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The Dolphin RV, built in the 1970's until early 1990's, cornered the market on small, affordable, and practical recreational vehicles. As a young couple who loves the outdoors, we knew this fit our needs perfectly. After looking for a few months on classified ads all over Southern California, we finally found one less than 20 miles away!  Our new 1990 Dolphin was in very good shape, but was still very much a remnant of the past. We made the decision to renovate and it ended up being a much larger project than we had imagined. It started with a complete removal and replacement of the crusty old carpet. After the painstaking removal of an endless number of staples, we managed to rip all of it out. Our next dilemma was painting the interior. It was the midst of summer, we live in the high desert, and the RV had old wallpaper that came off in pieces so small that The Sistine Chapel would have taken less time to complete. Thankfully, we found some oil-based paint from the hardware store that, when applied in two coats, completely sealed and filled any memory of the ugly wallpaper. We also repainted the cabinets to finish the white-on-white clean look.

In a competitive industry where profit and productivity often supersede innovative design, it can be difficult to find a company willing to risk pushing the cookie cutter molds aside, to build a truly unique and high quality product. As it turns out, the City of Colorado Springs is home to one such company; Hefty Fabworks. Chris and Dan Hefty have been building innovative armor solutions for Toyota trucks and SUVs for 9 years now, and their popularity is growing like wildfire. While lead times can be a little long, they are definitely worth the wait, as these men and their highly skilled crew put profit margins by the wayside and quality engineering to the forefront. I’ ve personally been 4 wheeling with these guys, and trust me when I say they are willing to push the envelope to find any improvements that need to be made before final products are released to their customers. Their newest and ongoing project truck, a 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road, is no exception of the creativity and skill they possess.

My Wife, Dog and I drove the Pacific coast from Baja, MX to Chile, then crossed over to Argentina and Uruguay in our 2001 Toyota Tacoma. We Slept in our roof top tent and cooked on the tailgate, traveling for 16 months. Surfing was one of the highlights of the trip; these are some of our favorite spots.

I love rally racing. For me, it’s one of the most intense forms of motorsports out there. Drivers with nerves of steel are bombing down narrow dirt roads at break-neck speeds, sliding sideways around corners, and executing hand-brake turns on a dime. They pilot a variety of vehicles in several classes across the countryside in hopes of turning the best times on various rally stages. Frankly, rally car drivers—and the rally cars—are pretty incredible.

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It nearly 50 years ago in January 1967 when the first official SEMA show debuted under the grandstands of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.  At the time, the show featured 98 booths and approximately 3,000 attendees.  It was not until 1977 when SEMA moved to Las Vegas where it’s been growing rapidly ever since.  Today, the four-day event attracts more than 140,000 attendees and over 2,400 exhibitors from all over the world.  

It’s back! After a year-long hiatus, while the team at Toyota tinkered away in their lab, the 2017 model year is bringing back the TRD Pro Tacoma. I am sure, if you are anything like me, that when Toyota announced the package earlier this year you poured over the release with a fine-tooth comb to see what goodies would be included. Although the updated Tacoma flagship brings with it several factory-installed upgrades, keen observers will have noticed the Bilstein shocks and struts found on TRD Pro Tundra and 4Runner were replaced with new TRD-tuned equivalents from Fox.

Late Summer, 2016. 0600 MDT. Williams Family + Hema Map Patrol Expedition. Day 0.

With over 22 years of military experience, I tend to ... over think things. Add a project that's been 2+ years in the making to my amazing (and very understanding) family and we have the beginning of one amazing adventure.

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