Seekin' My World

Brenda's wanderings and wishings

Expensive Day June 10, 2015

Filed under: Bobcat travels,Modifications,Waiting for the ATC — Sierrashadow @ 3:17 am
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Monday was expensive.

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Well, I doctored up this photo to have red and green arrows, but somehow couldn’t get it to upload to WordPress at all. So the original will have to do.

The yellow arrow (to the left of the license plate) is where the airbag manual fill nozzles come out. Of course we sprung for the onboard compressors with the remote to use from inside the truck. Nothing but the best for us. Truck rides a little rougher without the camper on, but not terribly so.

The red arrow (to the right of the license plate) is where we had the rear view camera mounted on the bumper so that the tailgate removal/installation is less complicated. It views straight out instead of downward like before, so the red line in the display is not accurate anymore, but it is still very useful.

I still want to see if we can get the rear view camera to work independent of being in reverse, but that isn’t necessary right from the get go on the camper.

So the yellow arrow was just a hair over 1,000, and the red arrow was $160.00. The E-rated tires were $700 but that is the extent of the pre-camper preparations.

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It’s ready! June 5, 2015

Filed under: Waiting for the ATC — Sierrashadow @ 1:48 am
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Called ATC today to ask when we could pick it up, and they said it was two hours from done. But because of house guests, car service and a colonoscopy, we can’t pick it up for a week. Patience Brenda, patience.

I have been collecting things for the cook kit, but am trying to weed down to necessities due to the weight factor. Especially my first big trip to Washington with 400 pounds of teaching books for Katrina, I am going to have to pare down considerably. But alone, and moving frequently, I won’t be doing the same destination camping that Warren likes. In fact, I would be content with cereal for breakfast, eat a decent meal for lunch and then snack for dinner.

 

Got the call! May 30, 2015

Filed under: Bobcat travels,Waiting for the ATC — Sierrashadow @ 5:15 pm
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ATC called on Wednesday to say it was in production. Yipee! Should be able to pick it up between June 5-10. Awesome. But so many other things to do before then. Air bags installed, Insurance called, tailgate and Backflip lid (which I love by the way) off, weigh the truck, move the rearview camera to the bumper, not to mention the last three days of school forever and all that entails. Looking forward to a new adventure.

 

weighing things May 16, 2015

Filed under: Bobcat travels,Waiting for the ATC — Sierrashadow @ 4:22 pm
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Like I said, the Tacoma is a little bit of a wimpy truck. I had some free time and was gathering things to go in the shell. So I weighed them all. Yikes! it adds up fast. The ironing board is 9 pounds, but that is significantly less than the 20 pounds for the 4’x2′ plastic table I also want to take. A 3 gal. water bottle full was 25 pounds and the 4 pound propane canister is 15.5 with all the metal around the propane (kind of a necessary part, but still…) Just looking at bare bones necessities plus two humans (chunky not lean), we are up to 745 pounds. Add 700 or so for the shell itself and we are right at the Tacoma max load carrying capacity. So I guess Firestone Air Bags are going on the suspension soon.

Still haven’t received a call that they are actually building it yet, but it should be soon. Getting hard to be patient. Good thing school is keeping me very busy in the meantime.

 

ATC Bobcat 2015 April 25, 2015

Filed under: Waiting for the ATC — Sierrashadow @ 9:34 pm
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So we finally pulled the trigger and ordered our Bobcat for the Toyota Tacoma. So I decided to resurrect this old blog from 2006. Deleted the few teaching posts because I am retiring at the end of this school year. New focus, new directions. The title still works well, maybe even better.

The guys at ATC have been wonderful to work with. We really struggled with the decision to go with a dinette or the couch. The couch won out. It just has so much more storage space and doesn’t poke out into the cabin as much, yet makes into a comfortable bed. That was the selling point, comfy for a visitor or myself if I don’t want to “pop-up” for whatever reason. I was stuck on the dinette because we like to play cards and Rummicub across from each other. But we are getting a small bench seat on the driver’s side with a 2″ cushion. For the short term that will be enough to allow face to face seating.

Speaking of that small bench seat, I have to shout out to this website: http://travelswithrockythedog.blogspot.com/2012/06/our-new-camper.html and the Wander the West forum members. They have been very informative and helpful making this momentous decision. I showed the ATC guys a picture of exactly what I was expecting the driver’s side to look like based on the above website. I am hoping that makes for fewer surprises.

We opted not to get the ATC table for now. And then at a yard sale, there was an ironing board that “clicked” in my brain. Narrow and long like the couch and cabin, yet lightweight, adjustable height, and able to be taken outside. So for two bucks we are going to try that first.

Because the Tacoma is a wimpy truck, I have to keep the weight down. And we didn’t want to hassle winterizing. So no water, no indoor cooking built in. Just a comfortable bed, a heater, and a bug free place.

I have been playing with dimensions and ideas for storage. It seems like forever to wait until June for the camper, but considering I still have a month left of teaching, probably best if I don’t get too distracted.