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    New Manufacturer: Cave Campers - 750 lbs, $<10k, high quality

    They are a manufacturer by modern definitions in the marketplace I don't think semantics should get a debate going on this guys intro of his company's product. There isn't a manufacturer out there that makes anything on their own. Many in fact that do nothing other than put paint or stickers...
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    LX450 + CHINOOK CONVERSION

    thanks guys! Most of this was completed 18 months ago. Last year was the first real outing and truck was great! I've since added icon adjustable shocks and redone all of the underbody bushings. I'm hoping to get a little more work done including an awning by early fall.
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    LX450 + CHINOOK CONVERSION

    Interior pics Sorry I thought i posted these... The interior is now carpeted. There are some other changes coming up.
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    Would you recommend a Toyota Chinook or Toyota Sunrader?

    Whata your budget and intended use? I have a Chinook mounted to an 80 series landcruiser/ Lexus lx450. The original Chinook is a lt. Wt. Construction including the floor. IMHO if you do a lot of washboard or non asphalt travel it's not goint to hold up in the long run without a solid floor or...
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    Robust Exped. Trailer- Pioneer Trailer Conv.- gull wing+ barn doors. solar/water

    Additional pics Here are some more pics of it. First one is during my first trip out while still in process of building. 2nd was trailer after welding the interior shelves.
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    Robust Exped. Trailer- Pioneer Trailer Conv.- gull wing+ barn doors. solar/water

    I should have clarified more. I'm not referencing the work I've done and comparing to others. I was pointing out the original materials and build of the trailer. Extremely heavy duty all the way around-.metal gauge, axle rating, etc I agree lots of great work here.
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    Robust Exped. Trailer- Pioneer Trailer Conv.- gull wing+ barn doors. solar/water

    After building a lx450 + chinook I have decided to sell my expedition trailer. Located in AZ. In its previous life this trailer housed an assortment of heavy duty tools for the military. It was built to last a lifetime and will outlast most trailers currently being offered. All steel...
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    Having problems sheeting!

    Once it's tacked use seam sealer. Polyurethane flashing sealant like pl premium or similar works also.
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    Having problems sheeting!

    Also try welding closer to the side of the sheet and more on the frame. It looks like the bead is piling on top of the sheet instead of setting down into the frame. You shouldn't need to grind everyone of them if the welds are clean.
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    Having problems sheeting!

    Is that galvanized? It's hard to see on my phone. It looks to me like your weld settings are not correct and your laying down to much material. Is the frame clean metal or is it painted?
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    LX450 + CHINOOK CONVERSION

    I am trying to find units that have different light output settings. I think in most cases i won't need the high setting so would just be waisting energy. Ideally it would be great to having dimmable LEDs. George Scolaro has made some of these using bike housings and this seems to be ideal...
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    LX450 + CHINOOK CONVERSION

    Camp Lighting Why is it so difficult to find LED camp lights that are have different settings? anyone?
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    LX450 + CHINOOK CONVERSION

    Thanks for the kind words Mike! I'll feel most rewarded when I'm out in the middle of nowhere relaxing and i can pull some cold ones from the freezer!!!! This project is a culmination of years of learning, tweaking, and trying new skills.. After its complete Im taking a little break to enjoy!
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    LX450 + CHINOOK CONVERSION

    Thanks guys! Its been a long project but a rewarding one. I couldn't be happier about the weight. Who would have thought it would be lighter than the original!
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    LX450 + CHINOOK CONVERSION

    Here are some poser shots with the top up. The interior really hasn't changed all that much so ill post new ones once the cushions and carpet are in.
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