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Ultra-Cool Flat-Bed Rig (Hawk on RAM 2500)

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hi I’m Joe from you expedition
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Outfitters and we’re gonna do a quick
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walk around of our Dodge Ram 2500 that
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we built here for the rally so this was
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a 2016 single cab long bed 2500
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basically bone-stock tradesman no power
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options whatsoever it’s running the 6.4
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liter gas Hemi engine got into the shop
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basically stripped it down installed the
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3-inch aiibi suspension we supplemented
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it with some 5,000 pound air bags with
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the built in bump stops and that’s those
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air bags are connected to a custom
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designed air leveling system that we can
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level from the cab or through a
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smartphone from inside the campground
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we’ve swapped out the Bilstein shocks
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with some sharks from an 80s quite a bit
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beefier and they were evolved for the
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extra load of the camper and the flatbed
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so we can take a peek at those when we
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do the rest of the walk around the rest
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of it currently is stock future plans
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are to upgrade the gears and install ARB
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air lockers right now we’re just running
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stock stock gear ratios and stock
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differentials in there the rear which
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setup here is a custom mule design it’s
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got a factor of 55 XXL flat link it’s
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gonna come up 12.5 winch
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which controller was actually moved out
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to the bumper for access and then you’ve
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got your your clutch right here these
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access a half-inch deal gives you a good
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recovery point off the back to the truck
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and we knew we had to move this thing we
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were gonna be pulling pretty hard so
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there’s a basically you can put 2d shot
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goes through here or seven-eighths bolt
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for pulling and I’ve also got the real
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recovery link back there for an
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additional point this is a Norwell
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flatbed this is the deluxe flatbed from
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noir weld of Australia it’s got the
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integrated drawer in the rear for
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storage boxes one in each corner and a
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40 litre water tank also integrated kind
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of midship on the cab there which gives
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you extra water for those longer trips
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out in the desert and stuff like that
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pretty low-key with the light the LED
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package from more weld is it’s their
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standard LED tail light assembly we did
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add the rigid industries rock lights as
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backup lights which are tied into the
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reverse
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obviously these are also standard option
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on the deluxe trades you got storage so
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you got storage boxes on all four
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corners and in addition we added the
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tunnel box from noir weld this is also
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an option and we did a custom fuel
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filler inside the tunnel box for
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security and this is a custom electrical
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panel not quite finished yet but gives
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us the ability to control power
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distribution around the truck so we’ve
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got a air compressor breaker power to
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the camper on a 40 amp breaker this is
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also set up for a future second lithium
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battery which will be stored inside the
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total box and then an auxilary so we can
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have an auxilary port here or basically
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just powering other things you know like
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lights and things outside the camp but
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this all folds down extra storage so
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this is an eight foot bed with a six
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foot camper and we’ll get to the camper
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part this is a hot normally you’d have a
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brand beyond an 8 foot but with the
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tunnel box on both sides these are a RVs
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remote Eric mounts and they’re stainless
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steel lines so when we’re running
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basically the on the rubber and wheel
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side we’re running the Yokohama 40 inch
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X mts it’s their new aggressive tread
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Xtreme much rain tire those are fitted
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up on a set of AEV Katla’s it’s
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basically it’s a 17 inch by 8.5 wide rim
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it’s a specific rim design by AEV for
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running 40s and specific before the ram
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it’s got the eight lug pattern they are
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color matched to the camper and truck so
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normally they come in as silver or matte
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black and a couple other colors but you
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can’t paint match them of course
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graphics all done by auto trim
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design out of Kent Washington did a
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great job
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the graphics do tell could a story here
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so it’s basically Seattle skyline for
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folks who aren’t familiar with it was
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not Renier in the background
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and then as you pan back you get into
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the mountainscape of Baja Mexico
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so the Gigantes mountains in Baja my
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favorite place that we like to go to so
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the truck was kind of built for that
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purpose you know it is the Baja Runner
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inside not too many mods we did get the
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seats reupholstered with cat skin
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leather so they’re heated and and just
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really nice quality this is actually
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neat the cat skins newest seat covering
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super thick because do have we do have
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the dog in the cat in the cab with us on
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trips so want to make sure it could
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stand up to his claws and stuff like
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that inside other than the switch Pro
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unit we got here basically doing all the
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control work of controlling airbags up
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and down and dump in the lights and
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lockers and and an air compressor we did
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upgrade to a ten and a half inch flat
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screen which actually works out pretty
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nice it does all the all the climate
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control stuff and basically it converted
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the tradesman little am/fm radio to
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something that’s really functional for
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just really controlling everything and
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being able to get stats off the engine
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one key part of the suspension to make
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this truck really function off-road was
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the addition of the ATS 2.5 inch
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piggyback shocks which we’ve got on all
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four corners these shocks were
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specifically valve for this truck for
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the weight we were carrying and for the
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suspension travel we’re expecting out of
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the truck upgraded the headlights these
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are the new Mopar kind of the new style
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headlights with the kind of back it’s
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blocked out inners just again more of an
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aesthetic kind of a thing
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we do have the AEV heat reduction hood
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this is running a sixth-floor gas motor
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so it does produce quite a bit of heat
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and just getting keeping everything cool
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was a big party I know especially if
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we’re traveling down to Baja and this on
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the front bumpers the aiibi prospector
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it’s got the additional extensions for
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the high mark fender flares these high
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marks fender flares were key in keeping
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the truck love but still stuff in 40s
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hard to do a build like this without
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getting the truck more you know higher
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than needs to be in terms of the
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suspension so with all the weight we’d
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wanted to keep it as as low as possible
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and still not rub so the high mark
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fender flares were a key component to
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being able to do that BB’s beautiful ram
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front bumper with the come up this is a
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16-5 with synthetic cable again another
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factor 55 XXL flat link to do all the
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dirty work as you can see here got
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basically a high lift recovery point
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which works perfect with the new ARB
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jack this jack is more than enough to
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lift the front corner or side corner of
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the vehicle for a change in the flat
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relocated which control to the hood here
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or to the grill rather again just to
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make things easy not to pop the hood to
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access the access to winch solenoid the
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solenoid actually sits behind the grill
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here on a on a custom amount and just
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gives us easy access just like on the
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rear it’ll be like things to be easy so
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on the front of the truck obviously same
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thing 80s
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shocks giving us a really nice ride
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and we’ve got kind of changed out the
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standard whip antenna for a little
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stubby guy here and that kind of works
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well with the AV snorkel other side of
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the tunnel box again this is a product
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made by noir world of Australia
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it fits the 40 inch tire pretty well and
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allows you to run a full size spare
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this is a 2019 flatbed Hawk made by 4
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wheel campers out of Sacramento
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California the camper is pretty well
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outfitted with options we’ve got 160
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watts of solar on the roof we do have
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the side steps for accessing the roof
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given the height of the vehicle it is
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equipped with hot water tank six gallon
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hot water tank 20 gallon freshwater tank
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and it’s got the built-in furnace as
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well so you’ve got a hot water inside
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the truck and it also has an exterior
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shower so you need to shower up after
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hiking or mountain biking or whatever
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spots these guys here light up the back
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of the camper when we’re accessing the
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rear drawer or doing any kind of
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recovery stuff on the back of the
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vehicle driver size we’re all the sort
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of shower so basically can plug your
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shower handle in there and dial up the
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temperature if you want you got Shore
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power this is a standard feature and all
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the four wheel campers whether it’s a
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flatbed or slide in as long as you don’t
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get the show and you get a standard
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camper like this this is the back side
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of the furnace the hot water heater and
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this is your potable water fill it’s all
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under key and your drain for your great
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water coming off of the sink and then of
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course your drain for basically draining
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the tank if you need to winterize it so
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here we are inside the hawk this is a
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again normally would be mounted on a six
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foot bed full-size truck but with the
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tunnel box eight foot bed this was the
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perfect fit for us
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you got storage under both seats as well
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as the footwell storage down here which
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works great for shoes and you know other
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stuff this rear seat does convert into a
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bed by just dropping the table down and
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then moving the cushions around
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moving towards the front we did go with
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the integrated or low-profile sink and
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stove unit it’s all done another option
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from four-wheel we really like it it
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looks great but B it also gives you sort
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of the use of this whole flat space
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versus having the the standard option is
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to have a raised sink and raised stove
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so in both of the campers we’ve had over
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the last few years we’ve always gone
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with the with the flush mount sink and
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stove it just really works great for us
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we do have the weather pack in here so
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in addition to the standard canvas you
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got your your window there to kind of
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seal it off but still get light you got
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your canvas to block out for you know
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for privacy and then of course you got
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your weather pack which helps retain
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heat and we’ve camped in this camper in
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temperatures not this one specifically
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but another one down to you know 19 15
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degrees outside and comfortably slept in
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here with the with the furnace running
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so that’s been great one other really
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great feature about the flat bed is the
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storage this is something that’s only an
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option right now that’s only on the flat
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bed campers and that’s this under bed
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storage which is huge I mean you can
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pack clothes right now we just have two
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cushions that you know make up the
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remainder of the bed once you pull the
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bed out but this works great for putting
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blankets and clothes and just keeping
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things organized again only on the flat
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beds currently but we’re thinking it
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might end up being a standard option on
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the regular slide is at some point again
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this is the bed platform slides out to
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give you that little bit of extra space
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for wheel does offer a king version
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which would come out another 18 inches
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or so and give you a couple more feet a
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usable space there this camp is wide
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enough for normal six-foot person to
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sleep crossways fits us to adults and
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big dog perfectly so works good other
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than that to powerdrift let’s keep the
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keep it cool in the in the summer and
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allow you to ventilate the moisture in
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the winter so again these are
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you know three-speed and they go both
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forward and reverse which worked great
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for just keeping keeping it cool really
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little power draw and perfect setup got
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tons of storage this is all for dry
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goods and stuff we did do a couple of
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modifications to the truck this is
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normally your battery box we did move
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the battery from this location to the
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cupboard right here
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we installed a 100 amp power lithium
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battery into the normal this just be a
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dry storage but given the accessibility
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it seemed like it more it made more
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sense to put the battery down there in
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addition to that the other upgrades that
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we did which we installed the red arc
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power manager 30 and this basically for
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us running a lithium battery it replaces
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pretty much all the electronics that the
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formula packages stock with the campers
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this worked for us the stuff that
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4-wheel includes what they’re you know
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camper builds is more than adequate it
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does everything that this single unit
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does but we wanted a little more of a
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readout here tells us what our total
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charge is so basically we got a hundred
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percent charge tells us we’re drawing
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right now 28 or if we’re pulling in
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twenty eight point four volts the solar
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and it tells us how many amps we’re
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using on the system and gives us other
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information about battery temperature
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currently says we’re in a float float
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charge and the primary battery or their
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or the house batteries at 13 point 6
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volts it’ll also tell you if you’ve got
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things running how long you have until
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the battery runs flat which is a nice
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little feature again a little bit of
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extra customization that we did for this
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particular camper not normally something
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on a four wheel camper build but but
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certainly something we can do for yet
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mule if you want to get

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