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  1. GoinBoardin

    Proper shock length

    I opted for the 7100 reservoir model. Like a rebuildable and revalvable 5165 for close to the same price. The 5165 is welded shut, once it's done it's done. Don't like the valving? Buy a different set of shocks. The 7100 can be rebuilt, so if you change the oil occasionally they should last the...
  2. GoinBoardin

    Cooper STT Pro vs ST Maxx vs Geolandar G003 vs Falken

    I've liked my Falken at3w tires. About 2.5 years now, 40k miles, 30% tread left. They've impressed me everywhere except mud. I'm running a 235/85R16 and the tread is tighter on them than larger sizes, so maybe bigger sets work a bit better in mud. I'd buy them again and recommend them for what...
  3. GoinBoardin

    2020 Ram 5500 DIY Composite Panel Camper Build Thread

    After having a three point mount on my flatbed camper setup for a few years, I'd consider a four point (diamond shape) mount setup on a bigger rig. The three point I have sways even with shocks on it. Four point would be more stable, without shocks, and simplify load distribution a bit over a...
  4. GoinBoardin

    Rear Shock Suggestions

    I've had 4600 and 5100 on my half ton with a camper, no shock issues in 5 years. But then my roommate with a little Tacoma had a complete failure on a 5100 rear with only a few years use. Super light truck, but daily it sees some gravel roads. It dumped all of its oil and locked up. His buddy's...
  5. GoinBoardin

    Skinny vs wide tires pros/cons

    Skinny works good for me but they do suck if at high pressure off pavement. My truck varies in weight a bunch depending on what I'm doing so I'm adjusting pressure often. 15 psi empty off-road, 18-20 with camper, 40psi on road empty, 45-50 psi on road with camper, 60psi with a heavy load on...
  6. GoinBoardin

    The $264 1991 F250. Talk some sense into me

    3G alternator upgrade over the fire prone 2G would be a good idea.
  7. GoinBoardin

    The working - camping OBS F-350

    What tire size is on the OBS now?
  8. GoinBoardin

    Extending Cab over on grandby

    I don't have any measurements, and I have a Fleet versus Grandby. But you're welcome to check out my build thread to see if anything helps. Post #11 is likely your best bet. https://expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/1982-fleet-flatbed-conversion-project.171811/
  9. GoinBoardin

    Falken Wildpeak AT3W Long Term?

    Yeah they're great on snow and ice. My truck serves as a powder chaser in winter (Wyoming based), so I usually am seeking out the days when roads are barely open. Extensive full depth siping gives them plenty of biting edges. I've never run true winter tires but these are solid in my opinion...
  10. GoinBoardin

    Falken Wildpeak AT3W Long Term?

    I've had a set in 235/85R16 for just under 2 years and about 25k miles. They're at 50% tread depth left. This is on a pickup that weighs about 6500lbs most of the time, with occasional runs close to 7k or as light as 5k. On road I run 40-50psi, off road 18-22psi. I usually aim to cruise highways...
  11. GoinBoardin

    Extending Cab over on grandby

    Some form of polyurethane construction adhesive from home depot, nothing too fancy. My interior panels are just a plastic sheet type material, seems to hold fast.
  12. GoinBoardin

    Extending Cab over on grandby

    @BajaSurfRig I can't say I recall for sure. Maybe 1.25" long #10 or #12? I know I predrilled and countersunk them. I also bonded the wood to the camper interior. It's still very solid.
  13. GoinBoardin

    Load E Tires

    They're not good. Load right up in mud. I agree with you though, they're working great for me thus far (about 20k miles).
  14. GoinBoardin

    1/2 Ton VS 3/4 Ton Trucks for Four Wheel Camper Hawk model?

    It's the way to go man. I have an old Fleet I turned into a flatbed model to go on my old F-150, it's very spacious, like it seems ridiculous when it's just me, but very comfortable when friends join and bring dogs. Doing a 1 year trip? No question you should go that route if it's financially...
  15. GoinBoardin

    Extending Cab over on grandby

    The cabover bed is 3/4" birch ply, both the fixed and the slide sections. There's slight deflection if I sit on the edge in the middle, nothing to worry about but I'm only ~170lbs. The 3" face oak is key, and it's also backed with a 1" square piece on the top side of the ply. If you used 4" and...
  16. GoinBoardin

    Extending Cab over on grandby

    Does this work? Each side of the camper has 3/4" poplar screwed into the frame (notched near the rear ends), with another on the front wall of the camper. These support the slide out when it is out. An oak face board on the 3/4" thick plywood slide out hangs down about 3/4" and that drops...
  17. GoinBoardin

    Build camper using ladder rack as a frame?

    To be honest, after I used a fwc frame as my builds starting point, I would, without question, start from scratch. I spent more time reconfiguring that frame than I anticipated, and all the while felt constrained by it. I see a ladder rack in a similar light. Chop saw, welder, and a pile of...
  18. GoinBoardin

    Overland Journal AT Tire Test

    That's interesting. What size are you running? My 235/85r16 Falken AT3W load up quick, and don't clean well (around here). My roommate has the same tire but in a 265/75/R17, and the tread spacing is notably larger, so I suspect some sizes perform better in mud just based on that.
  19. GoinBoardin

    Pricing on a 1993 Dodge 250 diesel

    The Craigslist ad (if I found the right one) for that '89 $5500 gen 1 shows its a rusty Midwest truck, so that's probably why it isn't selling at that price. https://ames.craigslist.org/cto/d/1989-dodge-cummins/6703288207.html
  20. GoinBoardin

    Advice on purchasing a truck shell?

    For any kind of camping, I'd be going for a high top. I've camped under a cab height Leer in a Tundra quite a bit and found the height the limiting factor of comfort. Another 6" would have been huge.
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