Posted: July 29, 2016
Built From Experience
Blogger Nick Day Builds His Ford Truck To Handle His Family And Their Outdoor LifestyleBy Dan Sanchez
Nate and Chelsea Day started their blog, Someday I’ll Learn, (www.somedayilllearn.com) as a way to share their adventures with their four kids. Along the way, they picked up many followers who learn from their various outdoor treks.
One of the family’s projects was a 2014 Ford F-350 Lariat. The truck was Nate Day’s way for the family to gather all their gear and seek out new adventures. Day began to build up the truck slowly, adding new aftermarket truck-accessory products as their outdoor adventure needs grew. “Everything from bumper to bumper was picked out and installed to solve a problem,” said Day. “Taking the truck out in stock form was an important part of the pragmatist’s build process. It’s important to put it through its paces, and feel the voids and needs you have to make a great adventure vehicle.”
Since the truck is a diesel-powered crew-cab model, Day thought it would be big enough to haul the family and gear. He soon realized that the available space wasn’t adequate for Chelsea, the kids and all their gear. This led to their first upgrade, a SnugTop XTRA Vision truck cap outfitted with optional Vented Glass WinDoors and SnugTop’s Sportsman’s Package that gives the cap’s roof a 500-lb. cargo capacity.
“Having owned another brand top in the past, it was refreshing to find SnugTop pays attention to detail and even builds the small components with care and quality,” said Day. “Things like door latches and locking systems that use stainless steel rods are much better than flimsy cables used by other brands. Even the back door activates the LED dome lights in the cap.”
With the extra capacity of the truck cap, Day was also able to install a Front Runner roof rack along with a set of Baja Designs 10-inch S8 series LED lights. A later addition to the truck bed was a Bedslide CG1500 with two mounted ARB refrigerators inside the SnugTop truck cap. “I even added Viair's dual 444C onboard air compressors for airing down the tires anytime I need to,” said Day. “All of the electronics are controlled by Switch Pros 8 Switch Panel Power System, which made it much simpler to wire up everything and operate.”
After getting stuck in a California lake bed and hitting a deer on the highway, this adventurous family decided to install a Buckstop Truckware Boss Bumper, complete with a Warn M1200 winch. Rough roads that woke up the kids from their naps resulted in the addition of a BDS six-inch suspension lift that consists of 2.5-inch diameter coil-over Fox shocks and a set of BDS four-link trailing arms. Complementing the suspension system is a set of 37x12.5-inch BF Goodrich All Terrain KO2 tires mounted on 17-inch diameter MB 352 wheels, allowing the F-350 to reach farther into the wilderness for greater adventures.
With greater ground clearance, it became more difficult for the kids to enter into the truck for their next outings, so Day installed an AMP Research retractable PowerStep, which also helps them access cargo on top of the SnugTop cap.
“As one of the few full-size trucks venturing into the 'nowhere', these upgrades truly have made life much easier,” said Day. “I have yet to find myself in a situation I can't get out of, and no environment has been so harsh my SnugTop didn't make for a great shelter.”
Photography Courtesy Of Nate Day