Discussion in 'Offroad Accessories' started by Tbars4, November 28, 2010.
I remember that, and the mice.......... Michael
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Scott, that looks like a flooring hammer/mallet that is used for installing hardwood floors.
Yes, it does. The white rubber tip is non-marring.
What I do know is, this one is about 1/3 the cost of the Snow Peak mallet.
..I'm hoping to add 1-2 new mods to the X before next months trip across the Mojave Desert..
...I definitely will have the dual battery set up completed as I've got all the parts and I was hoping to have an easier install with the body lift but I'm still an 1" or so short some I'm going to try and mount it a certain way that I'm not 100% sure on but it will get tested on the Mojave Trail..
..and with any luck the X will have a new efan swapped into it for this trip also...
..This area we will travel is not the most rugged and it will be under 100* this time of year but it will all definitely get tested, fixed and/or accepted, before this summer's heat arrives..
I added to my tire repair kit.
This tool set will remove and replace a valve stem while the tire is seated! I have not tried it, but seeing the video, it takes less than a minute.
Here, you can see the tool set, then my entire tire repair kit.
..I just looked up their website...
..And I found this video showing those tools in action..
..I finally found a folding spatula which I will test out on this weeks trip..
..It's little and all plastic so it's light weight and since it folds it isn't such a pita to deal with when packing it...
..The first thing I notice missing is the little bend on most spatula's but I'm hoping it will work well with the 8" skillet I have now grown accustomed to..
..This 8" skillet is non-stick without a folding handle but I prefer it over my 10" with folding handle as it takes up less room, heats up quicker on any stove, and is a little bit lighter..:biggthump
..I also picked up a new pepper grinder and from my previous experience found out all pepper and salt grinders are not the same...
..Be sure to ask if the one you are buying has a "Snap On" lid and if not can you open it there in the store..Last one I purchased looked bomb proof but the stupid cap barely sat on the top of the grinder which means the cap spent more time off than on..
..Not only does a snap on cap keep the contents in the container, it also keeps the contents from going stale and keeps it fresh longer...
By using extra tent poles and Sunbrella fabric, we made an awning that attaches to the truck.
It attaches to either side or the rear of the roof rack, depending on where you want the shade. It is 7 feet wide and 10 feet long, so provides a decent amount of shade. It rolls up fairly small, too.
The best part is it sets up in about 2 minutes.
Had to . . .
After waiting weeks for a local 4 Wheel Parts sponsored 4x4 show where I was "assured" I'd get the absolute best pricing on an ARB fridge, I found one on line for $40 less without sales tax. . .
When I talked to the ARB guy, his comments: "Well, obviously we don't like other distributors under-cutting our lowest "special" price, it de-values the product. . ." My response: "Not to me, it doesn't. . ."
Anyway, a few lame "inside the garage" kind of photos . . . heading out soon for a Utah trip that will culminate in Moab for the Explorer Run, so it'll get plenty of use in the next three weeks.
On the deck of the drawer system:
Temporary bungee tie-down, just wanted to check fit; will use ratchet straps. Secured in this manner the hatch glass when shut has about 1" of room between the lid and glass.
With shelf out, able to open lid all the way for access:
Only problem is that I need to hop up on the bumper to grab stuff out of the bottom of the unit. . . Damn stumpy-ass legs. . .
..You two guys Scott, Paul, and Brian1 also....Keep the good stuff coming..
..All I have to offer is that the folding spatula from my previous post worked out awesome..well...too awesome...
..It takes up such little space that it now falls to the bottom of my kitchen box and I can't find it so, it is now packed within the Cadac grill case...
..:scratch:..Did I mention a fellow member here, (after searching for a year or more), found a killer deal on a Cadac Safari Grill and should be receiving it tomorrow?..:shifty_ey
Paul, just an observation. I know how much body flex my Explorer is capable of on the trail, and how even a well-strapped item can shift during a hard day's run. Just 1" clearance for that fridge would make me a little nervous about the glass.
Yes, more room would obviously be better, but I ended up with the smallest fridge (height and length), in order to fit the available space. . .
Feel pretty confident as it sits now, but am bringing down a section of pipe insulation (cylindrical styrafoam) that I'll wedge between the lid and glass if I end up with excessive slop in the ratchet tie-downs.
..For this years annual Moab trip I decided to take the Ranger..
..One of the first thoughts that went thru my head was now that I took and built-in the fridge to the Explorer, I surely didn't want to try and unbolt it to take on this trip with the Ranger..
..With some help I lucked into scoring another fridge for pretty cheap..:biggthump
..It's a Waaco CDF40 12V Refrigerator..
..It lived on my front set of the Ranger for this trip..
..It worked out OK for the trip and works great for putting in/out of the Ranger in a moments notice..Just need to strap it in..
How to know what temperature your fridge is at
...In a previous post for one of my other fridges I had bought a remote temperature gauge which reads the fridge temp and ambient temp for about $35...
..I learned a inexpensive trick from RV'ers that I thought I would share as I know a lot of Expedition trips would work out a little better if you can gauge the temperature in your fridge to the contents you have in it..It sucks to have frozen eggs and thawed meat..
...So, instead of going thru one of the fridge retailers to find a wireless remote temp gauge I headed over to Wally World and asked them where their indoor/outdoor thermometers were..
..I found the section and they had a bunch to choose from..
..I wanted cheap and reliable so shown in the upper center of that picture for under $10 I found the wireless remote I needed and it survived it's beating in Moab so it's a keeper..
..It's a little bruised and it would be less battered if I actually mounted it in the truck..
...For those into Overlanding and those who want to check out what Overlanding is all about, here is an episode of an online show...This is pretty much what it's like as if you were participating yourself..
..This online show is going into it's second season..Enjoy..
..shifty_ey ..You didn't here it here but this next season they will be traveling thru the Yukon..(Alaska)
..Just got back from the Offroad Expo and I saw a few new goodies that caught my eye and I did purchase a new item to test out..
..When I get some free time I have a few items in this thread I would like to update on how they have worked out over time.
..If anyone else has any items already in this thread they would like to update, please do so as it benefits us all when we are looking to purchase new items..:biggthump
From my awning post HERE I upgraded to a heavier silver tarp and used it for a few trips. The cheap awning worked OK but the setup and takedown time was long and the poles never really found a good home in my cargo storage system.
I purchasd an ARB 2000 awning and made up some mounting brackets for my stock roof cross bars. This awning is really nice! It sets up and takes down fast. It holds up to the wind well and it doesn't sag because there are poles or supports on all 4 sides. It does include some rope and stakes for windy conditions.
That's sweet, does it have any kind of side sun shade addition for it?
No but ARB does make an enclosed mosquito net for it. It wouldn't be too hard to block off a side with a small tarp and those ball bungee cords. Alternatively, Ironman 4x4 makes a room enclosure for their awning that might work with the ARB awning.
..The latest in back country facilities..
..and for those looking to purchase some interior storage for their adventure..
..For those interested in taking extended trips either domestic or abroad and often wonder how one would finance a trip like this, this made hold some answers for you..
..I often get asked how I can afford to take a week to 2 week trip and at the same time I wonder how those who travel around the world with their vehicle can finance their trip..
..I stumbled across this article online today which will give you some basic idea's on how to do this..
..This is a copy of the story but please click the link and read it with all it's pictures to get a better idea of what the writer had intended for you and you can also like it over there..Let them know you read it here too..
Financing Extended Overland Trips: How Do They Do it?
..and for those of you who thought I had lost my mind...
...I will not be selling my Cadac grill..
Great post Ted. I'd say I fall into the saver and sour grapes group lol. Hopefully I can make it out to the next Truckhaven run!
...I recently went on a night trail ride with CRAWL magazine where we had a drawing and I wound up with a swag bag.
..In this swag bag was a new magazine called "Outdoorx4" and I think it will be a hit...It's like Overland Journal but I found the content to be easier to read and seems to be written more from people Stateside than abroad while still covering the States and around the Globe and the pictures are awesome..
..I contacted the Editor to get some more info for those who may be interested..:biggthump
..I will be keeping this issue in my X for those who want to check it out and I wanted to note that the pages don't feel like a regular magazine. They seem to be made out of a water resistant material..