The key to building a solid overland truck is starting with the right base vehicle. In the case of Cris Cornette, the base truck is a 2014 Toyota Tundra. Easily one of the best full-size trucks on the market today, this Tundra will have a much more interesting life than most ever will.
The objective was simple: Create an overlanding truck that’s capable of traveling off-road while having his camping gear readily at hand. When you’ve built trucks for the SEMA show, the need to make something not only work great but look great too is inherent. With this in mind, Cornette started with a Tundra Crew Max sporting the 5.7L V8. From here, he added a K&N cold air intake to help the V8 breathe a little easier.
Starting outside, the Tundra has a set of Extend-A-Flare Fender Flares from Bushwacker to allow for larger tires. The front and rear bumpers were replaced with Expedition One versions that include a push bar on the front. Cris upgraded the exterior lighting with Baja Designs, including a OnX6 30” LED Light Bar and a 20” Light Bar as well as their Squardon Pro LED Lights.
The biggest external modification you should notice right away is definitely the in-bed pop up camper included in Cris’s design. The camper features solar power and batteries for powering the refrigerator, freezer, and LED lighting. There’s also a propane furnace and small audio system in there too. It’s a very compact home away from home that’s surprisingly great.
Finishing up outside, those Bushwacker fender flares allow for a set of 18x9 Method Racing Double Standard Wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain Tires. The ride height got a little help from Firestone Ride-Right Air Springs and Daystar Airbag Cradles as well as an Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 6 Long Travel kit.
While all this is great, what we really care about is the performance, right? We mentioned above the truck uses a K&N cold air intake, but what we didn’t mention was the BAmufflers Exhaust system on the other side, letting the truck exhale easily. The real belle of the ball here however is the supercharger. Cris decided to go with a TRD Supercharger that brings the truck up to 504 hp. This additional horsepower more than makes up for the additional weight the camper adds, with enough left over to make it a truly fast ride.
All of the together makes this Tundra a simple and clean looking overland truck that has the performance to back up its look. Instead of going with wild colors and graphics, the truck stays simple, making it the perfect companion for an extra long trip.