TOTAL CHAOS Fabrication – The name synonymous with premium suspension parts. It’s common to hear people say TC is like a magic carpet ride. And that’s one ride we don’t mind taking. Watch to see why we rely on TOTAL CHAOS products, and their people, 365 days a year.
Hoehn Adventures has been our dedicated partner since the inception of the Rebelle Rally. For the Hoehns, their journey with their vehicles is not just professional – it’s personal. Cars are in their blood, and adventuring in them is imprinted in their DNA.
With over 80 years of car dealership experience, their world-class service is backed by a family and crew of staff that truly walks the walk. Watch and learn more about the story of Hoehn Adventures from the Rebelle Rally.
Hoehn Adventures vehicles are head turners. Not only because of their vehicle name brands, but also because of their eye catching vehicle wraps. Yes, these iconic brands of Land Rover and Porsche being piloted by confident, capable women, but the vehicles are wrapped in a head-turning design that has a story much deeper than a beer graphic.
Enter Nizhoni Ranch Gallery, who work with Navajo female master weavers to create the beautiful designs that you see – respecting and proving the culture and heritage of female master weavers who are true artists. The Navajo rug is unique in weaving technique to any other rug and cannot be replicated – it is the only most prized Indigenous Navajo Weaving in North America. A “world class modest operation,” the gallery has been in business for 45 years and going strong. They take pride in what they’re doing, and it shows.
A huge thank you Nizhoni for co-sponsoring our very first 2018 basecamp! For more on the gallery and the exquisite pieces, visit their website or better yet – meet them in person at their gallery in a Ranch House located in Southern Arizona – south of Tucson.
Today’s Basecamp is brought to you by two woman-owned businesses. And we’d like to introduce you to our first one, DMOS Collective.
The Rebelle is all about self sufficiency and skills. It’s about having the right tools, and knowing how to use them. But as we know, sometimes people can go overboard. That’s why we keep it simple. A reliable tire compressor, tools we know how to use (don’t forget duct tape zip ties, and hose clamps), a set of MAXTRAX, a power pack for jumpstarting when a second vehicle is no where to be found, and of course – a collapsible shove.
We couldn’t be more excited to find a shovel company that is purpose built, innovative, and woman – owned. Not only does DMOS founder Susan Pieper pose a never-give-up, positive spirit just like a Rebelle, she is a Rebelle: Team #178 – Teton Drift: The Fast and Luxurious. DMOS is not just another simple SKU in a big company’s catalog. They are all about creating, and are product-specialists who live and breathe design and delivering great products for those who need it. We caught up with Susan to find out the brilliance behind DMOS:
DMOS Collective – what’s in a name?
My Company DMOS is all about empowering big experiences in extreme conditions. If you’ve ever been out there and gotten stuck, you know how bad it is not to have a shovel. Existing shovels are either too small and are short-shafted making digging unpleasant or they are too dumb, heavy, and awkward to stow so that they are not something you want to own. DMOS has turned shovels into your essential gear that you want to own and carry with you that allows you to “Do My Own Stuff.” We are all about empowering you by giving you the right tool.
You’re a young company (est. 2015) that has morphed quite a bit in a short amount of time. What have you learned in the transition from now being so much more than just a shovel?
I’ve learned that a small idea which resonates with people can grow into a big idea quickly! And, that that takes tremendous perseverance, persistence, and will power to see through. We had one product in 2015, launched our second in 2016, moved production from China onshore to the United States in 2017, have currently 6 different shovel models on the market today and are in the process of making vehicle mounts, kits, and storage cases. Our dream is to allow you to explore more by having the right tools and storage for your car, truck, RV, camper, snowmobile, ATV, etc.
Why is a DMOS shovel such a vital tool to empower big adventures in the outdoors?
Have you ever been stuck? Because, if you have, you’ll know that a shovel is your first, most basic tool to getting unstuck. Even without traction pads, if you can dig around your tires, you can always find rocks or sticks to use for traction and get unstuck saving you untold hours, expense, and just a delay in having the adventure you seek. We aim to keep you moving, in style. Our shovel is also perfect for grooming your tent site and tending your campfire as well as making sure it is out. You never need to buy another shovel… you’ve got one that is for all season, all terrain types – how cool is that?
You have so many events to consider, why did you choose to support the Rebelle?
We wanted to support the Rebelle because we believe in getting out and after it and the Rebelle is 1200 kilometers of adventure for sure! We also love the idea that the Rebelle empowers women to be extremely competent offroad drivers and navigators and the empowerment piece of Rebelle fits us a brand. Plus the Rebelles do a lot of digging in sand and we know that they will appreciate having a great shovel tool (in awesome colors!) which is what we’re about.
You shifted from being made overseas to made in the USA (Portland) What drove this decision?
We wanted to make the most quality tool you could own “buy once, buy the best” and we also wanted to shorten lead times to be able to bring products to market faster. We accomplished both of these things by vertically aligning with Lit Workshop in Portland, Oregon, a Deming-inspired factory that manufactures all of our products. It was a bet the company change in 2017 but having just come from the factory last week, it was totally worth it. Our Safety Red shovel looks like a Ferrari and our Silver Streak is like a Porsche. The tolerances are perfect and we know that people will enjoy the ownership experience of these fine tools which really is the goal. We can’t wait to get your feedback!
Can you go into more details about DMOS Collective’s sensible design approach?
I’ve always been a fan of minimalism in design. I admire the work of Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. DMOS’s shovels are built to be super functional, extremely durable (daresay unbreakable but someone can construct an way to break one, I’m sure), and compact. We do not use the extra weld in the corners because it’s unnecessary and allows a strap to be inserted in the wings so that you can secure the shovel to any pack or rack. We made the entire family of Alpha shovels and Stealth Pro all on the same platform as the Stealth as the Stealth is already perfect. Now that we’re in development on our new Delta shovel, it’s really challenging us to evolve the minimalistic design into a new product family that still is DMOS. Stay tuned!
Lastly, any words of wisdom for entrepreneurial, adventurous women?
GO FOR IT! I can honestly say that the journey of building DMOS is one that is making me into a better version of myself: more compassionate, faithful, persistent, and resilient. No, it’s not easy, but neither is the Rebelle! Yet both are about recognizing we only get one life so live your dreams and don’t hold back.
And this week only, Rebelle fans following the rally can order at 20% off using REBELLESDIG20 at dmoscollective.com – and just in time for Christmas!
We’re excited to announce DMOS Collective as an official 2018 Rebelle Rally sponsor. Woman-owned, made in Oregon, headquartered in Jackson Hole, and with fierce tough-times tackling ability, DMOS’ innovative designs began a pro-quality tool revolution back in 2015 when they reimagined the shovel. And they haven’t slowed down since. The built-to-last collection not only meets the demands of the outdoors, they make even the most challenging adventures more conquerable.
From their first product, a purpose-designed packable shovel, to now building even more tools by demand, CEO and founder Susan Pieper takes all products extremely seriously – with extensive testing in the field to boot.
“We started with just shovels, and although now we’re so much more than that, we take them just as seriously as we did on that very first day,” states Pieper. “Through a lot of getting our hands dirty in the elements, we’ve created a versatile shovel that fits a Rebelle competitor perfectly – literally. Lightweight, won’t break or rust, with a sizing to fit in the footwell or under seat, and built to withstand not only the rigors of the Rebelle but other outdoor adventures at hand — whether they involve snow, dirt, or all of the above. We’re thrilled to be involved with and supporting the Rebelle.”
As adventurous women off-road, we don’t take our shovel selection lightly! We can say firsthand, DMOS shovels have stood the rugged test of our 2018 course running and we find them absolutely Rebelle-worthy. Crafted strong enough for even the hardest digs. Next stop for our DMOS shovels? The 2018 Rebelle.
We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Satellite Phone Store!
We not only use their products for our teams, but our staff extensively uses their solutions throughout the rally. From safety to internal communications, our crew relies heavily on Iridium PTT satellite radio phones, and will be working with the excellent team at Satellite Phone Store to further support our course and media team’s needs. Our partnership stems from a working relationship where the company continues to impress us with not only the best products, but the best customer service.
Woman-owned, Satellite Phone Store understands the needs of the adventurer in all of us and the importance of proper preparation and tools. We are excited to welcome them to the Rebelle!
The Rebelle Rally has partnered with Santa Cruz company, Tepui Tents. Known as the standard of quality in the rooftop tent space, Tepui will sponsor the 2018 all women’s 10-day rally.
The Rebelle community is comprised of adventurous people who take their well-earned skills from the endurance event, and apply it to their future journeys. Rebelles must rely on their gear for durability, reliability, and safety. Tepui is known for their quality, ease of use, and a team that not only backs up their gear, but also tests it extensively through their own adventures.
“We welcome Tepui to the Rebelle Rally and community. Tepui’s products are built on a no-compromise mantra of quality, functionality, and reliability, and they’re backed by a top-notch staff of die-hard outdoorspeople that test their gear extensively and authentically. We are proud to be a part of the Tepui team,” noted Rally Director, Emily Miller.
With leading innovation and relentless durability in all of their products, here are some of Tepui’s standout features we count on:
- Patented zipper system called Zipper Gimp allows you to zip in and out different tops.
- Premium materials
- Minimal weight, maximal strength
- Ease of use and comfort of the interior space helps give the Rebelle Rally support staff the best night sleep possible despite the long hours and distances they travel.
With confidence in Tepui even the most unpredictable conditions, the Rebelle Rally is proud to rely on their well-earned title as the leader of rooftop tents.
It’s important that people have the best gear and the right tools to choose from for their adventures. When our journeys call for a rooftop tent, we trust Tepui.
Learn more @ Tepui.com.
TOTAL CHAOS Fabrication Named Official Suspension Partner of the 2018 Rebelle Rally
The Rebelle Rally is in a class all on its own as a driving and navigation challenge, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the companies they choose to partner with are just as unique as the event. Case in point: TOTAL CHAOS Fabrication (TC). Single-handedly responsible for the “midtravel” suspension segment with their introduction of the tubular Upper Control Arm (UCA) in 2002, these arms use race-quality components to increase wheel travel without the need for custom fabrication. And with TC’s commitment to quality, craftsmanship, customer service, and constant innovation, they have been named the Official Suspension Partner of the 2018 Rebelle Rally.
“We became involved with the Rebelle because this event is really different than other events. We enjoy being different,” TC co-founder Nicole Pitell-Vaughan explained. “I feel the Rebelle promotes self-confidence and encourages women to get out and explore. The competitors gain a tremendous amount of personal confidence, and their family and friends grow with the women throughout their journey. What I find unique is that it is not gender specific in regards to the Rebelle’s fan base.”
TOTAL CHAOS products have been used in events from the Baja 1000 to the Dakar Rally, and also extensively at the Rebelle Rally. Rebelle Event Director, Emily Miller, drove a TC-equipped Lexus GX470 during the 2017 edition, in addition to using the Lexus to set much of the course. The combination of the powerful V8 engine with TC suspension and King Shocks made it the perfect rally vehicle for the winding trails and big dunes. A whole contingent of TC staff was also at the Rebelle the last two years transporting media, sweeping the course, and showcasing the performance and durability of their products first hand. TOTAL CHAOS employee Rori Lewis competed in the Rebelle in 2017. Teamed with Tiffany Walker, the newcomers finished a very impressive 7th place in Tiffany’s TC-equipped FJ Cruiser.
By replacing the control arm ball joint with a high angle, race-quality uniball, TOTAL CHAOS UCA’s provide more suspension travel when installed with high performance shock absorbers. The tubular chromoly UCA’s also correct caster when lift is added – aiding in alignment. TOTAL CHAOS UCA’s are a perfect match for a set of oversized tires. This combination can transform a vehicle’s suspension, making it capable of withstanding the rigors of off-road driving with confidence and comfort day in and day out.
TOTAL CHAOS’s product line includes tubular upper control arms for most popular trucks and SUVs with independent front suspension, including Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge. Toyota owners looking for even more performance can benefit from TC’s long travel kits that are capable of maximizing the front wheel travel of your vehicle.
During the Rebelle, competitors drive street legal vehicles in one of two classes – 4×4 or Crossover. Within the 4×4 class, the designation of Bone Stock means a vehicle has not been modified. While Bone Stock is definitely a way to give credit to those who choose OEM, those who drive modified vehicles benefit most from upgraded, aftermarket suspension and quality off-road tires. “In any endurance off-road adventure or competition, performance, durability and reliability are critical. We can only stand behind the best products, which is why TOTAL CHAOS Fabrication wears the Official Partner badge of the rally. Plus, we drive what we promote and have had long-term success with TOTAL CHAOS parts and kits,” noted Miller.
“We don’t like to make compromises in product quality around here,” Pitell-Vaughan confesses. “We make all of our products in house right here in Southern California from the best materials available.” TC has a reputation for customer service that is just as exacting as their products; run by enthusiasts who walk the walk.