Post by warrpath4x4 on Sept 25, 2019 7:17:06 GMT -8
My last roof top tent was a CVT brand and while the tent itself was awesome and we had no complaints, it was small and we outgrew it. So we sold it and I started looking at bigger tents, I ended up ordering a Smittybilt Overlander XL roof top tent basically due to price. We ended up getting the biggest one with a king size bed for about 1/3 the price of the comparable CVT. I know it is usually you get what you pay for, and that me end up biting me in the ass later, but the Smittybilt tent has pretty good reviews except for bedding thickness (same complaint as CVT) and shipping damage (which I really wouldn't put on Smittybilt). Initial out of the box review... if it wasn't for small things like the cover is different and the logo, I wouldn't be able to tell you who made the tent.
Remember I mentioned shipping damage was a big complaint, not with where mine came from. I still cant believe i got it next day also with free shipping.
It took me an afternoon of running to town for material, coming home and welding up a third brace for my rack, getting the rails mounted to the tent and mounting the tent to the truck. Next summer I am planning on adding one of the wing style awnings and building a new rack, this one has been modified 3 times for 2 different trucks and 2 different tents.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Sept 30, 2019 6:50:13 GMT -8
Saturday we went up to the Tucannon River by way of Dayton, Wa. We had planned on camping but it was raining, snowing, and cold and my kid is still getting over his cold so we just decided to make it a day trip.
The Tucannon campground is nice though, there is a group spot with a gazebo, and another spot with this lean-to
it was a nice dry place to stop and eat lunch (This kid and his goofy looks) it was 31 degrees at 1:30PM and raining.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Oct 21, 2019 7:36:04 GMT -8
sometimes its the small things. The plug end for the block heater flops around on the bumper and has scratched it up pretty good, I will try and buff it out but I dont have to worry about anymore damage.
I had one of these on my old stepside, they are great and for less than $20.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Mar 2, 2020 10:24:58 GMT -8
As some of you may have seen in my thread for my Jimmy, the mega cab ate the fan clutch wiring harness. Pretty common for these, also pretty common was the fiasco of trying to remove the fan clutch and rounding it off with the parts stores rental tool. After looking things over for a bit I dont think the wiring was ever hooked up when we bought the truck. Its never really over heated, the fan still moves, it has warmed up a bit pulling a load up hill but has always cooled off once cresting the grade.
While doing some research on the fan clutch it seems there are a couple different ways to get around the electric fan clutch. I ordered a dodge V10 fan clutch (bi-metal spring) and a 2001 Powerstroke fan from rockauto shipped for just over $100. The parts stores want $225 for a stock electric replacement. I also ordered a 36MM wrench (which I couldnt find in town) to hopefully still have enough of the fan clutch to grab and remove. Everything should be here this week so Saturday I will be at it again.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Mar 12, 2020 7:05:40 GMT -8
Ordered a 270 degree awning yesterday afternoon to replace the small CVT one on the back, Tracking says its gonna be here Friday. Saturday were gonna go pick up some metal so i can build a better rack than this one that i have had to modify a couple times.