The Vehicle

After much deliberation, consideration of local options in Canada, our own preferences born of previous overland vehicle travel and discussion with some who had gone before us, we settled on a truck/camper combination. We purchased a ( then ) new 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab 4×4 ( near identical twin to the Chevrolet Silverado ) and mated it to a ( significantly customized ) new 2015 Outfitter Caribou Lite 6.5 pop up camper.

So far, with the inevitable minor annoyances, we are happy with both. The truck has ample space and power and importantly has the payload to handle the camper and all our ‘stuff’. We have been using them both for regular camping over the past 4 years to tweak them for overlanding suitability – for those really passionate about ‘details’ see below for how we modified the vehicle and camper for an overland trip ( still in progress by the way ! )

Vehicle Modifications:

  • Rear seats removed and custom drawer system installed with 1500 watt inverter and USB/12v/120 volt outlets
  • 2” Leveling kit
  • Black on black Mayhem Warrior rims
  • 275/65/18 Toyo Open Country A/T 10 ply tires
Drawer system – 2nd spare tire was for Dempster/Dalton highways only
Spares and tools
Driver side – additional storage drawers and camping gear

Camper Modifications:

  • Cabover extended 12” to provide ‘north/south’ sleeping layout
  • Camper roof height raised 2” to get thicker bedding (5.5” vs standard 4”)and enable us to sit up in it when the roof is lowered
  • Relion Lithium 100 A/H battery installed
  • 2×100 watt ‘flexi’ Solar panels installed ( one removable )