My Jeep Build Out

Because of my recent posts about my roof top tent on Facebook some people have been asking about my build.  I bought a 2015 Wrangler Sport in June of 2018 with 55k miles. It’s my second Jeep and my first Wrangler.  In the fall of 2018 I started camping with it and camped with gear I already had.  Late in the fall of 2018 I decided to do a six month mission trip in my Jeep to do outreach to the homeless in 30 cities and overland between each city. The take off date was June 6th of 2019. Majority of the build was done in the spring of 2019. Prior to the build I did various test trips with my Jeep to Quebec, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Niagara Falls, Tennessee & Key West.  After these test trips I knew exactly what was needed for the build.  From the beginning of my build it was always about making sure gear would not go to far above the sidewalls of that cargo area so I could overland with the rear windows out or the top down. 

I’m a Pastor and my Jeep is equipped to do church services without needing 110v power. On my 6 month trip I did church services in Alaska, Skid Row (LA) and Key West.  So not everybody needs all the gear I have. 🙂 

The trip was a complete success and returned December 1st. I did outreach in 46 cities and gave out blankets, hygiene kits, food and clothes to the homeless in cooperation with Jeep and off road clubs in each city. Roadtrip was over 27,000 miles and I visited 34 states. No major problems with the Jeep and I saw some pretty rugged terrain.  I lived in the Jeep for 21 days on my way to Alaska from Denver. The only thing I added during the trip was a Superchips Flascal, Garmin InReach Mini, SureCall Cell Boaster and 2 traction tracks. 

Most of my build is because of very generous friends, family, donors and sponsors. Thank you! 

Here it is...

Garvin Expedition Roof Rack with cross bars, ladder, wind deflector & 4 light brackets 

Garvin 66703 Rear Trail Rack with 56 Quart Plano Storage Trunk

Smittybilt 2788 Roof Top Tent with Sertapedic Superior Full Mattress Pad to supplement foam pad. Wired with 12v & 2 USB ports.

ARB 814301 Brown 4' Awning

ARB 37 Quart Fridge / Freezer with wireless temperature monitor 

BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 Tires 

EAG Rock Crawler Rear Bumper

EAG JJKFB001 Front Bumper custom tire cover with insert for city

Smittybilt X2O 10,000 lb Winch with remote, synthetic rope, shackles, tree saver & 8 ton snatch block 

Auxbeam 7" 80W Round Off-Road Lights 

Cowone 7 LED Headlights 

5 - 4” LED Light Pods on corners of rack & backup light 

Rugged Ridge Left Pillar 4-Switch Pod

Genesis JK Dual Battery Kit

2 Deep Cycle Optima Yellow Tops

POTEK 1000W Power Inverter

Hizpo Android 9.0 Headunit 6.2” Touch Screen with DVD, GPS, Wi-Fi Bluetooth & back-up camera 

JBL GTR-102 100W Amplifier

Soundcraft Ui16 12 Channel Bluetooth Controlled Sound Mixer

2 Soundstream WTS-8B 8" Wake Tower Speakers mounted to roll bars 

Nady 200 Channel Receiver & Cordless Mics

Garmin InReach Mini 

Superchips 3571 Flashcal F5 Tuner

Panlong Bluetooth OBDII Diagnostic Scanner

Cobra 75 WX ST CB

102” ProComm Whip Antenna 

Midland HH50 Pocket Weather Radio

SUAOKI Jump Starter P6 800amp

SureCall Cell Phone Booster

Apple iPad & Android Tablet 

Canon 7D DLSR with Power Grip, 50mm, 24mm, 28-200mm, 100-400mm & off camera strobe 

GoPro Hero 7

HP Laptop

BESTEK 3-Socket 12V 200W Splitter with 4-USB Ports

2 12v Outlets in cargo area

SXMA 5 Gallon External Fuel Tank  (Attached to ladder when in full overland mode.)

GSPSCN 12V Air Compressor

Grit Performance Automatic Tire Deflators 

2 ORCISH Traction Tracks

CargoLoc BC Hitch Mount Step

2 Door Hinge Steps 

Coleman 2 Burner Propane Stove with full size griddle 

Frontrunner Drop Down Tailgate Table w/ cutting board (not a fan of the table) 

Mainstays 40” Folding table & camp chair 

Reliance 7 gallon water container

Socket set, tire repair kit, pry bar, 110v drill, extension cord, various tools and electrical repair equipment 

Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Lantern

Texsport Hammock 

2 USB/Battery Fans - (tent & cockpit) 

12v 1000ml Tea Kettle 

12v Mini Hotlogic for cooking while driving 

12v electric blanket

Rexbiti 10in Folding wood/utlity saw

Master Cutlery Tac-Force EMT Knife 


2 first aids kits

2 fire extinguishers 

Cargo Net 

Sunshade for windshield

2 Privacy screens for windows & 
Front windshield sunshade 

Squeegee for back window

If you read this far...CONGRATS! I do have walk around videos on my YouTube channel.  


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