Thank you.Camper is looking great. I REALLY like the seamless roof.
I also like the seamless roof.
The lifting struts are 100% x10 worth it. I would never consider going back to no lifting struts, they are just so nice.Quick question, why did you install the SS Shackles up top? Seems to be more expensive and move around rather than just doing the same bracket in both places. I know you have a reason. Also, on a scale of 1-10 how much do they help and were they worth the money? I'm debating on doing the same so my girlfriend does not struggle so much when opening the front.
I have a pair of 75lb struts if you are interested. They are a little strong for my empty roof. I was going to return them to McMaster, but I could send them your way if you are interested. They are the standard black (not SS) struts. And I could point you in the right way to buy end fittings and brackets.
The shackle system at the top mount is there because I wanted a couple shackles to hang my candle lanterns from, so I went down that expensive road.
Here you go. Hope that explains thing better.Originally Posted by Overland Hadley
I only have one 120mile drive on the setup with the added jambnut. After checking them they seemed to not come loose. I will have to report back after some dirt roads etc. The turnbuckles are just off the shelf hardware store and same with the SS carabiner on top.
Cant beilive you had to say 100%x10! x9 and I might of passed, but x10!!!Originally Posted by Overland Hadley
Done, Ill send you a PM. Only thing is 75lbs each?. Seems pretty high. What are your slick SS ones? I read on WTW somewhere that 40lbs is what FWC install.Originally Posted by Overland Hadley
Ahhh Got ya, Yea Ill keep it simple.Originally Posted by Overland Hadley
Side note. I got a few of those LED candles. Cheap from like ride aid or something. They work GREAT in the camper. The girly loves them. Are you hanging real candles? If so you are MUCH less clumsy than I!
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Have you thought of using safety wire?
Scroll down to safety wire starter kit. Used a lot for racing motorcycles. Maybe safety wire the turnbuckle body to something so it can't spin.
75lbs works good if you have a heavy roof with solar etc.
But if you have an empty roof then 40 pounds seems to be what is needed. My SS struts are 50 lb and they are a bit stiff, although they are still new and only have a few compression cycles on them. I did notice that the struts do seem to soften up with a little use. I might also be adding a set or two of MaxTrax to the roof and then I will want the added lifting strength of the 50lb'ers.
This is an interesting post from Doug Hackney. The last line is what struck me.
When I was planning my electrical system I decided that if I could not run it on 12v then it would not have a place in my lightweight camper. Looks like that idea had some merit.
The Gen2 Tacoma does have the AC outlet in the bed, and I modified it so I can access it with the camper mounted, but I have never used it and I do not have any plans to use it.
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