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Old 01-15-2010, 11:04 PM
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I'm starting to mentally prepare for the camper I need to fix up prior to Moab.

Found this guy's site tonight, man if he didn't have a jeep he'd probably fit right in with a few here http://softsmart.com/popup/default.html


edit: so let's see some cool camper mods, I need me some motivation/stimulation..
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Old 01-15-2010, 11:16 PM
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Ok check out the last post on this page. this guy used flag pole bases to secure his awning poles to the camper frame- now those tie back into the camper, and he doesn't have a dozen trip lines running all over the place. http://edcforums.com/index.php?PHPSE...&topic=19922.0

I may steal that one..
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Ok check out the last post on this page. this guy used flag pole bases to secure his awning poles to the camper frame- now those tie back into the camper, and he doesn't have a dozen trip lines running all over the place. http://edcforums.com/index.php?PHPSE...&topic=19922.0

I may steal that one..
Wow. I have a Cheyenne too. Some of that looks awesome. Guess I'll never quit spending money on things with wheels. I bought that SC thinking "At least it doesn't need stacks of $100 bills thrown at it". They might actually spend more money on their vehicles than this (offroaders) auto-demographic.
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I'm thinking of trying to do a spring over on our popup...Never really looked into what that entails though...
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I'm thinking of trying to do a spring over on our popup...Never really looked into what that entails though...
I did it. take a good look at your axle, is it bent? A lot of them are bent up in the middle, like you lifted the whole thing up by the center of the axle with a floor jack- this is by design, so that when loaded the axle returns to a more level state.

So the "right" way to do a SOA is have someone weld you new spring perches, 180 from your current spring perches, so your axle bending is in the same orientation. If you just flip it over, then the bend is down in the center, and you may get uneven tread wear.

I actually learned all this about a year after I did the SOA on our camper, and figured at the time man if I am wearing out tires on the camper I must really be camping a lot. Then quickly quit worrying about it, as those tires still look brand new . so my advise is go for it, you can always weld on new perches later and it will be easier anyway with the axle already below the spring. The only other thing I had to do was extend the electric brake lines... piece of cake
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Lots of people do spring overs... most don't bother with the cut an turn and end up with vague steering... wait, what are we talking about?

Anyhow, yes the bend in the middle of the axle is there for a reason and helps the trailer to track better, better for tires too. Keep the axle right side up and weld on some new spring mounts.
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Alright so far there are two things I'm thinking of doing. One is getting a pair of these solar bunk end covers http://www.popupgizmos.com/bunkcoverpage.htm There seem to be lots of positive comments from just about every forum I've been to now, about how well they work at cutting down the heat buildup during the day inside the camper. If it's hot & sunny at BFE, this could prove useful. A little less important in Ouray in September..


the second mod I'm considering is an exhaust fan for the fridge- this also appears to be fairly common, with a lot of positive comments about effectiveness. Since I plan to relocate my fridge anyway, I'll be cutting new venting so that may as well include a fan right? here's one of many pictures http://drivergetaways.homestead.com/OurCamper.html and some switch and fan info http://www.popupexplorer.com/forum/i...?topic=61249.0


I'm also thinking about adding that Reflectix stuff under the mattresses http://www.popupexplorer.com/forum/i...?topic=74525.0 ok, 3 mods.
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I did it. take a good look at your axle, is it bent? A lot of them are bent up in the middle, like you lifted the whole thing up by the center of the axle with a floor jack- this is by design, so that when loaded the axle returns to a more level state.

So the "right" way to do a SOA is have someone weld you new spring perches, 180 from your current spring perches, so your axle bending is in the same orientation. If you just flip it over, then the bend is down in the center, and you may get uneven tread wear.

I actually learned all this about a year after I did the SOA on our camper, and figured at the time man if I am wearing out tires on the camper I must really be camping a lot. Then quickly quit worrying about it, as those tires still look brand new . so my advise is go for it, you can always weld on new perches later and it will be easier anyway with the axle already below the spring. The only other thing I had to do was extend the electric brake lines... piece of cake
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Alright so far there are two things I'm thinking of doing. One is getting a pair of these solar bunk end covers http://www.popupgizmos.com/bunkcoverpage.htm There seem to be lots of positive comments from just about every forum I've been to now, about how well they work at cutting down the heat buildup during the day inside the camper. If it's hot & sunny at BFE, this could prove useful. A little less important in Ouray in September..
Perches and solar bunk covers = 2?

If you need the perches welded, I would be available to weld them for you.

Then you only have to get the solar bunk covers. Easy to get done in time for Moab. :

Just let me know if I can help.
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Perches and solar bunk covers = 2?

If you need the perches welded, I would be available to weld them for you.

Then you only have to get the solar bunk covers. Easy to get done in time for Moab. :

Just let me know if I can help.

Only 2 mods on that post, later admitted to being 3. I am not even sure if a SOA is in the cards for me this year, I bought a camper than had been wrecked (fell off the hitch) so I have some remodeling to do.. thanks for the offer though Dave, I'll let you know... Corsair is the guy who needs to get this done so he can take his whole family to BFE
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