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)
Yup, I wouldn't even say it out loud
Try and keep ALL weight added to a vehicle below the belt line ( top of the tub on a Jeep ). In VERY few instances can I justify having weight added above that line. Of any weight added to a vehicle that is probably the worst place to add it. Just saying.
I agree without a doubt about about the weight thing. I see a LOT of overloaded vehicle with poor load distribution. While I think for most people going out for a few days of camping this isn't a huge issue. I sure wouldn't want to do that on a multi-week trip to the middle of nowhere. Just because you have the storage volume does now mean that you have the weight capacity. I would much rather have a 'light' one ton truck rather than a 'heavy' Jeep, even if they both are the same overall weight. I have seen some 4-door JK's that are pushing the weight of my Dodge truck ( 39s, one-ton, Cummins, etc ). That is just insane to me.
Project: Doitall Dodge
My Unimog camper thoughts and ideas....
I have subscribed to this one -- I have some similar goals for my 2dr so I may poach a few ideas!
I also like that you are keeping track of the weight you are adding but I would also keep the added unsprung weight seperate from the over all weight. The added weight from larger tires and wheels will be different from adding say bumpers & a winch... Lilke what you are doing and will be following your build. Good Luck...
FWIW... to help keep weight down...
We use our JKU pretty much the the same as our previous Expo vehicles, we keep them mostly stock.
An expo/bling Tire/Rim combo and extra style'in driving lights, lets others know ya in da club.
To change from daily driver to expo/camping use, fold the rear seats down, throw gear in back and protect the occupants with a heavy duty cargo net barrier.
To set up camp, we pitch a small tent and quickly take the gear out of the Jeep and put it in the tent, except the food/cooler gets moved to the front seats.
In the now empty rear of Jeep, we inflate backpacker air mattresses and unroll sleeping bags.
Run engine for heat or air-conditioning as required.... Love the remote engine starter.
^^^ So, the tent is a decoy, uhmmmmm. Good idea.
JK 2dr rubi Garage
2000 F350 CC LWB 7.3 4x4
2003 F550 6.0 4x4
1999 35' 5th wheel RV
It's about time for some updates!
Expedition One Basic DX Bumper w/ Fog wings
Warn M8000 Winch
AEV DualSport XT 2.5" Lift