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How should I paint the truck?

Keep it camo
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Desert Tan
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OD Green
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Hello Kitty
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #120 on: November 23, 2011, 06:55:38 PM »
I'd say the top bunk occupier needs to be mighty slim.

It is the perfect size for the occupants that will be there.. Kids.

The photo is deceptive. There is a good 18" of space between the matress and the ceiling

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #121 on: November 23, 2011, 07:34:06 PM »
I think it looks great!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #122 on: November 23, 2011, 09:07:31 PM »

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #123 on: November 24, 2011, 01:48:37 AM »
A quick note. There is a kit you can buy that is a do it yourself bed liner simular to a linex or rhino type. Note as think of course but still good and strong. You roll it on. Works pretty good. I was wondering what year is that truck and if I may ask what was a ballpark cost for it? I am really enjoying watch the progress and it is really going to be a nice setup when your done. I am also a ham and would love to have one of these as a rv / mobile hamshack. Keep up the good work.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #124 on: November 24, 2011, 08:32:37 AM »
A quick note. There is a kit you can buy that is a do it yourself bed liner simular to a linex or rhino type. Note as think of course but still good and strong. You roll it on. Works pretty good. I was wondering what year is that truck and if I may ask what was a ballpark cost for it? I am really enjoying watch the progress and it is really going to be a nice setup when your done. I am also a ham and would love to have one of these as a rv / mobile hamshack. Keep up the good work.

I was going to use that on the roof but seeing as there were some spots that the liner would not have totally sealed due to rust I went the way I did with the industrial sealing tape and the spray on stuff.

The truck is a 1971 and I paid 4600 for it. That seems to be about the going price on one depending on its condition. When it is done I will have a radio in the van section for sure and might have another in the cab.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #125 on: November 28, 2011, 09:21:58 AM »
I think I might copy your tan with wood floor.  I like the look.  Have you sorted out the transfer switch/electrical in the box yet?  Any plans for an onboard generator connected to it? 

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #126 on: November 28, 2011, 10:06:50 AM »
It actually came with a transfer switch and all the breakers for either 24v or 120. There is an outlet on the outside of the van that allows for the direct connection of either shore power or a genny.

Question I have for myself now is do I run my solar to work on 24v or leave it as 12v so I can run 12v things. I am leaning to keeping it 12v.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #127 on: November 28, 2011, 10:41:44 AM »
Are there separate outlets for 24v vs 120v?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #128 on: November 28, 2011, 10:49:21 AM »
No. There are no 24v outlets in the van. Just 120. The transfer switch is for the lighting. I will have to take some close up images of the electrical area to show.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #129 on: December 02, 2011, 02:17:31 PM »
Added to the gear for the BIG TRUCK.

Ingersoll Rand Titanium impact wrench and a set of both shallow and deep sockets up to 1 1/2 in.
Misc tie down points that I am going to install in the van for lashing down misc stuff.
Craftsman 11 drawer tool chest
Mounting bracket for the 24" tv.

Still looking for cabinets. Might have to break down and just buy new. Yuck.


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #130 on: December 02, 2011, 04:28:00 PM »
Speaking of trailers....  I spotted this on Craigslist and while I'd like it I don't have the means to haul it home (no pintle hitch for my Jeep right now) it would be very cool.

Army Trailer- Heavy Duty 6 X 9 - $550 cash (Albert Lea)
http://mankato.craigslist.org/for/2693796533.html
There are a couple pics in the posting too.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #131 on: December 02, 2011, 04:51:09 PM »
Speaking of trailers....  I spotted this on Craigslist and while I'd like it I don't have the means to haul it home (no pintle hitch for my Jeep right now) it would be very cool.

Army Trailer- Heavy Duty 6 X 9 - $550 cash (Albert Lea)
http://mankato.craigslist.org/for/2693796533.html
There are a couple pics in the posting too.

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That is a M105 and your jeep would die trying to pull it.  It was designed to be pulled behind trucks like mine. The M101 series is what you want for smaller vehicles. Be happy you did not get it :)

Here is an image of the M101A3 that I have

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #132 on: December 03, 2011, 10:59:45 AM »
Looks like I found a suitable bed. It is a twin over Full bunk bed (and the full is a Futon so it can double as a couch when just relaxing)



Do you have a listing for the Futon bed? I like the design for one of my rooms.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #133 on: December 03, 2011, 11:07:43 AM »
I just did a general search for bunk bed on craigslist. You have to sort through all the crap.

I actually found three just like this one.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #134 on: December 04, 2011, 01:29:57 PM »
Just in case you need some interior inspiration.

Inspiration from a USA maker:
http://www.unicatamericas.com/

Some good floorplans and kit here from Australia:

http://www.earthcruiser.com.au/accommodation.php

and

http://www.earthcruiser.com.au/photo.php

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #135 on: December 04, 2011, 01:34:47 PM »
Also be SUPER mindful of the weight of all the stuff you're putting in it.

Use lightweight materials, and honeycomb the cabinets where possible to save weight.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #136 on: December 05, 2011, 08:17:30 AM »
although I am mindful of the weight I doubt I will have anywhere near the 5k rating for gear in the rear.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #137 on: December 05, 2011, 11:53:42 AM »
although I am mindful of the weight I doubt I will have anywhere near the 5k rating for gear in the rear.
Going off the gear you have already put in, and have listed as going in,.. and a previous point I asked..  I think the only way to get close to the limit is if you add water tanks.  If you install saddle tanks for water, then your limit could be more reachable..  But if you don't plan to add the tanks,.. your gear list should be quite doable.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #138 on: December 05, 2011, 01:46:21 PM »
When I do put tanks in They will not be bigger than 40gallon.

Coleman two burner multi fuel stove showed up today :)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #139 on: December 05, 2011, 01:59:11 PM »
I think I found the cabinet/ storage that I am going to go with.

All metal construction and they are lockable so no worries about things flying open while in motion. Stainless Steel top too which looks nice.
My only complaint is that the two lower cabinets can not be put flush next to each other due to the doors on the vertical one. I am thinking of getting a piece of metal to fill the gap so there is no place for crap to fall between them.

Base cabinet one (27in wide x 19in deep x 33.5 tall)


Base cabinet two (27in wide x 19in deep x 33.5 tall)


Wall cabinet (28in wide x 13in deep x 29in tall)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #140 on: December 08, 2011, 06:45:20 PM »
Got the fire extinguisher installed and picked up a dedicated med kit today.

Also picked up a few pieces of cast iron cookware that I can keep in the deuce. I need to get a good name for her now that I think about it.


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #141 on: December 08, 2011, 06:53:41 PM »
Did some more research about the cabinets.

After going to Home Depot and looking at the ones I posted above I am having second thoughts about them. They seem to have been made in a half assed way. The top is actually smaller than the drawers under them so there is some space on either side which looks like crap. Another problem is that with the way the hinges are on the vertical cabinet you can not put it directly next to the cabinet with the drawers. This is not acceptable.

Looks like Lowes sells a more thought out unit. A little more expensive but seems more refined and complete. I am going to do a drive by tomorrow to put eyes on it and see if they are as good as they look online and worth the extra cash.

Here is the HD unit


Here is the Lowes unit


The only thing that bums me out about the Lowes cabinet is that they do not have a five drawer unit that would go with it. I would have to get two of the same.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #142 on: December 08, 2011, 07:23:27 PM »
That is a M105 and your jeep would die trying to pull it.  It was designed to be pulled behind trucks like mine. The M101 series is what you want for smaller vehicles. Be happy you did not get it :)

Here is an image of the M101A3 that I have


I remember dealing with them a little when I was in the military, took a couple guys to shove it around empty.

I don't have a Wrangler (used too) I've got a V8 Grand Cherokee so I'd have a fighting chance with it. But I now that I don't have a good use for it so..

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #143 on: December 09, 2011, 10:59:41 AM »
I need to get a good name for her now that I think about it.
Throw up some names and let the tsp familiy vote on them. :)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #144 on: December 09, 2011, 11:17:55 AM »
Throw up some names and let the tsp familiy vote on them. :)

Poll added.. Only had space for 4 names so if you have another then write it in. :)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #145 on: December 09, 2011, 11:45:08 AM »
how about Trojan?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #146 on: December 09, 2011, 11:48:08 AM »
I can add any other names to the poll if necessary.  ;)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #147 on: December 09, 2011, 12:37:30 PM »
I can add any other names to the poll if necessary.  ;)

I would say add them as they come up

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #148 on: December 09, 2011, 12:56:04 PM »
LANDMASTER 2.0 

Family Personnel Carrier  (FPC)

The War Wagon

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #149 on: December 09, 2011, 01:03:13 PM »
Did some more research about the cabinets.

After going to Home Depot and looking at the ones I posted above I am having second thoughts about them. They seem to have been made in a half assed way. The top is actually smaller than the drawers under them so there is some space on either side which looks like crap. Another problem is that with the way the hinges are on the vertical cabinet you can not put it directly next to the cabinet with the drawers. This is not acceptable.

Looks like Lowes sells a more thought out unit. A little more expensive but seems more refined and complete. I am going to do a drive by tomorrow to put eyes on it and see if they are as good as they look online and worth the extra cash.

Here is the HD unit


Here is the Lowes unit


The only thing that bums me out about the Lowes cabinet is that they do not have a five drawer unit that would go with it. I would have to get two of the same.
check out the Sears website or stop in their tool section at a local store, they sell Gladiator tool boxes and have the whole line here's the front page of the online garage storage systems from sears  http://www.sears.com/shc/s/s_10153_12605_Tools_Garage+Organization+%26+Shelving_Garage+Storage+Separates