My Bug-Out Trailer and Vehicle

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Re: My Bug-Out Trailer and Vehicle

Post by teotwaki » Mon May 30, 2016 1:33 pm

I added a small modification to the tent to help with very windy weather and finally took the pictures of the install. I've noticed that high winds can push up the tent's folding section where the ladder attaches. At each of two corners of the platform I've bolted in folding D-Rings for attaching lines to ground stakes or other anchors such as 5 gallon buckets full of rocks.

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Post by maxfarrand » Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:12 pm

I have seen this set up with mine own eyes, and can attest to its fullest level of awesome.

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Post by teotwaki » Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:31 pm

From a recent trip to Saline Valley http://suntothenorth.blogspot.com/2016/ ... death.html

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Post by Asymetryczna » Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:24 pm

So freakin cool. What's your max range, on and off road if you used all of the fuel you have available and acted with some economy in mind?
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Re: My Bug-Out Trailer and Vehicle

Post by Dabster » Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:21 pm

Here is mine....

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It is not as rugged or cool as yours but it is a bit bigger and much easier to get into and out of. I like it most because it makes living in the wilds comfortable and it is small enough to get into some great places. Plus it has space for tons of stuff.
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Post by teotwaki » Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:57 pm

Asymetryczna wrote:So freakin cool. What's your max range, on and off road if you used all of the fuel you have available and acted with some economy in mind?

I had only four of the five gallon cans on the roof and could easily add six more. There are two half size cans on the trailer for another five gallons. If I drive carefully, below 60 I can easily average 16 mpg so 75 gallons of fuel x 16mpg = 1200 miles on pavement

Offroading can suck more gas if I use 4x4, especially the low range and then I guess it all depends on how much offroading so maybe we say 50/50-ish mix and 13mpg off-road.

So maybe 40 gal for hiway and 35 gal for offroad.
640 miles plus 455 miles = 1095 range?
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Post by Stercutus » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:37 am

That is some kind of roof rack that holds 650lbs.
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Post by teotwaki » Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:47 pm

Stercutus wrote:That is some kind of roof rack that holds 650lbs.
First the arithmetic should be: 10 gas cans on the rack X 5gal X 8 lbs/gal = 400 lbs

Gas can total weight is negligible because I use the Scepter military plastic cans.

The roof rack's continuous rail base is fastened in six places through the truck's roof into hard points with two bolts at each point. The rack itself is fastened to the rail at six points with two bolts at each point. The rack itself is aluminum, wickedly strong and weighs under 50 lbs.

Well designed roof racks have weight limits for both static and dynamic loads. A stock SUV roof rack is typically rated for 150 lbs dynamic, maybe 200 lbs static load.

The rack I installed was made bt African Outback and minimum dynamic load is 350 lbs. if I recall correctly. I am out of country and my paper files are all at home but I'm sure I am not far off, maybe even low. The static load is quite high as thry used to publish pictures showing at least six adult males standing on the roof rack.

The trailer has two smaller Scepter cans at 2.5 gallons each. I could put cans inside the trailer but don't want any fumes.

The truck itself holds 20 gallons.

50 + 5 + 20 = 75 gallons total fuel carried safely but not all of it is on the rack.
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Post by teotwaki » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:56 pm

Stercutus wrote:That is some kind of roof rack that holds 650lbs.
PS: it really is an aaesome rack Stercutus. I wish we lived closer so I could show it to you.
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Post by Asymetryczna » Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:34 pm

Great pics. Every child in America ought to get to spend a few nights in a camper or tent in a National Park or away from the cities. Stop for a moment and think about your fist time and how much you enjoyed it. I thought to add there are probably backyards and places in some cities where the same thing can be done.

Not certain what that thing is Dabster uses to pull it. Is that a Trar?
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Re: My Bug-Out Trailer and Vehicle

Post by Stercutus » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:14 pm

teotwaki wrote:
Stercutus wrote:That is some kind of roof rack that holds 650lbs.
PS: it really is an aaesome rack Stercutus. I wish we lived closer so I could show it to you.
Well, we are not staying in Alabama forever, although it will remain our home base for... probably forever. Once the kids get into school and the wife gets out of NP school we will be hitting the road for some NP travel nursing. They pay money that will make your eyes water for that kind of thing.
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Post by teotwaki » Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:36 pm

Dabster wrote:It is not as rugged or cool as yours but it is a bit bigger and much easier to get into and out of. I like it most because it makes living in the wilds comfortable and it is small enough to get into some great places. Plus it has space for tons of stuff.
Because you take yours out and use it that makes it way more cool than all of the over-farkled jeeps seen parked at the mall!

I your truck a Toyota?
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Re: My Bug-Out Trailer and Vehicle

Post by Dabster » Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:37 pm

teotwaki wrote:
Dabster wrote:It is not as rugged or cool as yours but it is a bit bigger and much easier to get into and out of. I like it most because it makes living in the wilds comfortable and it is small enough to get into some great places. Plus it has space for tons of stuff.
Because you take yours out and use it that makes it way more cool than all of the over-farkled jeeps seen parked at the mall!

I your truck a Toyota?
It is a Honda Ridgeline. Not as rugged as a Toyota but a bit more comfortable.
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Post by teotwaki » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:45 am

Dabster wrote:It is a Honda Ridgeline. Not as rugged as a Toyota but a bit more comfortable.
You would be surprised at the differance it can make when upgrading the stock suspension. I switched to Radflo coilovers in front and Radflo shocks in the rear with new custom coilsprings. I have increased ride height, better load capacity, superior valving and no fade due to heating.
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Re: My Bug-Out Trailer and Vehicle

Post by teotwaki » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:49 pm

Hard to believe that it has been five years since I went to this particular area! Spring camping in the desert is awesome with cool temps and the touch of green across the Mojave Desert made it all the better. I've been out camping so much in the last three months and am just now getting caught up on sharing the stories. More trip reports to come!

The story and pictures are here: http://suntothenorth.blogspot.com/2017/ ... ramer.html

Some photos for your enjoyment.

Fully Glamped-Out. Since there was a chance of rain I did not level out the trailer awning and left it as-is for quicker drainage.
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I enjoy trying out all kinds of gear, sometimes in small amounts and sometimes full-on glamping

Lots of great hikes in the area as well as deep mines from the days of miners being free to roam the desert in search of their dream strike.
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What campout would be complete without great sunsets?
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Nothing like a spring snow surprise in the desert!
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Time to trek on home
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Post by teotwaki » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:52 pm

Been busy getting out and exploring and am also trying to keep the reports flowing too.

Full report here: http://suntothenorth.blogspot.com/2017/ ... newal.html

It is always exciting to be out in the high desert and this was the first time I brought the expedition trailer to this area for a 5 day outing.

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Camp Teotwaki set for the adventure!

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Gathering firewood

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A friend setting up a bat sensor that triggers on the acoustics of the bat's calls.

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Each day breakfast was a huge treat!

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Hash browns!

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French toast!

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M.O.A.B.! (Mother Of All Bacon lodes :ylsmoke: )

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Activities included:

Astronomy

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102 MPH Taters

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Hiking the local peaks in multicam :mrgreen:

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Firearms proficiency practice

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Tannerite

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My 567 yard steel plate

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Re: My Bug-Out Trailer and Vehicle

Post by Dragon80 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:18 am

Very cool, your trailer is awesome! Working on my Yota build slowly but surely, maybe someday I can invest in a similar trailer for it.

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Post by teotwaki » Fri May 05, 2017 2:14 pm

Dragon80 wrote:Very cool, your trailer is awesome! Working on my Yota build slowly but surely, maybe someday I can invest in a similar trailer for it.

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Post by Dragon80 » Sun May 07, 2017 9:55 am

Not yet. I should probably do one.

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Re: My Bug-Out Trailer and Vehicle

Post by teotwaki » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:23 pm

My trusty 2005 4Runner has been returned to stock form, polished up and sold....

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The replacement is the TRD Off Road Premium with Factory E-Locker, Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select, 4.0 liter V6 and a few other options.

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Post by teotwaki » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:25 pm

Most of the equipment I had on the '05 will transfer to the '18 so loots of upgrades are in the works including sliders, better suspension, dual battery setup, beefier rear lower control arms, roof rack and more.
I took off the suspension from the old 4Runner and sent it to the factory for a rebuild with new seals, springs and so on.

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The rock sliders from the old 4Runner need a small modification so that they fit well on the new 4Runner.

I spent time in the garage measuring and cutting had a local shop weld on a small 2" square plate over the openings.

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Post by teotwaki » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:28 pm

Suspension install is almost complete. The "old" swaybar relocation brackets will not work on the new 4Runner so I ordered a new set. For now I left the swaybar out so that it can't come in contact with the bigger coilovers. Otherwise the front coilovers, rear coil springs, rear shocks, bumpstop spacers and heavy duty lower control arms are all installed.

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Doing this work at home in the garage was pretty tiring but ensures that I am intimately acquainted with the components in case of problems out in the field.
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Re: My Bug-Out Trailer and Vehicle

Post by MPMalloy » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:36 pm

COOL! Props for being all DIY!

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Post by teotwaki » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:54 pm

First pix of lifted vehicle, still have stock tires
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Sliders will go on tonight
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