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  1. Westy

    2020+ E350 SMB vs F350 ext cab Flatbed Popup Truck Camper

    Biggest advantage of the truck camper is the ability to have a truck at anytime after dismounting the camper. A lot more versatile vs a van.
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    Scepter Water Jug - What am I Doing Wrong?

    I use one of these, works good on the Scepter. Simple and effective for dispensing.
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    Wanted: Kodiak Flex Bow Canvas 10x10 tent

    Looking to buy a good condition Kodiak 10x10 Canvas Flex Bow tent. Located in AZ. Thanks,
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    What size Maggiolina to get for my 4runner?

    Looks great. Nice choice.
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    What size Maggiolina to get for my 4runner?

    I've been using a medium Maggiolina Extreme for awhile now. Its mounted on an '85 Land Cruiser so the size works quite well but on a 5th gen 4runner that roof profile is much narrower so I see your dilemma. First, your going to be very happy with the decision either way because its a quality...
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    Autohome owner, ladder upgrades

    Buy this ladder. Big upgrade in strength, adjustability, compact....fits any RTT and surely you'll find other uses around home or camp for it too. Xtend & Climb 750P Aluminum Telescoping Ladder Type II Home Series, 8.5-Foot
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    Ways to Keep Warm in Your RTT

    Upgrade your sleeping bag / system. Consider a core + overbag, basically a sleeping bag inside another. This company out of Colorado called Wiggy's, they make good quality sleeping bags at a reasonable cost. I would contact them directly and they will be able to address your issue and find a...
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    2020 State of the Cheap 12v Air Compressor

    I've got a Viair 88p, had an MV50 many years back. They are both extremely cheap and ultimately become unreliable sources of air as the years go on. I use my compressors with the vehicles frequently, so they have seen many fill ups. the 88p failed this year, which was 2 years 2 months since...
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    Maggiolina extreme mounting on an expo rack

    I have a Maggiolina Extreme mounted on three crossbars, secured using gutter mounts. I thought this would provide you a good example and picture for reference. The rack will create more issues than its worth as explained above, plus the costs involved.
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    Ratchet straps, electrical cords and other "tangle-ables"

    Roll up the big straps / ratchets and wrap with a large rubber band or velcro strap. Started using the Front Runner bungee straps as well, much simpler and easy to use for securing small to medium gear.
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    Shovel mount hardware - new ideas?

    Drill a hole through the spade and run a steel braided cable through it if there is not a handle to loop through.
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    Inexpensive vs. Expensive Winch

    Why not buy a used Warn, Superwinch or Ramsey? You should be able to find one for about the same or a small difference more than one of the cheap China winches. They are readily available used, easy to find and most have not seen a lot of use.
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    Autohome Airtop Ladder Upgrade

    I've never had a need to attach it. It leans up perfect against the aluminum frame on the tent and adjacent to the gutter clamp for the crossbar. I've thought about making a quick removable attachment such as a velcro strap or something but its never been an issue. The ladder is solid, heavy and...
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    Autohome Airtop Ladder Upgrade

    Yes - Xtend & Climb 750P Aluminum Telescoping Ladder Type II Home Series, 8.5-Foot I've been using this ladder for awhile now, its far superior in every way and you'll find it much easier to stowe in the truck.
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    Comfortable sleeping bag

    Take a look at Wiggy's, they make the bags here in the USA. These are built to last, quality materials, zippers, etc. Pretty good value for the cost I thought. I've been using one of their rectangular hunter light bags for last six years, very happy with it.
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    Maggiolina Fabric Removal and Reinstallation to replace zipper

    maybe @Mike S from Autohome can provide some information here? They are a supporting vendor for the forum.
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    12 V Fridge Quagmire

    The battery requirements will be based off your needs, expectations, setup and vehicle accessories, power required, etc and types of trips. I've found a single, good quality extra large deep cycle battery is more than sufficient. I can run a 45L Engel fridge for 3-4 days without starting...
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    Maggiolina Fabric Removal and Reinstallation to replace zipper

    I will be following here to see what kind of first hand experience others may have in terms of replacing the fabric on one of the Maggiolinas. I too have one, its a very old Extreme model but works great still. They are a great piece of equipment especially in harsh weather, many great nights of...