a few modifications – september 2014

Just when I think I am done with modifying my camper and truck…something new comes to mind. As most of you know, my setup is already pretty modified and unusual. That’s me, unusual. So what did I do this time?

My camper did not come with a 12 volt power source and I finally got around to installing one. I can have my camper out for 2 to 3 days before I need to run the generator to charge the batteries. However, my phone will not last that long. So in the past I had run the generator a little bit everyday to charge it up. Now with a 12 volt source, no more doing that. It is back to 2 to 3 days before running the generator. I tried it out last trip and it worked as it should.

12v plug and cap

12v plug and cap

The next modification was to mount my new Lock and Load that I won from Torklift. A big thank you to Torklift for that! What is a lock and load? It is a metal tray with locking bars that will secure your generator or what ever you can fit  in it. It mounts to a 2″ receiver. Well since I have a unusual setup (remember) I had a receiver placed in a different location than most for this project. I have a small porch on the back of my flatbed and I had the mount bolted and welded to the flatbed. The bolted part was where it lays over the wood deck. The weld would hold it completely but what the heck, can not go wrong with added security right? It is awesome having my generator easily accessed for power. I tried it out last camping trip. I ran the generator in place without removing the locking bars, it worked perfectly. I have a generator cover on order and it will be here any day now. It was brought up about blocking my lights on the camper a little bit. That is no problem because my truck lights are completely visible. Really, my camper tail lights are just bonus lights.

mounted to my rear deck

mounted to my rear deck

fits a gas can too.

fits a gas can too.

The next modification was well…something fun. Did I really need it? No but why not have some fun things too. I purchased on line an old fashion horn for the truck. You know, the ones that you find on the old old cars. Do not know what those sound like? No worries, if I see you I will give it a try for you. It has already given me a few laughs and smiles. My wife Joanne just shakes her head at me. I did not replace my original horn, I simply added this one with its own push button switch.

arrruuuuggggaaa

arrruuuuggggaaa

Next on the agenda was to add another storage box under the flatbed deck. I got a great deal on the brand new box and the size was perfect. I wanted a box to store my sewer hoses, gloves and such in one spot. I had a couple of those white sewer hose tubes already mounted under the bed but sometimes in the winter it was a pain to get them out. I left those where they were, I am thinking they may be good for a couple fishing poles.  To mount the box where I wanted it I had to move my truck lights farther out the back end. That was a easy fix. The box fit into place perfectly with the help from Joanne. I know for some it may seem to be low to the ground but not really. My rear receiver hitch is a couple inches lower than the box. This new box is the same measurement in height as the longer one on the other side. I really like how it turned out.

box for sewer supplies.

box for sewer supplies.

a great quality box too

a great quality box too

Yet another modification I got done was to finally (and I mean finally!!) get a winterizing kit installed for the water system. In the past I just stood outside and pumped the pink antifreeze into the city water connection on the camper while Joanne was inside to open and close the water valves on sinks and such.  Now I can do the winterizing simple and easy. One thing I need to tell you…place the valve in the correct flow direction or read the directions first. After that duh moment it was installed and works perfectly.

winterizing kit installed. the hose is off normally and a brass cap installed.

winterizing kit installed. the hose is off normally and a brass cap installed.

I did get a couple other things done too. I got my C.B. radio antenna tuned and I got the front end aligned on the truck. Today I got new front tires installed. I went with a good highway tire on the front. My rear dully tires are still all good to go.

So there you have it, the latest in modifications on the truck and camper.  It has gotten to be so many things done on my setup I have lost track but I am pretty sure I am done. Hey, what is that? Oooohhhh that would be great on the camper!

 

a few modifications september 2014

 

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