Friends IN High Places

So this past weekend a few buddies and I met up in the Lincoln National Forest in Southern New Mexico.

We found a nice remote campsite in Northern Lincoln National Forest in Billy the kid country. It was nice camping in the same spot for 2days “which usually I don’t do” and hanging out with my good friends , knowing Billy the kid “the famous outlaw” could have rode through here getting chased by Pat Garrett.

Saturday night we had a potluck and every body brought something for Frito pie! I also did bring my oven so I can cook some trail pizza and some amazing cinnamon rolls in the morning !


Walk around of the Battle Cruiser 2.0 (BC2.0)

Personal information:

Mervine(Tony) Manuel

Retired US Air Force 24 years Veteran

Tent Camp over 50 years

Started overlanding in July 2019 (Angel Matos took me on a 4 day expedition New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah) Loved the experience and started my journey.

Battle Cruiser 2.0

1998 GMC Suburban SLT, 5.7 V8 Vortex, 4×4

3in leveling kit from Torch off road,

Tires are 265 x 70r x 16 BF Goodrich Ko2 (31.5)

Stock 480 gears

Automatic push button 2high, 4high, and 4low

Roof Top Tent is Smittybilt XL Gen 1 with additional 2.5 inch memory form and annex

2 Haul Max roof racks

1 ARB 4.5ft Awning

Homemade 5.5 PVC water tank 4.5 gallons of water

Waterport water system, solar container 3.5 gallons fresh water

Generic Recovery boards from Amazon

Bull guard

2 x 100 watt Solar panel with 135 amp hour AGM battery from Wal Mart with Honda 1000 watt Inverter

6 x 20 LED Solar light for perimeter security light from harbor freight with mounting magnets

1 x 60in multiple light LED 12 volt battery plug

3 drawer system (made from old wooden desk)

Rope, hammock, water hoses, lighter, tools, and bug spray

ARB side awning wall, 20x 12 stakes, hammer, mosquito punk, solar panel cord and solar panel connection

Stanley 2 pot system, generic jetbowl, 4x coffee cups collapsible wash basin, and 1x LED Lantern

1 large draw that holds Coleman grill/stove burner, 3x cast iron skillet, cooking/eating utensils, cutting board, single burner with wind deflector, and 2x 1lb propane tanks and 1 single liquid fuel tank

The barn doors are in the back for easy access: at this time no fridge yet but is in the works in the near future. Storage bin and military 3 stage sleep system.

Night time view of the annex and exterior lighting in the rear with awning deployed.

Me and my copilot Stela Manuel married for 34 years, looking forward to Big Bend National Park in Texas expedition October 2021…

Future plan- dual battery system and fridge/freezer…