SEMA NEWS: EEXP Featured Vehicle 2014

The 2014 SEMA Show was a big event for the Exploring Elements crew this year! Besides our normal live event coverage, photo & info collecting for future web stories and catching up with all our industry friends this year was special because the EEXP overland adventuremobile was a featured vehicle at the show. This meant that we needed to shine it up, inside and out, dial in our sponsor’s graphics and find a place to sleep, as our home on wheels would be locked down by security at the show. Luckily, with a long week of prep in Vegas before the show started, we got the rig dialed in and it was looking good for its time in the spotlight. A HUGE thank you must be extended to Hellwig Products for getting the rig into the show and the continued support of all things Exploring Elements.

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After Overland Expo East, Sarah flew off for a week in Mexico as I drove cross-country, picking her up in Grand Junction, CO. We spent some time in CO with friends and enjoyed some exploration in Moab on the way to Vegas.

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Ninkasi Brewing stocked our fridge with tasty Oregon craft beer to share with our friends and sponsors at the show. More than a few people discovered the tasty Ninkasi awesome for the first time.

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General Tire sorted us out with some shiny new Grabber AT2 tires for the show. We were lucky enough to use a good friend’s right hand drive manual Troopy to transport the tires to be mounted and balanced.

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Only the best of friends let you have a gear explosion in front of their house while you clean the first layer of dirt off your rig. Huge thanks to the Meadow’s: Ben, Julie & Kennedy.

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The truck also needed an oil change and AC recharge that we had sorted at Powertrain Performance.

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I think the EEXP looks a bit naked without its side stripe!

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Canby Graphics again sorted us out with some high quality vinyl to make the rig look fresh again for the show. Sarah dialed them in late into the night.

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Graphics installed and after another wash, this time by professionals, the rig was looking good and ready for the show.

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The finishing touch was a pair of PIAA‘s new 10″ LED light bars installed on our Buckstop Bumper. Can you tell that Sarah loves vehicle wiring 😉

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The featured vehicle check-in lineup was deep with unique rides.

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The EEXP was as shiny as ever, but still stuck out against the blinged out featured vehicles checking into the show.

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We got a great placement just in front of the South Hall. LOTS of foot traffic by the vehicle provided tons of exposure.

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Sarah worked hard the whole show talking overland vehicles and adventures with the many inquisitive attendees. As the show wrapped up she also hopped in the drivers seat and drove in the SEMA Cruise.

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We rolled into the inaugural SEMA Ignited event with our PIAA lights blazing. (Photo: Robert Dorr)

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We were one of the tallest vehicles at the Ignited event and received a lot of attention.

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Even next to the heavily modified lifted trucks the EEXP stood out.

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Lots of people snuck out of the Ignited event early, but we stuck around to take in the sites and meet a ton of cool people.

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The day after SEMA 2014 we got the EEXP out into the dirt for a photo shoot for a future issue of Overland Journal. This was much more of the rig’s natural habitat 😉

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