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Meet the Video Van Guys and FWTV’s Ian Johnson From UA2020 #UA2020

How we make the off-road video magic on Ultimate Adventure.

Video is an incredibly powerful medium, and until Smellovision becomes a reality, it's the best way to capture the full picture of what we're out there doing, the places we're going, and the obstacles we're tackling. That's why we invest so heavily in getting the best video crew and support staff we can. For the second Ultimate Adventure in a row, that means inviting the talent of Ryan Foss Productions to shoot our shenanigans.

The UA2020 video crew from left to right: Austin Atencio, Jeremy Foss, Cameron Hotchkiss, and Colin Leibold.

This year our video crew was comprised of UA alumni Cameron Hotchkiss (director), Austin Atencio (cameraman), and Jeremy Foss (GoPro and production assistant) as well as first-time UA attendee Colin Leibold (cameraman/drone operator and video editor). These guys are energetic, enthusiastic, and damn hard working, capturing all the UA action from sunup to sundown. And even after a long day behind the lens, Colin Leibold was up past midnight virtually every day cutting and editing video for the daily updates we published online at fourwheeler.com/ultimate-adventure. The five episodes covering UA2020 during Ultimate Adventure week on MotorTrend's YouTube channel air December 7-11 and will be uploaded to MotorTrend On Demand, so don't forget to mark your calendars.

Quigley Motor Company national sales specialist Dave Eisenbeil pulled triple duty, driving the Quigley video van, photographing the event, and helping the video crew with juggling living outdoors and covering UA2020 for a week.

Once again, Quigley Motors kindly donated its 2009 E-350 4x4 van on 1-tons and 38s to haul our esteemed video crew around. But with Quigley's Tiger and Renee LeBrun piloting the company's "Official Custom Driveshaft" 2010 Chevy van, Quigley national sales specialist Dave Eisenbeil was tapped to drive the "video van" as it has affectionately come to be known. In his own right, Dave proved to be not only a top-notch off-road driver, but a damn capable photographer who kindly donated a ton of high-quality photography for our event coverage. Look for a full photo gallery of Dave's best shots publishing on the Ultimate Adventure 2020 event page soon.

Four Wheeler TV host Ian Johnson is always good for a laugh and a ham sandwich, hold the sandwich. Matt Allegretti had to bail the event early, but we enjoyed Ian's humor and anecdotes all week. Be sure to catch Ian's experience on UA in the Season 2 finale of Four Wheeler TV on MotorTrend On Demand.

And for the first time joining UA in an official video capacity is that Canadian dude with a personality as big as his spiky hair, Ian Johnson. We had the pleasure of Ian's company on UA2018 as a representative of one of our event sponsors, but this year as host of Four Wheeler TV, Ian was on the event shooting the final episode for Season 2 of the show. Ian is just one of those life-of-the-party kinds of people, and we're looking forward to enjoying the Season 2 finale of Four Wheeler TV covering his experience on Ultimate Adventure. Like us, be sure to tune in to MotorTrend On Demand or the MotorTrend App to watch!

2009 Ford E-350 Quigley 4x4

DRIVERS: Dave Eisenbeil

DROVE IT OR TOWED IT: Drove it

HOW MANY UAS HAVE YOU BEEN ON: 1

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP: Getting to meet everyone and being able to be a part of such a grand adventure. Looking for fossils and bone fragments in the Wyoming Badlands was pretty cool, too!

WHAT BROKE DURING UA: Driver's door handle. Battery died twice as well from charging all of the film crew gear.

>DRIVETRAIN

ENGINE: 6.8L Triton V-10

TRANSMISSION: 5R100 five-speed auto

TRANSFER CASE(S): NV271

AXLES: Dana Super 60, 4.88s, ARB Air Locker (front); Dana 60, 4.88s, ARB Air Locker

>SUSPENSION

SPRINGS & SUCH: Skyjacker 4-inch coils and M95 monotube shocks (front); Skyjacker Softride leaf springs and M95 monotube shocks (rear)

TIRES & WHEELS: 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/T on 17x9 Gear allow

WINCH: Warn M12,000

OTHER: VooDoo Offroad 7/8-inch recovery rope and soft shackles; custom snorkel and fold-down spare tire carrier and table; 4,000-watt Cen-Tech inverter; Quigley roof rack; custom rock sliders; custom rear shelving; Autohome Columbus rooftop tent

1994 Jeep LJ Wrangler Ultra 4 Cheater Car

DRIVERS: Ian Johnson; Matt Allgretti

DROVE IT OR TOWED IT: Both: Towed to end, had hot shot hauled to start

HOW MANY UAS HAVE YOU BEEN ON: 2

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP: Campsites in Montana (AMAZING)

WHAT BROKE DURING UA: Transmission overheated, and I fought burnt fluid on long road days. Was able to service/flush fluid on night 6, and the transmission worked great for final day.

>DRIVETRAIN

ENGINE: 5.7L Iron Block LS

TRANSMISSION: TH400 with manual valve body and 2,200 rpm stall

TRANSFER CASE(S): Atlas Race Case with 3.8:1 low range

AXLES: Spidertrax Pro Series, Mega Hi9 centersection, 5.38s, Yukon Zip Locker, RCV axleshafts and Yukon Hardcore hubs (front); Spidertrax Pro Series, Yukon 10-inch 5.41s, Grizzly Locker (rear)

>SUSPENSION Custom triangulated four-link up front, Trailing arms in the rear. 14" travel front axle, 16.5" travel in the rear

SPRINGS & SUCH: Radflo Coil Carriers on all four corners 14" up front 12" in rear with Eibach Springs 300/500 in the rear, and 200/200 up front. 4 tube bypass shocks on all four corners and Pac Racing sway bars 7/8" rear bar and 3/4" front bar

TIRES & WHEELS: 20" Trail Ready forged beadlocks, and 42" BFGoodrich Red Label Krawlers

WINCH: Warn VR EVO 10S

Steering: PSC full hydraulic with feedback orbital and Trophy Truck pump kit

OTHER: Custom GoatBuilt TJ/LJ chassis full tube chassis kit to turn a TJ into an Ultra 4 Jeep LJ package.

Source:

Sponsors:
Cummins: Official Turbo Diesel, 800.286.6467, www.cummins.com/engines/repower
Dana: Official Crate Axle, 800.621.8084, spicerparts.com/applications/crateaxle
Falken Tire: Official Tire, www.falkentire.com/
IH Parts America: Official IH Truck & Scout Parts, 530.274.1795, www.ihpartsamerica.com/
Offroad Design: Official Transfer Case, 970.945.7777, www.offroaddesign.com/
onX Offroad: Official Mapping Tool, onxmaps.com/offroad-app
Quick Draw Brand: Official Adapter Kit, 513.446.9654, quickdrawbrand.com/
Quigley Motor Company: Official Custom Driveshaft, 800.233.9358, quigley4x4.com/
Skyjacker Suspension: Official Shock & Suspension, 318.388.0816, skyjacker.com/
VooDoo Offroad: Official Recovery Rope, 844.866.3661, www.voodoooffroad.com/
Warn Industries; Official Winch, 800.543.9276, www.warn.com/