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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hodakaguy, Dec 31, 2017.
How do you decide what things to use on your builds?
You must spend a fair amount of time researching things before you get going.
It pays off, that Switch Pro is really a nice piece of kit.
I love this thread.
The attention to detail and quality of work from welding to wiring, continues to amaze.
Dear Mr. Hodakaguy's Dad,
Please say 'NO' to the external air snorkle.
I absolutely love everything else.
What is that swing gate rack? I like it a lot...
I usually have an idea in my head of what I want it to look like when it's finished, often I know what parts I want up front and on other stuff I do lots on research in forums etc comparing products and seeing which parts I like the best. It's all part of the building fun
Thanks, I enjoy detail work. It makes a huge difference in the overall build one your done, all the little details add up.
Oh no....my fathers is going to have a Snork as well . I told my son a couple nights ago I'm going to name the truck "Snorkie Mc Snork Face" Lol, but we will just call it Snorkie for short
Went out this morning to try out the 30" S8 light bar. Pics were taken on the same manual settings for each shot. This baby throws some good usable light!
I love the daylight color spectrum of the Baja Designs lights, no weird blue or purple tint.
Baja Designs 30" S8 Bar in the SSO Hybrid Bumper.
The low and High beams are the stock bulbs .
High Beams and Light Bar
In these shots I zoomed in a ways down the road to better see how far each beam is throwing.
High Beams and Light Bar
Some camper mods and a review of the cooking gear we carry.
Custom floor mats on the cheap! I picked up a $20 foam backed kitchen mat for the entry of the camper. A little trimming is in order to make it fit perfectly.
Getting ready to trim the mat to size.
I used a socket and a razor blade to round the corners for a factory finished look.
And installed in the camper. The fit is perfect and the foam backing feels great on bare feet. I'll purchase a couple more mats and custom fit the rest of the camper out.
Next up a storage location for our cooking supplies. Storage space in a small camper is at a premium so we need to utilize any available space. This box will go in the open area under the bench seat.
This wood box is light weight, fits the open space perfectly, it's durable and only $17! It also matches the campers interior very nicely.
Adding adhesive backed felt pads to the sides and rear of the box to prevent any wood to wood contact/scratching. Rounded the corners with the socket and razor blade.
Test fitting in the camper....spot on.
Ultra light weight/compact cooking gear review....Our cooking setup in our SWIFT.
With small campers weight is everything and space is a premium, the lighter the overall weight the more enjoyable the trip. Over years of long distance off road motorcycle travel and camping with our past FWC we have refined our light weight cooking gear set. This entire lot of gear fit's nicely into the small light weight wooden storage box and stows perfectly in the open space under the bench seat.
JetBoil stove: This stove gets used heavily. It's compact and the whole unit stores inside it's own cook pot. It will boil a pot of water in 2 minutes! We use this every day to make coffee in the morning, for anything that needs hot water and you can also cook soup etc in the Pot. The cook pot has a heat sleeve around it and as soon as the water is boiling you can remove the pot from the stove, snap the plastic lid back onto the metal bottom area (Protects you from the hot pot) and hold the pot comfortably in your hand to eat out of if needed. The fuel canister lasts a surprisingly long time, love this piece of kit.
BioLite Wood Stove: This is a very efficient and compact wood burning stove. It will run on any type of wood that you can stick into the burner, I carry pre-cut chunks of Hickory to cook with and can easily restock on the road with bags of BBQ smoking wood chunks available at most stores . There is a small internal electric fan that creates a swirl chamber inside the burner pot for smoke free operation. Once the stove is up and running the TEG (Thermo Electric Generator) produces electricity from the heat and charges it's own internal battery, runs the fan and will even charge a cell phone from a USB port. There are multiple fan speeds to control heat output. The optional grill attachment is awesome, we cook steaks, chicken, hot dogs etc almost nightly with this unit. You can open the lid on the grill and feed the burner without removing the grill. The setup makes for a VERY compact and efficient BBQ!
The TEG Unit.
And grill attached.
Folding Bucket: This is a super light and compact bucket that folds up into a little square pouch. Once deployed it's very durable and self supporting once filled with water. We use this for washing dishes, fetching water to put out a camp fire etc. Very handy.
Primus Fuel Stove: This is a ultra compact stove that screws onto the same bottles of fuel that the JetBoil uses. We use this with the small folding handle pan and have cooked many meals for the three of us with this setup. It's very stable once set up, weights almost nothing and takes up very little space.
Handheld lighter/torch: This is a small extendable handheld lighter that puts out a nice intense flame. Great for lighting the BioLite stove, camp fires etc. There is a small adapter I carry (Pictured) that allows refilling the lighter from the Jetboil fuel containers.
Cooking gear loaded into the camper.
Those lights though...
Well, I learned something today. Always thought that plastic lower lid on the JetBoil was just a particularly shitty cup. Never considered snapping it back on as a heat shield.
I saw this in another thread...
Has your Dad been messing with the welder again?
Anyway, I'm enjoying the Tacoma build.
Thanks for the updates.
Well if anyone could weld that together, his Dad could!
I use my jet boil as a french press coffee maker. You can buy a screen and plunger that fits through the hole in the plastic top. Works well. Do not, however, boil the water and then add the grounds. You will get a volcanic eruption of coffee foam all over everything. Put the grounds in the jetboil and boil the water in another pot.
I would give up porn for the rest of my life to know how to do electrical wizardry like this. Amazeballs!
Hodakaguy, I have a question regarding your FWC mounting bars if you don't mind. Did you fabricate those, or are they a product of FWC? I have an FWC Hawk for my Ram Power Wagon and FWC's installation kit was four eyebolts installed into the bed of the truck. I like your setup better. Thanks!
Nevermind. I see that it's a FWC bracket for a composite bed. I still might do something like that anyway.
Enjoying this thread!
Tell us more about your cable crimper, please.