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Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby squatch » Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:11 am

We just got back from our 1st trip with our 4WC Eagle Shell. And it wasn't even on the truck! Those following the Black Beans build know that it isn't finished yet. So for our annual beach trip we had to do something else. That ended up being that we mounted the camper back on the boat trailer and towed it with Red Beans. It works well and we even mounted bike racks on the trailer under the overhang.

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The rig tows well and is stable parked as a camper. We had a lot of positive comments from people at the campground on the rig (camper and Red Beans.) Even met a Zu Head who's son is on here. Yes we stayed in a NPS camprground on Ocracoke Island, NC. For the most part it's a quiet place and has flush toilets and outside showers. We were supposed to stay a week with friends and extended to 10 days. Mama Squatch loves the camper! We went unruffled by a couple of storms and some heat.

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Our kitchen for the trip. We never even got around to trying the stove in the camper.

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From on top of the dune.

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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby squatch » Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:19 am

More beach pics.
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Our private trail to the beach.
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Busy day on the East Coast's best beach.
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Ocracoke beach high rise.
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This is "Digger". He was the camp host in our screen house. We had coffee together each morning. These Ghost Crabs cover the beach at night by the zillions cleaning up the beach.
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A friend fishing the surf.
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I love watching the pelicans!
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby squatch » Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:29 am

A friend found this little puffer fish washed up on the beach.
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A couple more pics of the rig.
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We did have one small issue on the trip. On the way home we stopped near Richmond to get gas. The truck was running great. I turned off the key at the pump and that was it. Filled up the tank and tried to start Red Beans and she just tried to kick a couple of times. I was convinced we had gotten a load of bad gas. I checked a few things and still no go. I figured we were close to Indy4x so I would get the truck towed there and get in touch with a couple of folks local to help. Phone calls took a while to get returned and there was no place to leave the rig at Indy so we had the driver tow us home to outside of Baltimore. Both truck on rollback and trailer behind it. Needless to say it was not cheap. Best decision at the time though. Next day we just unpacked and rested. Monday I went to work on the truck. Did the jumper test and no go from the fuel pump. I had to break the connector at the tank to get it apart. It seems 1 pin in the connector had corroded and must have caused the connection to get hot with the extended running. It actually melted and burnt the connector. I cut it out and spliced the wires and all is good now. Dang expensive connector when all is said and done! :shock:

We saw several Truck campers at the campground and spoke with their owners. Several folks we met were heading to Overland Expo East when the left.
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby TonkaToy » Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:07 pm

Glad you made it home safe, and got it figured out. Sorry I did get the message sooner. :oops:
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby wmorrisiii » Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:26 pm

Jed frigging Clampett! Between you and Bart ...rubber worm boat fixes... Trooper dolly with tiny wheels... Camper on boat trailer...I am seriously impressed. Amazing stuff! Amazing enough where I'm starting to think we need a Jed Clampett award for ingenuity above and beyond.

Orcacoke pictures are great, place is seriously cool and looks like you had it pretty much to yourself. Bummer that Red Beans took a little vacation on the way back though. Richmond to MD in a rollback sucks and just the dealing with a breakdown away from home wears you out. Glad you made it back okay... one more adventure in the books. :D
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby squatch » Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:37 am

No worries Mike! Things probably worked out for the best the way it turned out.
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby archmckinnon » Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:51 pm

Love that trailer!





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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby Van » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:48 pm

That's a great temporary setup. 8) Did you notice any wind drag at all :?:
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby squatch » Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:38 pm

Van wrote:That's a great temporary setup. 8) Did you notice any wind drag at all :?:


Yes! The Camper sits away from the truck so there is a large air gap between the truck and camper. Doesn't make for real smooth airflow. Head winds are very noticeable. But otherwise it tows nice.
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby TonkaToy » Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:11 am

The pup will be done soon, then you will be sitting pretty. I doubt the wind drag will be bad when mounted on the truck. There will be some, but not like pulling a sail 8ft behind the Trooper. If it had been on a short trailer tucked in behind the Trooper it wouldn't have been nearly as bad.

Keep us posted! I love this camper.
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby IsuzuGeek » Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:34 am

Looks like a success, Mark!

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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby Hack » Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:33 am

2002trooper4me wrote:The pup will be done soon, then you will be sitting pretty. I doubt the wind drag will be bad when mounted on the truck. There will be some, but not like pulling a sail 8ft behind the Trooper. If it had been on a short trailer tucked in behind the Trooper it wouldn't have been nearly as bad.

We noticed the drag on the trip back from Jacksonville. We believe the problem is the overhang funnels the air down into the trailer. If the front of the trailer were flat, then the drag would probably not be nearly as bad.
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby Van » Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:05 pm

squatch wrote:
Van wrote:That's a great temporary setup. 8) Did you notice any wind drag at all :?:


Yes! The Camper sits away from the truck so there is a large air gap between the truck and camper. Doesn't make for real smooth airflow. Head winds are very noticeable. But otherwise it tows nice.


I'm assuming that it didn't feel like it was "raising" the trailer off the ground or swaying side to side when driving or being passed by semi's? Reason I ask is that I'm thinking of towing my camper with a 12ft inflatable boat on top, it would have about the same overhang as the top of your camper has.
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby Hack » Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:44 pm

On the trip towing the camper from Jacksonville, we ran into some headwinds. Instability was not the problem. With the overhang catching the wind, it was like the Trooper was constantly going uphill.

Van, why not deflate the boat or at least put in in the back of the pickup?
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby TonkaToy » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:43 am

Hack wrote:Van, why not deflate the boat or at least put in in the back of the pickup?


12 ft boat... 6 ft bed... Don't think it will fit capitan. :lol:
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby Hack » Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:33 am

2002trooper4me wrote:
Hack wrote:Van, why not deflate the boat or at least put in in the back of the pickup?


12 ft boat... 6 ft bed... Don't think it will fit capitan. :lol:

I thought it was an 8 ft bed. Even if the boat hangs out a few (4) feet, it should still clear the camper given the length of the tongue and the difference in height between the bed and the camper.
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby Van » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:29 pm

Forgot about this and too many "projects" going on, thanks for the reply's though. :thumbup:
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby squatch » Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:12 am

Well the camper just got back from URE. It did fine both on the road and in the campground. One of these days I'll even get it in a pickup!
These links have write-ups and pics of most anything you ever will do on a 2.6 Isuzu. Engine, brakes, suspension, interior, you name it! Enjoy!
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Re: Eagle Camper 1st trip!

Postby moffat » Sat Dec 26, 2015 9:12 am

the ghost crabs i remember my first encounter with the topic in class, am an aquatic scientist by the way. latter on during my practicals along the Kenyan coast Mombasa i got to see and learn more about the ghost crabs. can you believe they usually kill the snail and stay in the shell, couldn't believe it till i saw it. funny creatures they are. :D
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