April 16, 2020
After leaving the military in 2009 our family really embraced the adventure of the Overlanding lifestyle, looking to use this new hobby to give us a way to be together and explore the country. Obviously, the community has grown since then and I am now on my third rig, while my son turned 16 this past year and now has a Jeep JKU, comms have definitely been on the radar.
Like most Overlanders, after I picked up the stock 4Runner I really thought thru how I wanted to upgrade the rig. I upgraded the suspension and installed a Gobi Rack, Southern Style Off-Road bumper, and Warn Zeon Platinum winch. The next thing on my list was the management of the in cab accessories and planning the electrical needs. I wanted to minimize the complexity of the electrical system while isolating power away from the main battery (main frustration was the lack of power available while truck is off).
Leading up to the MXT275 MicroMobile install I ordered the Off-Grid 4X4 Redarc Dual Battery System and I installed it into the engine bay to have constant power to the radio. Before the dual battery system I had to turn the radio back on every time I turned off the engine which I hated. This custom CB microphone installation solved that problem.