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Alabama thread!

Discussion in 'South East' started by Davtopgun, May 18, 2009.

  1. Jul 30, 2019 at 12:56 PM
    InfernoChalupa

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    beautiful boat! I just bought my first little starter bass boat and have enjoyed every second of it lol

    And I’ve apparently taken zero pictures of it :facepalm:

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  2. Jul 30, 2019 at 12:59 PM
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    Got my old Plastidipped grill before I upgraded to the Pro. I need more variety in photos.
     
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  3. Jul 30, 2019 at 1:01 PM
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    Was a rental ha! Truck did great with it though. My buddy wants a boat, I have never had any interest though. Actually renting one from the Arsenal this weekend, good ol' pontoooon.
     
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  4. Jul 30, 2019 at 1:10 PM
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    Does anyone have opinions on either of these bedcovers? I am looking to eventually get a bed rack for a RTT, but that's not a solid plan yet. The rack I was looking at would need a special bracket for the BAKFlip bed cover, so I don't see the needs to spend $400 more on basically the same thing. I haven't heard much about Rough Country, but I like it because its the closest I can get to the OEM look. Still haven't found a damn OEM Tonneau...

    https://www.roughcountry.com/toyota-hard-tri-fold-bed-cover-45716501.html

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071JQDXF...7-8da7-4cb3-b812-76027fdb9807&th=1&pldnSite=1
     
  5. Jul 30, 2019 at 1:27 PM
    InfernoChalupa

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    tonneau covers pop up for sale all the time on here. Also many of us have gone full circle many many times when it comes to all things tacomas, so don't be scared to reach out for help! Given what you're after, and from experience, a bed cover and bed rack 'rarely' coexist while getting to keep 100% function of both. There's options out there for sure, but do plenty of research! (stay away from KBdoodoo's tonneau compatible racks). I ran an OEM trifold tonneau for a minute, and it wouldn't be useable with any bed racks out there. Not that it wouldn't install and keep things protected. But there's no folding back even one portion with a bed rack on top. Pretty much every bed rack bolts onto the accessory rails in the bed, so finding tonneau covers/compatible bed rack brackets that aren't garbage is an expensive route. Feel free to ask plenty of RTT questions too! Between all of @stronghammer and my setups, we can probably cover most of the basics, along with lots of others in here lol
     
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  6. Jul 30, 2019 at 1:32 PM
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  7. Jul 30, 2019 at 1:35 PM
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    Cool added to the ever growing list.
     
  8. Jul 30, 2019 at 1:36 PM
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    Thanks for the tips! I just need some kind of protection for things in the bed from time to time, and don't have the garage space to store 2 setups. I'll probably go with the cheaper cover for now. Still not sure about a RTT, I figure once I start camping more, I might need it. Trying to avoid buying all the things and using nothing.

    How do you like the shell on the bed? Looked into those too, I just don't know how I feel about spending 2-3k on one.
     
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  9. Jul 30, 2019 at 2:04 PM
    InfernoChalupa

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    I've had 2 CVT RTT's. Super nice no doubt, and I loved both. Sold the first one to upgrade to the 2nd. Sold the 2nd not too long ago to fund the boat. We just didn't use it enough to keep it. They're awesome. But Scotty will be able to speak into this too, they're only worth it to you for so long lol. I hated to see mine go, but at the end of the day, we don't camp enough to justify it. And for the setup I wanted, I didn't wanna keep it unless it found a home on a trailer. And then I didn't want a trailer bc I can't pull a trailer and a boat at the same time lol. So back to the basics of hammock camping; the easiest and most comfortable setup anyways!

    I've had the following setups, and here are the pro's/con's I found with each:
    -OEM trifold tonneau, KB doodoo bed bars, RTT on top
    Pro's: Mostly dry storage, protection, RTT below roof line = no wind drag, no mpg hit
    Con's: not enough useable bed space (couldn't fit cooler, too tall), can't open tonneau, RTT blocks entire rear window = zero rearview mirror, 3rd brake light blocked, RTT too low to use annex, can't get contents in bed without crawling all the way in on your back or belly

    -Mid height bed rack (custom built), RTT on top, hi lift on side, Rotopax on side, awning on back
    Pro's: More useable bed space, room to bolt other crap to, retain 80-90% rearview, tall enough to use RTT annex, barely tall enough for a 5'8 dude to walk under awning, can reach things in bed via side access
    Con's: No dry storage, no protection, still limited bed space a little, RTT sits enough above cab to take a mpg hit, 3rd brake light blocked

    -Camper shell, no RTT, no rack
    Pro's: Dry storage, plenty of protection, 100% rear visibility, more useable bed space, can add roof tracks/rack down the road for larger item hauling (or you can just get a shell that already has them), 3rd brake light bright, white LED bed light in shell for finding things in the dark, more aerodynamic (gained some mpgs back), and mostly just overall protection of items in bed
    Con's: don't currently have tracks/rack, if I had RTT, it would sit 100% above cab, no side access (although if I had windoors, wouldn't be a problem)


    When its all said and done, my most ideal setup would be a camper shell with windoors on both sides, a fold down sliding front window, double locked rear window, reinforced with tracks/rack, and a cab rack to match. This would cover literally all my bases. Also, I waited a little over a year waiting for a used inferno topper to pop up. Only saw 2 in AL/surrounding states over that entire time searching almost every day. And I got the deal of a lifetime on this one, so I can't complain that it doesnt have tracks, windoors, or a folding/sliding front window lol.
     
  10. Jul 30, 2019 at 2:11 PM
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    Wife and I at the most popular lookout spot of Cherokee Rock Village. We grew up calling it Little Rock City, then the land was bought up and turned into a more touristy spot. Our favorite primitive camping spot there, now has a house residing on it. Pisses us off to this day. We brought up the kids camping in that spot!
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  11. Jul 30, 2019 at 2:21 PM
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    It’s all based on individual. I don’t have garage space or one tall enough for a hoist. Had a camper shell but it’s too heavy to take off when you need the bed again, had an rtt on the shell and that was rough. Got a bed rack and put the rtt on it and that was much better but didn’t use the rtt enough and still didn’t really have anywhere great to store it. Now im just the bedrack with nothing on it but I strap stuff to it and can use it for a ladder rack if needed. Much easier to take off than a camper shell. That being said, when using the shell, it was the most useful item to me because of all dry storage and not having to strap stuff down at all.
     
  12. Jul 30, 2019 at 2:23 PM
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    This ramp looks familiar. Is this in Riverside?
     
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    I know what you mean. It use to be so peaceful up there. I went one time after they started construction, it was so disappointing. Some things need to be left alone for people to enjoy the natural beauty. I feel like everywhere I find that is perfect. Somebody has to come in with the sole purpose to make money. It’s happing more and more everyday.
     
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    Its on Coosa Island near the dam, so close enough!
     
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    Yeah, that road going up there used to be unpaved, rocky, muddy, cherty, and you had to give it hell to get up there when it was wet. Now it's just a paved road for all cars to drive up. I can understand the climbing appeal though, I learned how to climb and rappell there as a teenager. It's got some of the best climbing spots around here.
     
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    Only issue with that area is hunting season
     
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    yepp. Not to mention 600-1 is only worth the drive MAYBE once lol
     
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    I have gone up there a couple times a year for the last few. Cool spot for sure. Their “hiking” trail that they have on the map is not so great. Darn rutted our county road through hunting land is all it is
     
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    We used to go up there to party hard, pass out and camp out. Those were the days, hardly anyone, but folks with trucks and jeeps. It's still a real nice place though, especially if you like to climb.
     
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    Not many people hunting in the Cheaha area, due to so many hikers/campers. They do hunt all around in the TNF though.
     

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