Rig Spotlight: Awel_Overland

With an absolute passion for travel, photography, and adventure, nothing stops Owen from enjoying life. He approaches his trips with an open mind and his finger firmly against the shutter, ready to capture anything from the mountains of California to the wild Reindeer of Iceland. Join us in this week’s Rig Spotlight, as we learn more about Owen and his Jeep Wrangler.

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Make/model of rig?
2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon…6-speed manual πŸ˜‰

Why did you choose that rig?
One day, I was driving home and saw this FJ cruiser that has a few mods and thought man, that looks badass! Then a few days later I saw a Jeep that’s fully decked out and told myself, OK, I’m getting one of those. I want that! A week later, I sold my Honda Fit and bought a Jeep JKU and the rest was history. I do quite a bit of outdoor activities and I needed a 4WD more than anything. This fits me really well and have been really happy with it.

Why do you overland? 
I enjoy camping and being outdoors. that’s basically it. These days a quiet place is hard find and overlanding brought me that. Being in the middle of the forest, nothing but the sound of cool breeze and animals, is such a luxury nowadays.

What’s your background?
I do computer drafting and design for a living, basically, I draw. I enjoy snowboarding, rock climbing, and cruising with my longboard.  I really like road trips. anywhere outside metropolis/city areas.

Where are you from?
Been in Oxnard, California most of my life.

Favorite trip or location?
There’s a couple that really stand out. Iceland was great. Ireland to Scotland, and Jasper National Park all the way to Banff National Park. All these are driving and camping, no hotel stays.

Most important thing you have learned?
Planning ahead and packing what you need. Learn to not over pack especially when you’re limited with space.

Tips for people just getting into Overlanding?
Planning ahead and having a back up plan. Study your routes. Understand that things don’t always go as planned and that you have to be open minded. As an example, I took my friends with me (they’ve never done overlanding) to Utah and Arizona. We planned to camp inside Bryce Canyon but it was a government shutdown at that time, there were no campgrounds open. So I asked the ranger where’s the nearest public land and went our way. Driving through unplowed snow roads, questionable look from my friends of “is this safe here”.  I had my GAIA GPS but sometimes it’s good to ask someone that is familiar with that area. 

Build List

Electrical and Recovery

  1. ARB twin air compressor
  2. Off-road Genesis dual battery
  3. Warn Zeon 10S winch
  4. Hi Lift jack
  5. Maxtrax
  6. Rotopax 4 gallon gas storage
  7. Baofeng UV-5R hand held ham radio
  8. Cobra 75WX CB radio
  9. SPOD switch relay and panel
  10. Firestik 2’ antenna with front runner antenna mount


  1. Rock Krawler 2.5” X-Factor
  2. Fox 2.0 adjustable reservoir
  3. Fox ATS

Wheels and Tires

  1. Method MR105 17×8.5 Matte Black with Bead Locks
  2. Nitto Ridge Grappler 35 12.5×17


  1. Kargo Master Safari Congo cage with Cat Walk
  2. Barricade metal front bumper
  3. Smittybilt metal rock sliders
  4. JCR crusader metal rear bumper and tire carrier
  5. Frontrunner Slimline II roof rack
  6. Frontrunner 1.4 Awning
  7. Tepui Ruggedized Kukenam rooftop tent
  8. Super Ray 50” lighter


  1. Dometic CFX40 Refrigerator 
  2. Teraflex tailgate table

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