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Old 02-14-2019, 03:39 PM   #776 (permalink)
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Hey Idasho, going way back to post #10, where did you get the jacks you use to load/unload your camper? Custom builds or something you purchased?
Yes, the original jacks were units that I built.

I have since upgraded to the super pimp remote controlled electric units.
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Old 02-15-2019, 05:06 AM   #777 (permalink)
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It worked, but I have since dug into ForScan and have changed things in such a way that I do not need it.

Via ForScan I turned off the "theater lighting" mode for the interior lights.

Changed quite a few other bits as well.

Turned off all of the lamp out warnings (hypeflash) so the LED lighting works 100% with blinkers and 4-ways.
Turned on the "puddle lamps" for the running board lights
Adjusted for the larger tires
Turned off the TPMS
Forscan is pretty sweet, first thing I did on my '18 was customize several annoyances via Forscan.
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Yes, the original jacks were units that I built.

I have since upgraded to the super pimp remote controlled electric units.
HIGHLY recommended!
Happijacs or something else?
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:01 AM   #779 (permalink)
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Rieco Titans That were modified to work with the flatbed camper.





Rieco Titan Products makes all types of Camper Jacks, Camper Jack Systems, Electric Camper Jacks, Linear Actuators
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:29 AM   #780 (permalink)
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Well, Feb was a mess of snow. Not much time to work on the truck.

But the weather broke, and for the first time in 3+ weeks, I havnt had to move snow for more than 2 hours. So shop time...

Short of a few provisions that will be added later, quick fittings for air lines, and remove intake fitment, OBA is done.
I just couldnt bring myself to run the little chinese MV50 compressor for this project. Took loud, and long term for a permanent mount,
I much prefer something a little more sound, and rebuild able. So I went VIAIR

A VIAIR 450C to be specific.
A small, quiet, 100% duty cycle unit.

Coupled with a 3 gallon tank, 90/120 psi pressure switch, and a few goodies it should work great.
Tested this evening, it charged the 3 gallon tank from 0-PSI to 120PSI in less than 3 minutes.
A bit slower than some Im sure, but the 100% duty cycle will help me sleep at night

Primary duties are supplying air bags with air, and airing up tires after air-down or puncture repair. Should also come in handy for blowing out the truck, camper, and gear.

Both the compressor and tank were fitted along the passenger side frame, tucked up above the bottom of the frame, behind the running boards.
Im also using a remote intake/filter for it (second braided line), which will eventually be located inside the gear locker.
With the remote filter I feel like I might be okay without an additional shield to protect it from dirt/mud/snow from the front tire when turning,
but I figure Ill add one anyhow.










Ive also started work on the aux fuel tank hanger.
3/16 x 1" strap and some hardware should do it.

Although I seem to have got myself into a pickle with the fuel filler.

Tank takes a 2-1/4 (ID) hose. Fuel filler takes a 1" (ID) hose.

Any suggestions? Thats one hell of a reducer!!



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looking good kinda funny coincidence but we have the same shoes, battery terminals, same jumper cables for wire, and now OBA air compressors

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Fyi i have problems with my viar and air system freezing up when we dont get out of the 20s. Mine is located in the engine bay and usually thaws out eventually. Not sure if yours is protected from the elements but u may want consider something if u need air often. Mine is just for the pac brake and bags so i can usually do without. I also seem to kill them every 2-3 years which is dissapointing but a few were replaces under warrente. I know Gavan just has his seize up after 1.5 yrs.
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I too had 2 visit comp go out after less than a year each. Same model too
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Find a fab shop that has slip rollers and have them make you a funnel shape with necks on each end to attach filler hose. Too much size difference for muffler shop to expand an adapter.
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You can buy thin wall stainless reducers that will go from 1" to 2.5", but I couldn't find anything for 2.25".

I think I would probably modify the filler end and weld on a larger piece of tubing to it.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys.
The transition doesnt have to be smooth, I had that brain fart recently, so gears are turning now.
It will be as easy as a 2.25" section of tubing with a cap (and 1" hole), and a 1" nipple welded to the cap.

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Fyi i have problems with my viar and air system freezing up when we dont get out of the 20s. Mine is located in the engine bay and usually thaws out eventually. Not sure if yours is protected from the elements but u may want consider something if u need air often. Mine is just for the pac brake and bags so i can usually do without. I also seem to kill them every 2-3 years which is dissapointing but a few were replaces under warrente. I know Gavan just has his seize up after 1.5 yrs.
That's unfortunate to hear.

But Im sure location and filtering has a lot to do with it.

In the engine bay you not only heat the motor, you ingest hot air.
Double negative for heat and operating temps.

Im optimistic that the location and remote intake Ive chosen will work.
But only time will tell. I could even toss a filter/drier on the intake as well, to keep the charge air more dry to prevent moisture freezing within the system.

And really, at the end of the day, the location is easily accessible to swap it out as needed.
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Finally getting around to the camper mounts.

That means I start cutting chunks out of perfectly good frame rails

Started by cutting out a template using some scrap frame rail, in an attempt to keep them all uniform.

Last photo is where its going. Inside is backed up using a 2-1/2" 3/16 angle, that will help tie the corner together as well as provide good backing for the decking once installed. The bit of aluminum is simply a mock-up piece to find my angles for the final bent up steel section.












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And a few more.

Done for the day. Too damn cold, heater aint quite keepin' up.
Seems my bones get cold easier the older I get

Didnt help any that bending all 4 flat bars the same was such a bear.
Even with a good bender, it was a royal PITA to get them all the same, and fitted properly.

But I managed to get all 4 corners cut and fitted. Just a matter of welding them all up now.
Will probably add some gussets to the bottom of the mounts, where the bolts will slip thru.



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Im so slow...

Ill blame it on the weather, and the view.
Neither encourage progress

Woke up to this recently and put the new camera to work.



Anyhow, I did manage to finish all of the camper mount "receivers"
Came out okay. Still have some cleanup, but not much.

Serious props for those that do this regularly, or especially 9-5
I'm not the greatest with steel (obvious), so to get decent results I am painfully slow.
This bed is absorbing a lot more of my time than initially thought it would, but I feel the results are good.

I do have the end of the bed framework in sight. Soon it will be ready enough to be sent off to be sandblasted and primed.
Then Ill start of cutting and fitting the aluminum "skins"



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I have nothing to add other than I used to live in one of those apartments in your first picture.
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Those apartments didn't exist when I lived in that town... I miss it a lot.
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Much in my view has changed since we purchased and moved into this place back in 2006.
Fortunately I had the foresight to buy a place elevated above the rear neighbors so much that Ill never loose my view.
But it is always changing, and not limited to seasons.

Don't even get me started on the grove apts.... that's a whole other can of BS
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Been watching for a sale for a while for my winch.
Lucked out the other day, saved a decent amount.
Certainly enough to put towards some winch recovery goodies.

Anyhow, winch arrived today and I promptly tore into it.

The winch is a Smittybilt X20 15,500 w/ 7/16" wire rope.

From what Ive read, these are pretty decent winches, but are packed with nasty grease, making free-spooling a pain, especially with the big steel rope. So in hopes of clearing that up before its even installed, I cleaned out all the factory grease, and will be repacking with some good synthetic.

Figure It wont hurt to check quality control either.

Nothing major yet. I did have to chase the threads of one of the motor lugs though. Nut looks to have been cross threaded at the factory Connections inside the relay box also needed some love. The spade connectors a bit looser than Id like.

If anyone is interested in more or specific photos of this thing before everything is reassembled and installed, let me know.

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Been watching for a sale for a while for my winch.

Lucked out the other day, saved a decent amount.

Certainly enough to put towards some winch recovery goodies.



Anyhow, winch arrived today and I promptly tore into it.



The winch is a Smittybilt X20 15,500 w/ 7/16" wire rope.



From what Ive read, these are pretty decent winches, but are packed with nasty grease, making free-spooling a pain, especially with the big steel rope. So in hopes of clearing that up before its even installed, I cleaned out all the factory grease, and will be repacking with some good synthetic.



Figure It wont hurt to check quality control either.



Nothing major yet. I did have to chase the threads of one of the motor lugs though. Nut looks to have been cross threaded at the factory Connections inside the relay box also needed some love. The spade connectors a bit looser than Id like.



If anyone is interested in more or specific photos of this thing before everything is reassembled and installed, let me know.





Interested in how you like it. Been looking at getting one. Did you get the wireless model?


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Yeah, this one is wireless.

it is a Gen 2 as well. Looks as though the little problems Ive read about were fixed, or at least addressed.
The switch on the solenoid pack has been upgraded to what looks like a waterproof switch, and the batteries in the remote are easy to get to and replace.

Though looking at the manual and parts numbers, it looks like the solenoid pack and remote are different for the 15k & 17k,
than the lesser rated winches.

So perhaps the bigger winches are just made differently.

One thing I am bummed about is the remote is not magnetic.
Reading about these I thought that was a great feature.

It also doesnt look to be made to center mount the solenoid pack.
The leads from solenoid pack are just long enough to for mounting right on the motor. No chance they would reach for a center mount.
It also didnt come with the brackets to center mount. So long as it fits in the ARB bumper without trimming, Ill run it.
If it interferes, Ill have to whip up longer leads and brackets to center mount it.

No real worries though. It should do me just fine.
This is far from a hardcore wheeling rig, so no reason to spend silly money on a Warn. This will be last resort for stucks.
Most likely slide-off recoveries, mud/snow stucks, trail clearing, etc.
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it is a Gen 2 as well. Looks as though the little problems Ive read about were fixed, or at least addressed.

The switch on the solenoid pack has been upgraded to what looks like a waterproof switch, and the batteries in the remote are easy to get to and replace.



Though looking at the manual and parts numbers, it looks like the solenoid pack and remote are different for the 15k & 17k,

than the lesser rated winches.



So perhaps the bigger winches are just made differently.



One thing I am bummed about is the remote is not magnetic.

Reading about these I thought that was a great feature.



It also doesnt look to be made to center mount the solenoid pack.

The leads from solenoid pack are just long enough to for mounting right on the motor. No chance they would reach for a center mount.

It also didnt come with the brackets to center mount. So long as it fits in the ARB bumper without trimming, Ill run it.

If it interferes, Ill have to whip up longer leads and brackets to center mount it.



No real worries though. It should do me just fine.

This is far from a hardcore wheeling rig, so no reason to spend silly money on a Warn. This will be last resort for stucks.

Most likely slide-off recoveries, mud/snow stucks, trail clearing, etc.


Cool, thanks. Iím looking for one for similar reasons, sans snow I hope.


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Well shit.

This is why I tear chinese things apart before installing

I had suspicions that I received an "open-box" condition winch.

Remember that cross threaded nut on the motor lug?
The box had obviously been opened as well.
But I wasn't too concerned, people buy things and return them all the time.

I'm sure glad I tore into the business end of the winch....

Ande its a good thing Im in no hurry
Ball is back in the seller's court.

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Bummer deal! I have been eyeballing those winches too..... Much cheaper than the competition, and seeming to be getting better quality..... Sort of I guess
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