Outside Magazine Gear Interview

The Gear Pacific Overlander Uses to Build Badass Trucks

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Written by Graham Averill - 5/29/18

Thinking about designing your own rig? Here are some tips from a pro.

It’s safe to say we’re obsessed with overlanding. Combine the self-sufficiency of the pursuit with the sweet gear needed to live out of your truck for days on end in the middle of the wilderness, and we’re smitten. Mason Schreck understands the allure of overlanding as much as anyone. He’s the founder of Los Angeles–based Pacific Overlander, a first-of-its-kind company that rents off-road-capable and fully equipped trucks and SUVs.

“We’ve been building out trucks so we could sleep in them on surf trips through Big Sur and Baja for years,” Schreck says. “We just didn’t call it ‘overlanding’ back then.”

Schreck started Pacific Overlander in 2016 after a surf trip through Chile in a less-than-optimal camper van that didn’t have the 4WD capabilities to handle rough terrain or a burly enough rooftop tent to handle strong winds.

“The idea was to build and rent fully capable vehicles so people don’t have to own their own,” Schreck says, adding that he started the business with his own personal vehicles—his dad’s Defender, his wife’s Land Cruiser, and his own Tacoma. He now has a fleet of six Toyotas and Jeeps, and they’re fully equipped with the best overlanding gear on the market. Here are Schreck’s top picks for the gear to put on your own truck, in his own words.

ASN features Pacific Overlander

Curious to know who we are and how we came to be? Adventure Sports Network wrote a great article on our founding and vision.

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Written by Ryan Brower

San Francisco Company Offers Overlanding Rentals for Off-The-Grid Camping Experiences

Pacific Overlander removes the hassle of owning while offering the freedom an overlanding vehicle provides.

Mason Schreck grew up surfing and exploring up and down the coast of California. He eventually fell in love with Big Sur, not just for the surf, but also for the trails back in the hills that (back then) offered private camping.

“You could surf during the day and then take off and have a private camp," Schreck, 34, recently told ASN. "You needed a four-wheel drive then to be able to do that. My friends and I would do just that - it would be our 'secret' getaway back then.”

Unbeknownst to Schreck, this was his first encounter of many, with what he would come to learn was referred to as overlanding. Overlanding, as Overland Journal has described it, is “self-reliant adventure travel to remote destinations where the journey is the primary goal.”

Schreck, kept embarking on various camping/road trips throughout Central and South America, eventually going on a surf trip with his brother to Chile in 2015. Renting a camper van, they came across limitations that sparked an idea.

Big Sur in 3 Days

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Written by Justin Lozano for Meonmibici

BIG SUR ROAD TRIP : 3 DAY GUIDE

I'm not a California Native, nor do I know about all the secret spots in every nook and cranny there is to know about the northern part of the state.  I do however read up a lot about my destinations before I even purchase my ticket. If I am going to fly across the pacific ocean and lay down a hefty amount of cash to play tourist, I want to make sure everything that my wife and I do during our vacation is well worth the penny.  If you're planning a trip down the California coast, or always wanted to go but was curious what to do there, maybe you can pick a thing or two from this post. With that set aside, here's how we spent 3 days checking out California's Big Sur.

Viva Las Vegas

If "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," then undoubtedly what happens just outside of Vegas, stays with you for a lifetime! Which is why we're thrilled to announce Las Vegas as our newest rental location.

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With seemingly endless wild places to explore right next door, we can't think of a better place to launch your Southwestern adventures from. For this reason, starting this Summer, we will be offering rentals from our newest location, Las Vegas, Nevada.

 Within a few hour's drive of our new las Vegas location, Antelope Canyon is just one of the many otherworldly destinations you can now access with ease.

With the fully-outfitted Toyota Tacoma "TRD Offroad" as our primary rental option, we are excited to offer an ideal platform for extended trips into the backcountry. If you're looking to visit the many National Parks and public lands nearby, we can't think of a better option.

Here are just a few of the nearby places we love:

  • Red Rock Canyon: .5 hours
  • Valley of Fire: 1 hour
  • Mojave Desert: 1 hour
  • Death Valley: 2 hours
  • Zion Canyon: 2.5 hours
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante: 3 hours
  • Joshua Tree: 3 hours
  • Bryce Canyon: 4 hours
  • Grand Canyon: South Rim - 4 hours / North Rim - 4.5 hours
  • Antelope Canyon: 4.5 hours
  • Havasupai: 4.5 hours
  • Capitol Reef: 5 hours
  • Monument Valley: 6 hours
  • Saguaro: 6 hours
  • Arches: 6.5 hours
  • Canyonlands: 6.5 hours

Visit our reservations page to check availability, and make sure to select "Las Vegas" as the location.

Viva Las Vegas indeed!