Why did you upgrade to a Landcruiser?
For payload and towing capacity -plus it’s a V8 - and the car weighed a lot. I wanted the car to be at least as heavy (or heavier) than the caravan we were towing.
When we did Cape York in 2017, all we saw were 70 series Toyota Landcruisers, so figured that spares would be easy to come by and people in remote areas would know how to work on them. We’d been told by lots of other people they were a bulletproof car - plenty of power and towing power which is exactly what we need for our fulltime travels.
What modifications have you done to the Cruiser and why?
Okay, so you may need to grab a chair…. as this is a decent sized list!
Catch can - stop dirty oil getting into the inter cooler
Fuel filter - to prevent dirt fuel wrecking the engine
Diff breathers - to stop water going into the diffs when doing water crossings
Aftermarket exhaust and dump pipe - for cooler exhaust temperatures when towing
Remapping- gives extra torque and power for towing the van
Heavy duty clutch - stronger for towing with
AirMax Snorkel - Increased ain’t glow and for water Crossings
GVM + GCM upgrade to carry more payload
Reversing camera - linked to both back of car and back of caravan
Slotted disk breaks - to increase breaking power
Steel winch bar and side steps for vehicle protection
Winch for recovery purposes
Lightbar and spotlights for extra night vision
Airbag suspension - ease of levelling heights for towing
Almac 12v winch boatloader - for ease of raising and lowering tinnie
16x8 spider alloy wheels made for 70 series - because they have a +50 rear alloy because of narrow tracking diff
265/75R 16 Hancock MT tyres - affordable for off-road use and to match caravan tyre size so all spares are interchangeable
Ctek dual battery system - runs the fridge and lights in the 4wd
UHF & Celfi phone booster - for communication
Dashcam - record potential accidents/hazards for insurance purposes
Redarc EGT/boost and outside air temperature gauge - to monitor vital engine temps
Waeco 10L centre console fridge- mainly for CUPHOLDERS and storage
Gearstick extension and window armrest - for driver comfort
iPad with extension arm holder - to easily view navigation
Custom made rear draws - storage
Engel 40L fridge on fridge slides with cage - ease of access and additional food storage
Onboard compressor- easy inflate airbags and tyre pressures (see video below)
Storage cage - stop loose objects falling on the kids seats
Custom made roof console - extra storage
Black duck seat covers - comfort and easier clean/waterproof
Safety Dave TPMS - monitoring tyre pressure and temps
Pressure gauge for airbags and toggle switches - inflating and deflating as required
Reflective solar shields for rear windows - reduce heat and for privacy
Extra USB ports - charging devices
Anything you HAVEN’T done that you want to?
I don’t think so! I do have other ideas for if we end up upgrading to a different vehicle in the future - but we have everything we feel we’ll need for safer and more comfortable travels in this rig.