my new Kelty shelter..up for sun..
..down for rain..
all weather camping
amazing what you can do with a little j-b weld.. :P
2" square, 1/8" wall tubing all around. had a buddy who is handy with a TIG welder fab these up and weld them to the frame rails. Of course they've been primed and painted now.
after the rock sliders got put on.
mud flaps are gone now too.
slickrock pre- rock sliders..wheeled out till it it got hairy then turned back..
photo op on the slickrock trail
the white hose is the drain line. I haven't figured out yet what to do for a faucet.
the connections to the tank. with the ABS tank, you can drill a hole anywhere and attach standard plastic (pvc, abs, cpvc) plumbing fittings using solvent glue.
the tank needs to be tightly confined. if it bumps around too much it could crack or break a fitting which would be really bad if you were way out in the desert! not to mention that your gear would get wet..
filler is the big tube and vent line is the small one, both attached to the filler spout
view with the cover on.
the leaf spring mod..took a junkyard main leaf, cut off the eyes and slipped it under the existing main spring. the factory leafs had been sagging pretty bad with the typical 's' bend near the shackles. Someday I'll get a Deaver leaf pack or whatever, but for now this works.
leaf mod with the old 225's on the factory 15"s..BOING!
it looks a little hillbilly, but it works..the result put the ride height about 1.5-2" above stock. the ride was a little stiff and bouncy, so I took out the overload springs. just taking out their 3/4" thickness dropped the ride height to just above factory. now the ride is supple, and I would guess I'll get much better flex on the trail.
the filler hose and the vent line. the vent line allows air to escape as the tank fills up, and prevents vacuum lock as you use the water.
smoooooooth drawer action
the drawer boxes in place. they will get latches so they can't open and close while moving.
the finished filler. the tab on it flips out, and then the thing telescopes out to provide a spout to catch water from the garden hose. there is even a provision for a small lock so no pranksters can put dog poo in your water tank.
this is the hole for the filler spout. it's a big commitment to cut through your camper shell with a 2-1/2" hole saw! even this location might not be high enough relative to the water tank, as climbing a steep hill would put the filler below the top of the water level.
the basic framework for the platform. material is 1/2" PG birch, basically the cheapest cabinet-grade plywood.
the framework is built in two halves running front-to-back, so it is easy to remove without taking off the camper shell.
note the water spigot on the right..I'm hoping gravity will be enough to get the water out of the tank and through the spigot, but it hasn't been tested yet.
Upper Warm Springs, where we met up with Michael and Katherine. This spot is a man-made oasis with spring-fed hot tubs, palm trees, showers, and random wild burros that bray all night. The scene here is very laid back and very clothing optional. There was one particular sunbaked fellow with a long white beard and a beergut we came to call ZZ Topless. He made the rounds, naked as a jaybird, chatting up the neighbors. In the evening he came into our camp just as we were about to sit down for dinner, and asked us to turn off our lantern because "I don't want to tell you what to do or nothin, because we're not like that here, but your lantern is really harshing our vibe, like it's total light pollution."