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#21 ETAV8R

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 04:32 AM

How far south are you planning?


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Founder of D.E.R.P. Desert Exploration & Research Project. A camp proper is a nomads biding place. He may occupy it for a season or only for a single night, according as the site and its surroundings please or do not please the wanderers whim- Horace Kephart.

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#22 ETAV8R

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 05:26 AM

Quick update: Finally got the 2nd battery mounted in the engine bay. Also have my battery controller/isolator mounted as well. The wiring it the next big step and after that I'll be an even more happy camper. On another note; does anyone know what size/type of bolts fit into the sliding parts in the Yakima tracks? I have an idea about attaching a tarp while in camp to the roof. Thanks.
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Founder of D.E.R.P. Desert Exploration & Research Project. A camp proper is a nomads biding place. He may occupy it for a season or only for a single night, according as the site and its surroundings please or do not please the wanderers whim- Horace Kephart.

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 02:39 PM

i'm not sure what you are thinking, but I used 1/4 inch elevator bolts for a similar-sounding idea. I ground down the heads on two sides so they would slide in the track with the threads pointing up. I attached the tarp through the grommets to the bolts with washers and wingnuts. The attachment idea worked fine but I found the tarp to be too high when the top was up to provide the kind of shelter I was looking for. I ended up making a different set-up. I think the original concept would work well for a back door awning. I don't have detailed pictures of the first approach but there is a photo of the result on my blog.

 

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#24 ETAV8R

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 11:39 PM

Went to the hardware store and tried out a couple bolts. They didn't have specific eye bolts but I wanted to know what bolt/thread works. For the sliding threaded nuts in the tracks the correct size/thread is M6 100 pitch per my trials at Ace Hardware. I think the following will work...

 

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Founder of D.E.R.P. Desert Exploration & Research Project. A camp proper is a nomads biding place. He may occupy it for a season or only for a single night, according as the site and its surroundings please or do not please the wanderers whim- Horace Kephart.

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2013 Silver Spur Finch Shell- The Oxcart/Gini's Burden-

http://www.wanderthe...ory/#entry83606


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:28 AM

Finally got my 2nd battery and battery controller in place. The way it is now has survived a recent trip to Eureka Valley, Dedeckera Canyon, Steel Pass, and the South Pass of Saline Valley Road. The battery hasn't moved a bit. I do plan to secure the tray the battery controller is on to hinder some of the up and down play on the tray itself. This process took a lot of doing and trips to the hardware store. For those of you who do have a 2nd gen Tacoma and do not have the ABS system on the passenger side there is hope of getting a battery in that position.

I do not have a total parts list. Many washers, grommets, and other parts used. The tray is for a Group 27 Size battery even though mine is a Group 34. I live in an apt and do not have a formal workshop. Any cutting, grinding, and drilling was done pretty much on my balcony.

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Founder of D.E.R.P. Desert Exploration & Research Project. A camp proper is a nomads biding place. He may occupy it for a season or only for a single night, according as the site and its surroundings please or do not please the wanderers whim- Horace Kephart.

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2013 Silver Spur Finch Shell- The Oxcart/Gini's Burden-

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#26 takesiteasy

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 03:08 PM

Nice job. I did pretty much the same thing except I used the IBS control system which didn't need much real estate in the engine compartment- made that part easier. I mounted my fuse box in the camper. It is a good idea to have another one in the engine bay. You will like having the extra battery. Are you going to add a solar panel? I am thinking about doing that next.


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 05:49 PM

Thank you.

 

My battery controller has a connection for solar. So yes solar is going to be with me in the future. I wanted the fuse panel, and the battery, in the engine bay only because my fridge is in the truck instead of the camper. I think the next big hurdle will be wiring the switches and 12v connection inside the truck cab. I did find an ebay store that has a plethora of switches. Even one labeled "Camper".

 

I have two friends running similar set ups and exactly the same battery controller. I know I'll be happy with the controller. Can't wait to get it finally finished though.


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Founder of D.E.R.P. Desert Exploration & Research Project. A camp proper is a nomads biding place. He may occupy it for a season or only for a single night, according as the site and its surroundings please or do not please the wanderers whim- Horace Kephart.

2009 4x4 Tacoma Access Cab-The Gini

2013 Silver Spur Finch Shell- The Oxcart/Gini's Burden-

http://www.wanderthe...ory/#entry83606


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 10:10 PM

Eric,

When I met you last year at "San Mateo Owners Rally" and you showed me your camper I really like that the couch was installed on the Drivers side. If I had known that was an option I might have purchased the roll-over couch and "flipped" my cabin arrangement as it really works well in that configuration.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 11:28 PM

I really like having the couch and being able to look out the window. Even though I didn't order the shell (bought used) I think it was done with a lot of foresight as far as a shell model goes. I'm very happy with it.


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Founder of D.E.R.P. Desert Exploration & Research Project. A camp proper is a nomads biding place. He may occupy it for a season or only for a single night, according as the site and its surroundings please or do not please the wanderers whim- Horace Kephart.

2009 4x4 Tacoma Access Cab-The Gini

2013 Silver Spur Finch Shell- The Oxcart/Gini's Burden-

http://www.wanderthe...ory/#entry83606


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 02:21 AM

Did two strap downs courtesy of the Ski3pin method:

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Edited by ETAV8R, 04 April 2014 - 03:25 AM.

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Founder of D.E.R.P. Desert Exploration & Research Project. A camp proper is a nomads biding place. He may occupy it for a season or only for a single night, according as the site and its surroundings please or do not please the wanderers whim- Horace Kephart.

2009 4x4 Tacoma Access Cab-The Gini

2013 Silver Spur Finch Shell- The Oxcart/Gini's Burden-

http://www.wanderthe...ory/#entry83606





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