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Hondo Garage's New Thing

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

  1. Dec 29, 2018 at 6:30 PM
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    rajacat9

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    The Drifter is just larger, no getting around that. You pay for it too. Sometimes I wonder how that long cab overhang will stand up to the test of time.
    I suspect that it takes more hours to build the Drifter given all the welding points.

    Since the overall roof is longer in the Drifter the apex of the tent offers less headroom if you sleep head forward because of the angle of the tent. Therefore less usable space.
     
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  2. Dec 29, 2018 at 7:23 PM
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    ace7196

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    Yeah, room is a game changer.
    Assuming it's all out of the same factory, I recommend a larger storage bag to make the packing life easier. The one that came with mine made it miserable to pack.
    For my 2000 series room (with floor), I got this and it's a lot better: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MU37XS8/
    I had to reinforce the handle the first time I used it though...
     
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  3. Dec 29, 2018 at 7:29 PM
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    Ok let’s argue about the size of a Tacoma bed again.
     
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  4. Dec 29, 2018 at 7:30 PM
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    Awesome! Thanks for the tip. You always got the good Amazon links.
     
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  5. Dec 29, 2018 at 8:09 PM
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    It’s time to get more technical. The beds are the same size so we need to determine the exact internal volumes in cubic inches.
     
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  6. Dec 29, 2018 at 8:32 PM
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    henryrose

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    I had my wife out with me in the cold (~20degrees) this week. We were comfortable but it did feel like we were near the bottom range in which the lil buddy is adequate without more insulation.

    One funny issue we encountered was the latches for the roof getting frozen in, which resulted in some problem solving when it was time to head home. Winter trips for us often include driving through very heavy rains on the western slope of the cascades which leaves lots of water around to freeze when we get to the dry and cold side of the mountains.

    I lubed them when we got home, and will try to remember to pop them out into the locked position next time we deploy in sub freezing temps so we can break the ice by whacking them.
     
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  7. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:02 PM
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    ace7196

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    Yep. It's a thing I discovered too.
    For the panel latches, the BT9 makes a world of difference. The key slides in and locks/unlocks super easy.
    For the sliding pins...that helps a bit. Instead of using the latches to pull in the pins in (when trying to deploy), I've started to push in the actual cylinders (from the ends) to overcome the frozen-ness (if it occurs).
    I've only had it frozen once or twice. All other times it's been fine (for sub freezing temps).
    Use that Boeshield T9 (or equivalent) before a winter trip and it will help out quite a bit.
     
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  8. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:36 PM
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    trouttaco

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    I had my southco matches freeze while up at mt. Hood. After that freeze they all became a pain to get the key into. A few sprays of boeshield t9 brought them back to nearly better than new. Was very happy.
     
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  9. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:38 PM
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    What were you doing around Hood? Into hiking/snowshoeing/skiing/fatbiking? Always looking for more people who want to winter camp.
     
  10. Dec 29, 2018 at 10:50 PM
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    tonered

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  11. Dec 29, 2018 at 10:57 PM
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    Snowboarding right now. I’m mostly up at meadows.
     
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  12. Dec 30, 2018 at 8:01 AM
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    There have been a lot of user feedback items posted here regarding regular maintenance, use in cold climates, etc. Is there a maintenance FAQ or owner's manual either available (online via GFC page or hard copy/PDF download)? Something that would include recommended maintenance schedule like a car would be helpful for those of us that have erratic schedules or may be away from home (and vehicle) for extended periods of time? It would be a lot easier from the customer service perspective compared to reading through the most recent posts on TW once more get out into the wild and people start to provide feedback. Thanks in advance!
     
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  13. Dec 30, 2018 at 8:26 AM
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    Here's what (I think) has been accumulated so far. Maybe GFC can use this as a template/start. Timeline is totally arbitrary. Sunny areas are probably a lot better off than cold wet areas.
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    Things you need:
    Boeshield T9 (or equivalent)
    Paper towels (or something to catch drips/excess)
    Tool to remove accessory hole plugs

    Every 6 months (or as required)
    1) Use Boeshield T9 or equivalent, and apply a small squirt into the six latches. Use the key to lock/unlock a few times to lubricate moving surfaces.
    2) Use Boeshield T9 or equivalent, and apply a small squirt into the two sliding pins latches. Slide it back and forth a bit.

    Every year (or as required)
    1) Use Shurhold Snap Stick or equivalent, apply to zippers. Move zippers fully up and down a few times to work it in.
    2) Use Boeshield T9 or equivalent, and apply a small squirt into all the accessory holes.
     
  14. Dec 30, 2018 at 9:13 AM
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    PM Sent
     
  15. Dec 30, 2018 at 10:34 AM
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    I'm usually up camping around Hood area once or twice a month. Usually week days though because I work weekends.
     
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  16. Dec 30, 2018 at 11:38 AM
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    Use beeswax to lubricate the zippers. Go to michaels buy a big block and carry it with you or cut it up into small pieces.

    The majority of zipper lubes are beeswax or a mixture of it. I bought one block 12 years ago and used it regularly on all my diving gear zippers. Its cheap, enviro friendly and works amazingly well, also jt doesnt melt In the heat as easy. In a ounch use bertie bees lip balm.

    Speaking of which, I gotta lubricate my shadow awning zipper its getting a bit stiff from All the dv dust.
     
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    Already sold! Sorry man.
     
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  18. Dec 31, 2018 at 9:48 AM
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  19. Dec 31, 2018 at 10:05 AM
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    I actually changed my mind to not giving it up, BUT, if a deal follows through in the bext day or two for a different camper, my spot will most definitely be for grabs!
     
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  20. Dec 31, 2018 at 10:07 AM
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    Sorry brother. Deleted my comment a little too late.
    I went full retard and just went ahead and put down the deposit before waiting on reply’s.
     
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