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The Getaway...Crom's build and adventures

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Crom, Feb 11, 2015.

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  1. Nov 7, 2016 at 11:36 AM
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  2. Nov 7, 2016 at 11:59 AM
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    Rear bumper looks great.

    As I am getting ready to build the dual swingouts for my bumper, I have 2 questions for you.

    First, what is purpose of angling the tire, as opposed to carrying it vertical?

    Second, when you get a chance, could you post close-up pictures of the latch mechanism, both latched and with the gate open?

    Thank you.
     
  3. Nov 7, 2016 at 12:03 PM
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    Go big....er...super economy pack 144 toilet rolls or go home!
     
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  4. Nov 7, 2016 at 12:40 PM
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    Crom

    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Love fictional character, Ron Swanson. One of my favorite episodes, was where he had the circular desk, and when an idiot member of the public came to him to complain, he would swivel in his chair away from them. lol

    lol found it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyc1aMtnHJo

    Scott, I have one of it closed, won't have an open one until weeks end. Will get one then.

    Indeed!
     
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  5. Nov 7, 2016 at 12:46 PM
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    Thank you!
     
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  6. Nov 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM
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    Crom

    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Doubling down on tent camping.

    I love our Kodiak Tent. Our whole family does. I love everything about it, except for the weight. :D In four years of ownership, the one thing I sometimes thought about upgrading or augmenting was the tent stakes.

    I have finally done that. I bought some Monk Industries forged tent stakes, $93 delivered.

    • Twelve (12) x 12" stakes, in red
    • Six (6) x 18" in orange.
    • 5/8″ diameter,
    • forged head, with a machined point.
    • Made with American steel, in Greeneville, TN, U.S.A
    • A super-heavy-duty-stake that will last more than a lifetime!
    These are about as close as you can get to indestructible and still stay portable, haha. :)

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    I had made up my mind to invest in better stakes after our wind storm camp, back in March of this year. My kids still refer to that night, as windy camp!
     
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  7. Nov 7, 2016 at 3:26 PM
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    2ndGenJonny

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    Anything Swanson I approve of as well. I really think he is just an extension of Nick Offerman. The role just comes too easy for him.
     
  8. Nov 8, 2016 at 4:45 AM
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    Thanks for this.

    I have been looking to upgrade my Kodiak tent stakes, but it has been a lower priority since we have the teardrop.

    I assume the 18" orange ones will be used for the corners, the 12" ones everywhere else? Maybe 18" for the awning, too.
     
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  9. Nov 8, 2016 at 5:16 AM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Welcome. Yes that would work, I got the longer ones for situations where the 12's couldn't get purchase, because soft sand, high winds. I'm going back to my 4lb sledge for driving them too. I have a stubby 2.5, but it just doesn't work as well.

    Re tire carrier angle, it's just a preference, for looks only.
     
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  10. Nov 8, 2016 at 5:27 AM
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    The bumper turned out great. The BFF design is by far my favorite for the 2nd gens. I am curious, how aggravating is having to operate the swingout in addition to the shell hatch and tailgate for bed access? I think I would be putting those windoors to use.
     
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  11. Nov 8, 2016 at 6:56 AM
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    I asked CBI about the angled tire position when I was buying my bumper and they told me that it actually does serve a purpose. It helps balance the tire / distribute the weight of the tire a little better over the mount and the swing arm. When the tire is straight up and down it predominantly " pulls " backward and down.
     
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Yeah windoors are great. I use them when tossing in something light and small, like a pair of boots, or whatever.

    The gate is still very new to me. I'm still evaluating it. My opinion remains that I wouldn't want a gate on my daily driver. It is not a burden to open if there is space. And I measured it with a tape, I need 5' of space in the rear to open and lock it.

    I also finished the table and attached it this weekend. I used a spray can of dupli-color bed armor on the table surface for texture. It was $12 for the rattle can, terrible reviews online, but the texture looks and feels rad. The can said it was a water based polyurethane coating with a rubberized texture. I hope it holds up, time will tell.

    The real test is how my wife likes it after our next trip. Her initial comment was that the bumper/gate looks good.

    Makes sense.

    Anything to pull the load in closer to the truck is going to help. Over the weekend, I lowered the tire mount 4" on the gate to help lower the center of mass.
     
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    dude, you can use those to kill a bear.
     
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    lol

    It's hard to describe in words just how stout they are. I will weigh all the stakes together, I think it's over 25 lbs! :eek:
     
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    That's right! I forgot about your new commuter. Here's to DD's, of both the designated and daily variety. :cheers:
     
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    :proposetoast:
     
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    I'll be back in a few days... Time for more field testing... :playball:

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    Have a great time and be safe out there!!!!
     
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    What's your plan for the backup camera @Crom?
     
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    Stuff and Things!
    Have you considered using lag screws. I switched to those on my Kodiak and haven't looked back. Just have to remember to bring the cordless drill.
     
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