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Agent_Outside: Adventures in a 4Runner Limited

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Agent_Outside, Jan 19, 2019.

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    You’ll have to wait to see what stupid looking mod I paid way to much money for. I’m certainly not proud, but it IS functional lol

    In the meantime, I made a video.

    After some trial and error testing out different products and processes, this is what we’ve found to work really well for us in our current setup. Food storage, packing, camp setup, emergency supplies, kitchen equipment, electrical, sat comms, etc, tried to touch on everything a little bit. It’s always going to be an evolving setups, we’re always tweaking things in the pursuit of saving time, effort, weight, or space.

    https://youtu.be/BlBNm57lNP0
     
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    Any update on the forth coming ridiculousness??
     
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    Wow I want So many things from your set-up. I already have the Streamlight “The Siege”. I use it for a 360* anchor light for my boat on night trips. BBC1D986-E28E-4BAD-818A-A0263FA5EFFE.jpgI gave one to my old boss for Christmas too. Said it saved his ass when he lost power..
     
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    Yeah, I got the Nemo Roamer XL because of this thread!
    It's amazingly comfortable, easy to inflate/roll up, easy to adjust between really firm and squishy (which it somehow does both perfectly), durable, and BIG.
    My girlfriend and I have slept on it several times over the past month or so, leaving it inflated for two weeks, tucked out of the way in a closet so we can grab it to have a living room slumber party whenever the mood strikes.
    It's more comfortable than the king sized Serta in the bedroom.
     
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    USPS is notoriously terrible at mail delivery in my town and unfortunately they shipped USPS, so a Thursday scheduled delivery has turned into the no estimated delivery day and the package has left Denver 3 days ago and hasn’t been scanned in anywhere since (I’m like 40 minutes from downtown Denver). So who knows what’s going to happen. I have another package coming, a Raingler cargo area attic but not actually Raingler... aparently the owners got divorced and the wife was sewing the products for Raingler for like 7 years now, so she started her own company to competent against them. She’s made the net with milspec wedding and the mesh (from Raingler if you order webbing + mesh you only get the cheaper non milspec version) for half of what Raingler charges. So sleeping bag and pillow storage is coming soon. That was supposed to get delivered on the 17th, it didn’t. So I checked the tracking number and it said failed delivery attempt at 2:18pm. First of all I was home, nobody came, second of all I have cameras on my house, I can prove nobody came. So today I go get the mail for the first time in a few days (never construction home so we have the community mailbox down the street that has like 20 boxes at one little kiosk thingy), in my mail box there is a the stick on note saying we tried to deliver your package but nobody was there to sign for it.... yeah no shit, I didn’t spend my day down the block at a community mailbox waiting for a mailman to eventually come. WTF?!

    So we’ll see.

    but I just got back from another trip and another one is coming up Tuesday, more pics coming soon, when I find the time.
     
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    I rarely use it, just the red light during bug season for middle of night pee breaks but’s it’s an awesome little light. I will say I wish it wasn’t D batteries, something rechargeable would be nice, but then again it’s ice it’s just toss the old one and drop in some new ones vs paying for a new lithium ion pack when it dies.
     
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    That’s awesome to hear, it’s nice to know I’m not a total dumbass and someone can find value in my opinion :)


    New thing I tried this week... Therm-a-rest Synergy fitted sheet for the pad. The XL is a perfect for the the long/wide Roamer pad. You can’t tether them with the individual sheets but I believe they also make a double wide setup. I’ve slept on it the past 3 nights camping and I really like it, all the Roamer comfort but with a softer, smoother, machine washable surface.
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    Who is making the new nets? Company name, would like something like that as well for field stuff
     
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    https://toyotanets.com/ but the website just launched and doesn’t have a whole lot listed. You can use Rainglers website to come up with you want then email her (amycraigdesigns@gmail.com) about it.

    I haven’t received mine yet, it’s sitting at the post office awaiting pick up, but she’s seems reputable. She was quick to make and ship it and I got a legit invoice emailed to me to pay after discussing it with her (as in not just “PayPal me $x)
     
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    My buddy and I decided to take the minions on a camping trip. It was... interesting. They don't normally camp and it definitely showed, but we had a pretty good time none the less. It was right in time for a cold spell in general, up at 9000 feet it was down in the 30s at night. We got a bit of rain as well. Exploring we found cave, that was pretty cool.


    Having some breakfast on the way out (we got Kongs - eggs, bacon, ham, cheese, and hash browns on a sub roll). Some dude rolled up in a beat ass old lowered cambered out Subaru Forester and asked me if I would be interested in trading vehicles lol.
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    Rain with some light snow and hail
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    Watching Captain America in the rain
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    The RV leveling blocks are his responsibility, he packs and unpacks them, he sets them up (with help), takes them down, and cleans them off when we get home.
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    Tired kid, but he only got 1 full day to relax and recover before we were back at it again.
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    Enjoy having your helper as long as you can. My son decided that after we get back from anything, he's tired and needs his relax time
     
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    We got home from the last trip Saturday late afternoon, we had Sunday to relax, and Monday was the start of the next trip. My best friend was coming out for his annual Colorado Adventure trip, but this year instead f just me and him, we brought our kids, and his girlfriend and her son came along as well.



    Day 1 - They drove through the night and arrived around 11 am Monday, we went and rode dirt on the front yard dirt singletrack, all the kids LOVED it. Then they played in the sprinkler in the back yard. My buddy butchered his cow, Optimus Prime Rib, so he brought fresh day old steaks for dinner, and then the adults hung out for the night while we packed up.


    Day 2 - We loaded up the trucks and left first thing in the mourning, stopped for breakfast, stopped by RCI Metalworks, and headed out into the mountains. We did some off-roading to get to a favorite camp spot of mine, dispersed deep in a national forest 9000 feet high at the top of a valley with awesome mountain views and no active fire bans. We set up camp, had dinner, and got a fire going.


    Day 3 - We had a deer stroll through camp in the morning during breakfast and then we went and exploring and hiking around. We found some remote hard to get to water and went in for a dip and found it was loaded with gold flakes! We collected a few big pieces with our fingers so we can test it to see if it’s real or not before going back. The boys practiced some bushcraft skills - collecting firewood, starting a fire, using different tools to break, split, and saw wood.


    Day 4 - We got up, eat breakfast, and headed out. We had a couple of hours of dirt to get back to paved roads, we stopped at a waterfall and I picked a hike that’s scenic but relatively flat as it parallels a river. We were up high so I didn't want to kill them making them hike elevation. After our hike, we stopped at a calm spot on the river so the kids could dip their feet, then started headed home. The out of towners made the unanimous decision that they wanted to go do more off-roading so we hit a drive thru and headed back into the mountains for some close to home trail riding and we finally arrived back at home around 10 pm. Since my buddy and I only get to see each other a handful of times throughout the year we hung out in the garage drinking until around 3:30 in the morning before finally calling it a night.


    Day 5 - Everyone was slow to get going but we had breakfast and went for another hike, my wife took the day off and joined us. It was slow going for some of the flatlanders but everyone made the summit, the rule is you have to make the summit in order to get a Dairy Queen Blizzard. We hiked down in some very refreshing rain then got our ice cream. We went home unpacked, cleaned up, helped repack, and then dinner. After dinner, they started the long trek home and I went to bed for the next 12 hours.


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    I took him to the easiest trail I knew of so he could try to fit his big ass GMC Sierra Denali HD (2500) down the trail
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    Funny story about these Osprey kid hydration packs. I got my son one so he can carry his own water (its 1.5 L bladder inside) and snacks. He uses it all the time for hiking and biking. My buddy's kid sweats like crazy and goes through a ton of water and a water bottle is never enough. So he orders one for his son and has it delivered to my house to ensure he will get it on time... so obviously I did what any sane person would do and I opened the package when it arrived, put it in a gift bag and then give it to his son as a gift from Uncle Ryan when they showed up lol
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    He doesn’t have a choice, if he wants to come on adventures he has his jobs he needs to do.

    He has to pack and unpack his 1 toy bin, he has to pack his clothes (then I go back and remove most it because he takes way to much), the leveling blocks are his job, the final camp walk around is his job, and if he wants to have a s’mores he has make the fire.

    He handles it well for a 4 year old.
     
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    All 3 yours? Is that land cleared from wild fires?
     
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    Great lesson! Too bad more parents don't do that type of "teaching"!:cheers::hattip::bowdown:
     
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    The boy is mine, the 2 girls are my friend's kids. Some of it was fire but a lot of it was beetle kill.
     
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    NIce for your son to have playmates along.
    We had Nasty Chinese Lantern Flies 2 summers ago they did a number on trees locally, last summer they kinda died out & this year nada??
     
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    Great posts! Putting us all to shame
    Truck looks great as usual, and memories to last a lifetime. You sir are the man-
     
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    So the new mods...

    Nevermind the disaster of a toolbox, soldering on connections for some electrical equipment
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    I got a powerwerx power meter, I put anderson SB50 connectors on it so I can plug it in inline to the solar panel and monitor live solar production. I wanted to do some testing on how much output I'm actually getting form the Bugout 130. In direct bright perfectly aligned sunlight it produces about half of its rated output, which is actually pretty good. However, for claiming it'll produce power during indirect light, shade, and even light snow, I can confidently call bull shit on that. Technically it produces **some** power but if one segment is fully shaded or if the panel is not in direct sunlight its more or less useless, like 3 watts of power output useless. If anyone is interested I documented a bunch of different scenarios of light n the panel along with actual live output on an intentionally discharged battery so the redarc will try to pull as much power as possible.

    The alligator clips I put on a National Luna battery monitor. I don't want or need a permanently mounted solution, I can clip this on while camping and monitor power levels and it also has a low voltage audible alarm. I can't find a waterproof shunt based power meter so up to this point I haven't really had any idea how much juice is still available, this gives me a pretty good idea, plus it's informative to see how much the solar panel and/or running the vehicle will recharge the secondary battery.
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    Next up, Heat Shield sunshades all around. One of the best ways to increase electrical efficiency when running a fridge is to keep the heat away from the fridge to begin with. Reflective insulation doesn't lower the temp inside, in fact, I saw a really stupid test once claiming sunshade did nothing because the ambient temp inside was the same with or without the sunshade. Something sitting in ambient temps will eventually match ambient temps, however, sunshades will absolutely drop surface temperatures. That hurts to touch shift knob or metal seat belt buckle will not happen, the same goes for the fridge. Regardless of outside temp, something baking in direct sunlight will have higher surface temps. If you can keep the inside of the vehicle cooler longer and out of direct sunlight the fridge will be more efficient. I would like the vehicle specific fit to fit the vehicle better than it does, but whatever, they accomplish what they need to.
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    The attic net I'm a little disappointed with. She claimed it was going to be the same as the Raingler but it only has 4 mounting points vs 6 and came with no instructions and wood screws vs self tapping sheet metal screws. When it pointed out it was not the same as what we had discussed shes just said the Raingler is over engineered and to just use it anyway, her "out" was that she said hers was easer to install... she failed to mention its because 1/3 of the mounting points are missing. Not thrilled, had I known I would have just bought the actual Raingler for more money and gotten exactly what I wanted.
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    And finally, and this is the kind of embarrassing one... Finn Fab hood rack with traction board mounts.
    It's flimsy, the powder coat sucks, it took forever to arrive, the traction boards mounts are a joke, so was the packing prior to shipping, the instructions are super generic and crappy, they say its all aluminum to save weight so the hood will still prop itself open... it won't. I couldn't find detailed pics of the product prior to buying and after doing so I'm far from impressed, plus its sooooooooo overpriced! Honestly its a pretty terrible buy. I'm not impressed with the product and it looks really stupid, however, once my bumper shows up I won't have any other real estate to mount traction boards so it is what it is, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it if you have other options. For those wondering I'm 6'2" and from in the driver's seat, it does block some of your vision, from my testing it extended where you can see ground past the hood outwards about 6 feet. My sorter wife on the other hand was like hell no this thing is stupid.
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    All in all the most recent round of mods has been a little disappointing.
     
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    Does the rear bumper you are getting hang the spare by chance? Mount the boards off the tire if you need to.
    I'd rip that nightmare off the hood pronto! There has to be a better way. Shit man, store the boards in a bag and throw them in the back as a last ditch.
     
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    I have the SSO trailgater bumper coming. It’s a single swing arm for the tire and it has a fold down tailgate that will be our table for cooking/eating and a bench for gearing up to ski and mountain bike. The hatch ladder will have to go, it will not fit with the tailgate, otherwise I’d mount the boards on the ladder and the trasharoo on the tire. The rear view camera gets relocated to the center of the spare, so anything you mount to spare will completely block the camera but the trasharoo will move to the spare because the boards *can* be mounted on the hood. If I do the boards on the spare I can’t run the bag anywhere else.

    Unfortunately with a nice hardshell big enough for a family of 3 (turning into 4) there is zero available roof rack space and room inside is at a premium. I definitely don’t want to be stacking muddy boards into a bag to be throw inside on top of everything. This is an ugly and expensive solution, but at the end of the day, it IS functional and that’s what really matters.

    I’m going to look into relocating the camera somewhere other than the spare so it’s still useful.
     
  30. Jul 2, 2020 at 4:18 PM
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    jack bauer1

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    Can't you mount the boards behind the trash a roo?
     

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