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C.C. Weiss

Children

Toyota gets kids towing with digital trailer

The International Tokyo Toy Show kicks off this week, which means it's time for the annual Cammate kids' car concept from Toyota. In this fifth consecutive year of the Toyota Camatte, Toyota strays from toy motor vehicles like the LED-decorated 2014 Camatte and customizable 2013 Camatte57s, stepping back behind the car with a versatile trailer it calls the Camatte Capsule. Using a tablet, show visitors will be able to customize the interior design and display it inside the physical concept via three integrated digital screens. Read More

Automotive Review

Review: Over highway, dirt and rock in the 2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail Premium

The Toyota 4Runner stands as one of the last true, off-road-worthy mid-size SUVs in the US market, maintaining fast-disappearing features like body-on-frame construction and a 4WD transfer case shifter. This made it a natural choice for our recent 350-mile (563-km) round trip between Phoenix and Overland Expo. We put a 4Runner 4x4 Trail Premium through its paces across the sunburned Phoenix metro area, up and down undulating highway, through wind-ravaged forests, and over rock-littered trail, relying on it as both carriage and castle. Read More

Outdoors

Multifunctional Lantern serves a variety of lighting needs

In the great outdoors, getting more out of a single tool means a better time at camp and less gear and weight in your pack. That's a big reason why the category of multifunctional lighting has been flourishing in recent years. We've seen plenty of examples, including the Bosavi headlamp/lantern/bike light, the Light & Motion Solite headlamp/flashlight/bike light and the Candea water bottle/bike light. The all-new Lantern joins the pack, working as a 1,000-lumen LED flashlight/lantern/bike light combo that also charges portable gadgets.Read More

Outdoors

Habitat flip-top camper turns the Tacoma pickup into a rugged explorer

The Jeep Wrangler might be the most well-known adventure vehicle in the US, but the Toyota Tacoma is also a very popular choice, as our Tacoma-heavy tour of the recent Overland Expo proved. Arizona's Adventure Trailers Overland already has a neat, integrated flip-top camper for the Jeep, the JK Habitat, and now it's added a Habitat for the Tacoma. The new bed camper transforms the popular small pickup into a capable expedition vehicle.
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Outdoors

Base Camp customizable trailer supplies a rugged box of adventure

Utah's Mobilight International knows a few things about building rugged trailers designed to roll over tough, foreboding terrain. It butters its bread by building mobile light towers for use at mines, oil fields, and other job and event sites. The company recently brought that experience over to the recreational camping and overland market with the Base Camp, a tough steel box built for exploration, adventure and a bit of backcountry comfort.
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Around The Home

Grill cube gives you 270 degrees of charcoal searing

The barbecue grill comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and fuel types, but the basic layout tends to be the same: a horizontal grate set over top a heat source. Copenhagen Trade thinks it's time to blow that mold up and replace it with a three dimensional grill box that cooks food from the sides, as well as the top. The Silo Grill gives grilling a new dimension.
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Automotive Feature

Expedition trucks, 4x4 campers and angry beasts of Overland Expo 2016

Teardrops and trailer boxes dominated the exhibitor section of Overland Expo West 2016, but there were still plenty of larger vehicles on display around the show. We've compiled a full photo gallery of everything from basic pickup trailers with pop-up tents, to hulking commercial truck-sized shelters, to the accessories supporting those rigs. If you like off-roading, camping or old-fashioned road-tripping, it'll be hard not to find something you like.
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Outdoors

Bivak camper turns a pickup truck into a capable expedition vehicle

BundutecUSA already offers a solid line of slide-in pickup truck campers for trucks of all kinds. Its latest model, the Bivak, launches as its simplest and most affordable. Built for the off-road market, the compact camper shell organizes your expedition gear, gives you an optional place to sleep and makes the unpredictable backcountry just a little more manageable. The highly customizable Bivak is the camper for 4x4 pickup drivers looking for "something more than a topper but less than the conventional truck camper."
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