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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #240 on: January 25, 2012, 12:16:41 PM »
pics would be awesome if you could :)

There will ALWAYS be pictures :)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #241 on: January 25, 2012, 03:09:17 PM »
looks awesome with those Asphalt melters, can't wait for the nighttime pics  8) great job

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #242 on: January 26, 2012, 09:50:33 AM »
I went out last night and did some adjustments on the beams and will want to get to a completely dark place to take the pics. They are very nice and the light is awesome. Good throw for the LEDs and street signs with the reflective surface pop.

They remind me of the HIDs I have on my Xterra but with less current draw and not a single failure point.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #243 on: January 26, 2012, 10:39:46 AM »
Totally Totally Awesome!!!! I'm drooling. Awesome posts and pics. Keep it up.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #244 on: January 29, 2012, 06:44:04 PM »
Update Pics of Lights:

All the images were shot at the exact same exposure.

Although not shot on the same night showing the same markers you get a general idea of what the stock headlights look like. The road in this image is about 25 yards from the truck.


Low beam (there is a sign that is just barely visible about 100 yards away)


High beam (sign is very visible now)


High beams with AUX lights on.


Side view with all forward lights on


Shot from slightly behind the front of the truck


Standing in the middle of the bumper looking forward


I still need to do a little bit of tweaking to get the beams just where I want them. Overall it is a VAST improvement over the standard lights and well worth the money.


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #245 on: January 29, 2012, 06:58:24 PM »
Holycow cmxterra!!!  Those things really light up the night! Maybe you should call them landing lights and not just headlights? lol  ;D

Awesome job on the photos too. That really shows just how well those new lights light things up. It's hard to believe those are LEDs and just how little power they're taking to give all of that light!

Maybe a pair of LED spotlights up on the cab would go along with those? ;)

Thanks for showing us all how those lights are working for ya cmx!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #246 on: January 29, 2012, 09:46:44 PM »
They look Awesome ;) I guarantee you won't have any slow pokes in front of you playing lane hog. You'll be settin' their hair on fire when you hit the high beams

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #247 on: January 29, 2012, 09:48:08 PM »
Yeah shouldnt have any problems out running those lights. Of course top speed is like 45mph down hill with the wind behind ya right. ;D

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #248 on: January 29, 2012, 11:21:10 PM »
If I may, what kind of current draw do the LEDs have? They are nice.

I may have missed it, but are they DOT legal?

Thanks.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #249 on: January 30, 2012, 07:34:05 AM »
You're going to be calling down UFOs with those lights on!  ;D

Seriously though, that's some impressive illumination.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #250 on: January 30, 2012, 07:34:47 AM »
If I may, what kind of current draw do the LEDs have? They are nice.

I may have missed it, but are they DOT legal?

Thanks.

They are DOT legal and current draw per light is about 2.4amps

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #251 on: January 30, 2012, 02:55:52 PM »
A little more work today while the weather was nice

Used a back feed extension cable to test out the A/C. You can also see the bins above the tool chest and the deep basket installed on the door.


From the other side. You can see how bright the fluorescent lights are in this pic. Also notice the new shelf next to the T.V.


I need to get a new shore power plug on the outside so I don't have to back feed. From now on though I will be keeping the small generator with her along with icky gasoline. It is nice to be able to charge electric tools, watch t.v. and listen to music now. Of course when I get the solar on the roof I should not have to resort to generator power much. Spring time can not get here soon enough.


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #252 on: January 30, 2012, 06:44:10 PM »
I swear that comparing the inside of the M109 to the outside it looks like two different vehicles... Or a vehicle and a small apartment.

Nice work!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #253 on: February 08, 2012, 10:06:47 AM »
I think I found my refer

http://www.amazon.com/Danby-DAR440BL-4-4-Cubic-Designer-Refrigerator/dp/B002TKJTNI/ref=sr_1_11?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1328653534&sr=1-11

It should fit nicely in the corner under the fire extinguisher (far left side of image)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #254 on: February 25, 2012, 02:56:21 PM »
Got the fridge installed.





Also re arranged the storage on the door so that it did not mess with your head when the door was shut.


Showing the new floor runner, fridge and TV ready to go. Almost ready for the first camping/ shakedown trip


Edit to add.. Also you will notice a bottle opener below the paper towel dispenser.  :)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #255 on: February 25, 2012, 03:22:01 PM »
looks really Awesome cmxterra, would be very convenient if there was an extra bottle opener mounted outside on the doors. LOL for those marathon bottle opening contests or bottle emergencies

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #256 on: February 25, 2012, 04:30:27 PM »
looks really Awesome cmxterra, would be very convenient if there was an extra bottle opener mounted outside on the doors. LOL for those marathon bottle opening contests or bottle emergencies

that is the plan :-)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #257 on: February 25, 2012, 05:44:50 PM »
CMxterra you have truely set the bar high with your BOV.   Obviously you pay attention to detail.   Do you have a "Floorplan" you've drawn up?   If not I'd love to see one once you've got things settled.    Are you going to have a "kitchen table/booth" type spot?   What are your plans for the exterior (besides the bottle opener) for camping? 

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #258 on: February 25, 2012, 06:37:32 PM »
CMxterra you have truely set the bar high with your BOV.   Obviously you pay attention to detail.   Do you have a "Floorplan" you've drawn up?   If not I'd love to see one once you've got things settled.    Are you going to have a "kitchen table/booth" type spot?   What are your plans for the exterior (besides the bottle opener) for camping?

I started with a floor plan but soon altered it due to the varying products and sizes of things. I have a general idea in my mind as to how I want it to turn out and there are some aspects of the design I have  yet to build (i.e. the battery bank for the solar panels)

As for the kitchen table I was thinking a fold up table that could be placed outside the vehicle as the inside is not as big as the pictures make it out to be (fisheye lenses do that)

For the exterior I am planning on a 360 deg area lighting. I am thinking one on each corner of the van. LED and flood. I have also flirted with the idea of putting some type of awning on one side. We will see how that works out.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #259 on: March 20, 2012, 07:57:36 PM »
Not sure why this thread got unstickied..

But little update.

Got the new screens installed.



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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #260 on: March 21, 2012, 09:58:37 AM »
So I thought I would make a post, heck this may even be my first one. As far as I know and have experienced. As long as what ever you are driving and you are not using it for commercial purposes you do not need a CDL, hence the C in CDL. My neighbor  has many historic tractors owns a triple axle Pete with a 48 ft flat deck trailer. He hauls them all over the western states and he hauls his and friends of ours rock crawlers to Moab.

 No CDL needed because it is for recreational purpose.

Look at all the older generation who own a 40ft bus with a 25ft trailer behind it, no CDL there, just watch them drive  ;)


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #261 on: March 21, 2012, 10:01:15 AM »
Ha it was

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #262 on: March 21, 2012, 10:40:46 AM »
So I thought I would make a post, heck this may even be my first one. As far as I know and have experienced. As long as what ever you are driving and you are not using it for commercial purposes you do not need a CDL, hence the C in CDL. My neighbor  has many historic tractors owns a triple axle Pete with a 48 ft flat deck trailer. He hauls them all over the western states and he hauls his and friends of ours rock crawlers to Moab.

 No CDL needed because it is for recreational purpose.

Look at all the older generation who own a 40ft bus with a 25ft trailer behind it, no CDL there, just watch them drive  ;)

Almost.

Once you get to a certain weight you have to have a CDL no matter what you are using the vehicle for. The cut off is 26k pounds.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #263 on: March 22, 2012, 10:49:30 AM »
cmxterra I saw this on EBAY and thought of you http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200731925510&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:1123

24v impact gun for your truck, thought you might like it

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #264 on: March 22, 2012, 11:09:51 AM »
I bet that baby would be a bear to handle if it grabbed while drilling.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #265 on: March 22, 2012, 11:40:31 AM »
I have a cpl 120v models from Ingersol/Rand, they're are fantastic to have around for a quick tire change or a bitchy nut/bolt on a boiler. They are plenty strong for auto/Lt truck nuts. Sometimes though for bigger stuff like Hub nuts or frozen lugs I need the air tools but for a quick brake job or tire they're great. Now i see alot more powerful battery powered impacts arounds finally the batteries caught up a little

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #266 on: March 22, 2012, 12:44:18 PM »
Spiffy little item..

Here is what I have in the truck.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200353268_200353268

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #267 on: March 22, 2012, 01:28:07 PM »
Almost.

Once you get to a certain weight you have to have a CDL no matter what you are using the vehicle for. The cut off is 26k pounds.

Not if it is an RV.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #268 on: March 22, 2012, 01:56:09 PM »

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #269 on: March 27, 2012, 08:34:30 AM »
I got the kick plate installed.







Next is to start working on the extra fuel tank.