Building my Nissan Xterra Pro-4X for Off Road Overlanding

Update March 2016
We’ve since sold our Xterra and upgraded to a Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition, You can see our updated Build Plan here.

I originally got my 2014 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X back in September 2014 brand new off the lot and on a lease.

4×4 Overlanding was never a thought, but hiking and camping was. I knew that we liked to spend a good amount of time in the mountains, and getting to the mountains and driving safely, comfortably, and of course in a bit of style required an off road capable truck.

Fast forward one year and here I am planning my build to turn my stock off road capable truck into a serious off road beast.

But before we get too ahead of ourselves, lets talk about some goals and reasons why I’m starting this major and not to mention expensive project.

Creature Comforts

I recently watched a Youtube video series about a group of friends that ventured out into an overlanding expedition. Their video series is called Expedition Overland, and it’s pretty much the best Discovery Channel type show I’ve ever seen not on Discovery.

The things these guys did in the show, I just thought were never possible. They weren’t even a thought in my mind of what overlanding could be, or even was.

First and foremost, it’s off road. But not just so you can drive in some mud and cross a few rivers. The goal is to get to a location in a vehicle that normal vehicles simply can’t do.

Best of all, each of their off road vehicles we’re basically setup like a mobile living station. Equipped with onboard tents, kitchens, storage, you name it.

When Megan and I go on adventures, we like to bring the comforts of home with us.

Having the ability to camp on our trucks roof in a tent with a 2.5″ mattress and a organized kitchen setup in the back of the truck would make them so much more desirable, comfortable, and best of all more convenient.

If its convenient, that means it’ll happen more often.

We both live incredibly busy schedules and having everything we need in the truck ready to go is very desirable.

Off the Beaten Path

One of Megan and I’s dreams is to be able to go someplace where we can be without the noise of people. No campgrounds, no busy trails, just the two of us and the great outdoors.

We love to hike and camp, and we’ll still do that. But being able to get there in a truck is a whole new adventure in itself.

Creating a “base camp” for adventures out in the middle of nowhere would be a dream come true, and after watching Expedition Overland, I knew that we could totally make that a reality.

The Plan

The build will be expensive, and will have multiple challenges along the way. We’ve already started planning how the build will happen and what were doing first. We’ve broken it down into phases, which I’ll be going over in a future Offload 4×4 post.

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Thanks for reading our first 4×4 post, we’ll be posting a lot more content here in the coming months as we start to build and plan our rig and adventures.

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Question: have you ever dreamed of building your own adventure rig, if so what kind of creature comforts would you want on it?

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