Daily Driving My Xterra (Overland Vehicle)

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Okay, let’s talk for a minute about a topic that presents itself often – My Overland Xterra . You can see that it is a budget friendly overland / Off-road vehicle. One question I get frequently asked is, “doesn’t it suck driving this with the low gas mileage and all the equipment in back?”

Camp Setup

I will be the first to admit that driving this vehicle has its quirks, but to me they are vastly outweighed by the freedom it provides me. For example, the rack in the back has my tools, flashlight, axe and other miscellaneous things attached and makes a fair amount of noise. And yes because of the gear in the back it sounds like there is a small monkey smashing on a drum set when you hit the bumps. The Bumper rattles because its missing a bolt and the winch support rubs against it. The CB Microphone swings around like a pendulum waiting to smash you in the head. I could continue but I think I have made my point. However, the simple fact is no matter what little things rattle, squeak or smack you it doesn’t matter. The fact is that I have everything I need in and on the vehicle to say, “Screw it” and disappear into the mountains for a couple days without any prep. Or, at any time I can pull up and help just about any stranded motorist with their problems. Whether it be a flat tire or smaller mechanical issue, I have it Covered.

Not to mention that I can walk out from my job on lunch, hang my hammock and kick back to watch whatever crazy adventure Casey Neistat is up to. (The man is awesome to watch, just saying). I can do it all, while my lunch cooks on the stove and my drinks chill in the 12v cooler. Let’s also completely look past the benefits it offers me in the winter here in Utah.

Hammock Lunch Link

Yes, it does suck as far as gas mileage goes, but that crappy gas mileage is miles into the wilderness. That’s mileage towards a new adventure. Sure, sometimes that adventure will be coasting down the hills of some canyon to get gas, but hey it’s still an adventure. Now everything stated above is obviously just my opinion but I truly can say that I wouldn’t change a single thing about my Xterra. I drive my dream vehicle every day and am damn proud of that. Maybe that’s because it is something that I built and is something that I can continue to mold into whatever my little redkneck heart desires or maybe I am just crazy.

 To sum this up daily driving an overland vehicle may not be for everyone. If you are easily annoyed with rattles and squeaks, or if gas mileage and speed are the things you from your vehicle than NO it’s not for you. But regardless of the opinions of others if your vehicle gets you to the places and adventures you want, Whether that be the mall of the hustle and bustle of the big city. Then to hell with what anyone thinks that’s what makes life an adventure.

Crucible Cam

RTT Lights

 

Camp set up

Viair OBA System

Viair Heavy Duty On Board Air System

Hello From Crucible Outdoors,

Let’s talk about the VIAIR HEAVY DUTY ON BOARD AIR SYSTEM pt# -10005. I installed my Viair system in the Xterra for several reasons: airing down and up on the trail, air tools, as well for future use with air lockers. This thing is awesome it has helped me out in a few situations. For example I was headed out to my friends bachelor party, about 30 min into the drive, Pop!  a tire gave up on holding air. No big deal right? Unless the spare is flat as well, and wouldn’t you know it that is exactly what I was facing. It’s 11:30 at night and I’m sitting off to the side of the freeway trying to solve my predicament. About the time I start getting my tools out to start fixing the problem, a Highway patrol car pulls up to check in on me. I don’t know if they do that all over the country but here in Utah they do. I start talking with the officer and removing my spare tire, He was the first one to notice it was flat. Being a nice guy he started trying to figure out a way to help me get off the road and into the next town. I grabbed the air hose and chuck, plugged it in to the tank, and started going to work. I am not joking but that officer walked back over to me and chuckled, tapped me on the shoulder and said “Man what else do you have in this thing?” Naturally I had to get the air wrench out just to show off a bit more. It wasn’t 5 min later and the Officer came back over and told me he had called off the incident management truck. Telling them I was more equipped to handle the problem than they were.

We have used mine on multiple trail runs in Moab, UT as well as just in the city helping people out. There was one time I was at a gas station and overheard a women asking the attendant if they had a portable air tank or anything to take across the street to her car. Their recommendation was to go buy a new tire and take that over instead. I walked up and volunteered to drive over and fill it up, ended up pulling the nail out and putting a plug to fix the tire. She was incredibly thankful and offered to pay me for my time. To tell you the truth I was just excited to use my compressor. Having this and some of the other things that are on an in my Xterra have really made me actively look for opportunities to help others on the road and I honestly enjoy doing it.

Here are the specs from the Viair website:

VIAIR’s Heavy Duty Onboard Air System is a pre-packaged compressed air solution that provides a faster 33% duty cycle 400C compressor, 2.5 gallon air tank, and all components needed to install a working system capable of inflating tires right out of the box.

Features:
– 2.5 Gallon VIAIR Air Tank
– 400C VIAIR Compressor
– 35ft. Coil Hose with Tire Chuck
– 1/4” Quick Connect Stud (F)
– 1/4” Quick Connect Coupler (F)
– Dash Panel Gauge with ON/OFF Switch
– Pressure Switch with Relay (110 PSI on, 145 PSI off)
– Reducer: 1/8” (F) to 1/4” (M)
– 1/4” 175 PSI Safety Valve
– 1/4” Drain Cock
– (3) 1/4” Compression Fittings
– 20ft. 12-Gauge Wire with Inline Fuse Holder
– 4” Strip of Continuous Grommet Material
– Accessory Airline
– Electrical Connections

Specifications:

– 12-Volt
– Permanent Magnetic Motor
– Duty Cycle: 33% @ 100 PSI
– Max. Working Pressure: 150 PSI
– Max. Amp Draw: 28 Amps
– Ingress Protection Rating: IP67

I love having mine in the rig ready to go for just about anything. However these suckers draw a ton of power. Due to this you absolutely need to have your vehicle running when in use otherwise you will be facing a different issue.

Read more about this system on Amazon here.