product.
Ironman 4×4’s product range includes every off-road accessory you can dream of. A range of accessories built for the F-150, including a suspension lift kit, a premium overland front bumper, a RAID rear bumper, heavy-duty side steps, a slide-away electric tonneau cover, a compact LED cube light kit, Scope 7-inch LED driving lights, LED rock lights, and a powered food-grade water tank with an 8-gallon capacity was displayed at SEMA. Also on display was the Maxi Case collection, constructed from durable LLDPE plastic that’s resistant to UV degradation. These robust cases feature lockable, heavy-duty fastenings and sturdy integrated hinges. They are versatile enough to be attached to a roof rack, bolted onto a utility tray, or fastened securely within a vehicle.
Tusk, AKA Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, is known for providing a variety of motorcycle and ATV parts and accessories. Their adventure luggage product line typically includes items such as saddlebags, tank bags, tail bags, and hard cases designed to be rugged and weather-resistant for adventure and off-road riders. These products are designed to offer practical storage solutions that can endure the rigors of off-road travel.
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