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  1. I received an email from Aluminess today - my...

    I received an email from Aluminess today - my front bumper is built and has been sent off for powder coating. I will be ordering a Warn 16.5ti in the next week or so to go with the bumper.
  2. It's still an option if I can find one. I will...

    It's still an option if I can find one. I will post up what I end up doing.
  3. Thanks. I met them at the Overland ExPo and then...

    Thanks. I met them at the Overland ExPo and then read a bunch of their blog posts. I have traveled that whole region by public transportation, but reading their blog confirmed that an XP Camper on a...
  4. This will be a permanent conversion with no...

    This will be a permanent conversion with no intention of resale so I'm not really worried about those consequences. The XP Camper includes a flatbed made specifically for the application so I will be...
  5. Both excellent tips. Thanks you. I had planned to...

    Both excellent tips. Thanks you. I had planned to convert to freespin hubs, but did not know anything about the fuel filtration. Will add to the growing list of mods.
  6. Agreed - this would be ideal. I had ruled it out...

    Agreed - this would be ideal. I had ruled it out as an option due to the difficulty of finding low mileage replacement parts for the swap, but if I come across something, I will do it.
  7. For better or for worse, the truck is a DRW...

    For better or for worse, the truck is a DRW (dually) so one of the first project will be to convert to SRW (single rear wheel). Based on my research, the Ram 3500 dually rear axle is 4" wider than...
  8. AventureBuddies' 2006 Ram 3500 expedition build - XP Camper V1

    Here it goes: After many years with the most incredible 80 series LandCruiser, we have taken the plunge and started toward our goal of owning a rig for full-time international travel. It's been a...
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    Small tip: if possible enter the water slowly if...

    Small tip: if possible enter the water slowly if your diffs are very hot (ie lots of sand driving) and the water is cold. I blew a diff pinyon seal and I believe it was because the instant change in...
  10. Trailer shock length selection help

    Suspension gurus, please help:

    Leaf sprung over trailer axle. Home built teardrop.

    I have measured my potential max shock lengths at 23" at full droop and 12" at full compression which means a...
  11. That makes sense. I think I'll disconnect the...

    That makes sense. I think I'll disconnect the springs at one end and lower the frame to the right spot so I know where to put the bumpstops. Then I'll reattach the springs and lift the frame until...
  12. Thanks. Next step is to weld on shock mounts and...

    Thanks. Next step is to weld on shock mounts and install shocks. Then I'll start the interior finish since it's an empty shell right now.

    Does anyone have any tips for determining shock length?
  13. It's been a few months, but I finally had a...

    It's been a few months, but I finally had a little time on Friday to pull the trailer out of storage and work on it some more.

    I haven't really used it yet, except for towing it out to AZ for the...
  14. That makes sense about the discharge or two vs...

    That makes sense about the discharge or two vs one. The battery in question is an AGM though not a lead acid, so I don't know if that matters.

    Also, I've heard that AGM batteries can be mounted on...
  15. Trailer power - one BIG battery or two small ones?

    I have one of the Sears Platinum (Odessy) group 31 batteries in my 80 as the aux battery. It's a real monster. I now am ready to buy the battery for my new trailer build and can't decide:

    Group 31...
  16. Thanks. It is quite substantial. Seeing it...

    Thanks. It is quite substantial. Seeing it sitting there it seems so big and tall with no weight to compress the springs. I calculated that the "extra" weight of the steel vs a more minimalistic...
  17. By tomorrow I'll have a rolling chassis. Just...

    By tomorrow I'll have a rolling chassis. Just need to wire up the lights, install the rear tire swingout on the spindle, and install the water tanks. Looks like I'll be towing it to Expo (though the...
  18. Yeah, just a bit. I have some pretty ambitious...

    Yeah, just a bit. I have some pretty ambitious kitchen pullout ideas that require a little space and I wanted to preserve at least 7' of interior length for sleeping.

    I don't think those inches...
  19. 156" is the length of the primary frame with...

    156" is the length of the primary frame with tongue. However, the center "tube" protrudes an additional 6" in the back to accomodate a finished rear bumper/tire carrier and 4" in the front to take...
  20. Progress! Got my Max Coupler from AT today....

    Progress! Got my Max Coupler from AT today. Springs, axle, rear spare tire carrier already here and all manner of other goodies on their way in the mail - water pump, instant water heater, tanks,...
  21. I think this is what I'll do with the kitchen...

    I think this is what I'll do with the kitchen pullout. Not sure how to show movement but the sink and stove hinge up so it all tucks away and then slides back into the back of the trailer.
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    When I was in Myanmar in 2003 they were not...

    When I was in Myanmar in 2003 they were not allowing any overland entry into the country. There was a guy who had flown a bicycle in and was trying to use it to move freely within the country and...
  23. Thanks! Here it is so far:

    Thanks!

    Here it is so far:
  24. I will leave it white since the LandCruiser is...

    I will leave it white since the LandCruiser is white. I've worked out the weight in my mindbut will have to tweak it once it's built. Most likely all mechanical systems including batteries will be in...
  25. Wow, Google sketchup is very cool. Still getting...

    Wow, Google sketchup is very cool. Still getting the hang of it, but I have a working drawing. Can't figure out how to post it though.
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