Yotahome - Current Setup (Regularly Updated Page)

The Yotahome - Current Setup

This page stays updated with the current setup of the 3rd Gen 4Runner that I live out of! Hopefully this list can give you some ideas for what you'd want in your own camping/overlanding/pit sleeping setup. Links to products are affiliate links. Torture Test Magazine will earn a commission on sales resulting from these links.

The Truck Itself:

  • 1999 Toyota 4Runner SR5 RWD


    This here truck currently has a whopping 304,000 miles on it. That's 489,240.576 kilometers according to Google, which sounds to me like a lot of kilometers. I have crash-landed it off of several jumps and have always been unsuccessful in breaking it. Lately, these trucks have become "overlanding" favorites, because people realized it's not fun to break down in the middle of a desert. These things don't break down like a domestic. They simply gain character as they age. This one has a lot of exterior character because it has been parked outside throughout its entire existence. However, internally, and mechanically, it is completely fine. I wish it would blow up (explosively) so I could justify getting something newer, but it just keeps going.

    Here's what I have for this truck:

  • Rexing V1 Basic Dash Cam 1080P - Available on Amazon

  • Hulkman Alpha 85 Power Bank and Emergency Jump Starter Pack - Available on Amazon
  • Hyper Tough 12v Air Pump - Available at Walmart
  • Jumper Cables - Available on Amazon
  • Slime Flat Tire Repair Kit - Available on Amazon
  • 12v Socket 150w Inverter - Can't seem to find the exact one anymore, but there are plenty on Amazon.
  • LED Rope Light (lines the frame. Rodents will not attempt to nest in a well-lit area.) - Available on Amazon
  • Passenger Seat Removal - Four easy bolts and it comes right out without a hassle. It is very easy to fit through the door, and it's not heavy to lift out. Opens up a ton of room in the vehicle and allows me to have an excuse to deny people rides lol.
  • Safety Net (super helpful in preventing projectiles) - Available on Amazon (says it's for a Heap but it fits fine in this 3rd gen using carabiners and tie down soft straps)
  • Rear Seat Bottom Cushion Removal - 4 easy bolts and both rear seat bottom cushions come out to allow my 80" mattress to lay flat across the entire back of the truck.
  • Rear Window Bug Nets - Available on Amazon
  • 80" Long Memory Foam Mattress - Available on Amazon (it's the Twin XL 6". It's not always available. 6" is a good height as it will match the wheel wells pretty neatly.)
  • Haul Master Drop/Rise Adjustable Ball Mount Hitch - Available at Harbor Freight
  • KYB Gas-A-Just shocks/struts - Available on Amazon (Rear shocks) (Front struts)
  • AC Delco 45H2131 Rear Springs (These are the part for 4WD, 16" 3rd Gens. They are one inch longer than the originals in a RWD, 16" 3rd Gen. They did provide a slight increase in ride height in the rear.) - Available on Amazon
  • Air Lift Helper Springs - They only cost me $28 for the kit on Amazon, so keep them added to a watch list to snag deals! - Available on Amazon
  • BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A 265/70R16 - Can't find these anymore.
  • Union Safe Company Portable Safe - Available at Harbor Freight
  • JEGS Rooftop Cargo Carrier - Available at Amazon
  • Pittsburgh Two Foot Breaker Bar - Available at Harbor Freight
  • Katchy Bug Trap (what a life saver!) - Available on Amazon
  • Water resistant, breathable spill protector for mattress - Available on Amazon  (yeah, it's queen size. It still works fine, just have to tuck it in under the mattress)
  • Reflectix window covers - Material available on Amazon
  • External windshield reflective shade/snow cover - Available on Amazon
  • A big sock filled with desiccant beads for passive humidity control - Desiccant Available on Amazon
  • Battery Powered Lantern - Available on Amazon

Large Items/Bins Inside the Truck:

  • Jackery Explorer 500 Power Bank, Solar Generator, and Pure Sine Wave Inverter - Available on Amazon
    • With POWOXI 100W Solar Panel - Available on Amazon
    • And POWOXI 60W Solar Panel - Available on Amazon
    • And 20ft 8mm DC extension cable - Available on Amazon
      • Note, this extension cable requires the slightest modification to work with the Jackery's input port. Just take a pocket knife or other blade and trim back the rubber insulator at the end of the cable a tiny bit until it makes a good connection with the jackery.
    • And 8mm DC parallel cable - Available on Amazon
      • Note: These two POWOXI solar panels in parallel are the secret sauce for quick charging the Jackery 500 off of solar. My charge rate with these in parallel is 99 watts. Look at a lot of Jackery 500 solar charge tests and you'll see people either struggling to hit 65-70 watts of input, or reaching the over-current limit which causes a shutdown of the charge controller. This setup seems to be the sweet in-between that charges fast but doesn't over-do it.
    • And a 14ft 12V DC extension cable in case I want my refrigerator even further from this whole power setup - Available on Amazon
  • Food bin: This Husky Waterproof Sealed Storage Bin - Available at Home Depot
    • Contains my foods of choice lol.
  • Ridgid 22" Stacker Toolbox - Available at Home Depot
  • Ridgid Small Stacker Toolbox - Available at Home Depot
    • These two toolboxes connect together. Pretty handy to be able to connect and disconnect them depending on how I want to store/transport them.
  • Selectable Dumbbells - Available on Amazon
  • 12v Refrigerator - Available on Amazon
  • Computer bin: I re-built my editing rig into one of these Husky 12 Gallon Storage Bins. It has been working pretty well - Available at Home Depot

  • PC Monitor: LG 32QK500-C 32-Inch Class QHD LED IPS Monitor - Available on Amazon
    • I originally kept this thing protected in an ARCO transport case, but it was taking up too much space. I then built a protective covering for the monitor out of plywood and microfleece.
  • Clothing bin: Another Husky 20-Gallon Waterproof Sealed Bin - Available at Home Depot
    • I keep a large sock filled with desiccant beads for passive humidity control in this bin. Without it, my clothing wouldn't stay fresh smelling. It didn't smell awful but it didn't smell like clean, fresh laundry. The desiccant sock made a HUGE difference - Desiccant Available on Amazon
    • I always use tea tree oil in my laundry. This is something I learned during my time in Army training. If you take your just-dried laundry and stuff it right into a tight area/container like your ruck sack (or this sealed bin) it will smell a little funky after a while. Treating it with tea tree oil during the wash prevents this from happening at all. It's a neat trick. - Tea tree oil available on Amazon
    • I found "detergent sheets" to be wonderful for this lifestyle. They basically don't take up any room, there's no chance of it leaking or getting powder everywhere, and it has been working well to keep my laundry clean and nice smelling. As long as I'm doing mobile living, I'll never go back! - Available on Amazon
  • 6 Foot Folding Table - Available at Walmart
  • 10x10 Pop Up Canopy - DON'T GET WHITE LIKE I DID. This thing has sucked mostly because it doesn't block any sun. Using a pop up canopy as a shelter hasn't gone very well. Great for using in the pits at the races though! - Available on Amazon
  • Cooler bag - Can't buy the exact one I have, but the quality is poor anyway. Just find a better one virtually anywhere.
  • 80L Dry Bag - Available on Amazon

 

Items Inside the JEGS Rooftop Cargo Carrier

Items Onboard the Harbor Freight Trailer