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#31 ETAV8R

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Posted 29 January 2015 - 10:49 AM

Well I finally broke down and had a shop do the electrical work installation. The only thing not done was a quick connect for my LED light bar which I plan to have mounted on my Yakima rack above the wind fairing.
I now have all my switches installed, camper power plug mounted in one of the bed cubbies, front spots (weak), and two always on 12V outlets in the rear of the center console. Having constant power for my fridge is great. Having the camper power on during camping is also very nice.

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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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#32 takesiteasy

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Posted 29 January 2015 - 03:50 PM

Looks good. Nice clean installation.


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#33 ETAV8R

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Posted 03 August 2016 - 04:28 PM

Brief update:

The battery mount broke loose and I'm working on a solution. There is a guy on Tacoma World who frame mounted a smaller size battery. He's not a camper, more into beating his truck to bits with big jumps so his mount is quite stout. I've also done a cheap awning solution which is noted in a few threads here on WTW.


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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


#34 takesiteasy

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 02:25 AM

Sorry to hear about the battery mount. Since mine is very similar, can you provide some more information on what exactly broke and what you think caused it? Maybe some photos? I'm curious so I can monitor my set-up. Thanks.


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#35 ETAV8R

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 04:48 AM

In the pictures you can see the piece which has the three bolts coming up from the fender. Well that piece has small weak welds and the size of my battery finally tore them off after many miles of off-roading. I have a friend who also had a battery mount fail in the same area. He wheels his truck harder than most people I know. But he also knows the limitations of our Tacomas. He is an aeronautical/mechanical engineer and works with the Toyota Baja Team.


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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 August 2016 - 03:20 PM

In the pictures you can see the piece which has the three bolts coming up from the fender. Well that piece has small weak welds and the size of my battery finally tore them off after many miles of off-roading. I have a friend who also had a battery mount fail in the same area. He wheels his truck harder than most people I know. But he also knows the limitations of our Tacomas. He is an aeronautical/mechanical engineer and works with the Toyota Baja Team.

 

Thanks for the info. I'm surprised that happened. I'll have to watch that area. I'd be interested in more information about your workaround as you get it.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 12:19 AM

It works! My cheap awning was fairly successful for the first deployment. It was pretty windy a couple weeks ago near the top of the White Mountains. Other than the telescoping poles all the parts can be found at most hardware stores. I want to get a second set of tarp poles in order to keep it horizontal instead of slanted down. Also want to find a 6x20 tarp to extend it further out for more shade. The reason I use a 6' wide tarp is because that is the width between my jack mounts. For wider/longer campers you can have a larger tarp. Really happy with this as of now. The true test will be in Death Valley where the "W" thing can be fierce.

 

This is the type of tent/tarp pole I used:
https://smile.amazon...d=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I'm thinking about getting a set of these since they are lighter and have less chance of corrosion.

http://www.walmart.c...-8.2FT/53728954

 

 

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I did some hunting and found the following poles. I was successful offering $50 for two sets on ebay with this seller. That is for four poles. They arrived yesterday and seem to be of good quality. If you are looking for tarp poles I'd say try these before any of the spendy REI types.

http://www.ebay.com/...=STRK:MEBIDX: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 12 August 2016 - 12:22 AM

Looking good!


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Posted 20 October 2016 - 05:17 PM

Thanks for sharing.

 

I'm curious to hear your thoughts on transitioning from your old flippac to the FWC.  What have you liked about the change, and what have you not liked?

 

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#40 Vic Harder

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 10:37 PM

Well I finally broke down and had a shop do the electrical work installation. The only thing not done was a quick connect for my LED light bar which I plan to have mounted on my Yakima rack above the wind fairing.
I now have all my switches installed, camper power plug mounted in one of the bed cubbies, front spots (weak), and two always on 12V outlets in the rear of the center console. Having constant power for my fridge is great. Having the camper power on during camping is also very nice.

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Another CTEK user!  How is that unit working out for you?  Interesting that you have it mounted in the truck vs in the camper.  What size wires are you using to the camper batteries?


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