What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

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Post by teotwaki » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:25 am

Had the wear indicator on the BOV's rear brakes start squealing. Checked my logs and saw the rear brakes were due and figured I'd take care of the fronts too. Dropped off the BOV at my friendly local dealer this morning and walked home. Most of the mechanics and service writers are offroaders and give me great discounts.
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Post by Stercutus » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:52 pm

I semi-retired a vehicle today from any duty other than occasional use and hauling stuff. Mileage is well over a quarter a million and the transmission is making noises like it wants to go visit the shop. We have one less driver now too. I'll have to adjust my load plans until we replace it with a new vehicle in about three years.
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Post by Showtime » Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:10 pm

I finally got around to installing the OEM roof rack crossbars on my Grand Cherokee. The addition of offspring #2 has finally necessitated a rooftop cargo carrier. I've been back and forth between Thule and Yakima, and based on size and tailgate clearance I think I've settled on the Thule Force. Anyone have any experience good/bad or indifferent. Any other insights about a rooftop cargo carrier I should consider prior to shelling out the $$?
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Post by RickOShea » Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:13 pm

Stercutus wrote:Trying to decide if I want to refurbish my large trailer (needs new tires, bed, wiring harness) or sell it off and buy a new one with a metal bed. By the time I buy all the stuff and put it on I might come out ahead with a new trailer.
Ugh. I replaced the wood on my 6'x10' utility trailer not too long ago. At least half of the 3" self-tapping screws that went thru the 2"x10"s and into the metal cross members broke off when I tried to unscrew them. Ended-up drilling new holes in the metal and used hex bolts and lock nuts. Also rewired it and put on some LED tail lights, but that was the easy part.
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Post by Stercutus » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:09 pm

Showtime wrote:I finally got around to installing the OEM roof rack crossbars on my Grand Cherokee. The addition of offspring #2 has finally necessitated a rooftop cargo carrier. I've been back and forth between Thule and Yakima, and based on size and tailgate clearance I think I've settled on the Thule Force. Anyone have any experience good/bad or indifferent. Any other insights about a rooftop cargo carrier I should consider prior to shelling out the $$?
Yeah, don't get anything with a rounded shape. They are hell to get secured down properly, especially on taller vehicles. I ended up going with a nice waterproof team box and did not look back.
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Post by Stercutus » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:11 pm

RickOShea wrote:
Stercutus wrote:Trying to decide if I want to refurbish my large trailer (needs new tires, bed, wiring harness) or sell it off and buy a new one with a metal bed. By the time I buy all the stuff and put it on I might come out ahead with a new trailer.
Ugh. I replaced the wood on my 6'x10' utility trailer not too long ago. At least half of the 3" self-tapping screws that went thru the 2"x10"s and into the metal cross members broke off when I tried to unscrew them. Ended-up drilling new holes in the metal and used hex bolts and lock nuts. Also rewired it and put on some LED tail lights, but that was the easy part.
I am thinking I can sell the trailer for about $800 and buy a new one for $1600 and let someone else have fun replacing the tires ($300), Bed ($300) and wiring ($30).

And have a brand new trailer.
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Post by teotwaki » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:20 am

A while back I installed an air compresser under the hood of the BOV for not only the rear locker but for airing up tires. Yesterday as I fired the compressor up to air a tire it just stopped working. Yikes. I traced out the power and control leads and found everything was fine up to the point of the last plastic connector at the compressor motor. Apparently as the metal contacts went bad they overheated and melted the plastic body which broke the connection. I cut the old connectors out and installed Anderson Power Poles with 45 Amp contacts and weather boots to help keep water out. Runs great again! :mrgreen:

My next project is to rework the installation and bracket for the second battery that runs the 2 way radio, fridge and compressor. I'm replacing the 4 year old Diehard platinum AGM with a bigger Interstate Marine deep cycle wet cell battery from Costco. At $73 it is much cheaper to just swap it out every three years as opposed to a battery that will cost more than twice as much to replace.
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Post by Stercutus » Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:07 pm

Marine deep cycles are the way to go. They last a really long time if domestically made.
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Post by teotwaki » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:27 pm

For when the BOV is towing the BOT (bug out trailer I have a multi-axis hitch called the Max Coupler. I cleaned out all of the old grease and dirt and lubed all of the wear points. Now it is ready to go for the next mock bug out :clap:

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Post by NT2C » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:20 am

Took one of the four BOVs in for its yearly inspection and a small laundry list of things needing done, such as an oil change, inop fog lights, inop heater vent controls, etc. Got the inspection, oil change and fogs fixed. Vent control is a $511 dealer only part, and the only dealer in the country that had it (according to my dealer) is in Houston, under several feet of water. Went on eBay and found one in Longview, Texas. It'll be here Monday. $316 shipped Priority mail. Since I saved myself a couple hundred bucks I decided to go ahead and replace the 20 year old, slightly yellowed and foggy headlight housings, so I also bought a pair of them for ~$80. They should also be here Monday.

And yeah, we now have 4 BOVs. My old radio truck ('99 GMC C3500 dualie), our Dakota 4x4 ('97 3.9L extended cab), our new Jeep ('17 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk), and my trailer hamshack (16' single axle, solar powered complete ham shack on wheels).

My truck is up for sale, as soon as I can get my gear off of it. The Dakota is what was in the shop, the Jeep is an absolute luxurious, go anywhere beast with bagged suspension, 8 speed gearbox, full underbody shields, rock rails, and a 3.6L engine that gets it doing 0-60 in about 7 seconds and that the reviewer at Forbes loved. Ours is even the same color as the one in the review.
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Post by MPMalloy » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:01 pm

teotwaki: If your BOV/BOT was fully loaded, how many people does it support, & for how long?

I'm trying to put my BOV supplies into some sort of perspective.

Thanks!

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Post by w3rdtoyamama » Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:46 pm

Filled up the ol tank last night.
My F350 has a lot of interior space. Ive been thinking of a truck cap mainly due to rarely hauling anything. Ive even moved ibto my apt with my dakota whil e the tonneau cover was ON.

Rarely would I need more space than the cap would provide. No ATVs or the like...plus I have an 8ft bed. Weird color (bronze) so itd be hard to find obe that matches

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Post by Stercutus » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:23 pm

Went tire shopping yesterday for our main "weather so bad you should not be driving anyway" vehicle. We rarely get bad weather down here but when we do people are in ditches everywhere and there are no county or municipal service vehicles with which to treat the roads.
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MPMalloy wrote:teotwaki: If your BOV/BOT was fully loaded, how many people does it support, & for how long?

I'm trying to put my BOV supplies into some sort of perspective.

Thanks!

I had a long answer typed up that got zapped so let me retype-- :lol: This is a first swag so questions and feedback please.

If I can camp near water it helps tremendously.

Here is an example of the roofrack modestly loaded. It can handle hundreds of pounds as it is attached to the truck in 6 places.
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Assume 4 passengers, each with one medium duffle of clothes up on the roof rack.
Four more 5 gallon gas cans to double my range. The trailer carries two 2.5 gallon gas cans to offset the towing drag.
I'd remove the 100-150 pound roof top tent (RTT) from the trailer and replace with a cargo basket.
The RTT function would be replaced with one or two dome tents.
A bunch of glamping gear would come out of the trailer and be replaced with 4 more water cans for 20 gallons, food, stove gas and other gear.
The trailer's water tank is 20 gallons so altogether I would carry 40 gallons with 1 gal/person minimum.

My 12 volt freezer-fridge in the truck is 45 liters and the top mounted extension doubles that. It could mean (guessing) 10 days of fresh food to augment the freeze dried meals. No cold beverages stored.

Mountain House 30 day packages of foods weigh 25 pounds so let's take two of those. for 15 days
https://www.costco.com/Mountain-House-3 ... 82427.html

Water and fresh food appear to be the limits at 10 days worth as guessed here.

Solar power can charge the batteries in the BOT/BOV so no gas burned except for travel.
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teotwaki wrote:
MPMalloy wrote:teotwaki: If your BOV/BOT was fully loaded, how many people does it support, & for how long?

I'm trying to put my BOV supplies into some sort of perspective.

Thanks!

I had a long answer typed up that got zapped so let me retype-- :lol: This is a first swag so questions and feedback please.

If I can camp near water it helps tremendously.

Here is an example of the roofrack modestly loaded. It can handle hundreds of pounds as it is attached to the truck in 6 places.
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Assume 4 passengers, each with one medium duffle of clothes up on the roof rack.
Four more 5 gallon gas cans to double my range. The trailer carries two 2.5 gallon gas cans to offset the towing drag.
I'd remove the 100-150 pound roof top tent (RTT) from the trailer and replace with a cargo basket.
The RTT function would be replaced with one or two dome tents.
A bunch of glamping gear would come out of the trailer and be replaced with 4 more water cans for 20 gallons, food, stove gas and other gear.
The trailer's water tank is 20 gallons so altogether I would carry 40 gallons with 1 gal/person minimum.

My 12 volt freezer-fridge in the truck is 45 liters and the top mounted extension doubles that. It could mean (guessing) 10 days of fresh food to augment the freeze dried meals. No cold beverages stored.

Mountain House 30 day packages of foods weigh 25 pounds so let's take two of those. for 15 days
https://www.costco.com/Mountain-House-3 ... 82427.html

Water and fresh food appear to be the limits at 10 days worth as guessed here.

Solar power can charge the batteries in the BOT/BOV so no gas burned except for travel.
Do you have a genny? Thank you for the reply!

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Post by teotwaki » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:29 pm

MPMalloy wrote:Do you have a genny? Thank you for the reply!
No but I have a 1500 watt inverter in the trailer. Right now there is one deep cycle battery but the trailer is set up for two and solar charging. The truck has dual batteries and has solar charging. My area lights are 12v LED ans I rarely need 117vac of very much wattage.
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Just changed the engine oil and other fluids.

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Post by NamelessStain » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:14 am

Last year I picked up a 2013 FJ Cruiser and have slowly been upgrading.

What's done so far:
Lockable storage under seats.
Aux battery and dual charger.
Fuse box to run off aux battery.
CB installed
Ran some 12v outlets to the rear compartment.
Light bar.


What is on the docket:
Front bumper (ordered and waiting on it)
Winch (in the garage waiting on bumper)
3" lift kit (in garage waiting on bumper)
Upper Control Arms (in garage waiting on bumper)
Body Mount Chop (it's an FJ thing and needed for larger tires)
Tires (going from 265/70R17 to 295/70R17)
Rear storage (been looking at drawer safes. Most seem to be 48" and the rear of the FJ is 43")
Remove OME roof rack and get a different one. Looking at warrior and bajarack.
Freezer. Probably ARB.
Solar.
Fire extinguisher.
Air compressor.
Winch recovery kit.
Front window wiper blade defroster.
Rock sliders.
Additional exterior lights.
Underhood light.
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Post by Stercutus » Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:30 am

That roof rack on the FJ looks badass and is completely impractical for carrying things.
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Post by gary83 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:11 am

I'm done installing my fox racing shox 2.0. To me, they are worth the extra cost. The ride is 10x smoother now and more stable on rough roads.

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Post by NamelessStain » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:56 am

Ordered some grease for the new UCAs when I drop them in.
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Post by Ghostdog914 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:48 pm

Changed fluid in the diffs, started soaking bolts to make it easier for the 3 inch lift that came in to be installed this weekend. Temp dropped over the weekend (finally) so I also checked all the tire pressures. When it's on the lift for the lift kit I'll grease everything and check the u joints. It's a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab with off-road package (3.92 limited slip, factory skid plates, tow hooks, heavy duty cooling system, longer shocks, fog lights) and I added 275/70/17 General Grabber AT2s.

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Post by NT2C » Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:39 am

Took it through the car wash after getting it all dirty out in the fields at my friend's place. His landlord thought he'd be funny and park his combine in the driveway where there was no room to pass on either side. He was a little surprised to see my Jeep come through the ditch and up and over the bank into the field to get around it. Guess he thought it was just another shiny mall crawler. :lol:
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Post by NT2C » Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:43 am

Ghostdog914 wrote:I added 275/70/17 General Grabber AT2s.
Good choice of tire. We're on the second set on my wife's '97 Dakota. Got 70k out of the first set and never got stuck with them no matter where I took that truck. Up a firebreak through 30" of fresh snow? Sure thing boss! Let's go!
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