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Thread: C5500 TopKick 4x4 Crew Cab Build

  1. #641
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4wheeldrivevan View Post
    Still looking for a paint scheme?

    Since you're in Utah, how about something like this?
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    Interesting thought and very creative- thanks! Looks like a bunch of the rock art we saw on an 8-day trip to the Swell in April:



    I'm pleased with the paint color so far. It definitely makes for a more subtle visual footprint.

    But then, I'm probably the only guy on Expo who prefers women without tattoos. I've never seen a tattoo that I thought actually complimented the womens figure. I can't imagine graphics that would actually compliment your tastefully designed, already one of a kind rig.
    I with you on the tats, not my thing. And my last commercial RV I had the graphics removed at the factory before taking delivery. I definitely go back an forth on whether or not to add something. The lack of graphics certainly adds to the "What the hell is that thing?" incidents at every fuel or grocery stop.

    3 short trips and 1 long trip this year and the truck is running great. I love the ground clearance, still messing with reducing the cab noise on the highway. And speaking of ground clearance, I think I'm going to flip the axles on the trailer. The rear ramp door will be a bit steeper, but the trailer could definitely use a bit more clearance.

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    There seems to be a city sprouting up there.......


    Why not do a nice line or two in black to break up the brown and leave it at that.
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    Default Off Road Stress Test

    With my two oldest out of the house for a few years, my wife tramping around Peru for a few weeks, and boy #3 at Lake Powell with friends for a week, my youngest and I set out on a photo safari for 5 days. And while we were at it, I decided to keep the rig off the pavement as much as possible. The result was over 400 miles of dirt roads on a 700 mile loop. We started out crossing three of the high points of the Wasatch, with a little snow still next to the road in spots.



    Most of the route was graded, but we managed a few tight squeezes, with "tight" being relative to the fatness of my rig!



    After a great day of frequent stops to shoot photos, we decided to drop down into the Swell because of the extreme cold front that was rolling across Utah (it snowed in Park City a few days later).






    We did some riding, then knocked down a favorite technical slot combo: Upper Baptist and Chute Canyons.







    My son took a video of me driving a section of the road back from the trailhead, which I'll try to get posted. Mild by jeeping standards, but it was a good test of the rig's ability to handle steep, angled terrain. 4L is quite impressive for such a heavy truck, and I was happy that I'd paid attention to keeping the CG as low as possible on the camper.

    We ended up going all through the Swell, over Boulder Mtn, onto the Paunsuagunt Plateau (Bryce), and Sevier Mtns. before heading back north. Wish I had more time to post more photos of the trip, but the good news is that the truck ran great and the camper performed as intended, even with hours and hours of rough terrain. The suspension and tires do their job in those conditions, which is a huge help, but it's great to not have to worry about busted cabinets, hardware, and dust.

    Thumbs up on the International 7400 and the Hutchinson/Michelin XZLs!

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    Thanks for the update. Please post up more photos when you get a chance.
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    Saw you driving along echo canyon on my way to work. I really like the color scheme you chose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darwin View Post
    Saw you driving along echo canyon on my way to work. I really like the color scheme you chose.
    Thanks! We buzzed up to a friend's ranch for a quick overnighter and some fishing on the weekend. You must work in Evanston?

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    Thanks! We buzzed up to a friend's ranch for a quick overnighter and some fishing on the weekend. You must work in Evanston?
    I do work in Evanston, 3 nights a week. Commute up from SLC.

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    Hi NeverEnough

    I just read through all 65 pages in one go, it's 3AM, but I couldn't let go!
    I stumpled on your thread looking for builds using PP honeycomb, and got SO much more!!!

    First off, what dedication! You chose a path and kept on it all the way regarding this build, and obviously also regarding your family, while we might not all be able to invest so much in a vehicle, we should strive for doing it in our families.

    Best Regards from Denmark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian View Post
    Hi NeverEnough

    I just read through all 65 pages in one go, it's 3AM, but I couldn't let go!
    I stumpled on your thread looking for builds using PP honeycomb, and got SO much more!!!

    First off, what dedication! You chose a path and kept on it all the way regarding this build, and obviously also regarding your family, while we might not all be able to invest so much in a vehicle, we should strive for doing it in our families.

    Best Regards from Denmark.
    Thanks, Christian. I'll never regret my efforts with my family. There's really no point to any of this without them. And PM me if you have any questions about PPE honeycomb. Not the easiest stuff to fabricate with, but it performs very well.

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