GrandiOdyssey Build Overview
Updated: Jul 11, 2020
Hello to everyone from the adventure community!
Over the past year and my wife and I have been building and testing our 2019 Toyota Tacoma for an epic overland adventure around the entire world starting in New Zealand in late 2020 and ending in San Diego, CA in late 2022. We wanted to document that entire build process here from start to finish to serve as a guide for anyone attempting anything similar or people that are just curious.
Our planned route will take us through approximately 68 countries and cover over 85,000 miles in two years and should put the Tacoma through the test in all possible terrains and situations imaginable. The mission is to see the world as it truly is on the ground and how we can continue our objective of making the world a better place going forward. When selecting a vehicle and planning the build we set out with a list of requirements in order to get us around the world safely, efficiently, and in comfort.
The vehicle had to:
Easily fit in a 20ft shipping container
Be 4WD with low range with at least a rear locking differential
Have enough ground clearance and skid protection for most easy to medium off-road trails
Have enough living space for two without feeling cramped
Have creature comforts like fans, sink, refrigerator, heater, etc.
Have a living quarters powered by solar
Have at least 15 gallons of fresh water capacity with a filtration system
Be able to travel over 500 miles of range without refueling
Run on 87 octane gasoline
Average over 15 miles per gallon
Be able to carry all two occupants with all gear needed for our expedition
Have one spare rear seat for guides/ fixers
Be able to be serviced all over the world
Be small enough to drive on narrow city streets and technical off-road trails
Lightweight enough to drive safely without excess wear and tear
In the next post, we will go into detail about why chose the setup that we did and how put the build together….