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Vagabnd Drifter wedge camper FWC GoFast GFC AT Habitat

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#51 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 12:36 PM

Tom, nice work. That might be the first batwing I’ve seen that seems substantial.
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#52 Hodakaguy

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 11:28 AM

Tom, nice work. That might be the first batwing I’ve seen that seems substantial.


It's a very stout setup and worlds better than the Batwing. Not sure why FWC uses the Batwing still when the Shadow Awning is a far better product!

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 02:58 AM

Heater vent mod time. The outlet of the Propex unit is on a swivel and angles out at about a 45 deg angle, unfortunately the hot air still manages to hit the aux battery box. My dad has been placing something in front of the battery to deflect the heat but it's time to fix it for good and fab up a permanent deflector.

Here you can see the heater outlet in relation to the battery.

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First up measuring, cutting and welding. Starting with a scrap piece of metal plate.

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One deflector minus mounting tabs.

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Next up....cut out some mounting tabs

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Tabs rounded, welded in place and the whole assembly painted. We will be installing the deflector onto the heater unit with Rivet Nuts.

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Drilling holes and installing the Rivet Nuts into the heater box.

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And bolted in place.

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I ran the heater for about an hr on wide open to see how much heat transfer made it to the heater box, the deflector itself gets hot but the box itself stayed just warm to the touch around the deflector area. The solar charge controller stayed nice and cool which is what I was concerned about...perfect.

One more thing off the to do list.

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 02:59 AM

My Dad is currently down in AZ enjoying the warm weather! He's reported that the camper and heater are working perfectly and he's been pouring on the miles while out exploring. Good Stuff!

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 03:28 AM

Good job Hodaka Guy. Glad you dad’s enjoying AZ. We just got back and it is nice in southern AZ.

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 02:01 AM

Great writeup Hodaka!

Searching for a popup camper shell to go on my  Tacoma. Want one with barn doors. Easyer to get bikes and "stuff " into the truck bed. 

And don't want to be reaching to close a tailgate and typical camper shell door from the inside. So far looks like only overland makes them. All the camper manufacturers are busy! Sign of a good economy?


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Posted 28 January 2020 - 02:14 AM

I like the summit and atlas for a full size pickup .  Do you know which model has the barn doors?  I see no mention of it there.

 

Especially for easterner, these folks https://snapoutfitte...snap-treehouse/ list that they have a barn door option on their treehouse.

 

 

 

 

Great writeup Hodaka!

Searching for a popup camper shell to go on my  Tacoma. Want one with barn doors. Easyer to get bikes and "stuff " into the truck bed. 

And don't want to be reaching to close a tailgate and typical camper shell door from the inside. So far looks like only overland makes them. All the camper manufacturers are busy! Sign of a good economy?


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Posted 28 January 2020 - 06:52 PM

The barn doors are a 500$ option for half doors, and 500$ for full doors. Don't know if that adds up to 1000$, or if full doors are "only" $500. Option for any size truck. Their waiting list is 6-9 months, with 1/2 down up front. With that long a wait, and that much money waiting, I think I'd better take a look at all of them at the overland expo west . May in Flagstaff. The search continues, and I guess I should start a new thread!


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