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We were looking at the same ax lol. I was looking at their splitting ax too. And mounting them facing each other in a tetris formation. I'm glad you picked it up so I can have a good look see
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We were looking at the same ax lol. I was looking at their splitting ax too. And mounting them facing each other in a tetris formation. I'm glad you picked it up so I can have a good look see
A friend of mine she and her husband have the same axe after seeing a neighbor with one and trying his out.
I cannot wait to try mine out this summer.
The reviews are very good on it, and I have only heard of one handle braking over on Amazon, and Fiskars sent him a brand new one free of charge.
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Corey always comes up with great gear recommendations!
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Corey always comes up with great gear recommendations!
Thanks!
It is a funny looking axe after being use to wood handled ones all these years, but after messing around with it for a bit, I like how well balanced it is.
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D'oh, I just realized you're in the PNW. I was there checking out some new places beginning of the month, but I'm back south now. Maybe next time I'll run into you!
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D'oh, I just realized you're in the PNW. I was there checking out some new places beginning of the month, but I'm back south now. Maybe next time I'll run into you!
I like the Greenwater area as it is near Mt. Rainier, tons of forest service roads and free camping.
Well you do have to have the NW pass which is around $30 a year to camp or drive in the forests.
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$30 a year to camp or drive in the forests.
That's very inexpensive. I get the California tax here. $80 annual for the forest adventure pass/camp/drive Still a great deal for how much time spent but $30 sounds up my alley
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Eezi-Awn Bat 270 Awning Installed 4-21-2017

Been a month since the last mod.

I have had the Campinglabs awning on my rig since spring of 2008 shortly after I got my Autohome Maggiolina Airlander roof top tent installed.
The awning has been very nice to have, but kind of a PITA to setup on some of the solo trips I have gone on.

Within the past year of so I have seen these 270 degree awnings pop up on forums, and there are a few brands out there.
I am already a fan of Eezi-Awn gear as I have two of their tables I keep in the rig full time which I use one for the chuckbox, the other for dining at.

I bought the awning from Paul May of Equipt Expeditions in Utah, and it had been stored on my living room floor for three plus weeks.
I attempted to install it a few weeks back with the help of a couple that lives next door, but we could not get it aligned up, and quite frankly I am glad we had a snag.
The awning is much heavier than the Campinglabs one, and Paul and BajaRacks had warned me it might bend the BajaRacks awning mounts outwards with the additional weight of this new awning.

Jason the tech at Auburn Off-Road put it on, and indeed it was a little heavy.
But not to worry, him and John the owner of the shop said they could either weld a gusset in there much like you see on a pair of rock sliders, or tie a flat piece of metal stock in there and tie the Eezi-Awn bracket to the horizontal part of the BajaRacks awning bracket together, same as gusseting it.
And it worked!

If I need more stability, I still have the middle BajaRacks awning bracket on the roof rack, but the Eezi-Awn awnings only utilize two positions.
Paul sells the brackets, and if needed, Jason could make up a third piece and tie it in, but we really do not think that will need to be done at this time.
I will keep my eye on it and see how it is holding up.

This awning is such a joy to deploy, as you just walk around the rig with the strap and the awning unfolds for you.
This is a free standing awning, but if rain or wind is expected, it has built in legs you can extend and stake to the ground to make it more stable.
Instead of me making a video of it opening (I may if I get time later) here is a video of Paul May opening the same awning, but his is installed on the right side of the rig instead of the left like mine is.
The make both a left and right hand version, they are not interchangeable from side to side.


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Stock BajaRacks awning bracket in the middle, and the Eezi-Awn bracket bolted to the one on the left



Closeup of the Eezi-Awn bracket



Modified bracket so it would mate to the BajaRack bracket



Both Eezi-Awn brackets bolted up



You can see the extra metal piece Jason fabbed up that ties the back of the Eezi-Awn bracket, and it goes over the long outer tube of the BajaRack that holds the tent, and it ties into the top and bolts though the BajaRack awning mount



Side shot of the very dirty rig with the new awning all zipped up



Case unzipped, and the canvas hanging down before you grab the strap and go for a walk around the rig to open it up



Awning deployed, no legs down yet, and it seemed pretty stable with a light breeze



I had to remove the Rotopax cans, but the aluminum support arm that goes to the right side cleared the Maxtrax just fine



Look at those nice legs



Another shot from the back side



The strap you grab when you go for a walk around the rig to deploy it has a hook on the end, and it fits just perfect around the BajaRacks right side front leg support that bolts to the roof



Side shot showing the Maxtrax, they rub a bit, I will have to find out if they will wear on the canvas, if so, I will come up with a solution



Rotopax back on, and they clear the canvas



Closeup of the aluminum arm with the name Eezi-Awn on it, and you can see it is much lower than the high point on the Rotopax, and this is why they must come off to deploy the awning

What I am going to do when I get time it to turn the Rotopax mounting plate that is on the ladder 90 and lower it some, and the cans will sit sideways, and a little lower, and I think that will solve the problem so I do not have to remove the cans each time.
I do have to remove the CB antenna, but that is on a quick disconnect mount, and very easy to take off in less than two seconds.

Overall I am very pleased with this new awning.
One thing you have to do is make sure you get the three top strap parts out that help tighten up the canvas when it is rolled up.
Not bad though for my first time deploying it and putting it away.

Stand by for tomorrow, as I have another mod that was done today, and it is for the Renogy 100 watt solar panel that keeps the auxiliary battery charged up since that runs the new National Luna Weekender 50 Twin fridge/freezer.
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Anderson SB50 Plug & Cable Added To Aux. Battery For Solar Panel Installed 4-21-2017

This was done Friday, but I just got pictures and hooked up the solar panel an hour ago.
The auxiliary battery under the hood is primarily used just to power the new National Luna Weekender 50 Twin fridge/freezer I picked up last fall.
It also supplies power to the comm units in my rig, both CB and ham.

For my Renogy folding solar panel the way I hooked it up before to the auxiliary battery was with the supplied battery clamps like you see on jumper cables which you will see in a few pictures below.
Had to pop the hood for this each time, and I wanted a better setup.
The Renogy kit already came with and Anderson SB50 plug, so I had Battery Stuff make me up a short cable that would go to the battery, and the other end would go to an Anderson plug and be on the outside of the rig so I did not have to pop the hood open.
I also had them make me up an extension cable that would extend the range by about 20'.
They did not however install a 15 amp fuse on the shorter cable, I had to do that myself.

However as I was waiting in the waiting room at Auburn Off-Road getting my new awning installed, I was looking through a copy of 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine from last summer (I had read the article before) I saw a solar panel company called Overland Solar that has the same cable and extensions that come fused.
Wish I had known about them, I would have bought the shorter cable from them already fused, and just got the non fused extension from them too.

The external Anderson SB50 plugged is attached to the side of the ARB Intensity LED light bracket.
It makes for a pretty stealth installation, and is way better than drilling into the bumper.

From testing the setup today in very overcast conditions, I was very impressed how fast it brought up the voltage from 12.3 to 13.4 volts.
When I fire up my rig to drive it, both voltage displays go to about 14 volts, then back down to 13.4 volts when cruising, so I am impressed, I already said that right

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Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase
This one has a newer charge controller than the one I have one mine, and they got away from the Anderson plugs, not good in my opinion, as I prefer the Anderson SB50 A plugs.

Custom Cable 4' 10 Gauge with Rings & SB50 10ga4ringSB
They also made the 20' 10 gauge cable for me with the Anderson SB50A plugs on each end, but you will have to call them to custom order it.

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The Renogy kit comes with a new semi-hardshell case



The old battery clamp cable on the far left I use to use, the new Anderson plug equipped one that connects to the battery in the middle, and the 20' extension on the far right



The charge controller on the rear of the solar panel, and a mugshot of me got in there somehow



Cable attached to the auxiliary battery, and yes, it is a mess of pine needles under there, as I park under trees at home and at work



Anderson SB50 plug attached to the side of the ARB Intensity LED light bracket



Beginning voltage on the auxiliary batter is 12.3 volts



The charge controller needs the date and time set, but it lights up as soon as it detects the auxiliary battery attached, and you can also see a smiley face in the display, all if good, plus the green light for working
Sorry, I could not get a good focus on the display.



Cable plugged into the Anderson SB50 plug on the rig



Solar panel soaking up the rays, and it is highly overcast here this morning, very impressed as you will see in the other voltage picture



About fifteen minutes or so later, the 12.3 volts jumped to 13.4 volts, about the same as when I am driving down the road with the alternator charging up both batteries, I am impressed
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Some great updates. Does the awning not bug you that the door cuts the space? I was looking at this one which come RH but it's too long I think.
Http://www.alu-cab.co.za/standard-pr.../shadow-awning

I like the solar set up. Very neat with the controller as part of the panel rather than having to find space under the hood. I have a 100W marine panel, my FJ hasn't moved for 3 weeks, both AGM batteries at 13.7V today when I started it up thanks to the panel.
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