June Events

Rigs & Coffee has expanded to multiple locations. Here is our list of events for the month of June.

Meets

Time: 10am – 12pm
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June 8th –
Portland, Oregon – Wanderlust Overland

June 15th –
Bend, Oregon – EarthCruiser Headquarters

June 15th –
Lubbock, TX – Fly Wild Outfitters

June 15th –
San Diego, CA – Auto Anything

June 22nd –
Agoura Hills, CA – Front Runner Outfitters

Trips –

June 29th – 30th
Big Bear, CA

Education: GAIA Training

Our April meet brought out over 60 individuals looking to learn more about GAIA Navigation from a highly qualified navigation expert;

Cody aka: Xpedition_America

Cody is a USMC veteran with over 20 years of navigation experience. During his time as a Marine, Cody led vehicle navigation while riding point. In addition to being a US Marine, Cody trained the Mexican Marine Corps in navigation. Currently, Cody leads live navigation classes on Instagram and many events as well as adventure trips through the American Southwest.

Make sure to follow Cody and if possible, join in on many of his weekend adventures – Learn more by Clicking Here

If you were not able to make it to the training or are looking for a recap on what was covered, we have assembled the following video for you.

Explore more in Education Here

Discount on GAIA Navigation Here

Rec-Con Montana – 20% Off Tickets

We have teamed up with the Montana Outdoor’s Foundation and RecCon Montana to bring you 20% off to the RecCon Montana convention July 19-21.

RecCon Montana will be the first event of its kind to bring together all aspects of outdoor recreation; Overlanding, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Conservation, and more. The event will be held at historic Fort Missoula in Missoula, Montana. If you have never been to Montana, you have no idea what you are missing. The Missoula area is home to some of the best trails and trout fishing in the country; if you’ve ever watched an X-Overland video then you’ve seen the beautiful trips they take throughout southern Montana.

Join Rigs & Coffee along with other exhibitors at RecCon Montana. Meet and greet with great retailers and recreational experts during the day and camp with us during the night. RecCon Montana promises to be an amazing event and a great experience!

To purchase tickets visit www.recconmontana.com
20% off Discount Code: RIGSCOFFEE

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Portland Meet – May 11th

Rigs & Coffee has officially expanded to Portland, Oregon. Home to great music, great beer, and an expansive landscape to travel, it wasn’t going to be long until we added a Portland meet. Please join us for the first ever, Rigs & Coffee, in Portland.

Rigs & Coffee will be hosted at 4 Wheel Parts in Tigard, Oregon on Saturday, May 11th, from 10am – 12pm. Immediately following Rigs & Coffee, the team will be heading to the PDX Overlander’s Vendor Fair at Migration Brewing in Portland.

The Rigs & Coffee Portland team is headed up by Ian & Cameron.
Ian – instagram: iansosmart
Cameron – instagram: pdx.taco

Gear Review: Camp Chef Summit

With numerous choices, a wide range of costs, and personal preference…how can one possibly choose a stove. For many us, it is trial and error run to finding the right setup. However, in this review, we will try to provide enough of an opinion to help you decide if the Camp Chef Summit is the right stove for you.

How We Use It

After having run a twenty year old Coleman stove until it finally gave out it was time for an upgrade. The Camp Chef Summit was the replacement chosen and after a year, it keeps burning strong. The Summit offers one of of the highest BTUs on the market; two 20,000 BTUs/hr burners. This translates into a quick heating ability for making everything from coffee to pizza to steak.

A primary factor in a stove in addition to heating ability is the ignition switch system. This is one of the only stoves left on the market that still offers a turn style ignition system instead of a push button. Why is turn-style ignition important? We are usually lighting these stoves on a camping table or a tailgate making for a less than stable stand. Pushing a button to light may cause the stove to slip off its platform resulting in your eggs on the floor and a broken stove. The turn style ignition system is a much safer option and may just save your bacon.

The Summit has a nice latching system to ensure locked closure and an optional carrying case to keep your car clean during transport.

Pros:
– Very reliable
– High BTU burners
– Turn knob ignition
– Dual burner

Cons:
– Price $159.99 (add $15.00 for case)
– Fuel knobs are a bit weak

Conclusion
After testing the Camp Chef Summit for over a year in varying conditions, elevations, and temperatures, we expect this to stay in our arsenal for the long run.

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Rig Spotlight: The_Startrek

A man looking to clear his mind, a mind that has a love connection with Subaru. Chad loves being outdoors and loves Subarus. So when it came time to select his weapon of choice, a Crosstrek found its way into the garage. Join us in this week’s Rig Spotlight, as we showcase Chad’s 2014 Crosstrek.

instagram: @The_Startrek

Why do you overland?
I overland because it’s a great hobby that allows you to clear your head

What’s your background?
23 y/o dad learning how to build my own rig as I go

Where are you from?
NEBRASKA where I help rep the Mtn Roo Nebraska crew

Most important thing you have learned?
It’s better as a group

Tips for people just getting into Overlanding?
Getting stuck is half the fun

Make/model of rig?
2014 Subaru Crosstrek Premium

Why did you choose that rig?
Huge Subaru fan, wanted something unique

Upgrades, What parts? Why?
Method 502’s
BFG K02’s
Rallitek 1.2″ lift and springs (3inches total)
Lots of light bars and LEDs
Custom made 3/16th aluminum skid plate
Curt Tow Hitch
RallyArmor mud flap

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April 27th: Next Meet & GAIA Training

On Saturday, April 27th, we will be hosting our next meet and GAIA training at Front Runner Outfitters. The meet will run from 10-12 and will include a detailed, GAIA 101 training held by Cody, AKA: Xpedition America.

instagram: Xpedition America

Cody is a 20-year Veteran with the United States Marine Corps with two combat deployments in in Iraq and Afghanistan. His position was in the point vehicle and lead navigator in his platoon. In addition to his service, Cody has instructed the the Mexican Marine Corps in in navigation and patrol. Today, you can follow Cody on Instagram as he leads people on adventures throughout the American Southwest. We are honored to have Cody leading the class.

We will also be raffling away prizes from GAIA. There is no cost to enter the raffle but you will need to wait till after training for the winners to be announced.

GAIA training will begin promptly at 1015am and conclude at 1130am with time for Q&A. Join us after the meet at Twisted Oak Tavern where you can enjoy a beer with Cody and friends.

If you do not currently have GAIA, you can purchase with a discount via Rigs & Coffee by clicking here. Let us know on Facebook if you’ll be attending.

RecCon Montana donated a pass to their event!

We will be giving it away!!!

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Rig Spotlight: Hike It Dirty

What do you do when your last kid goes off to college? Sell everything and go on a never-ending adventure. After raising two children and pouring their lives into their work and community, Rob and his wife are ready to hit the trails again; on foot and 4-wheels. Join us in this week’s Rig Spotlight, as we learn more about HikeItDirty and their purpose-built 2018 Toyota Tacoma.

instagram: @HikeItDirty

We have dove the Bloody Bay Wall in the Cayman Islands, and backpacked the John Muir Trail (JMT).  With our last kid off to college, we hope to enjoy time together exploring and adventuring before becoming grand parents.   We sold our house, our vacation condo, a 1963 Chevy Nova Resto Mod and downsized into a simple apartment.

“Hike It Dirty” came from something we said almost every day on the JMT.  It became our motto for not only the trail, but life.  We would say it when something didn’t go as planned.  To us, it reminds us that life is messy and at times you have to “embrace the suck”.  Don’t get preoccupied with perfection, plans, and outcomes.  Life is a collection of stories stitched together to illustrate your life – an adventure.  Often life like adventures has pitfalls, challenges and, yes, even calamity.  These challenges are the texture of life and define your character. 

We have always loved backpacking and plan to do the Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada) in early 2020.  When we finish the trail, we want to continue exploring.  We love camping but like to be far away from crowded campgrounds. Naturally, this led us to overlanding.  It seemed like a perfect way to get outdoors, camp, and explore far away from the crowds.  The Tacoma was the perfect platform.  Inspired by several builds (Mike at Last Line of Defense, Max Powell, Jillian Rebekah, and several others), we began building our Tacoma.  We found Saints Offroad in Glendora who understood our vision for the build, had everything we needed and a talented group to do all our modifications.  The build can become an obsession at times.  We have enjoyed the evolution and are now eager to get on the trail.  We love Moab and are hoping to do a spring trip with a stop in Ouray, Colorado.

Vehicle
2018 Toyota Tacoma Off-Road – Quicksand

WHEELS\TIRES\SUSPENSION
Stealth Customs Ray 10 Wheels – Matte Dark Bronze
BF Goodrich KM3 Tires – 295/70/R17
Total Chaos Upper Control Arms
Body Mount Chop
King 2.5 Inch Front Coilover Shocks with Adjustable Dampaning Control Reservoirs – 25001-119A
King 2.5 Inch Rear Shocks with Adjustable Dampaning Control Reservoirs – 25001-121A
Deaver Rear Leafpack – Medium Duty with Add A Leaf with Custom 

RACK\TENT
Leitner Designs Active Cargo System w/ (2) Gear Pods and Bed Stiffeners
Free Spirit Recreation High Country 55″ Roof Top Tent
RotoPax Gas and Water Cans
Relentless Fabrication Tail Gate Cover


ARMOR/RECOVERY GEAR
CBI Offroad 3rd Gen Tacoma Bolt-On Rock Sliders
C4 Fabrication Low Profile Front Bumper with 30″ Light Bar Cutout
C4 Fabrication High Clearance Rear Bumper with Swingout and Drop Down Table
Warn VR10-S Winch – Factor 55 Flatlink
Maxx Trax
Hi-Lift Jack
Krazy Beaver Shovel

LIGHTS
Cali Raised Side Projecting POD Lights (Ditch Lights) and Brackets
Cali Raised Amber Fog Lights
Cali Raised 32″ LED Light Bar (front bumper)
Switch Pros SP-9100 8-Switch Power Panel System

MISC
Cali Raised TRD Pro Grill w/TSS Sensor Cover
Trasharoo

COMING SOON
Front Runner Cab Rack
Sprint Booster
Nitro Gear 5.29 front and rear
C4 Full Skid Package

UPCOMING TRIPS
Moab, Ouray, Joshua Tree, Mojave Road

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Figueroa Mountain Recap

On April 6th and 7th we lead a group of eight rigs for our first community overland trip. We headed north to Figueroa Mountain above Los Olivos. We drove the West Camino Cielo to Refugio Rd trail. Like all Rigs & Coffee Trips, this was family friendly. We dispersed “wild” camped.

On Friday, a few of us headed up to secure our preferred campsite for the group and get an extra day of camping. On Saturday, David and Owen lead a caravan from Front Runner Outfitters. The caravan took Camino Cielo along the Ridgeline en route to the campsite and arrived in the afternoon.

We got lucky with the recent rains and the fire restrictions were lifted which resulted in some great campfire cooking and conversation. We enjoyed home cooked meals from steak and tri-tip to various deserts. The clouds rolled in from the coast in the evening and we were fortunate enough to wake up in the morning and be above them with a stunning view.

Dudes Coffee donated a few bags of coffee for the trip and we brewed the coffee for the group in the morning. We all enjoyed nice, hot cups of coffee while getting ready to start the last day of the trip. Some people took advantage of the rock formations and decided to do some climbing, while others took advantage of the poppies in bloom and did photography. Of course, there were three dogs which meant some dog walking and play time.

The sunsets every night were fantastic and the starts were incredible. We are exited and can’t wait for the next trip in May to Kennedy Meadows!

If you have yet to add GAIA Navigation to your arsenal, visit the link below to download. Once downloaded, you can download the GPX (navigation route) by clicking the button below.

                                                          


Journal: Al’s Family Adventure to Moab with Patriot Campers

On this trip we took our families from Southern California to Utah and back during the week of spring break. We drove our Toyotas with the Patriot Campers in tow. We spent nights camping along the trails and seeing the major landmarks of the area.

Our kids had spring break. We picked them up from school and headed out straight from there. They seem to love it when we pick them up with the rig and hit the road. 

Our first stop was The Mojave Desert for camp. We arrived a little late, about 11:30pm, due to an unforeseen detour. The next morning, we headed to Bearizona in William, AZ. It is a nature preserve where you can drive through and view the animals in the wild. Later that day we found camp off Shultz Pass near Flagstaff AZ. Sunday morning headed to Valley of the Gods making a side route to Comb Ridge Trail.  

On Monday we headed to the top of the La Sal Mountains in Utah. We finished the day by taking Sand Flats Trail down to Moab.  We couldn’t find camp there so our back up was to find camp close to Chicken Corners Trail.  On Tuesday we took the Moab Jetboat Tour on the Colorado River. After that, we explored Arches National Park and took the only off road trail in the park. Don’t remember the name but its directly across from Balanced Rock. High clearance and 4×4 low is a must for this trail. 

On Wednesday we did a zipline with Raven Zipline Tours.  After that we packed up base camp and headed to Chicken Corners Trail. We camped at the catacombs which is a beautiful spot! On Thursday we packed up and headed back to Valley of the Gods.  We found a new camp spot. On Friday we arrived at the Grand Canyon and found camp at Hull Cabin Road in the Kaibab National Forest.  It was an easy logging road with beautiful pine forest and lots of free space for camping.  There were a couple of wildlife watering holes along the way. On Saturday we spent one more relaxing night in the Mojave Desert and then went home on Sunday.

Our trip was roughly 1900 miles total.  We were on dirt for about 120 miles and on pavement for about 1780 miles. The trip was a total of 9 days in length. La Sal mountains was the highest point. We had about 12,000 ft of total ascent. The temperature range was low 20’s to mid 70’s. We drove our 2018 Tacoma TRD Off Road long bed pulling 2017 Patriot Camper X1 GT. My buddy Armando was in his 2014 4Runner Trail Edition pulling his 2017 Patriot Camper X2.

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The highlights of the trip for us was watching the kids have fun ziplining, riding in the jetboat and seeing the wild animals in Bearizona. It is hard to narrow down a specific favorite place of the trip. However, if I had to pick I’d say the La Sal Mountains and Chicken Corners Trail. More specifically the catacombs.

This trip we learned to stay away from the main street in Moab. It is extremely busy and finding a free campsite near the town is very difficult. The Patriot X1 just reminded me how well built and efficient it is. We had to build a base camp for two nights in Moab because we had activities scheduled but other than that we set up and packed every night in a different location. Having that option means a lot to me especially since I travel with my family. On the trail it just goes and it soaks up every bump. We have never had an issue with battery power and we did not need to add water in the tanks until day 6. If the four of us didn’t have to shower it would have lasted the whole trip but I don’t think my wife would have let that happen. When we got home we were beat. We backed the trailer into the garage and dealt with it the next day. I can’t express enough how happy we are with it. We did not have any issues or trail repairs with any of our equipment. Everything functioned as it should and held up great to the trail abuse associated with the off road trails of Moab.

Grub: Our strategy for food and meals is when we are on the go we keep it quick and simple.  Sandwiches, hot dogs, and things of that nature.  When we had time, we cooked steak and tri tip.  However, we are fortunate enough to have a friend who owns Ansaldo Sausage Company and they make some mouth-watering Argentine Sausages. 

All of our gear proved useful, but there is one piece of gear in particular that I may need to look into; The Front Runner Water Tank. The Patriot X2 only has one water tank but my partner for this trip had the spare and it made a real difference.

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We saw wild animals at Bearizona which had wolves and bears. The one night he stayed in Flagstaff we had a good size cat rubbing up against the tent while we were in bed.  Never saw it but noticed the paw prints in the morning.

This was a great trip to be able to take our family’s on while being able to put all our gear to the test. We are already planning our next trip out and cannot wait to hit the trails.

Story and Photos by Al Velasco

instagram: @TKM_Adventures

You can direct message @TKM_Adventures with any questions regarding Patriot Campers

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