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Hondo Garage's New Thing

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

  1. Nov 23, 2018 at 9:01 AM
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  2. Nov 23, 2018 at 9:30 AM
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    All my rigs are purpose built. From crawling to camping. I also enjoy a nice stock truck for what that’s worth. Toyota’s are the jam!
    Yep, it’s an amazing area. My grandpa built a bunker up there, and I have been going there ever since. I live up there every other week. There is a sweet 7hr home from Mt.Mitchel to my house that I hike every two weeks. I can’t get enough of it.
    I will be moving up there for good soon, as my other house is downtown Atlanta... which sucks and always has. I landed a job in Atl out of college. I was part of a big layoff back in 2011, and since then I have no reason for me to stay. In fact I quite my career all together and started up a small landscape business.

    Back to the GFC, has anyone put food down tables on the outside of their GFC yet. I figure why not create some horizontal space to use.
     
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  3. Nov 23, 2018 at 3:50 PM
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    Sorry guys/gals, I will be more active once im back from thus trip. Here are some pictures of the MGM with gray to tide you over. I like this color combo the most because its close to the decal/pinstripe color. I dig the orange too, im loving it so far.
    @YOTA 4X4 @PNWTacoma
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  4. Nov 23, 2018 at 3:53 PM
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    Built2Ride

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    All my rigs are purpose built. From crawling to camping. I also enjoy a nice stock truck for what that’s worth. Toyota’s are the jam!
    Looks good...nice looking spots to post up. Enjoy that trip!
     
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  5. Nov 23, 2018 at 3:59 PM
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    All my rigs are purpose built. From crawling to camping. I also enjoy a nice stock truck for what that’s worth. Toyota’s are the jam!
    I myself will be either ordering a cement gray one or Black. I may get a wild hair and do up a sleek design, but not the biggest fan of branding, so it would have to harken back to old school yota stripes (using Cement, Calvary and Black).
    I got some serious skills in compositing, so I am going to Photoshop it up and post some pics.
    Anyone seen what plastic dip does on the side panels?
     
  6. Nov 23, 2018 at 6:52 PM
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    So how are these sealing up in heavy rains now? still leaking or has it been resolved?
     
  7. Nov 23, 2018 at 8:01 PM
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    One side of my mattress was soaked after driving through some heavy rain for a while. I'm hoping it was due to something I did. First time it's happened, but also first heavy rain storm for that duration I've driven through.
    I also have a slow stream of rusty water coming down between the bottom of the steel frame and the gasket. I assume the small vibrations have caused the powder coating to come off, or it wasn't fully coated there in the first place.
     
  8. Nov 23, 2018 at 8:03 PM
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    I've been through some torrential downpours and now snow in the PNW. Besides condensation I've had no issues with water. No leaks at all.
     
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  9. Nov 23, 2018 at 8:06 PM
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    Are you thinking about carpeting or anything else to handle it? Or just air it out when you're done?
     
  10. Nov 23, 2018 at 8:31 PM
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    I’m having some leaking issues but been in touch with the shop and they are planning on doing some updates or repairs when they make the next PNW run. I was #3 off the line so I’m guessing they have some updates to share they’ve learned from. Interesting though that dust wasn’t a problem but water is a bitch.
     
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  11. Nov 23, 2018 at 8:39 PM
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    Good deal. I'll reach out to them too. Where are you leaking? Any idea of what repairs/updates they'd make?
     
  12. Nov 23, 2018 at 9:18 PM
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    Curious - Are the panels textured? Been a long time since I’ve seen one in person. Just wondering.
     
  13. Nov 23, 2018 at 9:43 PM
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    Not sure about nowadays, but @nocean and I likely have the same. Mine's textured from the coating process. I know GFC made a change for their tubing (from the matte gray to a lighter shiny finish). Maybe panels changed too?
     
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  14. Nov 23, 2018 at 11:03 PM
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    After my girlfriend and dogs complained about the cold I may have to add some insulation pieces to the inside of the panels. That might help with a little but of the condensation, but I'm not expecting to completely solve it. I've always just dealt with condensation as a given, whether backpacking, car camping with my old shell, or roughing it, I've never found a value solution other than throwing fans at it. I'd rather have condensation than ruin my outdoor experience with noise from a fan........ But if someone finds the holy Grail solution I'm all ears.

    Even airing it out has been a little rough. Hard to air it out when the water and vapor freeze. But I wouldn't swap my GFC for anything now that I can roll back into camp tired and frozen, then setup dinner and bed within minutes.

    Which reminds me, is there still a GFC mod thread or did that die? It's a pain to traverse all these pages to find the good work being done, i.e. things you've done along with the sweet custom insulation a few days back.
     
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  15. Nov 24, 2018 at 12:02 AM
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    Oddly enough, I hang up a towel to help with condensation. I found it to actually help as I would wake up and it would be soaking wet, and my tent wouldn’t be. Not sure what material it was...I think wool?


    Edit: This is in like...1-10° temps snow camping.
     
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  16. Nov 24, 2018 at 3:13 AM
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    Whereabouts in ID are you? I’m visiting family in Lewiston. Cool city. Only my second time to this area.
     
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  17. Nov 24, 2018 at 7:41 AM
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    I have textured panels on mine. Guessing the updates they make will be fine tuning the rubber, panel tightness as I feel like mine are uneven front to back, can see a little light through a corner, buttoning up the pre-drilled holes, etc. I get a lot of wate in the two sides font and back edges but on the side walls. My light kit is also a little finicky. Also, the GFC team offered to do this all weeks ago with an overhaul if I could make it to Bozeman. Too far to drive this season so they’ll update it while on the road. I can imagine that as quick as these guys can innovate and turn around small changes in production they will just keep getting better and better.
     
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  18. Nov 24, 2018 at 8:13 AM
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    I don't think there's that mods thread anymore.
    My fan hanging off the wall has worked pretty well to keep things to a minimum, but I still get unlucky at times. The next thing I'm going to try is to add a blower fan below in addition to the fan I have up top. I'm going to use some velcro to attach it to the side panel, and thanks to @YOTA 4X4 I'll pop open one size of the panel to blow out the air.
    https://www.amazon.com/AC-Infinity-MULTIFAN-Control-Receiver/dp/B012CL2V3I/
     
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  19. Nov 24, 2018 at 8:54 AM
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    Lol, I was born and raised in Lewiston and still go back a few times a year. I've been a nomad the last few years LA, Seattle, etc, but now Boise is my homebase. Depending on how long you have next time you are in Idaho you will have to go to the Stanley/Sawtooth area in central Idaho, Swan Valley/Targhee in the east, or the forest up past Lake Pend Oreille. They are some of my favorite areas in all of the Northwest.
     
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  20. Nov 24, 2018 at 10:06 AM
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    I'm going to insulate every square inch (that I can reach) of exposed aluminum panel on my unit. This is similar to insulating the hull of a fiberglass boat. In the early days of fiberglass boat building condensation was a huge problem. It was mostly eliminated by building the hull and superstructure with foam cored fiberglass. I don't see that the GFC is much different. Of course the factory could do this but it would add to the cost.
    I don't think that it would be that hard to install your own insulation. It would be tedious and time consuming but closed cell foam could be installed that would be both functional and aesthetically acceptable.
    If you don't install insulation, you'll never come close to resolving the condensation issue.
     
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