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Seriously getting ready for an Expedition..

Discussion in 'Offroad Accessories' started by Tbars4, November 28, 2010.

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    1. Tbars4

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      ..A couple things I want to add to your input, on your items..:D

      ..First, get a hold of Dave at Trasharoo ASAP about that hole worn into your bag on the first trip..I'm sure he will be interested in this problem and if I can help on anything let me know..;)

      ..as for the glow in the dark line..It did glow bit but there were a couple things I liked about it...The visibility was definitely a lot better than standard white line and it appeared to stay cleaner in the dark soil..:biggthump
       
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      Re: Moab trip w/TBars and Brian1 and the rest of the group. What worked/or not.

      All of my kit worked as I expected, although the desert wind that came up at night when I had my awning up...... well I won't do that again, had to get up and take it down what a PITA. Not so much a work or not work but I did pick up a small inverter for my cameras battery at a truck stop on the way home. I must say that my Edgestar 43 qt. fridge worked like a charm even tho I un pluged it each night as I run only one battery and wanted to avoid starting issues next day. It remained more than cold enough. I would like to see about cold retention on a real hot night tho when unpluged, will see this summer. Still working on dust proofing the topper, however I do have a new plan to try. mjmcdowell
       
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      Good luck with that!!!!
       
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      ..Update on the Rotopax..It is now commonly sold with all it's accessories at 4 wheel parts..;)
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      ..Another item which I don't believe has been covered yet is shoes...

      ..Whether you plan on doing some hiking during your trip, you are getting out of your vehicle to evaluate the terrain, or there is an emergency that gets you out of your vehicle in the back country, what is on your feet can play a very important part on your trip..

      ..Having tennis shoes on will not make for a pleasant experience...You need a shoe that first of all has traction for rocks and steep slick hills, not counting you want them to breath and also be comfortable in desert heat or in wet winter conditions..

      ..You don't have to go out and get a $100 pair of hiking boots..I commonly find them around the $20 range and this pair was $24 bucks..Well worth the price..:biggthump

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      New Cook Station

      Seeing as I end up cooking for more than just me on these expeditions, cooking on multiple single burner backpacking stoves has some limitations.

      So, I acquired a 2-burner stove. I wanted to stay with white gas, to match most of my other appliances, but the propane stoves are a little smaller (thinner) and burn hotter (aside from the convenience factor.)

      I need to get a Lodge griddle, then I will be able to cook more than one pancake at a time!
       

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      ..:scratch:..I don't know why you don't just use that big 'ol Weber there in the background...:p:
       
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      ..It's that time of year to score some deals and camping and expedition items..:popcorn:

      ..I happened upon these 2 packs at a $1 store..They are hard enough to find and when you do they are usually the 10' wraps..

      ..These are the 2.5' super glue e-z fuse tape P/N 15410

      ..:scratch:..$2 bucks?..What the heck...:D

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      ..I decided to build in my fridge as a remodel to the "X"..
      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=369695

      ..And while I'm in the middle of the fridge build I happened across a deal I couldn't pass up and this is something I've been wanting for a while..An offroad GPS..

      ..This is the Lowrance Baja 540c GPS..(sellers pics)
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      I wonder how it would hold up on while bouncing down the road?
       
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      Crock pot.....

      You might be able to use some foam or such to minimize the shock of bad roads.... I dunno tho it might be usable in our situations, Ted, you gonna be the tester? :D Michael
       
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      ..:scratch:...I might just get one next week just to try it out..

      ..I tend to make a chili at home in the winter season before a trip but this would be a big change..Although it only holds 48 oz. it might just be a perfect size to make the correct amount on trail...

      ..My only worry would be if my chili spilled it would slowly eat a hole in the floor board..

      ..:shifty_ey ..and I'm waiting for Brian1 to check in and say he already has one and already did an article about it somewhere...:D
       
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      I think I'd cook up the food at home, and use the "mobile" cooker to reheat.
       
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      Haha! Cant say that I have. Im a bit skeptical about it, I dont like eating my food off the floor. :eek:

      I would think that would be a big power hog because it has to have some sort of heating element in it.

      And why stop at just a crock pot? You can outfit your Explorer/Ranger into a mobile kitchen with all of their products, just bring extra batteries or a huge alternator!
      http://www.roadtrucker.com/12-volt-cooking/12-volt-cooking.htm

      And just for Scott:

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      http://www.jcwhitney.com/12-volt-pizza-oven/p2003227.jcwx
       
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      ..The power draw wouldn't be much of a problem when driving but I wouldn't run it while sitting for a day with the fridge and all..

      ..As for the pizza ovens, I know AdventureDuo and a few others already have the pizza ovens of choice in their trailers..I think Adventure Trailers also sells them as an accessory for their offroad trailers..Dave (of AdventureDuo) did some cooking at an event last year or so to show off the new appliance..:D
       
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      Ovens and such.........

      You guy's are a cast of "Characters" for sure, always something :D Michael ( Scott, boy does that Scout shoot!!!)
       
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      Hey, thanks for the plug. . .

      So here's something I thought the followers of this thread might find interesting, and yes, I realize it's incredibly lame to take photos of "Expedition Stuff" inside your garage, but here goes . . .
      GrillSM.JPG

      Just a vehicle mounted grill - - if any of you are also boating enthusiasts, you've seen similar set-ups to this on the water. "Table" is wood plank made to fit the base of a Coleman stove.
      Grill TableSM.JPG

      Uses the standard marine mounts and marine stove "arm". All components fit in the REI Camp Bag. . .
      GrillinSM'.JPG

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      Thanks. . .

      Good looking tank (and close by), but sure it was snatched up before I even saw the post. . . IIRC tanks have a 12 year use life, so not sure how old that one already was. . . and only $20 off retail. . .

      So, after the uber-expensive drawer project, how about an inexpensive way to transport soft goods on the trail . . . ? ? ?
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      About $5 worth of SS snap-links and $.09 of zip ties. . .
      CargoSM.JPG

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      ...Just a heads up for those looking for Roto-Pax 2 gallon fuel containers...

      ..4WP will be having a sale (12/1/12-12/31/12) 20% off holiday sale on them so they will be $47.99 pl tx ea...;)
       
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      Tent Peg Hammer

      Before last year's expedition, I bought an inexpensive rubber mallet for the express purpose of pounding in tent stakes. As anyone there will attest, the head snapped off the handle while pounding in the 2nd stake. It was a long 2 weeks...

      After a many months long, non-exhaustive search, I decided on this one - a Vaughan RM 24. It has a 24 oz. head, and replaceable rubber tips. I have several other Vaughan hammers, and they are top-notch product. I have every confidence that this one will not fail!
       

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