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Hodakaguy's Overland Tacoma Builds - on to new adventures.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hodakaguy, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    I will depending on wind conditions. It will do 20+ mph free spanning with no tie downs. There are built in tie downs on each support arm as well as a single leg on the middle arm that you can drop down for higher winds.

    Hodakaguy
  2. Happy Heathen

    Happy Heathen n00b

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    Amazing build. That welding your father does is artwork.
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  3. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Time to get my fathers electrical finished up. I'll be installing the same setup in my fathers truck as I'm running in mine, Two NorthStar batteries and a ML-ACR for combining duties. The larger Group 31M battery on the drivers side will be the Aux battery and the smaller Group 35 battery on the passenger side will be the trucks starting battery.

    First up install the SwitchPro assembly. Parts laid out and ready to assemble.

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    Going Together...

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    PowerTray and SwitchPro unit in the truck.....fit's like a glove!

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    Wiring up the SwitchPro.

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    Wiring up the 30" S8 light bar in the SSO Hybrid Bumper.

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    Labeling makes troubleshooting down the road sooooo much easier!

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    SwitchPro head unit installed in the SDHQ mount, clean and factory looking.

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    With the SwitchPro installed it's time to install the ML-ACR and wire up the two batteries. I'll be using 1/0 welding cable.

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    We welded studs onto the top of the battery tray to mount the ML-ACR. The ACR is held down via the front two studs, the rear studs are cut short for clearance and offer support from side to side movement.

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    Changing out the OEM battery end for one compatible with the new terminal.

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    Extending the SwitchPro positive cable.

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    Extending the OEM Positive cable.

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    Used 1/0 Welding Cable to tie the two batteries together. Low profile 300A fuses used on each end of the positive cable for direct short protection.

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    And all wired up! I need to pick up some more white heat shrink tubing so I can finish labeling the rest of the wiring.

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    Hodakaguy
  4. ryder1

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    Nice job! I know you have probably already been asked and answered this question but, How do you print on the heatshrink?
  5. CopaMundial

    CopaMundial Wow, that broke easy

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    He mentioned his printable heat shrink label maker in an earlier post here:


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  6. ryder1

    ryder1 Long timer

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    Thanks Copa:clap
  7. Red J

    Red J Been here awhile

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    Dymo Rhino printers also can use heat shrink tube or you can make flag labels (vinyl tapes which stay on wire insulation or heat shrink well). Not sure how they compare to the Kroy but the Dymo is acceptable.
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  8. Monroe

    Monroe Long timer

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    Your photos and description of the Batwing / Shadow swap is most timely.

    I'm picking up a FWC Grandby Flatbed and Norweld aluminum tray on the 24th. When I ordered the Grandby, I asked if they would include the awning mounts without the awning as I have a Shadow from my previous rig. They declined.

    Perhaps I can purchase the mounts from FWC and modify the rear as you did for my install.

    Again, thanks for the pics and description! And as you might imagine, I'm kinda excited about this new rig.
  9. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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  10. Weekend_warrior

    Weekend_warrior Been here awhile

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    We use them in Telecom for data markers. I have one that does heat shrink printing. I find the self laminated flag style works well. I each end with where the other terminates to. They work well. The heat shrink can be hard to read sometimes or if its long it gets pulled behind something.
  11. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Looks like I was a little late in answering this one...Thanks Copa!

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  12. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    I was able to purchase a set of the OEM mounts for the new owner when I sold my batwing, just call down to FWC and talk to Aaron. Congrats on the new flatbed...those are awesome!

    Hodakaguy
  13. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    For automotive use I've found the heat shrink tubing holds up better over time.

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  14. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    My father has an upcoming trip planned with his brother so it's time to get his truck set up for the Camper.

    First item up is to install the wiring to connect the camper to the trucks Aux battery.

    Four Wheel Camper uses an Attwood 3 prong trolling motor connector for the truck to camper power interface. Here I'm getting set up to splice the plug onto the Ancor marine wire.

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    On all my projects I like to use Ancor Pre-Tinned marine wire, each strand is tinned before it's made into the actual wire. Tinning helps keep the wire corrosion resistant in marine and non-marine environments and keeps the wire reliable for years to come.

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    Connected

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    Hole drilled in the corner of the bed for the power plug.

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    This is a de-burring tool and is sooooo handy. You use it to eliminate the sharp edges around the hole to prevent stress cracks from developing down the road. Because of the shape of the tip you can de-burr the inner and outer edges easily.

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    Plug installed

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    Terminating the wire on the fuse box next to the SwitchPro.

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    Getting ready to swap over the camper to my fathers rig. Before Shot.

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    Attaching the jacks.

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    We fabricated some stand off brackets from some plate steel so the front jacks will clear the fenders of the truck when we drop the camper and pull forward.

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    The passenger side rear jack mount needed a quick mod to allow the jack to function, when we added the stainless mount to the OEM bracket to support the Shadow awning it caused a slight interference issue when mounting the jack. We fabbed up a quick stand off plate to allow the jack to bolt on with the awning brace in place (Short a couple bolts in these pics).

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    This adapter allows you to use a drill to run the jacks up and down instead of having to use the hand cranks. Very handy!

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    Jacks going down, turn buckles removed and camper coming off the truck.

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    These are the bed bars and camper attach points for the 5' Tacoma trucks, the bars attach to the bed using the factory bed hold down bolts. Tip: To make install easy use a snap tie to attach the front turn buckets to the mounting bar before you install the camper, once the camper is on the truck you can lift up the turn buckle and attach it to the camper without having to fish for the lower tie point. Turn buckles are quick and easy with this method.

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    Camper installed on my fathers truck, tire pressures set and air bags inflated...here we are watching some aviation videos and my father and uncle are swapping flying stories :-)

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    And back outside. We swapped my fathers canopy over to my truck.

    Bammmm....they look totally different now lol.

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    Hodakaguy
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  15. Monroe

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    Thanks for the contact, maybe I'll see you and your Pop on the road :clap
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  16. IDScarecrow

    IDScarecrow Long timer

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    Did you think about just trading keys instead of swapping the camper over? :1drink
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  17. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go Supporter

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  18. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    We did consider it...but it's just nice to have your own rig when your on a trip and swapping the camper over is easy :-)

    Hodakaguy
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  19. Cryoman01

    Cryoman01 Been here awhile

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    Nice job. I saw the comment on sharing flying stories. I wanted to ask if that civilian or military?

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  20. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    We are all three private pilots, my father has been into vintage and antique aircraft most of his life.

    Here's a photo of my father and his 1929 Pitcairn Mail Wing that he restored back in the day.

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    And our last plane, a 1938 Piper J3 with the original 38 Continental 50hp upstack engine.

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    Hodakaguy