Thanks to the rise of overlanding, 4x4 trucks and SUVs are more popular than ever before. The handful of factory overland-ready rigs on the market are supported by hundreds of aftermarket parts makers that can transform a capable stock rig into a trail-conquering overland machine.
However, sifting through the virtual sea of parts to find the best, most solid and reliable pieces of equipment can leave your head spinning. After all, just because something looks cool doesn’t mean it’s tough enough to withstand a hundred thousand miles of overlanding.
To cut through the noise, and further inspire novice overlanders to get outfitted, inspired, and out on their own overland journeys, Overland Expo is building its own Ultimate Overland Vehicle for 2021.
Starting with the venerable 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road, we’ll be outfitting it with the best overlanding gear on the market today. Then Overland Expo’s staff of seasoned overlanders will take the rig on their own adventures throughout the year capturing stories, making memories, and demonstrating just how good the 4Runner and our ultimate gear is.
The gear we chose for the Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build and why. Stay tuned for more gear to come as we continue to build the 4Runner out in the coming months.
POWER INVERTER: WAGAN TECH PURE LINE 2000
If you’re adding solar power to your rig like we did, you’ll need an inverter. We picked Wagan Tech’s Pure Line 2000. All Wagan Tech’s models are RoHS compliant, CE approved, and ETL certified to conform to UL458 Standards & CSA C22.2#107.1.
We like it because it’s both compact and powerful. In fact, it can sustain its maximum load continuously for 24 hours. Although it’s unlikely we’ll put that kind of load on the system for that duration of time, it’s nice to know it can handle it if we do.
This capability creates more than just ease of mind; it also distinguishes the Pure Line from its competitors. Most inverters are only rated at 20 minutes of continuous wattage. After 20 minutes, the output wattage will drop down by as much as 25%. In a 400 watt inverter, that can be a 100 watt loss.
- Pure Sine Wave (PSW)
- 2000W TrueRated Power
- 4000W Peak Surge
- Three AC Outlets
- 2.1-amp USB Power Port
- ETL Certified
- GFI Protected
- NTG Bonded
- Remote Ready
- Conformal Coating: Moisture & Dust Resistant
- High Output (HO) Terminals
- High Speed Cooling Fans
- Compact and Sleek Size