Rugged Radios Greg Cottrell
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Greg Cottrell, Founder of Rugged Radios on Building Rugged

Rugged Radios’ Founder and President Greg Cottrell joins TOPO Talk to share his “Bar Napkin” story on how Ruggged Radios ( ) got started and where they are going in the industry. Rugged Radios has stepped up to be the Official Radio Communications Sponsor of the 2023 Prescott Valley Outdoor Summit taking place September 30th – October 1st at the Findlay Toyota Center and surrounding outdoor grounds. The annual Prescott Valley Outdoor Summit is presented by the Fain Family Foundation.

Rugged RadiosFor more info and where to get tickets, go to:

OFFGRID Outdoor Gear
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Check Out OFFGRID Outdoor Gear Sept 30 – Oct 1

OFFGRID Outdoor Gear will be exhibiting at the 2023 Prescott Valley Outdoor Summit this September 30th – October 1st in Booth #C14. Since its introduction in 2004, CYC Engineering, Inc. has been an industry-leading manufacturer of truck, JEEP and SUV accessories. Their family of brands include Raptor Series, Magnum, OFFGRID Outdoor Gear, and RSO Suspension. Their goal is to supply best-in-class products in many automotive segments such as off-road and overlanding. Whether you’re looking for a simple accessory or seeking to completely upfit your vehicle, OFFGRID Outdoor has you covered!

OFFGRID Outdoor GearRaptor Series

Raptor Series manufactures a variety of step products in many different styles and finishes to help you find the perfect upgrade that fits your needs. Raptor Series is best known for our Aluminum Slide Track Series products which include: 6in OEM Style Running Boards, 5in Tread Step Running Boards, 5in Oval Style Running Boards, 5in OEM Style Full Tread Running Boards, and the 6.5in Sawtooth Running Boards. Raptor Series also offers classic products such as 4in and 5in OE Curved Oval Steps.


Magnum manufactures a variety of uniquely styled off-road products to help you find the perfect upgrade that fits your needs. Magnum is best known for our RT Style Bumpers and our RT Style Drop Steps. Their innovative and exciting product line continues to inspire new aftermarket trends.


OFFGRID Outdoor Gear manufactures quality outdoor gear to help take your expeditions to the next level. OFFGRID Outdoor Gear is best known for our rugged Rooftop Tents and Retractable Awnings. They also offer a variety of other outdoor products such as our XL Camping Chairs, 45 Liter Electric Coolers, Heavy Duty Collapsible Outdoor Wagon Cart, and our Collapsible Pop-Up Trash/Storage Bin. OFFGRID Outdoor Gear has you covered for any of your camping and overlanding needs!

RSO Suspension

RSO Suspension manufactures premium quality suspension kits and components for trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs. With their combined decades of experience and enthusiasm for the off-road industry, they are committed to bringing only the best high-performance products to market. RSO Suspension is best known for our Adjustable Shocks, Heavy-Duty Track Bars, Coil Springs, Control Arms, and more. Their team will only accept durable parts on our rides, and they believe everyone should have access to that same quality at affordable prices!

N2 Explore

N2 Explore Joins 2023 Prescott Valley Outdoor Summit

Exploration Vans, Off-Road Vehicles – You Dream It, They Build It

N2 Explore has signed on as an exhibitor at the 2023 Prescott Valley Outdoor Summit.  The mission at N2 Explore is to provide people with custom exploration vans and off-road vehicles for the ultimate outdoor experiences in Arizona and the Southwest. They build exploration vehicles that are designed for comfort and durability, on and off road to explore Arizona’s beauty and diverse landscapes.

N2 ExploreN2 Explore vehicles take outdoor exploring and camping to a new level. Their vehicles are built for all levels of adventure experience. If you want an elevated and comfortable camping experience, their Exploration Vans fit the bill. Comfortable beds, fridge/freezer, power system, fresh water, cooktop, sink, rooftop deck, awning, outdoor shower plus many more additional features. N2 Explore vans provide an exceedingly comfortable camping and road-trip experience. Their vans are available to rent, or they can build one custom-tailored to meet your individual needs. They offer full or partial builds if you already have a van and require build support, upgrading, up-fitting or repairs, they are here to help. N2 Explore vans are perfect for a wide range of outdoor activities; camping, exploring, hiking, biking, climbing, hunting, fishing, photography and kayaking just to name a few. You are completely self-contained to enjoy on-road comfort and off-road durability in a N2 Explore Van.

Up-Fit Your Existing Vehicle, Toyotas with Rooftop Tents, Rent, Buy

For those wanting something different in an off-road vehicle, N2 Explore offers Toyota 4-Runners with roof-top tents and other amenities for the ultimate outdoor experience. Rent, buy or have N2 Explore upfit your existing vehicle. All vehicle types are welcome.

Services for Do-It Yourselfers As Well

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer but need some guidance or a full-service facility that provides you with the expertise, tools, equipment, and workspace to see your vehicle project come to life, N2 Explore can help.

Your Guides

N2 Explore is about the outdoors. We can design your adventure, with extensive knowledge of the best Arizona locations for camping, unique road trips, ghost towns, Route 66, State and National Parks, hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, biking to name a few. Whatever your dream adventure might be we can design a uniquely tailored itinerary to deliver your ultimate adventure experience.

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Arizona Natives

The team at N2 Explore are Arizona natives and share a passion for the outdoors. While their main focus is building rugged and fully customized exploration vehicles, they also assist people with their existing vehicles to ensure it’s ready for adventure on and off road.

The N2 Explore Phoenix-based facility offers a full-service shop that includes full mechanical, carpentry shop, vehicle builds and upfitting capabilities. Take a quick tour of their shop at

They welcome you to come visit their Phoenix facility to see the full operation, meet the team and discuss your exploration vehicle needs. You dream it, they build it and bring it to life. Check them out at Booth C8 this year at the 2023 Prescott Valley Outdoor Summit.

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Monsoons and Flash Floods: Video

In the TOPO Talk blog post just before this one, “Weather Source for Trip Planning…” we talked about the US National Weather Service, Flagstaff, AZ. being a great source for those unfamiliar with central and northern Arizona weather and terrain. We touched on monsoons and flash floods, recommending to avoid low lying areas and dry creek beds when monsoons are active and prevalent in your region. Here’s a great example as to why:

Special thanks to Arizona Game and Fish for capturing and share this. An amazing event to witness.