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    nice rig, congrats. What made you decide to go with RV versus towable? We have been going back and forth on trying to decide for about a year.
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    Paul previously posted:
    "WOW!!!! If I had room to park it I'd want something just like that. I am straight up jealous. "

    I don't have room at my place either, luckily a good friend has room at their place.

    xaza previously posted:
    "nice rig, congrats. What made you decide to go with RV versus towable? We have been going back and forth on trying to decide for about a year."

    The main reason we decided on this is I would have likely had to upgrade my truck to a one ton to be able to pull a trailer that could hold the buggy/jeep. It will also be nice for my wife to use areas of the RV while driving. We also considered a smaller 5th wheel and then double pull with the buggy/jeep behind it. Each has pros and cons.

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    Hey James - here's another spot for you to ski! In good form - it's back country to boot!

    2021-02-27/2-men-become-first-skiers-to-descend-yosemites-half-dome

    https://www.latimes.com/california/s...ites-half-dome

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    An actual campfire.


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    Not quite done yet but thought I would throw in a little before/after of bike. The new wind screen is bigger than original to help with wind and has additional piece that is adjustable, one pic it is down the other is all the way up. Apparently during freezing temps the bank sensor failed. Had tested bike while waiting on new fairing and it was working but after getting fairing and few other things done had no power to fuel pump. Bank sensor is under front fairing so it all had to come back off to access. Should have it back to street ready by this weekend.
           
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    Say "customized trailer" here and we immediately go to 4x4 camping trailer. Each hobby/trade has their own "trailer" type:
         

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    It isn't as comfortable as Mike's new RV looks to be, but we picked up our own version of wilderness comfort this week. First use was out at Pawnee Buttes and it served us well.


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    Had a couple actual campfires this past week:


    it's a bit of a story that started last Sept when my mother passed, but we ended up with a camper rental we never used, and the rental company was kind enough to give us a credit for later use this winter before the spring/summer business picked up. So we took a week to head south to kodachrome basin SP (UT), but stopped along the way for a couple nights near grand junction, CO. Skied at powderhorn out near GJ and then brian head down in southwest UT. As many of you probably know, my wife and I are pretty simple tent campers etc, so the rpod camper is a small adventure in itself...even though it was 20F most nights, enjoyed a warm night's sleep and hot coffee without being layered up with down puffy etc...pretty luxurious. A pic of jen skiing overlooking the utah desert, and a pic of evening sunset and camper.



    After two days in Colo, we spent 4 days in Kodachrome/Grand Staircase Escalante area. A few years ago we drove all of Cottonwood Rd, but there is a lot more to explore... Did a bit of dirt road exploring along Hole in the Rock and a bit of Skutumpha Rd in the Tacoma and some good slot canyon hiking... out near Hole in the Rock:


    Slot canyon near Hole in the rock:


    Jen nearing the top of the slot where it gets pretty tight:


    Hiking a cool slot in Staircase area with ice in the bottom off Skutumpha Rd:


    Some scenery of Kodachrome Basin:


    And a nice sunset:


    Back to Montana work for another month or so....
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    Kodachrome Basin is sweet.
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    open_circuit previously posted:
    "It isn't as comfortable as Mike's new RV looks to be, but we picked up our own version of wilderness comfort this week. First use was out at Pawnee Buttes and it served us well.

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    Sweet! A hiker trailer? Should work well for your crew.

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    JandDGreens previously posted:
    "Sweet! A hiker trailer? Should work well for your crew."

    Similar shape and style as a hiker but custom made by the previous owner. I hear Hiker is about 16 months backordered right now with the surge in demand from last year!

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    Paul previously posted:
    "An actual campfire.

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    Hell ya.... Im ready !!!!
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    More info and pics please! That is really cool looking, I bet you hardly noticed it behind the Frontier.

    open_circuit previously posted:
    "It isn't as comfortable as Mike's new RV looks to be, but we picked up our own version of wilderness comfort this week. First use was out at Pawnee Buttes and it served us well.

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    The ultimate tailgating rig I outfitted named 'The Orange Crush Unit' got a facelift for a fresh, bold, new look!






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    open_circuit previously posted:
    "It isn't as comfortable as Mike's new RV looks to be, but we picked up our own version of wilderness comfort this week. First use was out at Pawnee Buttes and it served us well.

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    Congrats!

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    Paul previously posted:
    "More info and pics please! That is really cool looking, I bet you hardly noticed it behind the Frontier."

    Sounds like you need to come camping with us this summer and check it out! The interior is just shy of queen-sized. Big rear kitchen/pantry with 12V water pump (pulls from plastic jerry cans on the side). Fantastic fan and windows for cooling. 3500lb axle on leaf springs with a ton of ground clearance. Trailer tires (don't have size handy) on steelies. Rhino rack roof-mount awning came with it. Empty and dry it is under 2000 lbs, so I should be able to tow it wet and loaded with the LJ if I want to, but it is probably best behind the frontier. It pulled well out to Pawnee, but that is a much easier drive than the places we normally camp.

    The electrics are powered off a lithium battery with a 12V outputs and a 1500W integrated inverter for 110V loads (don't plan to use that much, but it might be handy). Electrics are just some LED lights, the roof vent fan, and the 12V water pump. 100W (?) solar panel mounted on the roof keeps the battery charged. We ran our 12V DC fridge for a couple days on this and the solar panel was able to keep the battery at full charge while running the fridge.

    The only feature missing that I would like is some sort of brakes on the trailer. The axle does not have brake flanges. I could get some flanges welded on and install brakes or (more likely) buy an axle with brakes already installed and wire that up.

    With 10 gallons of water in jerry cans, we can boondock for several days very easily. The jerry can solution for water is nice since it means we can take our empty water containers in the tow vehicle to refill without having to hitch up and move the trailer.

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    Sounds great!! I'm sure that if the electronics passed your inspection they're excellent. I think a new axle is the way to go too, save you a lot of effort for not too much money and you get to start new. I've had an idea about trailers like yours with a relatively flat roof- you could mount a rooftop tent to it, but instead of the opening in the bottom of the tent having a ladder, have the opening match up to a trap door in the roof of the trailer so you can go up / down without going outside.

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    Hard to believe it has been over a year since i finished this up. It's been a HUGE addition to the shop!


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    Start it @ 12:30


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