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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby -88- » Tue Mar 17, 2015 4:17 am

Very well sir, touche on the previous table nod o missed.

on your rear suspension, & being more mindful of the retired income. I think I'd start with air shocks on the stock springs, & plot a add a leaf as the following step. This should all keep the sway bar relevant, and be alot cheaper then the other options your pondering. I know you said you've got new shocks mounted now, and another pair in waiting....So some dedication there, but red can fit them i believe, and the classifieds will let you recoup a bit. ...your a big boy tho...


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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby N law » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:55 am

very cool. Can't wait to see this one get built up and hit the road!

I have a Frontier with the short bed and thought something like this would be fantastic to toss in the bed instead of towing a large trailer for camping. I'm only 2 wheel drive, but it would be nice to be light and rugged and still be able to tow a trailer. Now I'm going to be keeping my eye out... thanks a lot!
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby oldestisuzuist » Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:50 am

-88- wrote:Very well sir, touche on the previous table nod o missed.

on your rear suspension, & being more mindful of the retired income. I think I'd start with air shocks on the stock springs, & plot a add a leaf as the following step. This should all keep the sway bar relevant, and be alot cheaper then the other options your pondering. I know you said you've got new shocks mounted now, and another pair in waiting....So some dedication there, but red can fit them i believe, and the classifieds will let you recoup a bit. ...your a big boy tho...


roughly what year range crv's do I gotta gank?

My opinion, for what it's worth: go with something like a add-a-leaf from the get-go, you can get a generic from Autozone for $40+, slip it between the overload & the first main leaf without using the supplied end adjusting clamps (see the picture), saw off the end curl so it doesn't hang up on something. You'll need a longer center clamp bolt. This will add a bit of lift and stiffness to the rear suspension but won't require different shocks. I'm sure your truck has the "soft ride" option, which is 4 spring leafs rather than the 5 they used to put in. With the 650# camper plus any gear you are right at the rated 1/2-ton capacity of your truck- it WILL sag with that load & WILL bottom over any rough terrain (pickup springs have less arch then do Troopers & probably have less suspension travel). Don't use air shocks, they transfer load to the shock mount brackets- which weren't designed to handle the extra load- and increase compression shock dampening while decreasing extension shock dampening. Then add a sway bay to reduce the body roll, to keep the bar end attachments parallel after the lift if needed you can fab a longer end link with a piece of pipe and a longer bolt inside.
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby squatch » Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:41 pm

Thanks but I'm not a fan of add-a-leafs or air shocks. Too much stress on the wrong places. I have a set of stock trooper springs in good shape. I would pull a leaf from those and add it to the pack before an AAL. or even try those springs. I'm familiar with all this stuff. Red Beans has OME 029 (the heaviest) rear springs with OME shocks and an Addco rear sway bar. Ideally I'd do the same to the pickup. Though I think the 029 would be just too much when the pickup is empty. That's why i'm leaning towards the air lift. That's what most folks who have these campers use. That way if I do upgrade to OME 028 (normal) than I still have the air lift if I want a little more leveling.

The Calmini rear sway bars don't use end links. They fasten to the leaf itself. Not fastened down but this shows how the trooper ones fit on my OME springs. I have a set for both trucks.
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Calmini vs Addco
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This is the Spacer with a bed full of oak. Much heavier than a loaded camper.
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The springs seem to handle it pretty well.
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Red Beans with OME's and Addco sway bar.
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I've got plenty of time to mess with this. And I don't have to take this anywhere till it's right. I can always swap the springs from the Trooper just to try them out ect. 1st step is getting it running!

As I said ultimately I would duplicate the build on Red Beans. Because it works and works well for hauling a heavy load. But a little at a time for now.
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby slainer » Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:02 pm

Nice find! The perfect home away from home.
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby wmorrisiii » Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:41 pm

Any preference with Calmini or Addco. Calmini looks easier to mount and dismount. Similar performance? I've only used Addco, didn't know Calmini had a swaybar available for the first Gen's. Rear Addco bar took 2 months to get after I ordered, which they neglected to mention when I ordered.
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby squatch » Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:20 pm

Calmini no longer makes the kit for 1st gen Troopers. They have a few left for the pickups I think. I think that as they sell off old stock they are not replacing it. Isuzu is a dying market for them.
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby Med!c » Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:20 pm

I assume you wont be bringing the military trailer any longer?
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby squatch » Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:01 pm

Depends on what trip to where and what I'm driving!
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby squatch » Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:57 pm

It's the little things that make me happy.

Still a ways from using our newly aquired Eagle shell. I have a few projects to take care of 1st. Like getting the engine in the Spacer. But in the meantime it's on my mind. I'm constantly thinking of what needs to be done to solve the little/big questions when we do use it.

I'm not a big fan of tiny Porta-Pottty's. And I have a Lugable loo 5 gal bucket and lid that is used when tent camping. It's too tall for the Porta-Pot space under the couch. I realized today that I had a couple of HD 3 gallon buckets. I tried and the Loo seat/lid fit perfect on one of them. It also fits just fine under the couch in the camper with enough room left over for a bag of cat litter behind it. Soon I'll add a web strap to keep it n place when traveling. Yet another problem solved with no money spent. Being recently retired and a cheapskate I love these kind of solutions!
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby hessmess » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:17 pm

:lol: The only obvious problem I can see with the downsized bucket is the fact it is closer to the ground! Do you have a "height adapter" available to solve that problem?
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby Hack » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:47 pm

The other obvious problem is the wife!
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby squatch » Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:12 pm

It's now wife height! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Actually if I needed to raise it I can just sit it on the couch without a cushion.

Mainly for middle of the night old folk trips.
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby squatch » Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:04 pm

The previously mentioned camper from last falls "incident" is now for sale again. Guy is asking $5k more than the guy he bought it from. He's even using the previous sellers pics in his ad!
http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/t ... eet-Camper

It's still a sweet camper but I think I bought the right one for my purposes.
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby Van » Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:47 pm

I'm glad you finally found one. :cheers: :cheers:

Looks very comfortable, roomy and sturdy and of course I'm looking forward to seeing it at Uwharrie. :D
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby squatch » Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:19 pm

Van wrote:I'm glad you finally found one. :cheers: :cheers:

Looks very comfortable, roomy and sturdy and of course I'm looking forward to seeing it at Uwharrie. :D


Not this trip!
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby squatch » Sat May 23, 2015 12:28 am

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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby N law » Sat May 23, 2015 2:23 am

That reminds me of the other liberty mutual commercial where the guy is talking about someone backing into his parked car and all of the questions that ensued. In the end, he had to remind them that he wasn't even driving!! I can't believe that a tow company would let a camper fly off going down the road. Well, maybe I can...


Sounds like a stout little camper though to have survived most of that abuse. I stopped by camping world down near gulf shores last week because I saw a small slide in that looked like the one you posted. There was a sticker on it that already said sold though. I think it was a North Star. Maybe one day...
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby squatch » Sat May 23, 2015 11:24 am

Northstars are good campers. But heavy. They tend to the more frills end of the spectrum.
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby N law » Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:06 pm

Someone on another site I'm on just posted this up (not theirs):

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/ant/rv ... 94348.html

4 Wheel pop up camper - $300 (Rosamond)
4 Wheel pop up camper. Unkown year, maybe 80's. Fits small trucks, was on 1991 Nissan Hardbody. Needs refurbishing. Basic frame looks good. Moving sale, need to sell soon. Weak cell area, please email or text.
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby squatch » Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:56 pm

Nice article on the plant where these campers are made.
http://www.truckcampermagazine.com/fact ... quare-feet
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby Van » Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:24 pm

squatch wrote:Nice article on the plant where these campers are made.
http://www.truckcampermagazine.com/fact ... quare-feet



Thanks for that link Mark. :thumbup:

I've been looking at their flatbed models but they're too big for my flat bed and too expensive for my taste, but, in that article that you linked, I saw a smaller camper (pic attch, 1st camper on left side in pic) that they make for Taiwan and Japan.

Just got done talking with them about that model and they're going to send me some blue prints on the size and dimensions of it. :D
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby N law » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:01 pm

I was driving in rush hour back from work the other day and was keeping up with a Tacoma with a WilderNest camper top on it. I looked it up and it looks like the Flippac. Essentially, its a standard pick up bed camper top, except the top few inches are hinged to the side (or front for the flippac). Similar to a roof top tent, the square footage doubles, but you also gain the depth of the bed towards your overall head height. I thought this thing looked super cool and it was barely noticeably different from a standard caper top. The added bonus is that you still have a truck bed if you need it!

I am wishing that my frontier had the longer bed...



***EDIT*** as I was reading about them further, I found a thread on the expedition portal and a guy named Squatch over there claimed to have lived out of both a Nest and a Flippac! I should have know ...
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Re: Spacecab gets a backpack.

Postby -88- » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:34 pm

Well I mean if N LAW is gonna bring up a wildernest camper on an isuzu forum.....then it should be done right.

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