Former Military Overlander and K9 Companionoutdoor
Jon T. from Missouri
Former military service member Jon T. and his K9 companion Athena can be found roaming around in his 2019 Voodoo Blue TRD Pro Tacoma. Amongst the many modifications done to his preparedness vehicle, you’ll find a DiamondBack HD equipped with a Front Runner X DiamondBack Rack System, capped off with an iKamper Skycamp Mini 2.0 Roof Top Tent.
There are a lot of truck bed accessory options out there. Ultimately, what drove you to DiamondBack?
Jon: When I travel and go off-grid for adventures, I often times have expensive gear, and supplies that I want protected from the elements. I have had prior experiences with soft tonneau covers, they quickly become more of a liability than an asset. The Diamondback HD was the only choice that gave me the security and ruggedness that I demanded.
While we may all dream 24/7 about that one spot, or our next outing. On a typical day, where would we find you?
Jon: I am medically retired from the military so while that did come at a cost, I do enjoy spending time training my service dog, keeping up on firearms and outdoor proficiency. I also find myself volunteering in various capacities around my local community.
You’re headed out on a weekend trip. Where are you headed?
Jon: For weekend trips, I’d say Disney, Oklahoma to hone my off-roading chops, or skirt the Ozarks in Arkansas if I’m chasing a more scenic venture.
Free time is a rarity. What made you decide to spend yours overlanding?
Jon: I wanted to see more of this great nation and the wilderness areas that we have access to. I was already into camping and backpacking, so when I bought my Tacoma it was an obvious transition.
What is the key to a successful overland excursion?
Jon: Overlanding is about getting out in the great outdoors, experiencing new landscapes and the thrill of exploring territories sometimes not seen before. While there are many factors that contribute to a successful outing, one characteristic rises to the top – the willingness to push your comfort zones.
What is something you’ll never hit the trail without?
Jon: I’d say my truck is 100% trail ready anytime. The security my DiamondBack provides means it’s always loaded-out with essentials. With that said, Athena, my service dog would be something I'd never hit the trail without.
Give us an inside look at your bed setup. What are some things we can always count on finding underneath your DiamondBack?
Jon: Recovery gear… And snacks, lots of snacks…