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« Reply #90 on: October 27, 2017, 10 :21:43 AM »

Thanks John, lots of time into this & it will be a nice camping rig, I sand blasted the bottom of the aluminum floor, then sprayed automotive undercoating on the bottom of the bed of my overland expedition camping trailer. Today I will bolt down the floor, bed to the chassis. I sealed the license plate light wiring with black waterproof sealant. I couldn't use rubber wiring grommets because of the thickness of the frame rails. Lots of little stuff needs to be finished before my next stage which is the roof top tent rack & the mount for the 100watt Renogy solar panel.
 things need to be finished
 getting the new tires mounted, General Grabbers AT 215\75R\15
 finished up the spare tire mount & install it
 install the tonneau cover
 install the tailgate cables & hardware
 spray on the bedliner on the interior of the bed (this Saturday afternoon)


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« Reply #91 on: October 27, 2017, 10 :25:11 AM »

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« Reply #92 on: October 29, 2017, 11 :49:55 AM »

got more done on my overland expedition camping trailer. I sprayed the bedliner inside the bed & back side of the tailgate yesterday. This morning I re-installed the tail gate, all the hardware, installed the tonneau cover frame & cover. Had to fire up the infrared heaters to make the material to the cover more pliable to get the top on. All is left is to finish up the fabrication on the spare tire carrier mount priming , painting & clear coating.  I still need to drop off the new off road tires 215\75R\15 General Grabber AT's tires mounted on the existing rims & the spare rim.

Next step, to fabricate the roof top tent rack, & 100watt Renogy solar panel mount from 1 1\2" tubing. The solar panel will be mounted in front of the roof top tent over hanging the front tongue box. The mount will be adjust to raise & lower the 100 watt panel.


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« Reply #93 on: October 30, 2017, 05 :44:28 AM »

I got to see that rig in person when it's completed
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« Reply #94 on: October 31, 2017, 05 :51:52 AM »

I should have it all done by mid January 2018. I still have to fabricate the roof top tent rack, mount for the 100watt Renogy solar panel on the roof top tent rack. Wire the tongue box with all the electrical which will house a single back battery charger when in storage, 30 amp solar charge controller, fuse box, battery shut off switch, run the wiring to 3 of the 12v outlet sockets, 1 Zamp solar outlet for the other portable 100watt solar panel, the 2 LED lights & switch, build the battery hold down for battery. This 12V deep cycle is Gel type that design to go under extreme environments weather conditions w\o loosing a charge. It holds 200 amp hours which is over twice the amp hour rating a normal deep cycle holds, plus this battery has a 12 year life span @129lbs.

This overland expedition trailer will be a 100% off grid camping rig.
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« Reply #95 on: November 01, 2017, 06 :11:26 PM »


done more to the overland expedition trailer, took the tires down to the local gas station & had them mounted (General Grabber AT2 215\75R\15), removed the tires I mocked up this project, be using them on one of my farm trailers.

Here's a picture of the bedliner I sprayed to the back side of the tailgate, the interior of the bed & side walls. I applied a heavier application to the inside of the bed & tailgate than I done on the exterior of the trailer tub & frame rails.

Done away with the tonneau cover frame clamps (dont trust them) & used 14 small machine screws, lock washers, flat washers & nuts to attach the tonneau cover frame to the bed rail gunnels.


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« Reply #96 on: November 01, 2017, 11 :15:42 PM »

you need to buy a jeep to pull it ,, would look really nice behind a jeep
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« Reply #97 on: November 02, 2017, 01 :58:21 PM »

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« Reply #98 on: November 05, 2017, 04 :07:28 PM »

Yesterday I fabricated & welded a spare tire mount out of 1 1\2" thick wall tubing & 3\16" plate, today media blasted it, primed it with a epoxy automotive primer & applied the Coyote Tan color & 2 coats of satin clear finish to the spare tire mount for my overland camping trailer. I also media blasted the bolts & the screw that holds the plastic cap on. I moly coated those bolts & the screw matte black & bake those for 2 hours in one of my gun ovens. Now the rolling chassis is complete & I can take a break & deer hunt for a week to 10 days.


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« Reply #99 on: November 19, 2017, 05 :51:34 AM »

done more work on my overland camping trailer today, the rack that will support the Smittybilt African Safari Roof Top Tent. This tent is a actual 4 season tent. My order of metal came in. 40ft. of 1 1\2" thick wall square tubing.
I changed my mind on some things I originally planned on tent rack, like the solar panel mounted on front of the tent rack, decided to go with 2 portable 100 watt suit case style panels. The tent rack changed color from originally matte black to Coyote Tan with black socket head machine screws. The gussets look awesome which I bolted & welded & the diagonal brace took a while to figure the angle but sure added the strength. I was worried it would be wobbly like a swing set, but it's robust as a oak. All day just on one side, I'm tired & sore & having a strong hankering for Jim Beam on ice.


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« Reply #100 on: November 19, 2017, 06 :23:18 AM »

more photo's of the rack I am fabricating.  After all the fabrication is finished I'll sand blast it to remove the mil scale from the metal & I'll spray a automotive epoxy primer on the rack, then 2 coats of the Coyote tan base color followed with 2 coats of a satin low luster clear finish. Then I'll re-install the rack to the trailer & mount the roof top safari tent.

My last stage of this almost year long build is the electrical wiring in the tongue box were it will hold the Vmax 155ah solar battery, fuse box, single bank battery charger, wiring to all the 3 12v socket outlets for the accessories: 22qt Engel 12v fridg\freez, portable 12v Mighty Kool A\C unit, 12v\propane Heat Source Tent Heater. The fuses for the 2 100watt Renogy portable solar panels & switch to the 2 LED tent rack lights which that wiring will be fished inside the tubing of the tent rack.


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« Reply #101 on: November 19, 2017, 05 :31:01 PM »


finished fabricating the tent rack for the overland camping trailer. Felt like a long day, started @ 7am & finished up @ 3pm. Cutting metal, tack weld, bolting down, unbolting, change the angle, re-cut, grind, tack weld, repeat until its exact. Weld it & bolt it down call it good. This rack is solid as a oak, zero movement, the whole entire trailer moves. The diagonal braces were an after thought, I wanted to make sure the tent rack is solid & can withstand off road use we are planning this trailer to go. It covers the light switch to the 2 low wattage LED lights & I can still have access it with ease & plenty of room to turn it on & off.

Now its all about diassembled (which i made it to be taking apart in halves, wash it all down, sand blast it, prime it, paint it Coyote Tan, & 2 coat of satin clear coat.

The yellow tape is how large the Smittybilt roof top tent size & were it will sit on the rack. Directly over the axle

I installed a rubber wiring grommet in side the tubing for running wires inside the tubing for 2 low wattage LED weatherproof lights on the tent rack.


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« Reply #102 on: November 30, 2017, 07 :37:01 AM »

finish sand blasting, priming, painting & clear coating the tent rack. I ran all the wiring inside the tent rack tubing for the LED lights. Next is to install the roof top tent.
I soldered all the wiring joints, shrink wrapped them & ran them in a wire loom from the tent rack down tube to the tongue box.


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« Reply #103 on: December 06, 2017, 05 :39:40 AM »

Sally & I installed our Smittybilt Roof Top Tent on your overland trailer build yesterday. The paint on the tent rack was cured enough for this 120 lb tent to be mounted. Looks awesome I have to say. We also install the CVT anti condensation mat which the 2" foam queen size mattress sits on.
Boy I can not wait to do some serious dispersed camping through out the Ozark Mountains & get back to do what I enjoy & miss, camping off grid, fly fishing, hunting out of state for wild hogs, mule deer again.

Been missing it since I sold my 5th wheel several years back.

Roof top tents first emerged decades ago and became popular in Africa & Australia for safari hunting & overlanding across continents. These tents are 4 season tents.


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