I have a new cook set. But lets have some fun, can you guess who it is made by?
-the cook set was made in England for a Chicago-based company
-the cook set is an all aluminum design
-this company has outfitted the likes of Charles Lindbergh and Teddy Roosevelt
- once considered "the" outfitter for safari expeditions
The first person to guess wins 1,000 Portal Points!
Abercrombie & Fitch, perhaps? I did see a listing for such a cook set up for auction this past Saturday in Minnesota...
" Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." -WALT WHITMAN
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'97 Dodge Ram 1500 4x (Daily Driver)
'93 XJ Sport (Adventure Vehicle)
After a lot of measuring and drawing lines in the air above my Tacoma, I have decided to get the shorter cabover that FWC offers. (This is the old standard, not extended length cabover.)
I have spent the last couple weeks considering the aerodynamic factors of the camper, as that is the main factor in the decrease in MPG. The extended cabover sits in front of the line of the windshield. Not only does the thickness of the cabover plow into the wind, but it also creates a dam for the air coming up the windshield. On the other hand the shorter cabover sits behind the flow of air coming up the windshield, so the air can move freely off the windshield. The shorter cabover will also allow the use of a wind fairing, for which I have a couple of ideas floating around.
(I will not be using the factory bed mattress, so I will not have the disadvantage of the 2'' thick mattress that comes with the standard cabover versus the 4'' mattress that comes with the extended cabover. If you are going to use the factory mattress I would get the extended cabover.)
I am also going with a Thule rack system, that way on trips when the rack is not needed it can be removed. Keeping things smooth.
I'd love to see some pics of the A&F cook gear when you get it.
7.3 Super Duty, 4X4, Ext Cab Shortbed, 6 Spd Manual. Hawk FWC
2006 Jeep Unlimited
Lexus is250 AWD (Hers)
1980 HJ45 Diesel LBP (Sold to some dude in Utah)
1984 Troopy, ExPo White (Sold to the same dude in Utah that bought my other dream truck)
Kimberly Kamper (Sold to the Toyota Shaman)
Are you relying on a slide out to make a reasonable sided bed still or just going to sleep on the cabover portion? If just the cabover then roll with it if you are okay with the sleeping area size. If you are relying on a slide out I'd potentially reconsider if the extended cabover sized bed gives you the sleeping area you need/want w/o a slide out. Not having something pulled into the camper space is definitely nice from my experience.
By the way as I think about it more are the eagles even wide enough to sleep side by side or are they designed for front to back so you'd have a slide out no matter what? Even if they do minimizing its intrusion into the camper space is nice.
The Eagle is 69'' wide, so unless you are short of stature you sleep north-south. I am 6'4'' so I will be sleeping north-south with my feet hanging off, not a big deal as I am used to such things.
The bed will slide out into almost half of the camper, so an extra 8'' is not a huge deal. In fact, it will work a little better with the layout of my countertops, and the cabinets along the top will be a little shorter, again working better with my layout.
Keeping a good aerodynamic profile of the camper has become a high priority. And I feel keeping the square cabover behind the wind flow is very important.
But I definitely agree, not having the slide out would be optimal. I guess it will have to wait for my full size (Fuso) build. And that is 10-20 years down the road, at least that is what I am promising.