Salt Flat Sunrise

This article comes to you courtesy of  truck enthusiast, overlander, adventurer and photographer, Martin Reginato.  TAP saw his Tundra build and wanted to pass it on to you.  So, enjoy, make your wish list, and TAP into Adventure!

I grew up in the middle of Patagonia in Argentina. It’s an untouched, almost  virgin place with lots of lakes, valleys and the beautiful mountains of the Cordillera de los Andes. The Rocky Mountains are part of the same family. Utah, Colorado, and Montana are geographically very similar to my beloved Patagonia.

Hell's Revenge, Hot Tub- Moab Utah
Hell’s Revenge, Hot Tub- Moab Utah

Going overlanding with my kids is the best way to teach them the love for outdoors and our planet. I began building my Tundra in 2008 after a trip to South Africa. While I was there, I fell in love with rooftop tents and began looking for one to buy in the states as well.  My kids call our tent “the tree house”.  I have 5 kids, and found a CVT  tent big enough for my whole family.  That’s all you get of me.  The rest of this is pictures of my Dakar Tundra and a list of modifications. There’s a video to check out as well.  By the way, I named it Dakar Tundra because one of my dreams is to run the Dakar Rally.  It may be a long-shot, but hey, all dreams are possible!  Enjoy!

Sand Hollow Utah
Captured by drone at the Bonneville Salt Flats- Utah
Captured by drone at the Bonneville Salt Flats- Utah

After market additions include:

-A supercharged TRD with Bully Dog chip
-A Viper alarm system
-16″ TRD power brakes
-An aftermarket, custom-made alternator with 5 batteries (4 6v)
-A Goal Zero solar panel with a 2500w inverter
-A Volant intake and snorkel
-A Corsa exhaust system
-An Alpine 9″ nav and amplifier with 2 10″ subs
-A 5 camera system with a 7″ monitor, one in each corner plus 2 in the back. One for the undercarriage will be installed next month. All from California Audio
-A Uniden CB radio
-A Leer shell with a roll cage and 2 seats
-An ARB fridge
-A HornBlasters dual air system for power tools and train horns 🙂
-A 47 gallon Transfer Flow fuel tank, and 20 gallon  water  install (in process)
-A Rhino rack with lots of exterior leds lights!
-A Road Armor front bumper
-A custom rear bumper and tire rack is being built by Estate Automotive
-12,000 lb. Smittybilt winch with synthetic rope front and rear
-50,000 lb Big Bubba Ropes
-mud tracks
ARB front and rear lockers
-4.77 Nitro Gear: front and rear
-Heavy duty Viair airlift rear airbags.
-37 x 13.5 x 20 Toyo  tires
AMP research power steps
Pro Comp 6″ lift stage two with coil overs

Capturing the fading Milky Way over Salt Flats Utah.
La Sal Mt. Moab Utah
Moab Utah-Where the pavement ends, the fun begins!

I would like to extend a special thanks to:

Alan and Jin from California Audio, Dustin & Woody from State Automotive, Bobby Culpepper of CVT Tents, Jared from Competition 4×4, Ryan and Cole from 4WheelParts Performance Center and most importantly, to my beautiful wife Veronica and children, Julie, Isa, Nate, Ethan and Josh.

You can check out my Instagram account:dakartundra
Facebook: DakarTundra

I made this video on a trip to the Salt Flats in Utah.

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New York born to SoCal via Puerto Rico and San Francisco, partner in crime and co-founder of The Adventure Portal, Lori has over 15 years experience in partaking of adventures in the American southwest, primitive camping, hiking and exploring in her Rubi. She welcomes new challenges and is always pushing the envelope of adventure in her Jeep.