The White Rhino Overland Vehicle (WRōV)
ImNoSaint’s 2015 Chevy Tahoe PPV Build
His new build is no ordinary Chevy Tahoe; it’s a commercial edition built by GM’s service vehicle arm as a four-wheel drive police pursuit vehicle (PPV). It’s a traditional body-on-boxed frame platform driven by a beefed-up 5.3 EcoTec3 V8 delivering 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Power goes through a Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission with a PPV calibration for very short 0-60 trips with a two-speed transfer case and a rear automatic locker.
Bringing this to a stop are heavy-duty four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and keeping it under control is a heavy-duty tuned suspension with a two-inch lift and a widened track. Electric speed-sensitive power steering for increased responsiveness. The PPV package uses a high-output alternator to create and distribute power to the standard mechanical system and a second house power system for lights, comms, and computers, which will be rewired for a fridge/freezer, auxiliary lighting and navigation.
This Tahoe was purchased at 99,000 miles and baselined on all fluids, belts, and brake pads and is shod with new Falken Wildpeak tires on 18″ Chevy aluminum rims. The seller added the basket and light bar for more appeal, both of which have since been deleted.
During its build, given the rarity of full-size overland vehicles, along with all the rhino branding on the truck, we’re officially calling it the White Rhino Overland Vehicle, or the WRōV.
Building for Multiple Purposes
The WRōV not only replaces the 2.5 Montero, but also a 2015 Chevy Silverado used to tow a travel trailer. The LT was rear-wheel drive and made for a great, efficient tow vehicle but lacked the off-road abilities of the Montero.
The WRōV combines the utility of both vehicles with incredible power, speed and control, providing towing power and off-road agility.
Topping the list is a wheel/tire upgrade to 33″ General Grabber X3s mounted on Black Rhino wheels. A Rhino-Rack Backbone Pioneer platform roof rack will provide storage on top. The spare has been relocated on a WilcoOffroad Hitchgate coming off the receiver making room for onboard water storage and pump system along with an onboard compressor. Another pair of Rigid auxiliary off-road lights will be located in the stock fog lamp positions.
Go to Exterior Mods for more build details.
So Much Space with so Little Storage
This PPV-prepared Tahoe was designed to be modified for police gear and equipment, with a third-row delete and spartan cargo space. An insert has been designed and constructed from 4040-40 extruded aluminum to accommodate a slide-out high-capacity fridge and drawer system with a slide out stove/sink combo, along with a house-power 12v system.
The second row has been deleted to make room for a dog deck where our Goldens ride.
Go to Interior Mods for build details.
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