Not everyone is keen on heading out into the cold during our epic Canadian winters, but as many of you know, with the right equipment it’s entirely worth it.
There’s nothing quite like a cold sunny day in the wilderness, looking out across a fresh dusting of snow, and there are plenty of ways to make that experience a memorable one.
Regardless of the specific activity at hand, having the right vehicle, features, and equipment handy can add some much-needed comfort and convenience to an experience that would otherwise be icy and uncomfortable.
After all, those of us who aren’t afraid of braving the elements know how to make the best of any situation and conditions.
Step One: Getting Started
If you’re heading out into the cold, and are looking to warm things up a bit, you’ve got some packing to do.
Thankfully whether you’re looking at the truck bed or passenger cabin, you won’t be short on space to stow these necessities.
The Tacoma’s back seats offer a healthy amount of legroom if packing fellow adventure-seekers is the way to go, but they also fold down to free up additional cargo space.
Step Two: Heading Out
With ample ground clearance, Four Wheel Drive (4WD) and an automatically engaging limited slip rear differential, the Tacoma TRD PRO will allow you to easily muscle through mounting snowfall and grab traction where it’s needed.
Even if things get a little extra dicey, a factory skid plate will keep key components protected should there be something a bit sturdier hiding in the snow drift you opted to pass over. Built with the all-terrain enthusiast in mind, the TRD PRO makes cruising through this winter wonderland a breeze.
While you’re busy tackling the road ahead, your passengers will easily be kept comfortable and entertained, as there is no shortage of comfort and convenience packed into the TRD PRO’s passenger cabin.
Heated front seats, touchscreen infotainment, wireless phone charging, and ample other interior features will nearly help you forget the sub-zero temperatures you and your gang is cruising through.
Step Three: Getting prepared
*Do not drive your TRD onto lake surfaces
You and your crew have made it safe and sound, and it’s time to gear up for the day ahead.
Whether you’re lining up to partake in the day’s adventure, or you and the gang are set to be spectators, not to worry--the pairing of your Tacoma TRD PRO’s equipment and your stockpile of comfort gear will keep everyone nice and cozy.
If it’s a windy day, it’s ok, you’re prepared. Time to roll out the tarps, and before you know it you’ve got a makeshift shelter on site with the TRD PRO acting as your shield.
Step Four: Putting it Together
With your base structure covered, it’s time to get cozy.
The portable heaters you packed along can be plugged into the bed-mounted 120V electrical outlet. Just add blankets, and you can almost convince yourself that it isn’t quite sub-zero out there.
The heat is blaring, the wind is at bay, you’ve dug out the blankets to huddle up in, but that’s just the beginning.
With this setup all dialled in with the Tacoma, you can either man the portable kitchen basecamp for the day, or take off into the wild knowing that you’ve got a portable comfort station ready and waiting for your return.
Step Five: Kicking Back
Even if you spent the better part of your day out on a sled or participating in other icy adventures, you deserve a moment to kick back and enjoy some downtime, and just because you’re out in the wild doesn’t mean things can’t be comfortable and civilized?
Leveraging that power outlet once again, it’s time for some cocoa, coffee, or even a warm snack.
With a setup like this on hand--one that’s easy to replicate over and over again--your gang won’t think twice the next time you suggest heading out into the cold.