It's great to see you out using your truck so much. I have a questions about the "marker lights" that you have along the top of your habitat box (on the back). Are they reflectors or lights? If they are lights, did you run the wiring inside the fiberglass corner extrusion? We are currently starting to think about our habitat wiring.
P.s. I just check out Benny & Tanja's page. It looks like they are on a great trip. I can't wait to get our truck on the road.
Those are LED marker lights. I got them in stock if you need some. Still need some amber ones at the front...
The wiring is run partially inside the Fiberglass extrusions. Entering the inside of the cabin at the top rear corner. I installed a cover that blends in very nicely with the interior. Could have run the wires all the way inside the extrusions but thought it's a good idea to keep them kind of excessable for repairs/add ons down the road. Hate having stuff buried....
Tanja and Bennie are in no rush right now... The weather on Vancouver Island is getting nicer and warmer by the day, while the rest of Canada is still in deep freeze.
The idea with ARB awning is to have it at a regular height that will allow us to use the room enclosure. Why on earth would you mount an awning higher up? How much shade from the sun and shelter from the rain would you get?
Don't get me started on the tires LOL.... They are already bigger than original... I also think, if the engineers at Mercedes thought that bigger tires would be great idea, they would have done it. Keeping everything as close to stock configuration means that everything will work in harmony by keeping uneccassery stress off the chassis. After all, I'm not going for the "monster truck" look. I want a reliable, easy to get parts, efficient vehicle.
Hey Andreas, thanks for the ARB awning idea. Just looked at the ARB Aluminum 2500mm and it looks to be just what I was looking for. One question, how did you mount it to your panels? I saw on the ARB video they have a captive bolt head track, but in your case it seems like it would be better to bolt it right to the wall.
We had that awning on our jeep before and kind of like it. It also gives us the opportunity to clip in the add a room to create extra living space. You could mount it with an adapter plate that is glued to the outside of the panel or if you know the location in advance, we could embed some structure inside the wall panel to serve as a solid mount.
Thanks for the info Andreas. I think we will set up an awning just like that. I was planning to bond a wide strip of aluminum to the side of our habitat and drill and tap mounting holes in it for the awning.
How high up did you mount it? When I was looking at awnings before, I was worried that if it was mounted too high up, the legs on the ARB awning might not work right.