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Hondo Garage's New Thing

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

  1. May 10, 2019 at 8:06 AM
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    ace7196

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    I think they sent it to me back in the day. Assuming you have the same ones I do, search for "pull the dot snaps". The orientation they install them on makes it tough to release them IMO.
     
  2. May 10, 2019 at 8:12 AM
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    A flat head screwdriver should be plenty, or you could, you know, Pull the dot? We use them a lot in aviation survival equipment and the only issue I've encountered is when they separate and spin but that only happens when they are well used
     
  3. May 10, 2019 at 8:12 AM
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    Whoa. Those are cool snaps.

    Just curious, but what is the orientation of the dot on the GFCs?
     
  4. May 10, 2019 at 8:15 AM
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    Interesting. What type of equipment? I've only messed with seatbelts, life vests, and flexible ferry tanks. Not places where there would be snaps.
     
  5. May 10, 2019 at 8:21 AM
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    Survival Vests, Life rafts, Ejection Seat Survival kits, Life preservers, anywhere you only want opened by deliberate action
     
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  6. May 10, 2019 at 8:23 AM
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    Cool. Thanks!

    I've always wanted to check out a life raft in a non-emergency. It is amazing what you can do with inflatable structures.
     
  7. May 10, 2019 at 8:38 AM
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    From Wiley long long ago
     
  8. May 10, 2019 at 9:29 AM
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    You would think so. Since you have to pry the snaps on the roof side, you'd need a mini 90deg flathead or something to get them. I didn't spend a lot of time trying, but I couldn't get it snapped off from the roof side. The snaps are so close to the roof there's no room for standard tools. I also didn't pull the fabric, so maybe that would help?
    I'd be more than happy to be proven wrong though :)
    I most likely didn't pull hard enough...
     
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  9. May 10, 2019 at 9:45 AM
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    For the data geeks out there, here is an update on the GFC production graphs I have been keeping. The summary is that average weekly production has gone up to 7 campers per week (past 8 weeks). This is the highest consistent level of production since they started. Orders have dropped to 12 campers per week (past 8 weeks) and I would bet the price increase has had something to do with this. The quoted lead time is out to 16 months (as of the last TW posting), this is likely also dampening orders. The gap between orders and production is still pretty wide, but if they can keep the current production rate, it looks like they will be able to meet their 16 month quoted deliveries (monthly graph).

    NOTES:
    I have been tracking GFC production for the past year or so. The more recent data comes from the GFC leaderboard that I snapshot every Friday weekly. The early data is estimated from posts made on TW forums regarding lead times and order numbers (Yes, I reread all the messages on the thread). Obviously, the early data is not as accurate as the more recent data, but it may provide a visual insight into the production at the factory.

    The weekly graph shows the estimated total orders (shifted by lead time) and the number of total units produced. The gray line is the estimated production using the average prior 8 weeks of production. Obviously this could change, increasing the number of units produces. The monthly graph shows the average (over the prior 8 wks) production and orders.

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    Well done sir
     
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    How did you find this data? I'd be curious on what the new 2" mattress measures at. According to this website, 35 ILD is pretty firm, which I would tend to agree. I wouldn't mind something a bit lower (upper 20s?). Obviously I don't want to bottom out, but would like to experiment with other densities.
     
  12. May 10, 2019 at 10:34 AM
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    Curious what you guys find while we're on the topic.

    I would much prefer softer foam. Don't mind sticking with the 3" thickness as I have no issue closing it, and I'm a small guy so it would take significantly softer than the stock form for bottoming out to be an issue.
     
  13. May 10, 2019 at 10:50 AM
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    You're going to be popular leading up to the GFC IPO ;)
     
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    Just slightly off topic, I fully inflate my camp mattress (Exped), the let out air to adjust. Usually, I am most comfortable when my hip just barely touches down. Everything else is supported. I'm in the heavier region.

    But then, I also sleep pretty well on firmer mattresses also.
     
  15. May 10, 2019 at 11:29 AM
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    Depends on if you're a side/back/stomach sleeper too. I was going to pick this up, but it's only 1.5" at its highest point: https://slickdeals.net/f/13072309-k...mattress-topper-3-pillows-29-40-free-shipping
    This 2" one isn't too bad of a price, but after learning more about mattresses than I ever wanted to know, it sounds like it's hard to do apples to apples unless you have the ILD info: https://www.amazon.com/Zinus-Memory-Mattress-Topper-Queen/dp/B00FJNQBJ2
     
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    Very true. Until somewhat recently, I was a side sleeper at home and a back sleeper when camping. For whatever reason, I now sleep back, front, and sides at home and camping. Life is strange.

    Although if I set my camp pad that way for my side, it is great for front and back also.
     
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    Take a picture of the ones you are concerned about, I've had to play with some in tight areas and may be able to give you some advice
     
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    Keep an eye on the front and rear tubes. Mine are rusting, they added me to the "replacement list". I've never had but the best customer service when I can get ahold of them; which has been leagues better recently. When I first pre-ordered that was the whole fiasco and I had a lot of frustrations, but they stand by their product 10 fold!

    Also, I would highly recommend completely uninstalling the GFC for that replacement. I had to clip in a few clips that arrived not clipped from the factory (by the front piano hinge) and the terrible ergonomics and tiny crevices you have to get your hands in to are a real PITA. They didn't inform me about the orientation of the clips, but I would use that to your advantage because I personally would probably sell the GFC or have them replace it before I unclip and clip the whole tent myself.
     
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    Do you know if they made the switch to aluminum tubes for production?
     
  20. May 13, 2019 at 8:52 AM
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    I assume they did, but not 100%. Usually when they send us improvements the changes have been made, or are being made, on current and future campers.
     

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