Updates from the Equator, Part 1 - Road Tripping Through the Southwest with Suzuki’s Midsize Pickup

Updates from the Equator Part I
By Mark Williams for PickupTrucks.com

I learned a long time ago that when someone tosses you the keys, you grab ‘em. So when Suzuki offered me the chance to drive a modified Equator from Dallas to Los Angeles, I jumped at the chance.

My goal is to write a full review of the Equator but I'll also be blogging about my experiences along the 1,500 mile route, from Texas back to California. Sure, it’s a long way, but this is truck country and I'm bound to see some interesting rigs and sights along the way. No doubt, I’ll see some scenic landscapes too.

But first up, let's take a look at the truck. As you can see, this four-wheel drive Equator has some big tires, a rear locker, and an ARB bed-mounted collapsible tent, so I'll try to test its off-road capability a time or two along the way and with its portable shelter.

Ted Giles, from STI Fleet Services, met me at the airport. He dangled a set of keys in his hand and it didn’t take me long to toss my camping gear and luggage in the back and beeline it to the open road.

Keys to the ARB Equator

There’s nothing quite like a road trip, especially when the truck you’re driving doesn’t need to be back to the owners for several days. Still, our intentions here are professional and our interests focused on discerning whether this modified suspension lift, front and rear armor, and camping gear is enough to change the personality of this relatively sedate mid-size pickup.

I’ve got a few stops to make along the way, much of it exploring state and national parks that I’ve never been to, and another with a unique truck builder that I met at SEMA. There's much more to come!

For now, feel free to let us know if there's some favorite spot you have along the way that you can recommend. We’re likely headed to Big Bend National Park, Texas, then to Las Cruces, New Mexico, on through Kingman, Arizona, and finally into the Coachella Valley, past the Salton Sea in California.

Until next time!

Suzuki Equator with Pop-up ARB Tent


ARB - the most overpriced 4x4 accessories ever - in the world. (just to sound like Jeremy Clarkson).

That's bound to be a short trip unless there's a lot of side trips. My brother and I drove across the country in 36 hours once. Did Dallas to the west coast in a day another time. Is this going to be a Thelma and Louise type thing?

I WOULD like one of those tents for my Raptor though!

ARB are a leaders in off road equipment. Bulk of it tested here and sold in the US.
Good to see they are they are backing off road and expedition seminars in the US

They are leaders in overpricing and marketing. I find other brands, such as TJM offer just as good products at a lower price. And you don't even need brand names when it comes to a lot of those things. Not exactly precision in engineering required. A lot of people get sucked in to it though, especially those Toyota drivers.

That tie in bar from the bumper to the nerf bar looks hideous. It servers no function other than to say I am a dumbass with more money than sense.

it's okay

If you read this before getting to Big Bend, Pine Canyon back country campsite #3 is one of my favorites.

Photos from my last trip if you're looking for something to do.

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Good luck. It's a great park.

TJM comes from Northern Queensland and I doubt their are outlets in the US.

Yeah I don't think TJM has a distributor in North America. Probably loads of good alternatives out there though.

Sounds to me like "Get Your kicks on Route 66..." - gosh, I would even pay to make similar road trip, but for a guy that lives in Poland it's quite impossible do make that dream-trip (R66) comes true!!!

I recommend camping in Flagstaff, it's beautiful, and you'll be able to test the warm weather incapability of that tent. :)

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