Video of the Week: Overland Journal Lexus GX470 Build

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On my first trip to Prescott, Arizona, I remember seeing Scott’s 2007 Lexus GX470 at Overland HQ and asking him about it. At the time, I was considering the vehicle for an overland build myself (which I ultimately abandoned in favor of a full-sized truck, primarily because I needed more robust towing capability).

Scott and I discussing the merits of the GX: the proven J-series platform (Prado), heavy-duty body-on-frame construction, the 4.7-liter V8 power plant, the 1500-pound payload rating, long-travel 5-link airbag rear suspension, as well as the overall reliability of Lexus, and the cost savings (it’s amazing how much a Toyota badge adds to a vehicle’s price!).


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When he's not publishing campervan content or gear reviews on ExPo, Matt Swartz is honing his paragliding skills, hiking a 14er, or exploring the backroads of Colorado. His love of travel has seen him bike across the United States, as well as explore more exotic destinations like the Amazon basin and Patagonia. Matt spent three years living in a 1964 RV with his partner, Amanda. He's worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and his photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.