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Posted: Apr 25, 2017

Toyota Trucks on the Morrison Jeep Trail

Two well-equipped Toyota Tacomas owned by Sean Jennings of DefconBrix.com and Tyler Pelfrey of Pelfreybilt.com seek out adventure on the Morrison Jeep Trail. The 2,000 foot climb up 27 switchbacks in the Wyoming back country leads to some magnificent scenery. They test their trucks and gear along this well-known trail while facing some treacherous terrain. This is what overlanding is all about.

Two well-equipped Toyota Tacomas owned by Sean Jennings of DefconBrix.com and Tyler Pelfrey of Pelfreybilt.com seek out adventure on the Morrison Jeep Trail. The 2,000 foot climb up 27 switchbacks in the Wyoming back country leads to some magnificent scenery. They test their trucks and gear along this well-known trail while facing some treacherous terrain. This is what overlanding is all about.

We caught up with Sean Jennings about this trail and his truck.

Q: Tell us about yourself and how you got into overlanding

A: I am absolutely an outdoorsman and even a prepper in my own way, so I wanted to build a capable vehicle for backcountry trips and getting out of town quick. Once I started building this truck it all fell into place. It fit perfectly with my lifestyle and my goals for the build.

Q: Why did you choose a Toyota Tacoma over other vehicles?

A: The proven reliability was the main reason for choosing the Tacoma, especially when I was about to have my first kid. Originally the plan was to add a basic lift and upgrade the wheels and tires, but after about six months the modification bug bit me and everything changed. This truck has the result of a lot of hard work and late nights; it has even opened doors to numerous opportunities, friendships and adventures I would have never dreamed of.

Q: What modifications have you made to the truck?

A: The modifications are too long to list. Everything from the suspension to the stereo has been swapped or upgraded. It’s an incredibly capable truck that still does duty as my daily driver. Some of the highlights are the Pelfreybilt bumpers and skid plates, Total Chaos long travel kit, Fox Shocks all around, ARB Lockers front and rear, and my CVT Rooftop tent. If you want to check out all the details on my truck, you can visit my blog here. The second truck is owned by my close friend, Tyler Pelfrey, who coincidently owns Pelfreybilt Off-Road. Details on his truck can be found here.

It has undergone a few updates since the video was shot and as you know, you’re never completely finished with building a vehicle. There’s always a new part or update you want to make. I think that’s what makes working on cars and trucks great and awful all at the same time - something catches your eye and you need to have it.

Q: In the video, you took your truck on the Morrison Jeep Trail. What was that experience like?

A: It was truly an unforgettable trail. The opportunity to go out and test our vehicles in such a picturesque place is what I love about off-roading and overlanding. There’s so much to explore and being able to do that, while enjoying your truck and the company of your best friends is unbeatable. I was fortunate enough to be able to bring my friends Tyler, Matt Pilon and Adam Malone who are all off-road enthusiasts as well.

The trail itself starts off easy, but once you begin the ascent to the summit, the trail is full of tight switchbacks and turnouts are few and far between. As you climb, you quickly realize just how small you are in this part of the country. Miles and miles of horizon and mountain tops stretch as far as you can see and the absence of other vehicles makes it all the more impressive.

This is definitely a trail that I recommend and will be revisiting soon.

Q: What's the next step for you and the truck?

A: I don’t think I’ll ever be done with this truck. Recently, I added a new set of Rotiform wheels and have taken a couple more trips into the backcountry. Most of the trips I take are with my close friends and family and this truck has been a great platform for that. The adventures are definitely the highlight of owning this truck, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say so was building it.

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