Few things conjure the cozy feels quite like the flickering flame of a fireplace. Now, this Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison owner customized his ride to include exactly that, along with a long list of extras to create the perfect pickup for a retreat to nature.
This video features Rin at the Overland Expo East event in 2019, who guides us through all the impressive upgrades added to his Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison to make it one impressive custom camper. Rin started with the full Bison package from AEV, which includes new body panels, several skid plates, DSSV shocks, 17-inch wheels, and wheel moldings. The front end now sports a Warn 9.5 XPS winch with wireless control as well.
Moving inside, the Chevy Colorado got a rear seat delete, with the extra space providing a mounting location for an extra battery and dual-zone fridge. Control over the new dual-battery system is provided by a rear-mounted Redarc BCDC1240 charger, which takes power from solar panels up top, as well as the alternator. A circuit breaker panel with switches helps to distribute the power as needed.
The amount of gear stuffed into this Chevy Colorado is extensive, but without a doubt one of the coolest (hottest?) upgrades is the Dickinson Marine fireplace. Originally designed for sailboats, the fireplace is fed by an externally mounted 11-pound propane can, and adds plenty of heat (and even ambient light) inside the camper, which is great for exploring in the winter time. To make it all work, the owner fabricated a custom exhaust pipe, but the setup looks like it belongs on the truck. On low, the fireplace provides 11 hours of heating per pound of propane.
Naturally, the doors and side panels are stuffed with tools and other assorted bits and pieces, while the upper accommodations fold down to provide over seven feet of sleeping space, as well as a divider panel if there’s a guest sleeping in the lower half of the vehicle.
All in all, it’s quite the build, and definitely worth a watch if you are into overlanding and off-roading: