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The Toad Pod™ Chaser Conversion


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Scott

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#11
Thanks for the extra details on the Chaser tub. Nice to see the old tub being recycled.

Nice job on the battery box, I'm sure it could take a substantial hit without phasing it and the lower CG will definitely help
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#12
I've always liked the Chaser trailers. Seems like there is quite of few pictures up on the web of them tipped over. Don't know if it is the trailer or the wild bunch that buys em. Looking forward to seeing the new modified version. Your website has some nice pictures and stories. Spent last night reading through it. Thanks for posting.

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(01-15-2015, 08:01 AM) Jkidd6339 Wrote: I've always liked the Chaser trailers. Seems like there is quite of few pictures up on the web of them tipped over. Don't know if it is the trailer or the wild bunch that buys em. Looking forward to seeing the new modified version. Your website has some nice pictures and stories. Spent last night reading through it. Thanks for posting.


I've had it tipped over 45 degrees crawling on the trail with no problems. And I've driven faster on dirt roads than the 13-18mph I was going when I broke it.

My issue was worn-out shocks. If you drive over a lot of washboard roads to get to the trail, the shocks take a beating.

Mario at AT suggested I dial the Rancho XL9000 shocks up from the factory setting of 5 (the knob goes from 1 to 9). I set the new shocks at 7, and of course now I'm sensitive to seeing the trailer sway on the road.

--Fuzzy

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Progress has been slow and steady. The biggest job this weekend was installing the hinge for the bed. One side of the mattress rests on a "wing" over the left tire, and the other part rests on a hinged aluminum plate that lifts up to access a 72x22x12 inch storage compartment under the bed. I had to drill 96 holes and tap 32 of them, so it took a day and a half.

[Image: progress-jan-20-3-720.jpg]

And with the bed raised up:
[Image: progress-jan-20-4-720.jpg]

Yesterday I mounted the transit plate for the Engel 45 fridge, and today I did a test fit to make sure I could install and remove the fridge in the narrow floor well:
[Image: progress-jan-20-1-720.jpg]

My wife Debbie was helping me with getting the side rails square and level, and while I was untacking a weld she shot this pic of me and my shop:
[Image: fuzzy-grinding-shop-1-720.jpg]

I'm redrawing the roof line yet again to make room for the Maxxair 7500K 10-speed fan:
Maxxair Deluxe Remote Opening Fan

It will go behind the solar panel, so I'll have to move the panel forward about 12 inches. But I am a fresh air fiend, so I splurged on the 10-speed intake/exhaust fan.

Still hoping to have it on the road in late February.

--Fuzzy
Liberty Hill, TX, 20-Jan2015

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#15
Looks like you making some good progress. Good work.

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#16
Progressing nicely, fun converting a concept into reality and getting all the little details works.
Scott Chaney - Owner of Compact Camping Concepts
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(01-21-2015, 07:51 AM) Scott Wrote: Progressing nicely, fun converting a concept into reality and getting all the little details works.


One of the things that took a couple days of thought was routing the tail light wires and mounting the lights. I ordered some 1.5x3 inch tubing not because I needed that much strength but because that way I could weld those tubes over the existing wire holes.

This way I don't have any holes in the lower part of the trailer interior that need to be sealed when I ford rivers.

[Image: wire-routing-720-1.jpg]

I also eschewed rubber grommets in favor of smooth steel tubing welded in the holes:
[Image: wire-routing-720-2.jpg]

The three inch wide tubing just fits over these holes. Also I changed the pull strings to pull wires so welding around the area wouldn't burn the strings:
[Image: wire-routing-720-3.jpg]

The left side of the trailer shows the mounting holes already drilled and tapped for the left turn signal:
[Image: wire-routing-720-4.jpg]

Since the main batteries are now in the back compartment, I'll need to run the two 8 gauge main power cables under the bed. This 1 inch hole and rubber grommet will be right under my pillow when I'm sleeping:
[Image: wire-routing-720-5.jpg]

The right tail light bolts on here:
[Image: wire-routing-720-6.jpg]

Next step is to build the box that houses the Heatsource 2000 LP furnace.

--Fuzzy

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#18
excellent ideas & what a shop
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(01-21-2015, 04:53 PM) AA1PR Wrote: excellent ideas & what a shop


x2 and from a guy that spends most of my time working outside in all weather you gotta love a nice shop...I just got inside from doing some work on my roof rack in 20 degree weather in the dark wearing a headlamp.

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(01-21-2015, 04:53 PM) AA1PR Wrote: excellent ideas & what a shop


I normally build BattleBots, so I needed a big shop to house all the dead carcasses.
 
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