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Hondo Garage's New Thing

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by wileydavis, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. Oct 11, 2018 at 7:42 AM
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    Hddiesel308

    Hddiesel308 Well-Known Member

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    I really want to put a deposit in - stupid bills and stuff....
     
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  2. Oct 11, 2018 at 7:45 AM
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    Looks like the deposit is non-refundable
     
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  3. Oct 11, 2018 at 7:47 AM
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    Hddiesel308

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    oh sure - try and make it easy.... Who do you work for??? (sarcasm)... I'll be seriously looking in Dec. Also waiting on a small legal bout to be concluded. Shoddy contractors suck...
     
  4. Oct 11, 2018 at 7:47 AM
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    Nope. Deposits are not refundable. We are making very large commitments on material orders based on those deposits so we need them to be representative of serious intent to buy when the time comes. You could probably sell your spot to someone else if you needed to back out though.
     
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  5. Oct 11, 2018 at 7:49 AM
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    That’s awesome to hear. Congrats.
     
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  6. Oct 11, 2018 at 7:51 AM
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    The adjustable nature of them is why I like them so much. They’re almost identical, albeit plastic handles, to the QR levers I have on a few rifles. They’re good and I likely will not replace them even when locks are available.
     
  7. Oct 11, 2018 at 8:12 AM
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    I'm sure its optimistic, but I hope one of those frames is mine.:fingerscrossed:
     
  8. Oct 11, 2018 at 10:58 AM
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    It looks like they need to build their own powder coating facility otherwise there will be a bottleneck in production for the forseeable future.
    About 330 orders; 67 built.:eek:
    I can see them expanding the product line with their excellent design skills to include larger more complex campers and associated acessories.
     
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  9. Oct 11, 2018 at 11:22 AM
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    I’m looking for better clearance to the rear for a small awning. A latch that sticks out less would allow the awning to mount an inch or more closer to the extrusion. Then it’s a problem with how to access the latches. Can the rear tube that the latches are in be rotated so the slots are facing down instead of up? I’m guessing it is press-fit so that’s not going to happen.
     
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  10. Oct 11, 2018 at 11:24 AM
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    I'm going to use the holes the Philips head bolts go into. They're .5", so you may need to sand down .5" tube a bit to fit, but that would be a good place for an awning to attach to.
    Unless you mean an off the shelf awning. Then I'm not sure :)
     
  11. Oct 11, 2018 at 11:47 AM
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    I should probably search instead, but is the fitment of the 6 foot model for Tacomas the same between 2nd and 3rd gens? Ie if I bought one now would it fit on a future 3rd gen build? I recall 3rd gens having taller bed sides.
     
  12. Oct 11, 2018 at 11:50 AM
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    I believe all Tacoma's use the same frame per bed size. Theoretically you could put it on a 6ft bed 1st gen or 3rd gen.

    EDIT: found on GFC site:
    Is the GFC Camper a universal fit product? Or is everything truck specific?
    The GFC is tailored for every truck model, so there is no universal models or shim kits to adapt from one to another. That said, there is crossover between some truck models, for instance the 1st to 3rd generation Tacoma's are all interchangeable given the same bed length.
     
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  13. Oct 11, 2018 at 11:51 AM
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    It's DLX son!
    Yes, and it's also even the same lower portion for a 1st gen should you you choose to go that way. 1st Gen uses different bed-side clamps though.

    I'd like to know how it would fit the pre-tacoma bed, and other brand 6ft bed compact trucks, but haven't found a good source for measurements yet.
     
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  14. Oct 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM
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    Thanks guys! Now I save :spy:
     
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  15. Oct 11, 2018 at 1:37 PM
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    Some quick thoughts while I'm able to get online. I picked up my GFC last week in Bozeman, might have had it earlier but nobody bothered to call me to tell me it was ready. Friend let me know it was posted on the leaderboards as done 3 days before I called. Oh well.

    Drove up from CA through Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Absolutely beautiful. Install went ok, though I wasn't happy that the window seal on the GFC was right up against the window seal on the cabs window. Talk about squeaking when the bed flexes. Not sure I can live with that. But I was told there wasn't any room to move it back.

    I ordered the light package but there wasn't one. Might turn out to be ok since I now have some other ideas.

    Slept like a baby the first night, 14hrs, both me and the dog. Quite comfortable up there, however I did not like sleeping with my head towards the narrow end. Way too claustrophobic.

    Been dealing with snow and rain since I left Montana, then Wyoming and now Colorado. First in Boulder and now in Grand Junction where I stopped by Alcan springs and got measured up for some new leafs. Gonna rush make these for me so I can get back on the road soon. Will hang out in Telluride till I can pick them up and get them installed next Wed. I'm really sagging now with GFC and all my gear and supplies.

    Still hard to close tent even with a panel out and no bedding up there. Hopefully will get easier.

    Noticed this morning after a night of rain that there was quite a bit of water in the bed. Seemed to be coming off top frame in rear. Tent door was all closed up. Also noticed rear hatch does not seal against tail gate. Could see daylight all along the edge.

    And finally noticed today the struts for the tent have chipping paint and already starting to show rust.

    Sorry for the long post, still have another month or so to go in this shakedown cruise. Moab, southern Utah and north rim GC.

    20181004_130901.jpg
     
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    It's DLX son!
    Water in the tuck bed or in the sleeping bed?
     
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  17. Oct 11, 2018 at 1:55 PM
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    @blind cowboy

    Well that wasn't exactly a glowing review. Since you seem to be an outlier compared to others on this forum, care to elaborate more on positives versus negatives?

    Thanks,

    TJH
     
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  18. Oct 11, 2018 at 1:57 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    You going to stop by Rock Therapy after getting your springs next week? Would be cool to see another GFC there.

    Bunch of disjointed thoughts after reading your post:
    • Love my Alcan springs, you'll be happy with them.
    • I've slept both ways and prefer having my head towards the narrow end, I'm not very tall though, so I've got quite a bit of room.
    • Mine's not bad to close, it gets easier after figuring out the nuances. Just got to make sure you don't have 6 layers thick of tent in the back when you fold it up. There's lots of material there.
    • I do have some leaking too in between the tent and the frame somewhere. Haven't bothered tracing it down as I don't spend too much time in the rain.
    • I don't have windows and my GFC rubs against the back window trim of the cab, that clearance is too tight for 1st gens
    • My back panel seals nicely against my tailgate, even with it being super bent. I was pretty happy with that. Wonder why yours isn't sealing?

    Enjoy Southern Utah and the North Rim. Some of my favorite places to explore!
     
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  19. Oct 11, 2018 at 2:23 PM
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    I'm glad someone isn't blinded by the hype and gave an honest review. Thanks for the tips for the stuff to look out for.
     
  20. Oct 11, 2018 at 2:54 PM
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    Why are the rest of us “blinded by the hype” if those aren’t issues that we’re experiencing?

    A few pages back @wileydavis and @inv3ctiv3 gave me good instruction on how to close mine with the cushions installed.

    To summarize unzip the side windows, unzip the back window 6”-12” on both sides, close the camper down to about 12” from fully closed tucking as you go to try to get it flat as possible. Than SLOOOOOOOOOWLY continue to close it ensuring the fabric is tucked out of the way contine to close SLOOOOOOOOWLY, and it should press down all the way. This worked for me. Before doing this this I had to remove the two squares and slide the the larger panel to the rear. Going slow with windows open seems to work...

    As for squeaking there’s none on my 3rd Gen, I get a very small amount of water in the bed of my truck but it’s from my tailgate. It’s very minor and in the truck bed only and I have had mine in absolutely torrental rain I stayed 100% dry.

    I sleep head in the narrow side. I’m 5’09” inches my wife is about 5” shorter we’re very comfortable that way. If you were 6’ or over I’d think flipping the other way would be better.

    Finally the struts... actually I didn’t post on this but mine have some rust too. Seems like they aren’t quite up to the rest of the GFC Standards. Just some part sourced from someone else.

    And actually while we’re talking flaws the rear drivers side of my camper has the powder coating wearing off where the two halves meet. Basically is a super tight fit and probably from shaking around it wears down. I haven’t been to worried since it’s Aluminum and can’t rust. I’ll prob hit it with a rattle can if it gets to bare metal.
     
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