As the designated SoCal rep for the @northwestadventurevans, I had to fly the colors for the final day of the @americanadventurist #MountainRendezvous! What a fantastic weekend filled with cool folks and great food. Saw dozens of cool rigs, caught up with old friends, and made a few new ones. Thanks you all the sponsors, volunteers, and #AmericanAdventurist staff who make these events happen!
It's time, y'all. Packed up and rolling out for the @americanadventurist #MountainRendezvous Twice a year, an opportunity to get together with some very fine folks and eat a killer #DutchOven potluck.
Pro tip for my #Astro and #Safari brethren: Check the cable harnesses on your transmission, etc on the passenger side near the catalytic converter. The factory cable wraps on mine were so heat-baked that they literally crumbled to the touch (2nd photo). The wiring was exposed to a LOT of heat. Today's impromptu project was to re-cover the wires and add some insulating wrap to protect them. #DIY #AstroSafari #AstroVan
More van prep. Getting ready for the @americanadventurist #MountainRendezvous, gotta resolve a few warning lights. Replaced upstream O2 sensors and pulled the ABS module to touch up janky solder joints. #Vanlife #DIY #DIYCamper #AstroSafari #AstroVan
Cannot express how bummed I am to be missing @descendonbend this year, so here's a photo from last year. Sending SoCal love to all the fine folks I met last year, and to all those new friends I'm not going to make this year. Cheers!
Roof Redux! Complete re-layout of the stuff mounted to the roof: Switched from 60w panel on forward roof to a 100w #Renogysolar mounted at the rear. Also downsized from a 45x50 roof basket to one just 22 x 48. The smaller roof basket better contains the few items we've been carrying up top (and reduces the temptation to over-pack with weight up high). Moving the solar panel aft also takes a huge load off the pop-top roof out at the end farthest from the hinges. Compared to our old setup (last image), this radically reduces the load stress on the roof itself, as well as making it *much* easier to lift the roof to camp! The 100w panel is mounted in a locking rack so it can be slid out and placed remotely to ensure optimum sun 🌞. #DIY #DIYCamper #CamperVanConversion #CamperVan #BuiltNotBought #OverlandVan #AstroVan #AstroSafari
Headliner project complete! This had been ~90% done for a couple of weeks, waiting on me to install the last couple of parts, cabin light, and of course... The patches! We're going to need more patches, for sure. #DIYCamper #DIY #BuiltNotBought #CamperVanConversion #Vanlife #AstroSafari #AstroVan #OverlandVan
Solar upgrade in progress. As with our old panel, I've built a rack that will secure our new #Renogysolar 100w unit on the roof, but that can be unlocked so the panel slides out for remote placement when we can park in the shade. Here, laminating some plastic slides onto the aluminum rails, and fabbing brackets to attach the frame to the crossbars. Adding this system adds only about 5lbs to the assembly, but radically increases utility of the panel, since we can't always park with the pop-top roof facing South. #BuiltNotBought #DIY #DIYCamper #CamperVanConversion #AstroVan #AstroSafari
Sometimes the problem with being the good cook in the family is that everyone tries to give you random cooking gadgets all the time. I've spent a lot of time trying to divest myself of spiral garlic slicers, special whisks just for eggs, and dozens of other As Seen On TV items. Sometimes, though, it works out. Was just offered a pristine, in-box, Universal Food and Meat Chopper no 1. Old-school cast iron grinder design dating back to the 19th century. YES PLEASE. #SausageTime #theydontmakethemliketheyusedto
Next project: Solar Upgrades Step 1 was to replace our solid but undersized Morningstar Gen1 Sunsaver-6 PWM controller with a new #VictronEnergy MPPT controller and Bluetooth module. Next step will be a complete refresh of the roof layout, including upgrading the 60w panel to a @renogysolar 100w compact module. #BuiltNotBought #DIY #CamperVanConversion #DIYCamper #CamperVan #AstroVan #AstroSafari