Vehicle Check: Ryan Leech's Custom Earthcruiser & Ram Power Wagon

Aug 22, 2019
by Mike Levy  



Are you even a mountain biker if you haven't dreamed of hitting the road in some kind of home-on-wheels, bikes in tow and new trailheads in front of you? Punch #vanlife into the Google machine and you'll see that a hell of a lot of people aren't just dreaming about it - they're doing it in things ranging from full-time car camping set-ups to ultra-capable, ultra-expensive 4x4 dream rigs worth more than small yacht sporting a decent amount of mahogany.

Kudos to those who happily live out of the back of their '97 Subaru Outback, even if they can look a bit meth-y sometimes, but I'll readily admit to needing more comfort now that I'm not twenty-years-old and sucking down McDonalds ketchup packages for road-trip dinners. Sure, you only need to down thirty-three of them get five-hundred calories, but I'd much rather travel (and cook) in something like Ryan Leech's custom-made Earthcruiser GZL-400 pop-up truck camper.

He's bolted that to a 410hp Ram 2500 Power Wagon, as you do, and has been calling this go-everywhere machine his home for over a year now.
Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
The entire set-up weighs around 8,500lb, but the big Hemi helps with that.

I caught up with the trials legend and long-time Norco pro during Crankworx, and taking a closer look at his rig seemed like an opportune excuse to get away from the bustle of Whistler.


Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
Ready to hit the road. The pop-up camper helps with the fuel mileage and lets him to get into tight off-road spots that a standard, much taller camper wouldn't allow.


After considering one of their self-contained (and more expensive) Mitsubishi Fuso-based 4x4 campers, Ryan dialled it back a notch and decided on Earthcruiser's GZL-400 pop-up camper. Besides saving a duffle bag full of money, the slide-in camper approach is a bit less in-your-face, especially with the custom wrap, and a lot more flexible down the road if he wanted to change his set-up.

A truck camper needs a truck, though, and the Ram had to be purchased first.


Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
A 12,000lb winch (left) comes standard on the front of the Power Wagon. Ryan's added a bunch of skid plates and these sliders from White Knuckle (right) for extra protection.


The Power Wagon name has been around for 73 years now, and latest version is a monster of a thing that weighs 7,000lb and is as long as an adult giraffe is tall, although still a bit shorter than some other trucks out there. Despite the girth, it's made to tackle some fairly rough terrain - there's more than 14" of ground clearance, and it comes stock with 33" rubber. Ryan beefed things up even further by adding a set of Toyo M55 tires after a few too many flat tires way out in the boonies.

A lot of commercial logging, mining, and heavy-duty trucks use the M55s for their reliability, he told me, and he hasn't had a single puncture since upgrading from the stock Goodyear Duratracs.


Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
A set of Toyo's burly M55 tires have been a worthwhile upgrade, with zero flats since changing from the stock rubber.


At around 1,500lb wet, Earthcruiser's campers are relatively light compared to more conventional versions that we're used to seeing, but three-quarters of a ton is a lot of heft no matter how you weigh it. The 6.4L Hemi helps with that, I suspect, but the camper is actually right around the Ram's maximum payload capacity.

Spending a lot of his time away from the pavement, Ryan's added skid plates galore, as well as a set of sliders from White Knuckle, and an ARB twin-motor air compressor hidden in the floor lets him air-up his tires after a bit of off-roading. Most importantly, though, there's a bike rack bolted onto the back of the Power Wagon. While the North Shore rack acts as a potent rear-ender defender, it's also been modified with a longer, tilted base for an improved departure angle, and a wire shelf can hold water, fuel, or just a pair of stinky shoes that would make the camper smell like a fifteen year old boy's bedroom.


Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
A North Shore rack is ready to carry all the bikes (a bar can be added onto the left side if more spaces are needed), and the base has been modified for a better approach angle.


If you've ever been inside of a standard RV or camper, you might already know that most of them can only dream of IKEA-like build quality, and that's being kind about it. Inexpensive ''wood,'' loose fittings, and not intended for much more than a couple of old snow birds to play Yahtzee in, they're not really suited to someone with a more active, 'my hip isn't broken yet' kind of lifestyle.

Conversely, the Earthcruiser is meant for someone who's getting out there, hence the composite shell that's molded in a single piece, and the marine-like interior. There's no mahogany on this yacht, though.


Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
There's not a ton of room, but it's enough for two people who don't mind being cozy.


The big feature for Ryan, and the raison d'etre for going with a GLZ-400 slide-in camper, is the pop-up top that takes all of twenty seconds to raise by hand - there aren't any finicky electric bits involved here. It's a one-man job, and the insulated, weather-proof fabric between the fiberglass shell and its tilt-up lid is said to be good for some very cold temps and high winds. That's when the Olympian Wave 6 propane catalytic heater kicks in, which Ryan says is able to quickly replicate being inside a toaster oven.

When he needs to go stealth due to having to spend the night in a city or a less camper-friendly town, there's a second, lower bed where the table and benches are located. Ryan can sleep there without needing to raise the literal roof and draw unwanted attention to himself.


Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
With a two-burner propane stove and a fridge (left), Ryan can cook up whatever he wants to eat.

Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
Electricity is stored in two 90 amp-hour batteries.


The fresh water tank sits low in the camper - it's actually under the kitchen floor - and holds 75L, while the grey water tank will store 35L. Need it hot and need it right now? Same here, so there's a 10L tank for that as well. With plenty of rivers and lakes around, showering isn't the biggest priority (until it is) when you're camping, but there is a set-up for one inside if you have to wash the dirt and blood off yourself before crawling into bed. Pull out the rubber curtain that's by the front door, grab the extra-long kitchen faucet, and all you need is some soap. It's pretty small, but it works, he told me. There's an outside option for the warmer days, too.


Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
The fold-down bed (right) hangs from railings on the side of the camper.

Ryan Leech s Earth Cruiser
When he needs more power, Ryan has this electric carpet that he puts out in the sun.

And speaking of going to bed, Ryan needs to set it up before calling it a night by pulling out an extension panel and hanging it from hooks at each end. There's a queen-sized memory foam mattress that he lays on feet-first towards the cab, but there's not quite enough headroom for a full-sized adult to sit bolt upright while still in bed.

Living on the off-road requires working on the off-road, and that means that Ryan needs electricity and internet access for his online coaching outfit. A set of 90 amp-hour batteries and a 600-watt inverter do the trick, and the camper comes stock with two 100-watt solar panels mounted onto the roof that he's supplemented with a clever 90-watt flexible panel. The panel looks like a small yellow tarp and can be rolled up and tucked away into one of the camper's many storage ports. Connection comes via a WeBoost Cell signal booster and a Verizon hotspot that's more than enough to stream movies, let alone catch up on the e-mails that have been piling up.


Photo by Ryan Leech
I've definitely seen worse camp spots. Photo Ryan Leech


The Earthcruiser and Power Wagon have been Ryan's full-time home for about a year and half now, and he's been able to call a lot of North America his backyard during that time. The big plus of his set-up, he says, is the ability to really get out there to those spots where you'd probably be surprised to see anyone at all, let alone someone in a camper. And one thing's for sure: he isn't squeezing condiments into his mouth for dinner.


237 Comments

  • 91 4
 A cool series for @pinkbike would be more of this "van life", "bike check" but of the vehicles people travel/live in
  • 25 3
 Agreed!
  • 15 2
 #HomelessMTB is also a thing.
  • 2 2
 Yes please!
  • 21 3
 Noooooooooooo I’m so over van life. All my friends can’t fn camp under the stars anymore they just talk about how they need a van.
  • 2 1
 haha weekly van life videos or shuttle rig walk arounds! Seths Bike Hacks and the Singletrack Sampler have some good ones!
  • 2 0
 We spent the last two years traveling and mountain biking full time from our van, good times! We designed and built our van around the mountain bikes...

faroutride.com/van-tour
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades:

The PLP

Where real mountain biking happens.
  • 1 0
 @generationfourth: this... what's wrong w/ tents hahaha i don't have $50,000 for one of these
  • 3 0
 @rideitall-bmx-dh-road-unicycle: my RV is an 82 Chevy. I paid $2500 for it. It runs and it has a shower, toilet, kitchen, and 4 beds. People who convert vans are cool, but they aren't doing it to live cheap.
I am though. It's awesome.
  • 1 0
 @taletotell:

Way to roll Econo - respect!
  • 1 0
 @taletotell: Would love to see some pictures. Did you build it out yourself? We're considering doing a camper van (moving on from loading up a Rav4 and tent camping) but keep running into ones that don't have safe seating for 4 (two in car seats) and that also sleep 4. I've been looking for a few weeks at used Ram Promasters, used ones seem reasonable, but that then requires build out which I don't mind DIYing (being fairly competent with carpentry, welding, and running light electrical)
  • 1 0
 @chacou: I plan to remodel. At this point all I've done is replace the fridge with a modified chest freezer. I'll take some pics tomorrow if I can remember and save them to my profile.
  • 117 52
 I just don’t get it, what’s wrong with a van running 2.0L, why 6.4?? Everyone preaches about the environment/ ebikes / single use plastics and he’s cruising in a 6.4l diesel swigger.
  • 44 10
 It's a gas (petrol) swigger.....
  • 87 38
 He's forgoing the environmental impact of owning a home. We don't have puny 2.0L vans anywhere in N.A. If he did have a Ford Transit or Mercedes Sprinter, the payload capacity is shite and those rigs wouldn't make it to any of the off-road that sweet truck-baby does in stride.
  • 32 1
 @danny611: Both of those you mention have higher payload than the PowerWagon....but I'd agree about the offroad part, neither or going to touch a truck, let alone a PW.
  • 17 7
 Vans aren't the best overland choice. To get back into the good camping spots... high clearance, 4wd and low center of gravity are important.
  • 18 24
flag racerfacer (Aug 22, 2019 at 14:29) (Below Threshold)
 Classic BC ski/bike bro. The fuel to power your snowmobiles, chainsaws, and trucks needs to come from somewhere...

also sinking $100K into a camper, that could have bought a bunch of nights in hotels, understandable why there isn't much left to pay for a proper campsite.
  • 8 22
flag superkeen (Aug 22, 2019 at 14:38) (Below Threshold)
 2.0L is nothing when you are using cheap low octane NA gasoline in a naturally aspirated engine, the joys of weak emission regulation! I get 150hp out of a 3.0....
  • 96 16
 Yeahhh may want to be more concerned about people flying around in private jets in between their 10k sq. ft. homes than a MTBer living in a van.....
  • 43 2
 @racerfacer: It's his house, not just a camping rig. Dude has been living in it full time for a year and a half? It's paid off just from the rent he didn't pay in Vancouver.
  • 17 4
 Furthermore the max payload for that huge thing seems laughable... a tiny Amarok (in compariosn) has 2300 lbs...
  • 69 2
 @danny611: Cheers Danny, indeed my footprint has shrunk since hitting the road full time. Super simple needs in every way, and no extra rooms or garages to fill up with extra gear and stuff that's not needed.
  • 4 0
 @RadBartTaylor: Interesting re. payload capacity of the vans!... Probably explains why truck camper rigs tend to add heavier duty springs or airbags to compensate for the weight and keep it level.
  • 19 18
 Hmm - what produces less C02- an athlete living for a year in a Dodge powered by a massive V-10 engine, or living in a modest home and flying from event-to-event on commercial jets and staying in hotels?
  • 3 1
 @RyanLeech: First off sweet ride! Do you mind sharing who makes the strap you have above your sink with all of the hooks hanging off? I need a few of those for my rig.
  • 13 32
flag callumandhisbike (Aug 22, 2019 at 15:36) (Below Threshold)
 @superkeen: that's why turbo charging is used on so many vehicles around th the world. This dudes 6ltr is no more powerful than a 2.0 turbo diesel. And as for that remote camping argument, you have a mountain bike, use it.
  • 1 3
 @mrniceguy42: sounds like you need a Delica
  • 5 3
 Ram needs the Cummins in a Power wagon with bucket seats up front.
  • 9 18
flag endlessblockades (Aug 22, 2019 at 16:02) (Below Threshold)
 @callumandhisbike: Are you tryng to tell me that a 2 liter fan-motor makes more than 410 horsepower straight from the dealership?

Things are a little different across the pond. The Dodge 6.2-liter HEMI in the SRT Hellcat V8 package can make 840 horsepower at 770 lb-ft of torque - STRAIGHT FROM THE DEALER - NO MODS!


SRY it was the Demon 6.2 not the Hellcat @ 840hp
  • 22 8
 Comment forums are a curious thing... people can say the stupidest comments about the stupidest things. If you guys care that much about a single humans choice to live in a pickup that has a gas engine larger then 2.0L, perhaps you need to educate yourselves on how the environment actually works and what affects it.

Read this book - "1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created"
  • 10 3
 @endlessblockades: it's all about torque with trucks. No one cares about HP.
  • 10 2
 A 2.0 just wouldn't cut it. If anything the fuel usage would be excessive due to the excess weight of just hauling the camper. Let alone trying to get up a small hill or maintaining a reasonable cruising speed with an overworked and underpowered engine. Besides modern V8's and large inline 6's are way more economical than they were 20 years ago.
  • 6 8
 @mrniceguy42: Hmmm you just described a VW Vanagon syncro ~ No make is a Westfalia syncro and you have what he has with a smaller foot print, better mileage and several other nice things AND if it's been motor swapped with say a subie or 1.8T you have all the power you could ever want.
  • 2 6
flag streetkvnt-kvlt (Aug 22, 2019 at 16:40) (Below Threshold)
 @callumandhisbike: yeah nah A Ford Ranger Raptor 2.0 twin turbo diesel has 157kw/210hp. Gunna have to dig for a few hundred more hp's bro.
  • 8 6
 @endlessblockades: the AMG A45 S is a 2.0 and has 415hp but that's a small hatchbatch/sedan with an engine assembled by hand by a German master craftsman called Helmut who wears lederhosen.
  • 26 0
 @RyanLeech: I bet you never thought you would be criticized over your truck engine vs the positive your lifestyle brings! You probably don't remember, but my wife and I watched your trials show in Portland Oregon around ten years ago. You gave my wife a pair of Ryder's sunglasses (crazy loud lady with a hair covering and blue dress?). She still uses those sunglasses. We have watched your career for years now and always are impressed by your attitude and accomplishments.
  • 3 6
 @makripper: Yep I was describing what that block is capable of from the dealer floor and used the Challenger and Demon specs - 770ft lbs torque.

I run an anemic 1991 3.0L Toyota 4runner - I'm not a power queen.
  • 7 1
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: How many bags of cement and 4x8s can it carry?
  • 4 2
 @scott-townes: Amen dude, internet folk love to pick apart how other people live... Worry about your own lifestyle or that of the people traveling around the world on planes preaching climate issues if you're so concerned about footprints.
  • 35 10
 I'm going to agree with Mr sewer-rat here. Canada's horrible in terms of emissions per capita and set ups like this surely don't help. So many of the European pro's and privateers plod around in vans that are more spacious and efficient. Besides, surely you're not going to go extreme off roading with that thing on the back. Yeah, planes are worse, but what I'm saying is that every bit helps. North Americans just love their big as trucks, snow mobiles, jet skis etc. without giving it a second thought. I for one am going to do my bit where I can. I'd love a F150 Raptor but my 2.0 engine does just fine and I'll take electric when I can afford it. Rather that than leaving a smouldering heap of trash for the next generation.
  • 7 5
 BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME!!
  • 5 7
 @superkeen: except emission regs are higher in the US than EU.
  • 5 10
flag gticket (Aug 22, 2019 at 19:57) (Below Threshold)
 Are there secret trails in the Yukon I haven't heard about? Seems overkill for driving highways to the trailhead and camping at Walmart.
  • 11 4
 @gticket: there are loads of trails in the Yukon! Its insane! If this setup works for Ryan leech. Who cares? I don't complain about your wallpaper in your house.
  • 3 2
 @endlessblockades: none but it can possibly carry a small hammer or so I've heard lol.
  • 16 3
 It may seem ironic that a person like Ryan Leech drives a truck with a huge motor, but then it is even more ironic to treat him as an antichrist set to burn the world Big Grin I actually like that concept, a guy so kind only to mask his true personality, sucking blood of puppies, frying kittens under the hood and stuffing baby lizards into the exhaust pipe. Yes!

Stop commenting or Ryan, Jeff KW and Kirt Voreis will find you and take you to their little, secret... bike park.
  • 12 2
 @VPS13: I am concerned about footprints in all honesty, for that reason I rode local (from my front door) and try and live as ethical as possible (grow my vegetables, eat limited meat, recycle where I can, even work for a foundry which recycles rotors in to new ones). In short if people don’t want to hear an opinion then don’t open the article to comments, especially on a website that was in uproar just last week regarding the PB crew doing a Heli-drop
  • 6 7
 @WAKIdesigns: I V8 approve V8 of V8 this V8 comment V8.
  • 7 8
 @danny611: a four litre Toyota land cruiser will out perform that thing on everything but towing a masive camper.
  • 2 5
 Where can I empty the crapper?
  • 6 4
 @streetkvnt-kvlt:

Diesel = low end power. Most tractors you see in NZ are under 250hp. These things can haul.

A V8 Landcruiser making 380hp and a V6 making 300hp are gonna out perform this thing in any off road application which is what he wants it for, and a hell of allot mord reliable too. The v8 also gets 5mpg more than the hemi and the V6 could get as much as 9.

He's not towing a huge camper with him, that thing on the back won't weigh f*ck all. Look at the cruisers that Patriot Campers make, drool material.
  • 7 5
 @gticket: "re there secret trails in the Yukon I haven't heard about?"

Yes. And the likes of you won't get to know any of them
  • 1 1
 Not the Americans, the rest of the world maybe..
  • 4 1
 @TobiasHandcock: There are just a few problems with the Landcruiser here in the US. In the US it doesn't come with locking differentials, no solid front axle options, no disconnect, etc.. The Ram is just a lot more capable since all those options are stock. The Landcruiser also only gets a combined 1 MPG more than the Gas Ram. Not sure I'd give up all the goodies of that Power Wagon for 1 MPG.

@jzPV: Unfortunately the Amarok is not available for sale in the US, so it's not really an option.
  • 14 2
 @danny611: that doesn't make it ok. A Land Rover defender pickup with a double cab, and over a ton of payload, has a 2.4 litre engine. You can't argue that it's not fit for the purpose. You don't need a lot of power to get to remote places; you need ground clearance and torque. This is just posing at the expense of the environment. I get it. It's a cool truck. But the underlying perception that giant, over-engined vehicles are the aspirational norm is really, really wrong - especially in the USA - and needs to be challenged.
  • 8 2
 6.4 L and a solar carpet, doesn't make sense.
  • 3 0
 @dominic54: exactly, if the fuel prices were as high as Europe they’d soon be downsizing that power train. I still don’t get it, if a FedEx / DPD can get to it in a Sprinter / Crafter and my brother who’s a farrier gets to remote yards in a Vito then why do you need this unit?? The emissions from the friction materials alone (brakes, tyres etc) will be sky high
  • 1 0
 @vp27: finally common sense!!
  • 4 0
 @migkab:I bet you newer seen how murican charging his tesla from diesel generator.
  • 8 2
 @dominic54: The defender is not available in the US until next year. Unfortunately a lot of common European options are simply not available here in the US.

@sewer-rat: The new Sprinter gets between 15-18 mpg (less depending on how heavy the camper build is). The Power wagon hemi has a combined 15mpg, so while the sprinter is better on fuel, it's not nearly as crazy of a difference as you'd think. The US also has a lot more remote and long mountain passes that a sprinter simply can't handle. Here in Colorado alone, I can't imagine taking a sprinter onto something like Tomichi Pass/canyon creek (one of the best downhill runs in the monarch crest area). If you're looking to explore areas like Utah, you'd also be hard pressed to actually get anywhere too far off the beaten path in a Sprinter. The terrain/forest roads here are simply not as accessible or as well maintained as they are in Europe. The capability has to be a factor, not just MPG.
  • 7 1
 @FStockinger: where did 15-18mpg come from?? Double that from actual owners just here

vans.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/mercedes-benz/sprinter-2013/316-cdi

Either way it’s horses for courses, you are correct I hadn’t taken into account remote access and capability of the truck to get there. Still there must be an easier way (I always look for the cheapest and most low foot print solutions where I can)
  • 1 0
 @sewer-rat: it's american miles... mucho mayor!
  • 2 0
 @sewer-rat: Dude, but he has a solar panel! Green as a lawn!
  • 1 0
 @mrniceguy42: Unless the van is 4WD, in which case your point is nonsense.
  • 2 0
 @TobiasHandcock: we don't get the land cruiser. We in North America have awful car selection, SUV, truck, or prius.
  • 9 4
 You guys are focused on the wrong issues: Did you know that 1 cruise ship or freight liner puts out air pollutants equivalent to 1 million cars every single day? Who gives a $hit if he drives a 6.4l truck to support his livelihood....jeez.
  • 2 3
 @scott-townes: truth. Wonder how many people on here dissing have no problem hopping an international flight to ride...someplace like whistler. Keep your judgmental ignorant opinions to yourselves.
  • 2 3
 @jzPV:@ PWs arent made for max payload. They are made for versatility. It one of the most capable swiss army knives of a vehicle off the lot you can buy. Locking axles plus different axle ratios. They don't put diesel in these for weight and engine room to fit in the winch. The Amarok is laughable.
  • 4 4
 Keep downvoting me, that’s cool. The other thing that is hilarious is the people on here promoting one vehicle as more efficient than the other. All vehicles are manufactured, get it? No such thing as an environmentally friendly vehicle - including electric. So either sell your possessions and stop using petroleum based products (including your sweet carbon rig!) or stop talking out your butt.
Rant over.
Go ride bikes.
  • 2 1
 @CircusMaximus:

I agree. It's also better for the environment to continue to use an old gasoline beater than to release the pollution of the entire supply chain involved in making an electric or hybrid. Old Gen 2 4Runners with the 22re 4 banger are practically guilt-free and are cheap as hell. Joking about the last part of course.
  • 7 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Hahaha love it Wacek - Being that I have one space that is my home, a head office for a busy coaching website, and it also happens to be my transportation is not quite good enough for me to maintain that nice/thoughtful guy rep - though I never attempted to gain that image, just being myself, as I am now, and do feel like explaining/defending just a little - I only travel with one bike, and have very few possessions and energy needs, or water needs, let alone I eat mostly an organic vegan/gluten free diet sourced as locally as possible from wherever I happen to be camping. We each do our part, in our own way - and Wacek, I'm stoked one of your part is to write creative and fun comments like this!
  • 7 0
 @FStockinger: Cheers - all good info and part of my decision for the Earthcruiser/PW combo, and totally loving the unique hard to get to places I've found with it - a true dream home/office/vehicle! I can set up someone beautiful, ride my bike, and work on my business easily for 7 days in a row, no commuting, no engine required once camp is set!
  • 1 1
 @LaXcarp: one more reason to swap yours Carbon Chinese Made Us of A brand!

The thought of:
"Yes... I don't care of what I do, because their are worst cases!..."

Its just so stupid as it's Power to Liter on those V8 50s conception block
  • 3 1
 @TDMAN: OK bury your head in the sand and save the world by riding your bike to work while the world burns around you. All I am saying is don't be a hypocrite and focus on real issues such as the freaking amazon forest burning down. Most people think they are doing the world good by these small acts, but it really is to just satisfy their own ego and they should spend that same level of passion/energy on things that will actually prolong our species on this planet.
  • 1 0
 @FStockinger: So its not really a landcruiser lol.
  • 2 0
 I’d take a 3500 w/Cummins and the lockers and sway bar disconnects over the ability to have a winch built into the stock bumper.
  • 1 3
 @WAKIdesigns: If you sweds would stop being so brain washed, i think the world would be a mutch better place. It's just us stupid scandinavians that thinks the Co2 from cars is bad, and going to kill the earth.
  • 1 1
 @TobiasHandcock: I'l guess you never seen the PW VS the jdm you peps down under got ?
I have no problems outperforming the Toyota Landcruser, ore the JDM pickups, ore the Landrover on the trails. On the road il just gess you never drivven a US truck. So i wont tell you how good of a ride it is. But the diffrerens from my Audi q7 and my 2005 Ram is some.

And by seeing how you tell the diesel work, you got no idea of how the hemi in 4lo works.
  • 2 0
 @sewer-rat: The site you linked is in UK measurements. It's kinda silly, but a US gallon is not the same as a UK gallon. The UK uses imperial gallons and the US uses....well you guessed it US gallons. There is almost a Liter per gallon difference between the two.
  • 1 0
 @TobiasHandcock: Truth!!! the Landcruiser here is essentially a $85K luxury SUV with crawl control....It's a sad state of affairs.

www.toyota.com/landcruiser
  • 2 1
 A ram truck with a 2.0l hahahaha
  • 2 0
 @andydhteam: 2.0L turbo diesel would be fine.
  • 1 0
 @makripper: The Toyota Hilux 2019 has a 2.8 liters, 180 hp turbo Diesel engine, but you do not have those over there. The best pick up truck by far.
  • 1 0
 @webermtb: that's my dream vehicle.
  • 1 0
 5L V8 Cummins from Titan XD should go into Rams now. Eff that Fiat Diesel.

I6 Duramax for the 2019+ BowTie twins.

Would love a LandCruiser 4DR pickup. But we can’t have nice things in NA
  • 1 0
 @gonecoastal: no way. Nissan makes garbage in North America. 2020 ram EcoDiesel is decent. 260bhp @ 480 ft lbs of torque
  • 42 2
 I can attest that Ryan uses this rig for its intended purpose and gets out to some amazing spots in it! Nobody deserves it more than him. What a great guy.
  • 17 1
 Appreciate that hardtail party!
  • 5 0
 @RyanLeech: you should hit up Don Thuren and get your suspension done. Game changer.
  • 1 5
flag Sewermonkey (Aug 23, 2019 at 4:24) (Below Threshold)
 That hair tho. ????
  • 1 6
flag Sewermonkey (Aug 23, 2019 at 4:28) (Below Threshold)
 Not sure which is cheesier. O yea the whole mtn bike scene. 216 decade Mess. Streets Kings. 2000 CMWC 2005 CMWC. Karkilla. Momurda. We eat Factory pros. Organs first. 216 Wolfpack.
  • 1 4
 Only skill u need to learn is how to fall. No joke.
  • 19 0
 The one challenge with these rigs is how to store your bike safely when you're not with your vehicle? These rigs are so amazing and capable...but I dont know if i could ever truly relax or be fully mobile without a place to stash the bike safely.
  • 6 1
 I’m sure he can take off front wheel and put inside when he’s not with vehicle.
  • 3 2
 Just got to carry extra insurance that's all.
  • 4 1
 I traveled all through the west coast of Canada and the States with two bikes on the back of a VW Westy. I used a u-lock between the rear wheel and seat tube with a cable to the front wheel, as well as a Kryptonite Fahgettaboutit chain from the front triangle to the frame of the vehicle to lock everything down. I think what helped the most though is I modified a swagman bike rack cover to work on my Fiamma rack, so while it was obvious there was bikes on the back, you couldn't see what they were at all. The van was parked and unattended all over some notoriously high bike theft cities with never an issue.
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 @michaelasnider: dont come to BC lol your bike would be stolen in any city in 5 minutes
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 @makripper: "I traveled all through the west coast of Canada..."
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 @ThisIsDan: you must have a shit bike then. People are always getting their bikes stolen around BC.
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 @makripper: take it easy. im just pointing out hes done his thing in BC
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 @makripper: I live in BC. Bikes were a Kona Process and a Specialized Era. Thanks for the heads up though.
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 @michaelasnider: you got lucky.
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 #onelesssprinter
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 Never printers.
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 @cyrways: Honestly, I hate printers so much. OUT OF INK AGAIN?!
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 @mikelevy: "Error - job Held for unknown reason"
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 I got a new Cummins for 50k Canadian and a sweet older Bigfoot camper with wood stove for 5k . no need to spend 100k . I've spent the last 2 year's living in it with my dog . loving camper life
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 Yeah you could get a totally liveable setup for a lot less, but this is cool!
  • 16 8
 These comments make it very apparent most PB'ers don't know shit about vehicles more specifically their powerplants. While it would have been better to load up a cummins truck, everybody saying he is an idiot for not having some commie built 2.0 liter van should try and pull grades running 8k GVW in said 2.0 liter rigs and come back to the comments.
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 I really love his RLC videos. They break down everything in details that YT videos just don't come close. My only regret is that I waited too long to join.
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 Glad you appreciate them, soooo much time and care go into creating the courses - and indeed the community is growing and the learning vibe is contagious! Cheers!
  • 7 0
 I lived in a camper in the Seattle area for a long time. I was working as a contractor and had a storage locker for my tools. And a pass to the ymca! Paid off my debt, saved some serious cash too!

Homeless? Maybe...
  • 8 2
 See a lot of these from a lot of the youtube guys out there, and honestly it's just so cool.

Ryan, if you don't mind me asking, what does something like this run price wise all said and done? Keep wanting to pull the plug and start a project like this.
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 The truck camper alone starts at about $30,000 US.

earthcruiser.com/our-vehicles/earthcruiser-mod
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 I'm going to guess that it's just under/around $100k, basing that off my buddy's shop truck he built for around $130k I recall him telling me juniperoverland.com/portfolio_page/2015-ram-3500 the truck alone is like $50k ...sweet rig no doubt
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 @chacou: Is that price including labour for someone to build it, or home built?
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 95 K approx including bike? lol
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 @sherbet: in my buddy Chris' case Juniper Overland is his shop/business, so when he told me that he was probably just quoting parts, not labor costs. It's like $50k Ram to start with, and then the suspension and electrical upgrades add up fast. He lent us a Tacoma they built up for trade shows, demo, etc. for a Moab trip last fall and I recall he telling me it had like $10k worth of lighting and electrical upgrades on it. It had the AT Overland flip topper w/ Nemo tent, really nice setup, much better than sleeping on the ground with a 3 and 5 year old in a cheap Coleman tent.
  • 2 0
 Check out campovrlnd.com. These dudes make solid base options to build your custom camper from.
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 @pdxkid: Jesus take the wheel. ??????
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 @chacou: my house was 84k as foreclosure. Rich white kid stuff here. 110%
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flag chasintrails (Aug 23, 2019 at 9:53) (Below Threshold)
 @Sewermonkey: damn you live in poverty no wonder you're such a clown
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 @chasintrails: Jesus man, be less of a prick.
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 @sherbet: no. Shit. Right. Tuff guys drop too. Real quick
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 @chasintrails: P town where hipsters go to b cool. Weak coast it's called. Homie
  • 1 0
 Most cost effective option would be buying a used truck and box camper online. Plenty of things out there to suit your needs without breaking the bank, then modify as you see fit.
  • 6 0
 Ryan Leech is an inspiration. I watched his 'Art of Trails' DVD countless times back in the day.
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 Very cool, Mr. Leech! I value the environment very much, and make efforts to maintain it properly. Energy use is simply part of life, not something to fear or hate as we've been taught to do. And, responsible and reasonable efforts to be more efficient is also a vital part of life. Whatever happened to allowing others to make life choices and us making our own, so long as they don't directly or somewhat directly impact someone else negatively (don't give the whole existential butterfly effect stuff to rebut me, unless you just want to talk about it because it's very interesting lol).
  • 5 2
 The power wagon he uses has a light payload because of off road duties has 4.56 gears in the axles and lockers(think arb) in the axles and 33s. The power wagon doesnt have a diesel in it because the engine would weigh to much. 1500 lbs is max for the bed 9000 towing. The standard 3/4 ton diesel truck has road tires and a 3000 pound bed capacity towing 16000. This is why the truck doesn't seen to hold much weight. It is made for offloading rather than hauling. I have seen the power wagon get around 10 mpg loaded vs the 6.7 liter diesel getting about 18. Truck has a off road purpose and unless you are talking a wrangler Rubicon. Its the best option for a stock full size truck
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 This is the truth^^^. We have a 2500 Cummins Diesel (which is a beast towing our 12,000 pound 37' toy hauler with 18 bikes) but it just offroads like poop. You can 4 wheel it anywhere, but the ride is rough and the diesel trucks actually ride better pulling big trailers. I can pull 85 going up Donner pass and the thing doesn't flinch, but off road is not the intended purpose of the Ram 2500/3500 diesel trucks.

Still, I'd love to put a Earthcruiser out back. Those are pretty awesome.
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flag Sewermonkey (Aug 23, 2019 at 4:47) (Below Threshold)
 Full size trucks equal Go nowhere but wide dummy trails. Narrow trucks go anywhere. Plus I don't give a hoot if I break branches and scratch my paint. Cause it's a truck. For a man. Who does work. Ps. Who pays to learn a skill? Not where I'm frum.
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 Cspringsrider@ you can set the suspension up for off road and still tow/haul and no way the 6.7 gets 18 mpg with all that emissions crap!
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 @TrailcraftCycles: I drove my Cummins diesel up the telluride power house road!
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 This guys is to nice to be a real human
  • 4 1
 Do you guys get Iveco over there? They build very capable 4x4 vans if you can get your and on one. Ideal platform to work from for off road van life. Just look for 'Iveco daily 4x4 off road' on youtube.
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 Nope. Aside from Ford, Dodge and Chevy diesels found in HD pickups and vans, the only other common large vehicle with a diesel is a Sprinter. The closest thing to an Iveco that US market got was the Mitsubishi Fuso or Isuzu NPR, which are more of a commercial vehicle and take a lot of imported or specialized parts to use offroad. US Forest Service builds out big International trucks for offroad personnel carriers, and the military surplus has similar products but again, not exactly comfortable.
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 @kusanagi72 I wish!!! Those things look so cool. The US has the worst vehicles.
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 I have a Defender 130 myself, but this is very cool too (if you need something a bit more modern) www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAKXgWfbTnY
  • 3 1
 an interesting article. I run a slide in camper with my '74 Power Wagon. a smart way to go. Mine has a 5.2L,...not near as much horsepower as Ryan's but loads of torque to get up, over and thru all kinds of stuff..., lots a clearance with just the original factory 3 1/2" lift.
and...bonus....the truck has no sensors or ecm's.
  • 4 2
 @mtb4life29 I am a ase certified car mechanic and mountain biker. I agree most people on here dont know much about cars. I think all these comments are gold. More car reviews so we can get all the europeans panties in a wad lol. They are just jealous they are stuck in clown cars while we have cowboy Cadillacs
  • 7 3
 Cummins in manual with a full sized camper makes more sense then a hemi pop up . lol
  • 2 0
 No more Cummins + Manual after 2017... Frown
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 @gonecoastal: lucky me then i got a 2017 in manual Smile
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 @DHsender4life: Nice

I’m looking at either a 3500 MegaCab w/Aisin or a 2020 Sierra AT4 Duramax as my next vehicle.
  • 1 0
 In the UK here the VW transporter is really popular, various petrol or Diesel engines up to 200bhp, which is fine for a van, but I’ve always wanted them to do an off road version, and always thought it would sell well. Still awesome truck, even with the ‘I couldn’t give a s###’ engine.
  • 1 0
 They do a syncro. 4wd and with a decent tyre swap (the main reason most things are shit off road), they're golden.
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 @hoop-smasher: always wanted a vintage T25 synchro. don't see so many of them these days.
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 Thanks for sharing your rig with us and your videos are excellent. I have never been happier to be back on flat pedals. Keep up the good work.
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 It's the not just a camper, but my home, and Head Office for RLC my online coaching site - and stoked to hear you're happy on flats, woohoo!!
  • 6 2
 I'd love to live the van life, but I like shitting in the same toilet more.
  • 1 1
 You can probably count on a $40k camper having a toilet of some kind. Even if its just one of the hitch mount toilet seats, at least his truck can let him shit in solitude!
  • 2 0
 @PHeller: So he has to unload his bikes, take off his custom North Shore bike rack, put on a toilet seat and then shit in solitude? Hope its not an emergency duece!
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 @PHeller: Does a Ryan Leech shit in the woods?
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 @sewermonkey. I would never wheel a full size rig myself I have a 1984 4runner on 33s way more capable than any full size on the same tires. But I also just pitch a quick tent. I have grown up in colorado I know all about sketch trail and rocks. Wouldnt have it any other way
  • 2 0
 People of PB for the sake of all things good in the world - please stick to bikes and as far away from vehicles as possible. Most of you are the people that put diesel in their gas tanks.
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 BTW, this is how they do in Canada Alberta.
Just look into Alberta Oil Sands.
Having a Gaz Eater really reflects your mindset and lifestyle, so once more THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU!!!!!


media.treehugger.com/assets/images/2011/10/tar-sands-before-after.jpg
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 Sweat rig!
  • 6 0
 Probably.
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 i mean it looks like there's lots of ventilation when you pop the top & open the windows. i'm sure it's fine.
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 Awesome rig but Payload is tight with these PowerWagons. I bet he is overweight by a bit. Gas is by far the way to go, most intrepid adventurers are getting away front diesel due to the complexities of the current diesel engines and the fact it's can be difficult to find ULSD south of the US border.

The current gas/petrol engines are generally less problematic than the diesels and have higher payload capacities by several hundred pounds since the gas engines weight less.
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 @RadBartTaylor payload is lower on the powerwagon than on a regular 2500 due to the off-road suspension set up, so the camper max's it out, but to help stabilize for hwy and to better level the rig I added airbags on the rear shocks, made a big difference.
  • 2 0
 @RyanLeech: sweet rig....I saw it at BCBR but sadly missed your yoga class. I've been meaning to sneak over to Bend to look at these in person.
  • 5 3
 Just saying a trailer is way way way! cheaper and you get way more space. I know van life is trendy but for real a trailer off craigslist just seems more logical.
  • 9 1
 Trailers suck super bad for exploring off the beaten path.
  • 2 0
 Except if you are someone who frequents Vancouver Island (which I believe he is). They ding you good for length on the ferries, no charge for over-height!
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 @pdxkid: Depends on how you like to do your trips. I knew a guy that toured USA with a dirt bike and a enclosed trailer which he lived out of, he would just park and leave the trailer at a campsite or somewhere at the bottom, load up the bike into the truck, go ride, come back, and then have a nice spacious place to live in with more amenities.

The only thing that really sucks with a trailer is stealth camping, but if you are willing to live with that, they are a much cheaper for what you get compared to vans.
  • 2 2
 Sweet rig! You must be doing some serious wheelin' to justify the power wagon over a 4x4 sprinter. I know they are stupid trendy but... Probably cost about the same with a mostly diy build. Better fuel economy, inside secure bike storage, more space, no pop up(better for stealth camping) and easy access to the back in bad weather. Trade off is not having anywhere near the off road capabilities. So ya, you must be gettin' way out in the Bush with that beast. Enjoy it.
  • 2 1
 The 4x4 Sprinters dont get the MPG of the 2wd variants (still better than 6.2l gasser), and typically need a lift, tires, aftermarket winch and bumper to be comfortably capable offroad. On the scale of dragging low street car (1) to rock crawler (10), a lifted/modified 4x4 Sprinter is still only a 4 or 5 while the Power Wagon is probably closer to a 7...bone stock.
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 @PHeller: Ya, I know there is a trade off in off road capabilities between the sprinter and PW. Also the 4x4 sprinter empty, stock, is rated at 20mpg and the Ram is rated at 13mpg. Loaded down like RL's he is probably getting closer to 10mpg. Also the Ram has 4.10 gears so highway speeds are not going to do you any favors in the fuel economy department. Great for rock crawling though. To justify a 6.4 Hemi (not 6.2) over a 3.0 turbo diesel he must be doing some serious wheelin'. I just thought it was an interesting choice, but it's his to make. And cheers to him for living the dream.
  • 2 0
 Forget the truck, I remember Ryan as THE best, most creative trials rider in the late 90's early 2k. I hope he is still killing it?
  • 2 0
 Well, if you're gonna be homeless, do it in style! If I were young and single something like that would certainly be tempting if I could somehow swing it!
  • 2 1
 4x4 van with more space and a smaller diesel engine woukd make it for me. Im not going to race it off road. Its juat like to different motorhomes in usa and europe. Efficiency does not seem to be important in USA.
  • 1 0
 Soo. Your MB sprinter and Ford Van is using how mutch on the miles when its loaded up like this. And no you cant even take it to the gravel roads loaded up.
  • 5 2
 departure angle, not approach. That thing is cool
  • 4 0
 The life.
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 Om mani padme hum. Ryan Leech, You are an inspiration to us all.. cheers and namaste mate.
  • 1 2
 My 95 Yota with a 22re modded for a grand total of 9k maybe. 4 banger LC Engineering header. Custom exhaust. Short ram intake with K n N filter. 1up rack with cap and 8 ft awning. Does 100 in 4wd. DIY. If you don't have scars on yer hands then I can't help ya bro.
  • 2 0
 36,000 just for the pop up camper.......I guess it is true sometimes. If you have to ask-you can't afford it.
  • 3 1
 Looks a bit like a waste of space, weight, money, fuel and power for what it is. Doesn't really look that convenient either.
  • 1 2
 After seeing this comment board. Europe is realy a fucked up place. with a load of shithead's living there. When you belive so mutch in the lie that co2 produced from humans, will kill the earth of, you need to sit down and wounder if the life is worth living...And if it worth it, you need to stop crying over poeple gettingt a truck that gets 1,5L Petrol in the 1 metrick mil, when you should know the D-max, Amarok, Navara would get the same ore more with the same setup. If you then mean that poeple should not get tho choose what they like, well congratz. Your now on the same level of poeple that wishes bikes out of trails, those that dont want downhill to be a thing couse of people getting hurt.
  • 4 2
 no one gonna mention the "cashew milk" in the fridge....WTF!
  • 3 0
 huh. what about it?
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 @PinkBike more of these please!
  • 3 2
 Every time a 6.4L truck starts, an angel gets its wings. I approve of this message.
  • 2 2
 The only thing better than reading PB comments, is reading PB comments about non bike items... Thanks PB. And please take a class on the difference of Horsepower and Torque.
  • 2 0
 New word for the day, 'meth-y' lol.
  • 1 0
 So where do you put your bike at night? Being from where you're from please don't tell me you leave it on the rack.
  • 1 0
 What a awesome guy. That's actually so cool. Probably what I would be doing if I wasn't diabetic.
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 No Cummins?!
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 Not available in the Powerwagon, the winch interferes with the inter-cooler.
  • 4 2
 @maxyedor: Good catch. I'd rather have an aftermarket winch and the best diesel motor ever.
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 gas has better payload as well.
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 @gorideyourbikeman: yup I agree I’m not sure I’d be bragging about dodge truck engines either especially the diesels
You want reliability you want Toyota period
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 @R-bear: 10+ years ago I'd agree, new ones, not a chance, they are all very similar. Tacoma uses the Camry engine for gods sake....
  • 3 0
 @RadBartTaylor: Not a Camry engine! That engine is for babies and grandmas!
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 @R-bear: Maybe 20 years ago, but the current crop of Toyota trucks have just as many, ore more issues as anything else out there. I don't know anybody with a 2nd gen or newer Tacoma who's made it to 100k miles without major repairs. Mine has had 4 sets of leaf springs, 2 sets of front hubs, 3 AC fans, complete lower control arms, a starter motor, complete idle air bypass system, fan clutch, wonky transmission issues they can't diagnose, the dash is peeling, steering wheel is cracking, paint is peeling, and it hasn't held an alignment for more than 10k miles ever. Only have 135k miles on it, and making it to 200k will probably involve a few thousand bucks worth of additional parts.
  • 2 0
 @maxyedor: My 2013 Tacoma is about to reach 100,000 km and absolutely no issues. I have just changed the springs (no coils, just gas 5100 series springs) and regular maintenance. That’s all. Toyota is still pure reliability here. I will be changing it for a 2021 Hilux diésel 4x4 next year. It is sweet and more mileage/eco friendly (4 cil, 2.5 L engine) ????
  • 3 1
 @gorideyourbikeman: Gas has better payload? What are you on?
  • 4 3
 It's nice to see a build that is not a Sprinter van.
  • 2 1
 N/A engines truly are garbage. Turbo chargers FTWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
  • 4 4
 OKAY
we seen emopeds, douche boats mxbikes, MB commercials, rally cars,
Now it’s time for smoker doushe truck.
what next??
  • 1 0
 "Fear of a paved planet" great little reference, love it!
  • 3 6
 Thank you for using your underpower gas eater to go around places to ride your BIKE! Thank YOU NORCO FOR SUPPORTING SUCH RIDERS! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! PS - Please continue... I've eared Antarctica and Arctic has cool trails beneath all that Ice and Snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And who even CARES ABOUT WILDERNESS WHEN WHAT WE NEED IS TRAILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 5 2
 Eeesh, aggressive comment. Hopefully you live in a cave and use absolutely zero of the earth's resources. If you do, then your comment makes sense. If you don't, you're just as terrible as everyone else out there regardless of your paper straws, bicycle commuting, and high horse Wink
  • 2 2
 @mikelevy: Compared to that +6l gaz engine... yes, I do live in a cave.
Car average Consuption is around 3.8l/100km, +/- 74.3mpg

A car with over 20years... that has made several trips, twice in the Atlas.

You don't need a 6.4 gas truck... has you don't need a cave to desacelarate earth degradation.
At this point... just be moderate.
  • 2 0
 @TDMAN: You have a new follower, man! One of the things that I deeply dislike of our "beloved" mountain bike communities is the hypocrisy regarding the environment. We use trails to mountain bike and many, if not most of us, deeply appreciate the mountain/forest/desert/jungle or else environment we ride in, but when it takes time to be self-critique or to support any environmental issue -such as the hypocrisy of riding a 6.1 liter, ridiculously oversized, unnecessary vehicle IN ORDER TO mountain bike- then we either bitch about it or remain silent. Well said bro! Huge respect.
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 @TDMAN:
This crazy consumption annoys me too! So I killed myself yesterday. Much better now.
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 6.4 f*cking litre "RAMMMMM POWER WAGGGGGON". Mind, body and flow of emissions. There's just no excuse. One big fuel-guzzling inferiority complex..
  • 1 5
flag endlessblockades (Aug 22, 2019 at 16:09) (Below Threshold)
 You just can't buy such in machine in the Isles.
  • 4 1
 If it´s the right tool to go to the places you want, it is ok.
A VW California that you use only once a year 2 weeks for camping and the rest of the year for just driving to work is not any better.
  • 1 1
 Agree. We all gun b riding bikes soon nuff Solar ????????????. As Rome fell, so shall we. duh
  • 1 0
 wack thats its a Hemi
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 It's nice and all, but I will stick with my VW Vanagon Westfalia Smile
  • 3 2
 One Word....SWEEEET!Smile
  • 1 0
 Wow nice!
  • 1 0
 Nice truck!
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