The Official Adventure Rig Thread
any of you rig builders seen these: https://cubicminiwoodstoves.com/
Yeah in Austin Smith’s fire truck. Looks bigger on the website than it is in person. Think he said he uses a 6” pan for cooking? And he chops tiny little 7” pieces of wood for it.
Thing has character though. Have no clue how well it heats? Seemed to be getting him through the winter?
Pretty sure the video was posted somewhere in here?
Looking good Spenser. When are you planing on having it done?
Its van season in wisconsin again...I pushed the vanagon out of my garage and it fired up first turn of the key. I was STOKED! spat some smoke out for a good 5 minutes then the idle stabilized and it cleared up. I think the "head gasket/s" were leaking a bit until it heated up and they expanded. (""s because vanagons don't have head-gaskets in the traditional sense). No coolant leaks since. Ive got a pile of parts I bought over the winter to swap in in the coming weeks.
Sweet van! That's the next thing I want... at least an Astro, but something a little larger with AWD/4WD would be rad. I keep having a daydream of being able to sit up/stand in a vehicle where I can gear up/down at the hill, and camp if I want.
I'm not stressing time for my trailer, but probably by beginning of May. I've been living with my girlfriend through her lease, and then definitely moving into the "micro dojo."
She's looking for her own place, but has 4 dogs, so we might all be in there temporarily this summer, which will be fun/fun
Love the micro dojo monicker. Excited to see what the final layout looks like.
I wish the VW could be a shred van but WI salts roads and I don't want to blow it out with rust just to drive in the winter. Probably much better for the engine as well.
I keep dumping more money into it than I want, but at a certain point it becomes sustaining instead of upgrading. Not going full restoration, but I want to get the main mechanical stuff replaced. Mainly the entire cooling system and fuel delivery.
Bigger wheels and tires tomorrow, the roof rack I ordered is ready to pick up, and I built a fly-rod vault for it. Should be looking way different in the next week or so.
For whatever it's worth I went with the Nokian WRG3. They seemed like the best compromise between snow tires and all seasons. Now for the fun part, putting some miles on them 🙂
I looked at those WRG3s and the Toyo Celsius. I like the idea (essentially snow tires that you can run in the Summer and are warranted for ~50K miles of year-round driving), but they're too much $$$ around here. Let us know what you think once you get them in snow!
I might try the Michelin XI3 this winter - if I don't get the Blizzak WS80. Maybe the Hankook iCept iz2 or iPike RS? I know that the Blizzaks are fantastic, and I've heard good things about all of the others. I'll just see what's in my budget in a couple of weeks when I buy.
I've put a little over 5k on the WRG3s this winter and so far they have been as advertised. I felt an immediate improvement in control in all conditions compared to my previous General Grabber ATs, but this could just be due to the WRG3s being new tires. What really surprised me though was how well they do in rain. They make a really unique sound when driving through puddles and I haven't had any nervous moments where I've worried about hydroplaning at all.
Being new to WA I wasn't sure what to expect as far as roads but the deepest snow they have been in has honestly been the Alpental parking lot, which doesn't seem to get plowed? I was a bit worried with my Honda Element having a pretty low clearance and seeing other cars and trucks getting stuck but I had no issues rolling into my spot and then at the end of the day rolling right back out after it had been snowing all day. Stopping power is great too.
As a side note, I've seen some crazy drivers on I-90. The most ridiculous probably being a guy in an old Ford Taurus, windows down, with a donut on a rear wheel trying to get over the pass in a snow storm.
tires, more than anything, make all the difference. I've seen, and helped push, stuck SUVs (like a range rover 3 weeks ago) in the parking lot with maybe 6" fresh in the parking lot at Snoqualmie. I've never been stuck to the point of needing a push, and I've been in 18"+ snow half way up the bumper of my lowered Subaru. I owe a lot of that to the really expensive snow tires I have, but I know a little has to do with symmetrical awd too. even in the ex's prius with blizzaks we never got stuck in a lot either. tires make all the difference in my opinion, and experience.
I did manage to get my volvo cross country stuck once this winter since putting the Michelin XI3s on it - but definitely wasn't the tires' fault. I was doing donuts in the unplowed Alpental main lot after a night session, and I slid it sideways into about two and a half feet of wet, heavy unplowed snow. I essentially high-centered the car. As soon as I got some snow out from under the car (which took over an hour) and some weight on the tires again, it drove right out.
@jerklin As for the shenanigans on I-90, it's truly impressive how stupid people get when the snow falls up there. That Taurus situation is par for the course.