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Agent_Outside: Adventures in a 4Runner Limited

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Agent_Outside, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Jun 23, 2021 at 10:49 AM
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    I see. Even if it's not a rock crawler or towing a trailer now I can see the benefit of having it especially since you live in CO and will be driving through and up mountain passes quite a bit. With as much weight that you have on the truck I could see it reducing the amount of stress on your drivetrain.
     
  2. Jun 30, 2021 at 11:21 AM
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    Is CR2032 the right key fob battery for a 2018?

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  3. Jun 30, 2021 at 11:42 AM
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    I’ll 3rd the re gear. After our trip through Wyoming I called ecgs and ordered new gears I went with 4:88 so I have room to increase tire size or add a trailer in the future. When I regeared my Tacoma it was night and day difference
     
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  4. Aug 1, 2021 at 9:22 AM
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  5. Aug 8, 2021 at 9:41 PM
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    I just came across your thread, good god man! Amazing rig/adventures! I just got a 2020 OffRoad Premium and am starting to dip my toe in the mods. I added a throttle control, upgraded the audio, remote start and I have a dometic fridge. I want to mount a slide and saw your post on your setup, have you still been happy with it? Also, I live in Utah and saw some posts that you had done, have any favorite trails/areas that you’d recommend? As far as Colorado goes, my wife and I are planning on coming out to the Estes Park area at the end of this month (August) for a concert at the Stanley. Have any recommendations for sites/hikes/OffRoad trails in the Estes/RMNP area? Any recommendations in regards to dispersed camping in the area? Killer thread and I hope to pick your brain more as I read back through all of the posts. If you come to Utah again hit me up!
     
  6. Sep 24, 2021 at 7:11 AM
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    Sorry for the super late reply, I’ve been crazy busy with moving and a new job. I’ve been very happy with my slide expect for 1 thing, it doesn’t latch when extended. It latches stowed away but if you pull it out, depending on the angle your parked it can sometimes try to slide back in via gravity, which sucks when it starts to move back and the lid bonks you in the head. I haven’t actually been to Utah, my multiple planned trips always seem to get messed up and not happen. I don’t have any particular recommendations for CO, anywhere in the mountains is filled with hidden gems. Maybe look at fire maps and avoid recent burn areas, they will be pretty barren. Sorry I missed responding before your Estes trip.
     
  7. Sep 28, 2021 at 4:31 AM
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    I’m like 100 pictures behind at this point, I’ve been so busy. But here’s a preview of what’s to come….

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    Congrats on the new job, and better you than me when it comes to moving;). Look forward to seeing how much the little guy has grown this summer.
     
  9. Oct 9, 2021 at 7:11 AM
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    This back over Father’s Day weekend.

    Stopping for bbq then camping

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  10. Oct 9, 2021 at 7:19 AM
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    Another mid summer trip that resulted in snow

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    Stopped at a place for Ciders on the way to getting my oldest son to take him to Top Fuel.
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    These 2 faces sum up Gavin’s first experience with Top Fuel cars.

    First is the look of terror on his face from a pair of 11,000 horse power blown nitromethane dragsters come by and you realize just how loud a thing can actually be… (fun fact - a pair of top fuel cars were once measured at the starting line during a race and they shook the ground enough to register as a 2.3 earthquake on the Richter Scale).

    The next face was the reaction after the initial shock of a vehicle being so loud that it blurs your vision and shakes your guts as it passes by and it slowly starts sinking in how awesome that was.

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    Hotel on the water, distillery, and road trip

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    We had a bachelor party ATV trip

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    It took 3 side by sides with winches too get Jamie out lol
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    Mountain top picnic

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    We went for a cruise around the island
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    A day trip to the mountains with some out of town friends road tripping in their 4Runner

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    T4R with the ice cream man at work
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    This little dude is out growing this bike, he’s going to need another.
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    Randomly exploring

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    We took a couple of friends out for dinner on a mountain top. There was a section of trail that someone camping actually came over to watch me drive, he had said I was the first person to try it and not turn around and go back. We definitely forgot the regulator for the stove so we winged it and used the ammo can fire pit as a grill. It came out great.

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    Beautiful pics, as always!
     
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    Awesome camping trip part 1

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    A hike with my oldest

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    From here I need to go compile some info and go through pictures, but I just got back from a 2800 mile trip across 8 states.
     
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    October 2011, my best friend was getting married in Wisconsin and I was standing in the wedding. I decided I was going to make a road trip out of it and it was pretty awesome.

    The plan was pretty casual and open ended with only a couple hard dates set. This was the basic run down:
    • Saturday: Start driving from Colorado out to Chicago and camp somewhere over night.
    • Sunday: Continue driving to Chicago and stay with my sister for the night.
    • Monday - Wednesday: I wanted to ride my old local mountain bike trail systems. Palos and Kettle were my go to places and when I left 10 years ago we (CAMBr - Chicago Area Mountain Bikers, a 503 non profit of volunteers that would build and maintain single track) had just finished the Raceway Woods clean up and cut the first 1 mile loop of dirt trail as a proof of concept for the county and land owners. It’s continued to slowly grow and expand grown a lot since I left, about 6 miles of dirt looping all around the site of a historic 1/4 mile oval racetrack in the woods. I wanted to check it out. By Wednesday night I wanted to end up at my Mom’s in Wisconsin.
    • Thursday: I had virtual meetings all day and my mom was going to pick up my girlfriend who was flying in.
    • Friday: Do whatever most of the day and end up out by my buddies for the rehearsal dinner and to get the hotel.
    • Saturday: The wedding.
    • Sunday: Leave in the morning and meet my girlfriends mom for lunch in Minnesota on our way to a camping reservation at a state park in South Dakota.
    • Monday - Saturday: Anything we wanted, no set plans or schedules, just a general plan to head west and check out some combination of the Badlands National Park, Black Hills National Forest, Yellow Stone, Grand Tetons and the Bridger-Teton National Forest regions. We’d play it by ear, go as fast or as slow as we wanted through things and see where we’d end up. No plans, no pressure.
    • Sunday: Drive home to Colorado.


    In the end things don’t always go according planned. The drive out went smooth, I camped in a state park in Iowa. When I got to my sisters her youngest was sick so I did not stick around for a few nights as intended. Rain threatened my ability to ride but I was able to hit Palos on Monday and meet an old friend for dinner. Tuesday I was up at my moms in Wisconsin, Raceway Woods got rained out. Wednesday my best friend and I hit up Kettle for a ride, his fiancé would have murdered me if I got him hurt before the wedding son it was a pretty casual day. Thursday I did my stuff and my mom got my girlfriend. Friday morning my girlfriend and I put on my fuel tank skid plate that my buddy brought to me Wednesday during our ride, it ended up in Wisconsin after a shipping snafu. Then we went out on the boat for a bit and headed out to rehearsal dinner. Saturday was the wedding. Sunday we went to the Wisconsin Dells for the morning, then met her mom in MN for a late lunch and continued along to a state park in South Dakota to camp. Monday we hiked and explored the state park and then continued our way west, stopped at a couple cheesy road side attractions and found a pretty epic spot to setup camp on the water. Tuesday we went for a hike on an island, checked out the state capital and historic buildings, then continued or way west but decided no more highways, only back roads until we hit the Badlands. We got there and did the Badlands Loop but the weather was pretty bad so no hiking. The weather kept getting worse as we went, there was a weather alert warning that it was going to be in the high 30’s, with heavy rain, 30-40 mph sustained winds and gusts of 60+ mph. We ended up getting a cheap motel in Wall South Dakota for the night and got a bed and warm showers. There’s a place called Wall Drug she had heard about as a kid in MN and we had seen advertisements for it since we crossed the state line days prior, seeing as it was in Wall and so were we, we spent the morning there before going back into the Badlands and back roading our way through ghost towns and into the Black Hills to Wind Cave National Park, the needles highway, and Custer State Park. This is where things really started to go sideways. We basically caught up to the tail end of a winter storm. Unseasonably cold nights around 20 degrees and up to 16” of fresh snow in places. We found an established campground with a electrical hookup for the night so we could run the tiny little emergency space heater in the tent overnight. From there we got up and finished the needles highway, drove past Mount Rushmore, out to Rapid City for phenomenal brunch and a DIY car wash to remove some of the hundreds of pounds of mud packed in everywhere. It was obvious the weather was not going to cooperate from there on out so we weighed our options. Western Wyoming wasn’t an option, up into Montana wasn’t a good option, we decided to just head the general direction of home. We went into Wyoming and figured we’d get to the first real(ish) town, not the one with a population of 4 that we passed, and look for camp. The plains were covered in blown snow, it was cold, it was windy, we decided to continue along. Eventually we ended up Glendo State park looking for a spot to camp with electrical hook ups again for the unseasonably cold weather but they had shut down for a season. The one option was $45 for the night to be able to plug in an extension cord in the gravel parking lot of a shitty trailer park. We opted not to do that and just continued along. We stopped for dinner and realized we were only about 2 hours from home so we chose to just call it at that point. The 4Runner rolled over 150,000 miles about 10 minutes from home. We went for a bike ride the next day then had the weekend to unpack, clean up, clean out, change the oil, wash the truck, etc.

    All in all here’s some stats:

    2787 miles, 217.21 gallons, 12.8 mpg, $703.16 in fuel

    Colorado -> Nebraska -> Iowa -> Illinois -> Wisconsin -> Minnesota -> South Dakota -> Wyoming -> Colorado

    Prairie Rose State Park, Palos Trails in the Maple Lake East, Pulaski Woods, Wolf Road Woods and, Red Gate Woods Cook County Forest Preserves, John Muir Trails in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Palisades State Park, LaFramboise Island Nature Area, Fort Pierre National Grassland, Badlands National Park, Pine Ridge Reservation, Buffalo Gap National Grassland, Black Hills National Forest, Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Black Elk Wilderness, Mount Rushmore National Monument, Thunder Basin National Grassland, and Glendo State Park.

    LOTS of pictures to come, it’ll probably be spread across the next 15ish posts, stay tuned!
     
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    October Trip Part 1

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    October Trip Part 2

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