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MallCrl 2.0 - '21 SX Double Cab Build

Discussion in '3rd Gen Builds (2014-2021)' started by Mallcrl, Jan 30, 2021.

  1. Mar 12, 2021 at 6:51 AM
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    You mentioned steel bumpers? Have you decided what bumpers you're planning to install?

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  2. Mar 12, 2021 at 6:56 AM
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    Assuming they decide to develop them, they'll be from LFD Off Road. Their winch access is second to none and I've been absolutely thrilled by their rear dual swing on my 4Runner
     
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    You rich bastard. Is that the 46 gallon by TransferFlow? A bigger tank is definitely on the list!
     
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  4. Mar 13, 2021 at 7:31 PM
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    It is the 46 gallon tank from Long Range America, from another thread on here I believe it doesn't hang quite as low as the Transferflow, and I was able to get a slight discount through Apex Overland/LRA as we ordered a tank for each truck, the Tacoma tank was out of stock and arrives in June. Rumor has it that this may have been the last Tundra tank they had in stock though.

    I can't speak to the actual difficulties of the install, but I can say that Apex knocked it out quickly (I was planning on working from their "lawn" for most of the day, but we were back on the road around lunch time). The first fill up of 45.109 gallons was a bit shocking (I showed up at Apex about 15 miles into "refuel" miles to empty to make removal of the OEM tank easier/less messy), but the fact that I drove from Apex (North of Greensboro, NC) to Uwharrie, did an afternoon of trails at OEX's Grand Overland property today, and drove the 6hrs home and still have >1/4 tank of fuel left is wonderful!!
     
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  5. Apr 19, 2021 at 12:33 PM
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    It has been another lifetime since an update to this, and there have been some additions!

    I've filled the LRA tank 4 times as of this morning, and it was the first time the gas pump's auto shut-off engaged at a "normal" time (usually it flows up into the filler neck), so that was nice... I believe the trick is to take a slight pause at about the 32-33 gallon mark and then go slowly from there. "20 miles to empty" yields a 37-39 gallon refill it seems

    Additionally, since my last update to the thread I've added 10 KC Cyclone ground lights (2 under the front bumper, 1 under each cab door, 1 just ahead and behind each rear wheel), they are the diffused white version and are mounted using Profile Peak(TheRetrofitSource) magnetic mounts. They are wired to the Switch Pros and also externally triggered by the bed/cargo light output so they turn on when I unlock the truck or open a door, but can also be triggered (and dimmed) at any time either by the panel or the bluetooth app. Somehow it would appear that I haven't taken any photos of this, but I'll grab some this evening when it gets darker.

    The WeBoost Drive Reach was also finally installed. The antenna is mounted through the top hole on my bed stiffeners, and the main unit is under the passenger seat. Power is controlled by a SPDT switch in the center console that can either power it via switched or constant power, depending on the use case (generally it is always in the switched 12v position, as the switch also powers the on-board Teltonika LTE Wi-Fi). The internally antenna is currently on the center console as I was in a bit of a rush while installing it and didn't want to pop out the whole center stack of the dash. It will eventually get moved to the top of the dash.

    Finally, the BIG new addition! The LFD Off-Road Bed Rack!! This is currently a custom "7/8ths" height, but who knows it may be a normal production piece after this one. I wanted it slightly below cab height, yet tall enough to hold my ARB Elements fridge on top of the DECKED drawers. The rack is just as stout (more so probably) than their other roof rack products, and is also regularly available in a lower "mid" height. My setup includes 2 narrow longitudinal bars across the top, and 1 "wide" bar on either side, but I believe the normal iteration includes 4 narrow bars for the top, plus the 2 wide ones for the side. My rack will solely be carrying our CVT Mt Hood on top, so the extra bars weren't necessary for me. If you guys haven't seen their stuff, it's impressive, utilitarian, and definitely built to do what they are designed to do (their testing is, in a word, harsh). Their products are all built in house in North Carolina. They have a shop 2nd gen Tundra, so I would expect more products in the near future!

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    If anyone happens to be at the Overland Challenge in Uwharrie, NC this weekend, look around for us in the camping area, the Tundra will probably be the "base camp" for the weekend and we'll be cruising around in my GF's Tacoma. I would imagine we'll both be volunteering over in the Grand Overland District
     
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  6. Apr 19, 2021 at 12:54 PM
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    blackoutt YEAH BUDDY!

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    Builds looking good! Great attention to detail on the wiring/fusing. The ARB Twin makes me miss the one I sold on the last rig, I was cursing the little single this past weekend as it stood between us and cracker barrel Sunday morning rush. I'm loving the 38 gallon tank but 46 would be even better!

    Looking forward to seeing some more adventures with the Tundra getting dirty, we might even run into you as we occasionally hit Uwharrie and are planning an east coast/northeast states summer trip this year.
     
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    Setup looks great! I just installed a Victory bed rack and run a similar setup with an ARB awning. I really like the utilization of the Decked system with this rack. I'm definitely considering going that route.
     
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  8. Apr 28, 2021 at 8:16 PM
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    More stuff installed today!

    Finally got my DFG Off Road fridge slide installed.... I ordered it almost 4 months ago, it arrived about 2.5 months ago and has been sitting, awaiting the bed rack to be installed first, to make sure there was adequate clearance. What a fiasco this install was. The DECKED system affords almost no great mounting location for a slide of this size, too far to one side and some of the bolts won't go into anything, too far back and it won't clear the edge when it tilts; and when I thought I had it all good, I didn't.

    Long story short, of the 8 bolts, 5 are bolt/nut combos, 2 are nutserts, and 1 (well, 2, since I added another hole) are threaded into JBWeld plastic weld. The last bit of that was because where the corner of the slide is, was perfectly, and I mean absolutely dead on, the junction of two of the support braces under the top of the decked system. I happily learned about this after drilling the hole, and convincing my girlfriend to crawl into the space once occupied by a drawer to handle the sealant and flange nut application from the underside. I've operated the slide with the fridge probably 20-30 times already and it all seems to be holding alright. It's supposed to be raining tomorrow, so we'll see if the sealant actually keeps the water out of the drawers

    I'm also using an Anderson SB50 to ARB coiled power cable from Wits End, which seems to be working wonderfully.

    Also added 6 KC Cyclone LED's to the underside of the bed rack, 1 white diffused in each corner (4) and 1 amber diffused on each cross bar (2). I'll be adding the side/rear lighting this weekend hopefully (Diode Dynamics SSC2 on the sides, SSC2 rear dust, and some aux. brake lights).

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    If you made it down this far, you may see the girlfriend's Tacoma lurking on the street... While in NC for the week leading up to Overland Challenge (last weekend), we dropped her truck off at Apex Overland to adjust its altitude... Aluma 2.5 coilovers, SPC UCAs, diff drop, ECGS bushing, Aluma 2.0 IFP rear shocks, Toytec AAL, U-Bolt flip kit and front/rear durobumps bumpstops... Massive step up from the Billy 5100's she's had for about 3,000 miles, and with the added caster from the SPC's and ride height, no more rubbing. As expected, both trucks did great as our run-abouts around the Grand Overland District for Overland Challenge. If you or your lady-friends are interested and somewhat local, OEX is doing a Ladies Only 4WD 101 class next month with a few spots left, my GF is super excited for it and spreading the word every time she can (she's done the class twice already)
     
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  9. Apr 29, 2021 at 5:33 AM
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    What plate is that on your tailgate?
     
  10. Apr 29, 2021 at 6:00 AM
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    amazing build...!! you got me thinking about a deck system now...
     
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  12. May 1, 2021 at 7:18 AM
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    It really is a game changer... I thought we had "tons" of storage room in our 4Runner (aluminum shelf system that held 2 WolfPack and 2 CubPack boxes underneath, and fridge/more storage on top; then MOLLE panels on each rear side window that had pouches; stuff on either side of the shelf system, etc), and when I moved it all over to the DECKED drawers I realized I had a TON of unused space.... To carry even more stuff haha
     
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  13. May 4, 2021 at 2:09 PM
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    Finally got the CVT Mt Hood swapped over to the Tundra. It fits and looks much more size appropriate on the Tundra than it did on the 4Runner. My GF originally didn't want to drive it home because of the "sway" it added to the 4Runner, but she was happy to report there's no added sway or wind noise, and in her words "if anything, it feels better". We positioned it far enough back to give some shade over the tailgate, we'll get to test it out this weekend, apparently it is going to rain again.

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    The only thing I forget to update more than this thread is my social media...

    Couple additions over the past few days. I added Diode Dynamics SS3 Pro Flush Mount LEDs in the rear bumper as aux. rear lights (flood pattern), I finally installed my Diode Dynamics SS C2 Sport side lights (flood pattern as well, amber backlight), and installed a Strobes'N'More E6 V.2 dual color LED as an auxiliary 3rd brake light/dust light since the tent blocks the OEM one (the brake function overrides the dust light, and with the SwitchPros I can have it flash the dust light as well).

    Oh! And the awning is back on the tent. With the tent open and the rainfly poles in, it actually provides decent rain cover for the tailgate, this was tested last weekend while camping when it would. not. stop. raining. (in sporadic bursts).

    Stuff currently in the works is a front skid (should be arrive in a few weeks), sliders, and a front bumper/winch (2 months out?). Our first long (8,000-ish mile) trip of the summer should kick off in a little over a month, assuming everything pans out; just prior to that trip I'm planning on having the GenuineCoolingSystems.com trans cooler installed and the truck will get its first oil change. If all goes as planned we should be back for a few weeks after that trip and head out West again for another, more remote long distance trip.

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    Edit:Mixing the strobe and flash modes with the switch pros gets some serious rear recognition... That being said, the strobe is way too fast for a blocking pattern at a distance.
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  15. Jun 9, 2021 at 7:59 PM
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    How're you liking your Mt. Hood? I'm looking at getting one but can't seem to find too many review on it.
     
  16. Jun 10, 2021 at 8:53 AM
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    Here's a book....

    As a tent, I can't really complain about it. We ordered ours at the same time as a good friend ordered theirs, with plans of our trip this past January and took advantage of their (substantial) Black Friday sale. I'm a firm believer that nearly all RTTs are copies of each other and the vast majority only differ in their logos and colors (the near-replicas for the Mt Hood are the Roofnest Falcon XL, Hi-Viz Overland Hatch, and AreaBFE Black Series). We've probably got somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 nights in it since December (and another 15ish over the next month, and another 12-15 in August). We've camped in temps down to the mid/upper 20s and as warm as the mid 70s (as overnight lows) thus far and it's worked pretty well. I can't speak for the mattress that comes with it, as that came out before it was ever mounted on a truck; we replaced it with an Exped Megamat 10 Duo LW+ (we learned while ground tenting that this was the only mattress my GF could comfortably sleep on).

    In an effort to minimize what we have to pack, we keep the tent loaded and ready to go, and because the Exped deflates so well, we are able to leave our bedding in the tent. That being said, we moved away from sleeping bag(s) and to blankets sometime last year while ground tenting; and use either 2 or 3 Nemo/Rumpl blankets; we also use Nemo inflatable pillows, although my GF brings her Purple pillow from home on every trip now. The cold weather (below freezing) layout is a pair of 1 person Nemo Puffin blankets, with a 2 person Nemo Puffin on top and a 1 person Rumpl that finds its way where ever it needs to go; usually combined with 2 or 3 of the 18hr hand/body warmers tossed in a few hours before bed. Honestly, being such a small space, the tent stays fairly comfortable inside, although, one night in the mid-20s we did get some icing on the tent fabric. If the night time lows are above 40-45ºF, the blanket load gets reduced to 2 of the 1 person Nemos. For reference, we bring the same blanket combos when we ground tent in our Gazelle T4, although if it is below 40ºF with the Gazelle, we'll usually bring our Mr. Buddy heater and run that through the night with a fan hanging from the top because of how much air space there is.

    The tent is able to nearly black out all ambient light, enough so that sleeping well past sunrise isn't a problem at all (you'll get a little light leaking in from the upper vents and rear flap, but only enough to know it's light out, not enough to illuminate anything in the tent). One thing I miss from the Gazelle is the amount of airflow you have without opening any "windows" (the whole top of the Gazelle is mesh), we had a particularly sticky/humid evening last week in Maine, with absolutely no breeze at our camp site, and ended up sleeping with the rear flap propped out. It as super comfy, tons of airflow, but being in Maine in June, we were solidly awoken before 5AM as the sun came up. In a less humid, but still warm evening a few weeks ago, we unzipped the side doors about 1/3 of the way from the top (left the mesh up) and that provided plenty of cool airflow through the night. We'll have a number of undoubtedly warm nights coming up this summer as we have two trips planned to the West, so I'll have more to say about this by the end of the summer. That being said, since it is all black, it gets WARM in the sun, enough so that I ordered a roll of white vinyl to place on the roof of the tent before we leave next week.

    Issues we've had with the tent haven't been devastating. It arrived with a notable dent in the roof, that is about the size of a golf ball, after a few months of emails back and forth, CVT offered me a $200 voucher towards further purchases from them; we left the tent closed for ~6 weeks in February/March, and had a bit of mildew on the side panels when we opened it, as well as moisture all along the inside and under the anti-condensation mat. We've noticed that you have to make sure every bit of fabric is tucked for the seal to actually do anything, and this can be a bit tedious as the very bottom of the side fabric doesn't want to fold in. Additionally, where the tent fabric zips to the aluminum structure at the front there is a bit of a gap that you can pretty easily wiggle a finger through, not sure if some of the moisture is coming from this area. We apparently ordered our tent in that funny window where they were redesigning a number of aspects of it. Ours is the older "single row" style (we have one track to slide accessories/mounts in around the top and one around the bottom half), now the bottom half has 2 rows. When we ordered (maybe still?) their website stated that the cross bars were an additional fee, and that the latches come with keyed locks. When our tent arrived, it had cross bars (we didn't order), and totally different looking latches that are very much not locking. When I finally got an answer from them about this, they stated that they had made a design change, and the cross bars are now included, but the latches accept "your own lock" (I have yet to find a cable style lock that uses thin enough cable to pass through). A small ziptie would work through the latches, but even TSA-style locks meant to go through small zippers are too large. Finally, the spring rods for the rainfly.... They aren't great, and neither are their mounts that you install on the tent. My buddy who ordered his tent at the same time spent considerable time going back and forth with CVT, who gave him two different locations to secure the mounts on the tent, and then finally stated that he should just start cutting length off the spring rods until they fit correctly (there is a bit of a sag to the rain fly, enough that with rain or snow, it would fall off the sides instead of sliding off the rainfly towards the back). I left mine at their normal length, it isn't enough of an issue to really bother me.

    Other random considerations. If you camp in less than dry weather, you're going to get rain/snow in the tent when you are getting in/out (unless you only access it under the rear rainfly). I added a couple eye rings and bought a tarp/poles to cover the entry window/ladder, but haven't used it as of yet. Windy camping is totally doable, although, if you can face the truck into the wind, you'll sleep better. Not putting the spring rods in the rainfly and having any wind at night will cause a hellacious rustling of the tent fabric that will undoubtedly keep you awake (or wake up up as the breeze blows). If you are camping with two, there is definitely a dance of sorts that occurs while getting in/out or getting situated inside the tent, similar to using a backpacking style tent. To add to this, I'm 6' 240lbs, changing inside the tent while my GF (5'7") is in the tent looks like a fish out of water. She realized she can "stand" in the tent, bent over with her shoulders wedged into the upper corner, I'm not nearly flexible enough for that maneuver, but have learned how to maximize the space, assuming she isn't in there. This is the aspect of the Gazelle I miss the most, and combined with not being able to have a heater for nights in the 20s or below, and an interior "hang out" space, were the primary reasons we ordered the AT Atlas.

    I think I covered most of the thoughts on it, sorry about the length, but let me know if you have any other questions!
     
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    I keep telling myself to stop buying shit but damn that GMRS radio in there looks frickin dope! ------closing my eyes now and going to see a hypnotist to forget I ever saw this...damnit!
     
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    For what it's worth, there are other radios that have a slightly smaller faceplate (Icom's ID-4100A for one), but don't display two frequencies at once like the 2730A... Additionally, I'll be moving the connection for the mic from the side of the display to in-place of the SOS button in the near future so that I can flip the radio head back up into the console and still use it. With the positioning of the fridge in the bed and the sunglass holder flipped down the rear view mirror is essentially useless, and I'd like to get a bit of that view back (although, in a few short months it'll be gone completely)
     
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to make a thorough response! I really appreciate it! Was your buddy having similar issues like you were having? Also,it sounds like CVT's customer service isn't all that great. Does that check with you? So far, I haven't had any issues with responses with them.

    How long does it usually take to air out the tent? I live in the panhandle of FL so I have the opposite issue from you and live in warm humid environments. From your experience, do you think that this tent will be able to withstand this type of environment? Do you think that I will run into moisture issues when I am not using it?

    Also, I don't have much experience in camping in environments where it is super cold, except for oddball winter camping in the desert or so but do you see any issues with running heaters inside of the camp? As in, will it melt the fabric material (excuse me if this is a dumb question, like I said I don't camp in cold environments)
     
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    He had the issues w/ the spring rods, and they were fairly quick getting back to him about it; however, in my case I emailed them, got a response about 3 weeks later that said "Just wanted to confirm someone got in touch with you and handled this", I replied that I hadn't heard from anyone, and then about 2-3 weeks after that I followed up again, a week or so later got a reply asking some more questions to which I replied within minutes, another week or 2 went by and I followed up again (as well as tagging them in some IG posts regarding the issues), at which point I was asked for photos (which were sent with the initial email), and a few days later was offered the $200 store credit. So I would concur that at least in my dealings with them, their customer service is horrible. I didn't have any issues communicating with them prior to the sale.

    Airing out the tent is usually a few hour process.... We'll generally pop it up as soon as we get to our desired camp location, and assuming it isn't <40ºF, leave the side windows open a little just for airflow (if it's cold, we'll leave it sealed to retain some heat). After a weekend or week of camping, when we get home I'll pop it open in the driveway for 3-4hrs (while washing/drying the blankets/pillows), and any moisture is gone. In the TX desert sun we went from a damp-ish tent (put away wet) to bone dry in probably an hour. To try to help with any moisture, I keep a few of the renewable silica packs in the tent at all times (and rotate them out every time we open it) and also have a small dehumidifier that plugs in to recharge (it's like a giant silica gel pack meant for small rooms/closets) that I'll toss up there if it's going to be more than a few weeks between uses or if we are doing multiple days of camping with rain in the forecast. If you're going to use it every few weeks, you should probably be fine leaving it on the truck. For what it's worth, my buddy takes his on/off his 4Runner every time it gets used (he uses the Front Runner Quick Connect tent mounts and a ceiling mounted hoist in his garage), and as far as I know, doesn't use any moisture absorbing items inside it, and left his closed for ~2 months with no issues. On the Tundra, it sits about 7" lower than the 4Runner, and it is super convenient/easy to just step up on the tire/bedside to climb in/out of the tent and I can open it from the ground; so if it's a nice day and we haven't camped in a few weeks, I'll just randomly open it up for an hour or two in the driveway.

    I can't say I would recommend running a traditional propane-style heater (Mr. Buddy) in the tent with how small the air space is (maybe the Junior Mr Buddy or whatever the tiny one is called would work, but you have to figure out how to keep it steady on the mattress). I'm not sure if the fabric would melt honestly, we use the Mr. Buddy in our Gazelle, with the heater on a small aluminum roll table (about 3-4" off the floor, and about 1' in from the walls) and most of its heat goes straight up, so the walls of the Gazelle get quite warm, but that is still a 3-4' travel distance before touching a tent wall, in the Mt Hood it would be much closer. We have a number of local guys who had CVT Mt Hood's and ran diesel heaters mounted on the ground with a heater hose running in, and had great results with that. That being said, if you're camping alone, that will probably be fine, but if you have another human in the tent with you, they will have the hose in some fairly close space to their body (unless maybe you unzip only the very top part of a window and run the hose in there?).
     
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    Lots of shenanigans.
    Ok, sweet. Thanks again for all of the info! Unfortunately it seems like more and more companies are pushing to poor customer service. They're always quick to take your money but not quick to fix anything.

    And good to know that the airing out doesn't take too long. Have you noticed a drastic difference on MPG with it on? I'm looking at a Leitner bed rack so it would sit a little higher than the cab.
     
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    On the Tundra, not a bit of difference in wind noise or MPG with/without it... Honestly, it gets the same MPG (~14.5 75+mph highway cruising) now with ~900lbs in the bed as it did with just the lift, 35s, and empty drawers in it.

    That being said, the top of the OEM sharkfin is still higher than the tent
     
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