Current pickup truck, a 2004 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Extended Cab
with a 3.4L V6 and 5-speed. My previous truck was great,
and I would have kept it forever, but now we need to pull a
trailer, so I upgraded to this truck with a more powerful
engine. This is the last year with this body style, before
Toyota turned the Taco into a great fat cow, wider and
longer and lower and heavier, too big for some of the
narrow shelf trails we like to take.
Previous pickup truck, a 2000 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Extended Cab
with a 2.7L inline 4-banger and 5-speed and low miles. I
specifically wanted this engine for good gas mileage,
instead of the V6. I like getting 25 MPG on the
highway to the trails. It's kind of wimpy on the highway,
but offroad gearing is excellent. And this engine is
expected to go 200K to 300K miles. We drove this one for
years, and only sold it when we needed a truck with more
power to pull a trailer.
Previous pickup, a 1994 Toyota 4x4 with a 2.4L inline 4-cylinder
engine and 5-speed tranny. Kind of wimpy, but not bad, until
some knucklehead totalled it in a head-on collision.
Before the Toyota, a 2001 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4.
A very good truck, but kind of big for some of the trails.
First pickup, a 1997 Dodge Dakota 4x4.
And before that, a 1970-something Jeep CJ5.
And several Volkswagon Bugs: stock and Baja and sand-rail.
And a whole bunch of motorcycles: Honda 500, Honda 350,
Honda 250, Yamaha 250, Suzuki 175, Honda 150, mini-bikes.
OffRoad Video Camera
Video system: A GoPro HD Hero 2 video camera.
For rough offroad use, the suction cup mount just won't
do the job. So the camera is mounted on a custom mount.
The base is a 5" diameter magnet for a ham radio antenna
(made by MFJ). A 1.5" diameter, 4" long aluminum post is
bolted to the magnet. An HD Hero flat adhesive mount is
attached to the top of the post.
This mount is rock solid, and works well on top of the
cab, or on the hood. You'll have to make your own. For the
paranoid, there is a 3-magnet mount for ham radio antennas.