Well the idea is that the table portion can hang down flat against the truck when not in use as a table.Good for shallow compartments. With a deep compartment it would be harder to reach the back.
If it is any consolation for you, that seems to be a very common refrain on this forum. Building a dream, one-off, custom expedition vehicle never seems to come in on budget nor as fast as we seem to think it will.Because I'm over budget on both time and money on this project,
You haven't missed it because it's still undecided! It's another detail that I'm having a hard time with. Using a bi-fold wall (instead of the fold down wall) makes for an easier deployment and better weather seal. However, it removes the ability to use a screen wall for the pop-up room when the weather allows. And it makes the roof-access door a bit more tricky. I'm about ready to flip a coin on this one.Loving it. Really looking good.
I've been really curious, though. Did you go with that bi-fold wall on the back of the pop-up section, like we talked about back about post 50? I'd love to hear how that worked out.
Sorry if I missed it somewhere...
I thought about this idea a lot when I did my recon on Saturday, and I think it works for a lot of rigs. But with my layout, it would be redundant. Between the slide-out "porch" on the front passenger side and the 6' table that slides out of the passenger side storage bay behind the rear wheel, I think I'm covered for work space.Ford Prefect said:Well the idea is that the table portion can hang down flat against the truck when not in use as a table.
That's EXACTLY what I said when I threw the switch! I ordered up a dimmer today...That lighting isnt too much if you're creating a Mobile Operating Room....
Thanks, Jay. Hope all is well with you and your rig. I'm hoping I won't have to use the genset much either, which is why I didn't buy a pricier unit. I'm still trying to decide if I need to add an alternator charging option. Right now my only umbilical is for the running lights and front axle leveling jacks (they also have their own "brain" when the camper is detached). And I wonder if a second alternator would be the best option, as you did with the EcoRoamer.jayshapiro said:Congratulations on the progress you're making. It's a huge project so don't be discouraged by the times when it feels slow. If I have one biggest regret about the EcoRoamer build it is that we rushed at times. Inevitably anything in the truck that breaks our was done wrong, was done during those times...
I like the gen mount. We hardly ever use ours (the solar and alternators get us through) but when we do I find myself wishing we had better vibration damping.
Bed/couch looks really nice. Are the sliders locking so it does not slide open while on the road?
Thanks. The sofa "drawers" lock with a spring bolt latch. They'll also be locked in place while traveling by the dining table leg assembly, which hasn't been built yet. Accuride makes a version of the slide that locks, but the fascia of the slide-out makes that feature inaccessible.Ford Prefect said:Yeah, that is what I was thinking too, and about the TV as well.
Solar system, details in post 364: http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/45835-C5500-TopKick-4x4-Crew-Cab-Build?p=975142#post975142What is that big square black thing on the top of the rig?
There's one on each side and they serve several purposes, with the primary one being the outer tube of the slide-out room linear actuators. The inner tubes pull the room in and out. The 100" travel stroke and resulting cantilevered load required something beefy. I went with 4" square steel tube for the outer and 3.5" square steel tube for the inner. Each contains an inner tube driven out by a 120" ACME screw on a bearing assembly, powered by some Reico Titan motor heads. But they also:What is that big square black thing on the top of the rig?