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We are happy to anounce a new project for NorCal Truck.

The idea behind the build:
Growing up in an environment where camping was a frequent activity and the basis for just about every family vacation, it’s only natural that it has carried over into my own family and I plan to continue this for years to come. Although loading up the wife and kids for a week-long trip to the sand dunes is always fun, I have become increasingly interested in traveling to unmarked and remote areas “off the grid”. As this interest continues to grow, I have come to the realization that the current camping set-up with a large travel trailer or toy hauler is not exactly ideal for the exploring and adventure seeking I’d like to do. This is where the idea for this build has come from – the desire to have a scaled down camping set-up that will not only get my crew and I where we want to go safely, but also be equipped to house anything and everything needed to survive in any territory we choose as our destination. Without a travel trailer or toy hauler to pack up, prepare, and pull, the ease and frequency of our adventure taking will increase and the destination possibilities are virtually endless. Whether the activity ahead involves motorcycles, UTV's, mountain bikes, boating, fishing, or hunting, the “X-Max” will be ready and rearin’ to go. Life’s short & I’m not getting any younger, so it’s about time to get out there and find out what these great United States have to offer!

Build Mission:
Create a Chevy 2500HD truck that has as many amenities as needed to survive the great outdoors, with enhancements throughout the interior, exterior, and all the way down to the suspension. Stocked with fresh clothes, food, water, and whatever extra equipment will be needed for the weekend activity ahead, once 5:00 on Friday evening rolls around, the “X-Max” will be ready to go!

Current rendering:

Here is a list of what we will be stuffing this truck with.

  • Cab roof rack
  • Bed shell
  • Shell roof rack
  • Roll out awning
  • Roof rack storage compartment
  • Dual spare tire mounts
  • Mounted floor jack
  • Shovel & Ax
  • Mountain bike mounts
  • Custom front and rear bumpers
  • Cab rock sliders
  • Dual Motorcycle rack
Cab Interior:
  • GPS
  • CB Radio
  • Built in WiFi
  • Dedicated satellite phone for vehicle
  • Long gun and ammo lockable storage
  • Hand gun safe
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Generator
  • Lights everywhere of course
  • Under body lights
  • Portable refrigerator
  • Extra truck batteries
  • On board pressure washer
  • On board Air with connections front and rear with tank
Survival Gear:
  • Recovery equipment
  • Winch front and rear
  • Fuel jugs
  • Complete first aid kit packed for every emergency
  • Fresh water tank with water pump
  • Plumbed for shower head, washing hands, food, dishes
  • Water heater
  • Propane Tanks
  • Porta potti
  • Changing room
  • Foldable table & Chairs
  • Custom storage slide-out drawers with bed top for sleeping inside shell
  • Gas stove / BBQ
  • Cooking supplies & eating utensils
  • Tool chest
Suspension, Tires & Wheels:
  • 4" lift
  • Upgraded shocks
  • Upgraded steering
  • Front and rear sway bars
  • Full leaf packs
  • Long Travel helper bags
  • Traction Bars
  • 35" Mud Terrain tires
  • 18" wheels
  • 2 full size spares
  • Gears
  • Upgraded lockers
  • Turbo back exhaust
  • Intake
  • Tuning
  • Upgraded tranny
  • Larger fuel tank
Some product is already on its way and we should be getting started very soon on the build stages. I will be adding plenty of pictures as we make progress building this rig. This truck build is a new direction for me, and I may be missing some vital accessories or gear needed for any situation. If anyone would like to add their thoughts and/or personal experience, or if you just want to comment, please feel free!

Here is the foundation of the build in 100% stock form: 2008 Chevy 2500HD LT2 4wd Crew Cab Short Bed 6.6L Duramax Allison 6speed

If you would like to follow this build to see updates, feel free to comment or subscribe to this thread.

Thank you,


· Im Superrrrr!
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be better with a long bed nick :poke[1]:

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Me likey what im seeing here Nick!!!

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I like the idea let the pictures come. Cool idea sometimes wonder what we are doing going camping with these big new campers that have two flat screens more square footage then my grandma and grandpa grew up in there house on the farm lol. And now days kids complain if they have to drink water out of a fauset or well instead of bottled water.

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This truck is going to be crazy awesome!

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Awesome. That's exactly what i want to build.

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· Hey Ass Man!
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That's gonna look sick when it's all done!

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Looking forward to the build

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Your sig is too wide, I have to scroll side to side to read your posts. anybody else have this problem? also your idea is awesome. I was considering a roof top tent up on the defender rack, but those tents are expensive.
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