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Flip-Pac Shells

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by PowTaco, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Jun 30, 2010 at 5:03 PM
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    PowTaco

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    Anyone have one or know anything about them? If so how do you like them and if you can post lots of pics that would be much appreciated. Thanks. Here is the link to the site I found. http://www.flippac.com/
     
  2. Jun 30, 2010 at 5:57 PM
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    wow, quite intriquing. looks like a great way to camp
     
  4. Jun 30, 2010 at 7:23 PM
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    I'd be afraid to put my 240lbs in the flip pac with those supports pressing on the hood/fender tops...
     
  5. Jun 30, 2010 at 8:53 PM
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    bump, anyone actually have one?
     
  6. Jun 30, 2010 at 9:44 PM
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    gr8wrk

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    I have one, and love it. I don't have any current pics but I'll try and get some up in a day or so. My FlipPAc is part of an expo build. By the way, the struts that go to the hood don't actually support any weight. It's handled by a torsion spring kind of thing.
    The really great thing about them is you can wheel all day and set up camp in a couple of minutes.
    More later.
     
  7. Jun 30, 2010 at 10:52 PM
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    Awesome, can't wait to see some pics of it. I was thinking of going this route because for one it would really benefit for my work, and I like to be able to have the option of just to stop and pitch a tent in luxury haha.
     
  8. Jul 1, 2010 at 2:01 AM
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    How much does one cost
     
  9. Jul 1, 2010 at 2:05 AM
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    thats awesome!
     
  10. Jul 1, 2010 at 7:15 AM
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    Cost me right around four grand and I picked mine up at the factory in Long Beach. Might be more from a dealer somewhere else, don't know.

    I'll take photos today and post them probably this evening. Hope it gets sunny!
     
  11. Jul 1, 2010 at 6:58 PM
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    Photos as requested. Hope this works. Never posted photos to this forum before.

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    Front view of closed shell.

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    Rear view of closed shell

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    Side view of closed shell. Gives you and idea of overall height. Actually just a few inches over cab height.

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    Rear top latch (L) and hood support bracket (R)

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    Opening bar end on driver's side of shell. With cap on (L) and off (R)

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    Opening handle/crank. Around two feet long or so.

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    Crank detail, splined to match the opening bar end.

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    From closed to this in less than sixty seconds.

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    Rear view - My 2 drawer platform is 10.5" high and I can still stand up inside the tent. I'm just over six feet.

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    This "floor" is under the bed area when the tent is closed. Or when you don't want to be disturbed.

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    Looking up into the tent from on the ground.

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    Bed area of the tent. I put some D-rings on the sides and made some nylon straps to permanently hold two sleeping bags. Why have to roll them up?

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    Part of the tent "floor" can be used as a hammock or storage area. They say it'll hold 100 lbs. I've never put that much weight in it.

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    I have two of these inexpensive inclinometers, one on the dash and one on the door. Helps to get a level campsite.
     
  12. Jul 1, 2010 at 10:13 PM
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    Thanks man for all the pics. Also when it is folded up in shell mode, does the tent like hang down in the bed area, or is there a place on top where it folds into?
     
  13. Jul 2, 2010 at 6:48 AM
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    The tent is held up by the "floor" thing. It goes across the whole bed area and is like a ceiling in the shell when everything is closed up. It's a pretty clean setup. It can all be parked to one side when the tent is up giving it a very open feeling.

    PROS:
    Instant setup
    Good quality tent
    Comes with complete rain fly
    Comfortable mattress

    CONS:
    Heavy, nearly 400 lbs.
    Expensive
    Difficult to remove/install

    On a competent truck it's nice to be able to go just about anywhere and be able to stay when you get there. You can definitely camp in places where you'll be undisturbed. Depending on your rig, regular campers, RVs, etc., can't go where you can. The set up is so simple you'll be deep into spoiled the first time you use it. But if you want to wheel super technical trails or bring home a refrigerator you need to get it off and on. Not easy. I have LED lights and an 12v outlet up in mine so I have to have wiring disconnects. If you're in a club that does regular off road camp trips, Flip Pacs are perfect. Also good if you do long distance travel, Mexico, C.A. Their weight is roughly comparable to a sturdy bed rack with a good roof top tent and probably a bit more aero. You want to keep the rest of what you carry as light as possible and stowed as low as possible. Those are the highlights I guess. These obviously aren't for everyone but it works for me.
     
  14. Jul 2, 2010 at 9:28 AM
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    Great info. I think it really fits me pretty well because for one I love taking surf trip down to baja and mexico, and go camping and wheeling in the sierras a lot over summer, and most importantly for work to. Hopefully I will get one in the near future.
     
  15. Jul 5, 2010 at 9:33 PM
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    One of these may be in my future. I've been reading a lot on expedition portal about them. I was going to go with a rack and RTT but this seems a much better way to go. I just have to get over the change in visibility. Where in Long Beach did you get yours and why didn't you go with Adventure Trailers version which is supposed to be a bit more reinforced.

    Where do you get those inclinometers?
     
  16. Jul 6, 2010 at 7:26 AM
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    One more question, do you think it's possible to mount a roof rack on it?
     
  17. Jul 6, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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    PowTaco are you familiar with www.expeditionportal.com ?
    There are a few members there who have great Flippac setups. Search for Wasurf or Tacodoc.
    I just sent an email to Adventure Trailers which sells beefed up Flippacs for offroad use. Send them an email or a phone call.
     
  18. Jul 6, 2010 at 11:40 AM
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    Where do you get these?
     
  19. Jul 7, 2010 at 4:39 AM
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    Dang,

    I already can't decide between a Bestop Supertop and a hard shell...now this gets thrown in the mix. I'll never make up my mind!
     
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    I started out wanting a bestop in addition to my tonneau for camping. Then I made a sleeping platform to sleep under my tonneau cover for camping. Then I was pretty set on a rack with a roof top tent. If you are planning on using it for camping/expo travel I think the Flippac is the only way to go. A little pricey but a couple members here have already gone the route I was planning on and ended up with the Flippac and never looked back. Depends on what your usage will be.
     
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