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Jul 23, 2021

REDARC's Ultimate Off-Grid Toyota Tacoma Build

Built tough and ready to push the limits, REDARC’s latest off grid build is nothing short of the ultimate adventure vehicle.

Harnessing over 40 years of expert knowledge of powering rigs and building off-grid tourers in Australia, we couldn’t wait to get our hands dirty on a truck build unlike any other.

 

REDARC Tacoma driving through the woods

 

Three Toyota Tacoma's across the country were built with help from MULE Expedition Outfitters in Washington, Tiny Rig Co. in California, and Asheville Vehicle Outfitters in North Carolina. Designed with products specifically chosen to tackle anything North America can throw at it, this Tacoma is capable enough to go as far and wide as you can dream. Look inside REDARC’s first North American build to see how we turned a 2021 Toyota Tacoma into an overlanding powerhouse.

 

 

 

OVERLAND READY

 

To make sure the Tacoma was ready to tackle anything that the tracks could throw at it, the exterior needed a few upgrades. As our first ever US overland build, we wanted to make sure we were using only the best gear.

Upsizing the suspension with an ICON 1.5” Add-A-Leaf kit as well as DayStar rear airbags and rugged Falken WildPeak AT3 265/75R16 tires this truck is ready for any challenge on the trails. To make sure we could get out of any situation, we chose a Warn VR 10s winch. Paired with a reinforced Factor 55 Fairlead and FlatLink Expert shackle mount, as well as ARB Essentials Recovery Kit and Warn Spydura Soft Shackles, it’s capable of hauling up even the steepest rock steps.

 

REDARC's ultimate off grid Tacoma build driving in the forest

 

To stay off-grid for as long as possible, the Tacoma needed to be camping ready. For this, we decided to go with an Alu-Cab Gen 3.1 Expedition rooftop tent and Shadow awning. A Front Runner roof rack fitted with Rigid LED pods means plenty of roof storage and the CBI Covert front bumper and 30” Rigid light bar complete the front grill, making it off-road ready.

 

Lit up at night, the Tacoma is ready for camping

 

ENOUGH POWER FOR ANY ADVENTURE

 

Inside a custom flatbed tray canopy by Mits Alloy, REDARC put together a system to give the Tacoma enough power to venture to places no other truck can reach. Powering the whole system are two 120Ah lithium batteries, to create a combined 240Ah of usable lithium power storage. To keep the batteries charged, The Manager30 takes power from the vehicle’s alternator as well as solar and mains power. This means that no matter whether we’re parked up or on the road, there’s always charge going back into the batteries.

 

REDARC's Toyota Tacoma canopy build

 

To make the setup perfect for any overlanding adventure, the canopy is kitted out with a 30L water tank, an ARB Zero Fridge on a Clearview fridge slide, an ARB Dual Air Compressor and plenty of interior and exterior lighting. A 2000W REDARC prototype Pure Sine Wave Inverter means there’s 110V mains power available for all household accessories including camera chargers, laptops, coffee machines and blenders, no matter how far off-grid we venture.

 

12V setup inside the Tacoma canopy featuring an inverter, Manager30 and RedVision

 

The whole system and accessories are controlled by the REDARC RedVision vehicle management system. With two RedVision color displays, one on each side of the canopy, all accessories can be controlled from multiple points around the vehicle as well as through the RedVision smartphone app. RedVision also allows us to see our water tank levels, turn accessories on and off, and monitor battery levels and charge status from the Manager30. It’s a one stop shop for control and monitoring of everything in the canopy and makes staying in charge of all your 12V gear simple.

 

RedVision display inside the Tacoma

 

UNDER THE HOOD

 

Under the hood, we added REDARC gear to the existing battery system to enhance the Tacoma’s power and feed charge through to the cabin systems. The second dual battery system under the hood means we will always have power for jump starting should we ever get stuck.

 

The Tacoma set up for camping

 

Powered by a FullRiver Full Throttle AGM battery under the hood is a 25A BCDC in-vehicle battery charger as well as a Smart Battery Isolator. The BCDC not only charges an auxiliary battery when the vehicle is running but is able to be connected to a portable solar panel or blanket via Anderson plug for added charge. The benefit of the DC charger and isolator running in unison is that if the Tacoma gets a flat battery, we can jump start it at the touch of a button.

 

The Tacoma ready for use in the forest

 

The under hood dual battery system also powers a Switch Pro SP-900 panel inside the cab to control a whole range of 12V accessories and lights. For lights, we decided to go with the best and chose a whole range of Rigid Lights including the 30” light bar on the front grill, LED light pods and a 40” SR Pro light bar on the roof rack, and a pillar mounted 4” 360 Series pod. All these are controlled by the Switch Pro panel.

 

INSIDE THE CAB

 

A REDARC dual battery gauge keeps track of the starting and auxiliary battery. The Tacoma is also towing ready, with a Tow-Pro Elite brake controller tucked away under the dash, for a perfect factory look, it’s ready to tow both on and off road.

 

 

When it comes to setting up your 12V system, with REDARC there are NO LIMITS to where you can go. To see some of the epic adventures REDARC has powered, check out our NO LIMITS series on YouTube.

 

Credit and thanks to John Kingston from Roaming Lost for all the images, you can see more of his work on his website or Instagram

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