May 29, 2014 at 1:00 am

Soup it up: Pickup primed to plow through winter

With a plow up front and snowmobile in the bed, this DC Shoes-modified Toyota Tacoma is equipped for whatever might await next winter. (Larry Edsall / Special To The Detroit News)

Sure, it’s warm, even hot out right now. A full summer is ahead of us. But you know winter is coming again, and most likely much sooner than you’d like.

So perhaps right now is a good time to start thinking about what you’ll want to drive next winter.

To stimulate your thinking, Toyota worked with DC Shoes to create a one-off Tacoma pickup that just might spark some ideas of your own for warming up to winter driving.

Based in Huntington Beach, Calif., DC Shoes was founded in 1992 to produce footwear for those participating in action sports, from snow- and skateboarding to surfing and pedal- and motorsports.

Three members of the DC Shoes snowboarding team — Iikka Backstrom, Travis Rice and Devun Walsh — worked with Toyota and custom vehicle builder Camburg Engineering Inc., also of Huntington Beach, on the specific modifications for the snow-themed 2013 Tacoma.

And just what were those modifications?

Well, there’s a Camburg suspension setup featuring Camburg CRS coilovers, upper control arms, rear springs and shocks.

The truck rides on a set of KMC wheels wrapped with General Tires’ LT285/75R16 Grabber AT2 rubber.

Other upgrades include a Magnaflow exhaust system, Odyssey battery and an iPad Mini-based audio system with Bluetooth, JBL amps and speakers, Scosche EFX wiring and Scosche BoomBottle wireless speakers.

But what makes this truck a wonder for the winter wonderland are the following:

■A Meyer Drive Pro snowplow,

■A custom drop-in ramp,

■A snowmobile/sled deck with ramp,

■A Jobox bed toolbox/storage unit,

■A Roadwire custom interior that matches a pair of DC snow boots, along with boot and glove dryers and a vented clothes hanger/dryer,

■All the AC outlets needed to run the electric boot and clothes drying equipment.

There’s also an ARB Series III Rooftop tent so the hardiest of outdoorsmen and women can have a sheltered sleep in the snow and cold.

Power your own snowmobile up the ramp and into the bed and you’re ready to go — and to go pretty much anyplace you want — in the snow.

Larry Edsall is a Phoenix-based freelance writer. You can reach him at