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    Welcome. Do a search for “Tailgate table” and you’ll find lots of info. For example: Also look at the excellent DIY tailgate table articles by @theksmith
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    I took my old reliable maglite to the mines and the light just wasn't bright enough. I bought the Cree led conversion bulb for my three battery maglite from Amazon and it works. I now have a heavy duty 3 d cell maglite in LED.
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    Ludopam mag led on Amazon. 13 bucks. Alot cheaper than buying new considering I already had the maglite.
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    Nice to be a part of this community!
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    We are still really happy with the Coleman Insta Tent 6 person. Goes up really easy and putting it away isn't bad. Top can be just mesh which is nice on our hot trips. We did spray marine grade waterproofing all over it. Mainly to help dust and dirt shed off easy. It rarely sees rain.
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    Thanks for a great day Chris. The canyon to that first water fall was really nice. Second part of the trip to "Ripsey Hill Mine" was all new to me, some great 4wheeling & nice scenery. Also thanks for everyone looking out for me. Last but not least thanks for all the nice pic's Diane. Al
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    We had a great day out on the trail yesterday. Thanks for leading a fun trip @theksmith! Here are some pictures I took. If you'd like to see all of them, here's a link to the album: Diane's Pics It was great to see everyone! Thanks for coming out to enjoy the day!
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    i've just started setting up an on-board fresh water & hot shower system in my JKU - yes Gadget is slowly becoming a miniature RV! my previous rig had a hot shower setup which only got used a few times but was still a nice luxury. that system just pulled from a portable water container but i learned a few things with that attempt which should help me out this time around. the priority for this new setup is having a fixed-tank and everything mounted so that running water is always quick to access. in fact, the heat exchanger will be the last step after everything else is working. motivation/goals: convenience: on-demand water is just super handy whether you need to wash dishes at camp, or clean your hands after a lunch on the trail. quickly rinsing your feet and flops before crawling into a sleeping bag is nice as well, and a full hot shower after several days of camping can really rejuvenate you and extend the desire to stay out exploring! free up space to carry extra fuel: i currently have 4 gallons of water in an Expedition One Geri container (similar to a Rotopax). it's mounted on my tailgate tire carrier upside down with a gravity fed spigot and works well, but i'd like remove it so i can carry a fuel container there. the new water tank will be under the rig, so an incidental bonus is lowering my center of gravity a bit. (i always carry water but will only sometimes have extra fuel on the back). the plan (components overview): small fixed plastic water tank mounted under the Jeep. RV gravity water inlet to fill the tank from any portable container or a garden hose, etc. 12v "on-demand" (pressure switch controlled) RV style pump easy-to-access permanently mounted pull-out hose and sprayer (eventually) a plate style heat exchanger powered by engine coolant with a thermostatic mixing valve (keeps the hot water temp consistent)
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    getting water out: sprayer & switch i wanted to put the water access at the front of the rig for several reasons: my tailgate table and fridge are in the back and so i didn't want to create a mud puddle right where i need to stand a lot at camp. the engine has to be running to get hot water and so setting up a shower tent near the front will prevent from breathing as many exhaust fumes. mounting both the output and the heat exchanger near the engine bay means less hose to run. i first considered putting a recessed cup type transom shower (boat wash-down sprayer) in my aftermarket front bumper - much like this one: however i think the bumper is too shallow for it and i didn't really want to drill a big hole in there. i did still end up buying a marine sprayer. i liked that this one from Scandvik is very compact and has a constant-on feature by pulling out the trigger (in addition to the normal intermittent spray by squeezing) - plus it's black! i ended up mounting the sprayer behind the bumper where it could still pull-out, similar to my original plan but without the container. it sits to the side of the winch, right next to one of my air ports. i also ditched the hose it came with for a longer more flexible black shower hose. i made a custom holder for the sprayer and hose. the mesh bag lets the hose bunch up in one area when stowed, preventing it from slipping out through the holes in my front skid plate. the little holder is made from a piece of aluminum and a plastic tubular spacer i found in my miscellaneous parts drawer. the bag is polyester which should hold up decently, but i also coated it with Scotchgard Water & Sun Shield (left over from a previous project). the sprayer itself is meant to be mounted exposed on a boat deck, so it should survive the elements as well. Gadget is lucky enough to spend most of her parked time inside a garage anyway. i bought a triple-sealed switch from K-Four to control the pump, along with a small 12v LED indicator lamp from Oznium. they were mounted to another piece of aluminum and attached next to the sprayer. the whole setup blends in well and isn't particularly noticeable to a casual passerby. but when i want water, i'll be able to just pull the sprayer out and flip the switch. the shopping list for this portion of the project: Scandvik 10054P Pull Out Sprayer 96 inch black flexible shower hose (1/2 FNPT) 12x15 Polyester Mesh Bag K-Four Triple-Sealed 20A Toggle Switch 6mm Black 12v LED Indicator Lamp (Amber)
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    Several years ago, Ford was sponsoring (along with AAA) a hands on Automotive competition. The finals were held at Bondurant school of driving at Firebird raceway. One year we were treated to a similar experience with a Pro driver and Ford Crown Vics, the next couple of years were hot laps on the racetrack in Mustangs. Lots of fun!
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    the water tank (part 1) i've been measuring and acquiring parts for this project for quite a while, but only just began to make any real progress on putting it all together. figuring out the fixed water tank was the first step but most of the options i saw at first were discouragingly expensive. i was inspired by Dan's blog on "The Road Chose Me" and knew i wanted to install my tank under the rig as well. i'd already relocated my evap canister, giving me that same empty space to work with between the rear drive-shaft and exhaust. i don't want to modify my exhaust (remove the resonator), so i have slightly less room than Dan ended up with. this article from You Me & The Parks details yet another similar setup. the 7 gallon tank they selected looked to be a perfect size, but the total cost with shipping was going to be over $150. a custom tank shape could get me closer to 12 gallons, but those start at $300 or more. i eventually found a similar sized (but much cheaper) 7 gallon one on Amazon. at under $40 shipped, i was willing to deal with it being slightly taller. it shouldn't hang down any lower than the OEM fuel tank even with a skid plate. 7 gallons isn't much, but it's more than enough for a "Navy shower" and i can always carry additional water cans to refill with if i ever do a really long trip. much larger and i'd want a baffled tank anyway. so here's the tank with fittings installed, the 1-1/4" fill hose, and some 3/8" braided clear tubing which will be used to plumb everything: i still need to fab a custom cradle and skid plate to mount this thing. i do enjoy difficult rock crawling trails at times, so my solution needs to be much beefier than what was in those 2 articles i linked above. there's a design in my head, but i just haven't found the motivation to start a major cutting and welding type project yet. this was my shopping list thus far: Class A Customs 7 Gallon Water Tank T-700 1-1/2" MNPT to 1-1/4" barbed elbow fitting 1/2" MNPT plastic drain valve 1/2 MNPT to 3/8 barbed nylon elbow fittings (5 pack) In-line mesh screen strainer/filter with 3/8" barbed connections 14mm spring band hose clamps (10 pack) (trying these instead of traditional screw type clamps, we'll see how that goes) 3/8" ID Braided Clear Vinyl Tubing (50 feet bulk roll) 1.25" ID RV/Marine water tank fill hose (5 feet)
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    Thank you @jgaz for helping this newbie! Will do!
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    Thanks, I ordered one today. I’m upgrading the Maglites that don’t see a lot of use and switching to the “new fangled” lights for lights that I use more often. @theksmith Since your in the Ryobi 18v camp you might appreciate this: JOMITOP 18v 19.2v 6v 9v 12v 24v Volt Led Flashlight Bulb Led Upgrade Bulb for Ryobi Milwaukee Craftsman 6-24 Voltage Lamp Maglite Flashlight DC Replacement Bulbs Led Conversion Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BP5MT2X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_7g7jEbACVMF15 I installed one of these in my Ryobi flashlight. It made a large improvement.
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    Have a Rock Slide table. One of the first ones, looks pretty much like the one in your link but latest model looks more sturdy & modern. Only problem I have with mine is "NOISE"!! So I have to add filler between fold out sides & wherever. Table is very handy. Also price$$$$ went up!
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    Do you have a link to the conversion bulb you used? I put this led conversion bulb in a 2 cell Maglite about 4 months ago. 280 Lumen Firefly 3-6 Cell LED Upgrade for Maglite Flashlight https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VRFY2PT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_sRMjEb34CDGQZ Big improvement over the stock bulb. However, I paid about $14 for my bulb. They are up to almost $20 now.
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    This is the Sunflower Mine run re-do (the previous run was canceled due to flooding)! Located off Highway 87 near Mt. Ord., the trail offers a variety of challenges: rock crawling in the creek, steep loose climb out of the creek, narrow and sometimes off-camber shelf roads, and more! The trail is very scenic, as it winds back into a canyon, and offers neat views of the highway and Mt. Ord. Club members: Sign-up & more info here...
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    Thanks for the pics Diane. I have some too and will figure out how to post them.
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    Yesterday Adam @Rubicon 18 asked me if I ever posted my pics from this run, and I realized I hadn't! Here's a link to all mine, and posting some below. Diane's Pics It had been a really long time since we had been out there, so it was great to go back. The scenery is awesome.
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    happy birthday Karen!!!
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