Overlanding Road Trip Setup

I get a lot of questions from people about overlanding and my road-trip setup for this overlanding journey called America By Twilight.

So, I thought I’d post a bit more about the “ABT”rig and my overlanding setup.

My shot location for tonight and very first shot with the new Sony A7S.This is me via overlanding at the Abo Ruins in Abo, New Mexico.

Night Photographer’s Dream Overlanding Setup

Up front is a 2014 Subaru Outback with H6 Boxer engine. It’s got everything to go wherever I want to go and is complete with full-size spare, farm jack, shovel, 12ft. ladder, and Rigid Industries LED flood/spot combo light bar. All of this is on top of the Yakima large cargo rack.

The lights are controlled from a toggle switch on the dashboard.

The Outback has had electronic brake controls added, a sway bar, and transmission cooler.

My living quarters and office is in the back: an 18ft. Aliner Expedition pop-up hard-sided A-Frame. It’s got running water, fridge, heater/AC, stove, shower/toilet, queen bed and my office area.

Coming out of Fisher Tower in Utah. love overlanding!

Overall, it allows me to roll anywhere I want, even in backcountry. While overlanding, I can be completely off the grid for over a month, with dual deep cycle marine batteries, dual propane tanks and soon to come, solar panels.


My setup even has indoor and outdoor speakers and bluetooth stereo which I use a lot with my iPhone to control.

twilightscapes todd lambert

In addition to the inside shower, there is also an outside shower which comes in handy to hose things down, or for taking nude showers out in the middle of nowhere. Lastly, there is also a propane access port and there is a “sidekick” BBQ unit that attaches to the side rear. I use this a lot to make toast and grill up quick burgers and what not. Life in the field, doesn’t have to be harsh! It’s certainly not 5-star accommodations, but the views can’t be beat!

overlanding night photography

I’ve successfully managed, living in this through Colorado snow storms, Utah sandstorms, Oregon rainstorms, you name it, this setup has not failed me yet.

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