RUX Rides - Garret's Ex Fire Truck Land Cruiser
by Chris Fleugel on Sep 21, 2022
Garret's (@adv2bc) ex-fire truck Land Cruiser is one of the most pristine, interesting, and capable vehicles you'll see on the road. Read all about his unique build, future trips, and some advice on how to build an equally epic vehicle (or at least try)!
Tell us a bit about yourself! Who are you? What do you do? Where do you live? What makes you happiest?
My Name is Garret Dietz, born and raised on the prairies just outside of Winnipeg. I have lived in the Okanagan for nearly 17 years where I currently practice as a Critical Care Registered Nurse working in emergency medicine. I am a husband to the most amazing wife Jenny, who also works as a Registered Nurse and father to the most amazing 20 month old son Sam, as well as Leni our trail pup. Spending time with my family brings me the most joy in life and if the outdoors/adventure/travel can be incorporated in any way shape or form, it's a bonus. We are blessed to live in a community that is passionate about mtn biking, backcountry skiing, hiking and more right at our doorstep.
Describe your vehicle: make, model, etc.
I drive a 2001 HZJ79 Land Cruiser ex fire truck from Japan. Originally used by the fire marshal this truck has 20,000 original kms on it and not a spec of rust.
Describe your favourite feature of your vehicle.
That's a tough question. I wish I could answer "the whole thing" but if I was forced to pick one it would honestly be the simplicity and reliability of owning a 70 series Land Cruiser. Oh and I dig the ARB bumper and obviously the Summit Expedition Trucks (SET) tray which makes the truck what it is, oh and the 47L of onboard potable water...and the Jaos rims... haha I like it all!
Best location/adventure you've ever had with your vehicle?
The truck is just getting to the usable stage and still early in its build but we have taken it to some epic places near Waterton, AB and will be travelling down to Whitefish, Montana next week.
Most epic stuck/breakdown/wrong turn?
I can honestly say I have yet to get stuck or breakdown but I know that time will come! More recently I took the truck up into the mtn's and found myself on a skinny service road that ended with a dead end with no way to turn around. With steep hillside on the left and right of the truck, and high consequence it was a slow reverse but eventually I made it out unscathed.
Any advice to someone thinking of getting into a custom adventure vehicle?
Take your time. Plan your build and don't cut corners. When you are out in the elements you need to be able to rely on good quality gear. Having a good knowledge of your vehicle is also important. Carry tools with you for trail side repair as it will happen to either yourself or your friends. Most of all enjoy the build, get creative and make it yours!
Photos by: @joshvonholstnes