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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hodakaguy, Dec 31, 2017.
Were you aware of the free 2day RV camping in the back lot?
Have you been to the Air Museum in Madras?....Plane rides and free RV parking on their property.....I hope to be there in the next 2 weeks...Too many folks out there for my original plan to be there this next weekend..Give them a call about plane rides, they give a good deal if you become a member.....Big show in August, but too hot for me on the tarmac...............
Driven by that place a bunch of times. I didn't know the Goose was there.
Haven't been to that one yet...sounds like fun!
The WAAAM in Hood River is well worth a stop too - besides airplanes it is also crammed full of vintage cars, motorcycles, and other fun old stuff. Been a couple times and can highly recommend . http://www.waaamuseum.org/
@Hodakaguy @ Big Lots. I know it's the wrong camper...
Summer rain and dry land wheat
I’ve Been looking for a couple of those and checking every store but haven’t ran a crossed one yet. Good score!
If you need one or two I can grab some and ship them to you for cost.
Get yourself a bit of velcro, and stick it to the top of the dash in your truck.
I've got a Matchbox 22-window VW bus from World of Coke, in Atlanta, that's been on the dash of my EuroVan since '01. Gets a lot of comments.
That would be awesome if there are any still available.
Sorry for the lack of updates...We have been using it quite a bit and I haven't taken the time to post yet.
Returned last week from a 1900 mile road trip through Yellowstone, camper and truck performed perfectly. Here's a few pics of the truck in different places along the route, I still need to go through the rest of the pictures of the trip when I get the time.
Outside of Jackson Hole WY....the lighting was very cool.
Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone.
Camping at Mammoth Hot Springs
Camp at Lewis and Clark Caverns Park
Heading down LOLO Pass.
I'll try and get some more pictures of the trip loaded up when I get a chance.
This past weekend my father and I went to Plain WA for the NW OverLand Rally....Sooooo many cool rigs there! Had a great time and got to meet a lot of great people. Plans were set in motion for an epic adventure while at the rally....More to come on that later Will defiantly be going back next year.
Here's an overview of the rally from the Drone.
Where's Waldo....we are camping in this section, see the truck?
Home sweet home for a few nights.
The view out of the camper.
DasMule had their big rig at the show
There was a little of everything
Aaah, The Horse Heavens.
The @1955_chupacabra!!! I follow that dude on instagram. He takes it some gnarly places!
Now that is something completely different. I like it!!
Been slammed lately...but time for a update.
At the NorthWest Overland Rally one of our goals was to check out campers for my fathers truck, we had been looking at the new GoFast camper and thinking about placing a order so it would be nice to see them in person. We were able to see all the major brands in one location which was great as it gave us the opportunity to study them and see how each one would fit our needs.
We liked the GoFast unit, light and simple. Construction looked really good and finish work was top notch. Canvas material is similar to what we have on the FWC and it’s been super waterproof. We live in the desert and the camper will be outside 365..the sun here tears things up fast. We both wondered how the composite roof will hold up over time to intense sun, things here die of sun!. Also not sure I like the light coming in through the composite translucent top, I could see times where I want it dark in the tent. Guess one could always make a internal light cover for the top. The tubular frame of the GoFast takes up room and makes the sides harder to insulate. Another thing I didn't care for was the short cab over, this makes for a short sleeping area and you will have to remove a cushion every time you want to drop back down to the truck bed when sleeping. No side window options on the GoFast.
We both really liked the Vagabond unit a lot as well, the construction is top notch and we both prefer the solid aluminum construction, insulated aluminum roof and less seals on the sides (I see this as being a lot more water/dust proof over time). They also have similar canvas material to the FWC which again we have found bullet proof in rain. We liked the longer extension over the cab and the ability to have a standing space with the bed deployed. The Drifter is also built out of thicker aluminum than the AT and was really rock solid! We also liked the side windows in the Drifter and they will be offering the Dometic windows. Without the tube frame of the GoFast the interior seems more roomy and offers more options for build outs. We really liked the one piece aluminum roof and it would be great for mounting solar or carrying my Kayaks.
The AT was great as well but higher $$ and the canvas material looked more like treated tent material than a true waterproof material like the others. I hung around twice to talk to the AT rep but never got the chance. The fit and finish of the AT was really good. They had the habitat on display as well but we both prefer the wedge design over the Habitat.
They all have their advantages and disadvantages, but the Drifter fits our needs the best.
And a couple of the campers.
We recently pulled the trigger and ordered a Vagabond Drifter camper for my fathers truck. This unit will remain on his truck year round unless we want to swap over the FWC for a longer trip. Can't wait to build it out, we will be adding insulation, lighting and heat. We will keep this camper very basic and light.
Next up...Awning swap. At the same rally we had the opportunity to look at the Alu-Cab 270 Deg Shadow Awning, we really liked the construction and that it can handle higher winds than our Batwing awning without the legs being deployed. Since we live in the desert and winds are very common this is an important feature for us. Our existing Batwing will hold up to wind as well but they recommend always using the legs and staking them down, I really prefer the free span option of the Alu-Cab. After returning home from the rally we sold the Batwing and purchased a Shadow unit.
The coverage is also slightly better with the Alu-Cab and it uses a more square shape, you can get a idea from these two drawings.
Batwing removed from the truck. Here you can see the factory FWC 1/4" stainless mounts for the Batwing, we will re-use these mounts for the Shadow and fabricate a 4th bracket as well for additional hinge support. The mounts go through the frame and have backing plates on the inside wall.
Here is a shot of the Batwing next to the Shadow awning. The shadow is a little larger and not as compact when collapsed.
Differences in mounting requirements. The Batwing uses an extruded rail along the back of the awning allowing for a lot of adjustment and easy installation. The Shadow has mounting holes on the internal framework and the bag completely encloses the mount, you need to pick your mounting holes then punch a hold through the bag for the bolts to pass through.
This is what allows the Shadow awning to remain free-spanning in higher winds (up to 20+ mph). The support arms on the Shadow are completely boxed for added strength and fully welded at the hinge assembly where the Batwing uses lighter open C-channel tubing and a extruded/riveted hinge assy. Again the Batwing works just fine and is slightly lighter and more compact but does need to be staked down with legs in higher winds.
With the help of 3 people we held the Shadow awning up in place and determined how far back the rear hinge needed to be. Once that was determined we started marking out the hole locations on the awning mounting brackets to match up to the FWC brackets. Since our awning brackets are already mounted on the camper we will modify the holes on the awning to match the brackets.
The existing brackets on the camper have a wider bolt pattern than the awning so a few new holes were in order.
The 3rd mounting bracket on the camper (rear most bracket) is located right where the hinge assembly starts in the awning, preventing me from drilling holes in this location. Since the bracket is already on the camper we will modify the bracket by adding a stainless extension and move the mounting location slightly forward for clearance.
Fabricating the extension out of 1/4" stainless to match the OEM mounts.
It will be welded onto the bracket at this location.
We will have to fabricate a custom 4th bracket that will directly support the hinge assembly on the awning, this will tie into the corner of the camper. More on this soon as progress happens.
A few more pics of the install.
Yesterday we welded the extension tab on the rear OEM awning mount.
Next up was to fabricate a stainless backing plate for the mount directly behind the hinge, this mount takes the majority of the load when the awning is extended so it needs to be very secure.
Supporting the weight of the awning while we fabricate the hinge support.
We were busy and I didn't go a great job at taking pictures, so now the awning is magically on the truck lol.
Here you can see the stainless steel hinge support. After looking at several different options we decided to support the rear of the awning off the Jack mount. This mount ended up being very low profile and offers a ton of support, the awning is rock solid when deployed.
I re-purposed the Batwing catch that was already on the camper, it is now the latch point for the Shadow tension strap.
I like this flip up leg on the center arm, it slopes the top so rain will run off and not pool up.
Not the best shots as the light was getting low but you can see the coverage of the shadow awning. Living in the desert the shade will be appreciated . It's amazing how solid this awning feels, just like their commercial I can pull myself up on the center arm and it barely moves!
I'll get some better pics soon.
Couple shots from up above, you can really see the massive coverage in these shots.