2 days left? Plenty of time…

Everything is still going as planned. Our leave date of Nov. 1st is still in grasp, as long as we can get the rear bumper finished, A/C/Heat running, and a few other bits ironed out on Monday. Our gracious landlords have offered to let us stay as long as necessary to get everything taken care of, but we want to leave on the 1st damn it!

I am having issues with my power inverter crapping out after a few minutes, It seems to work fine for a bit then all of the sudden start beeping and cut out even with no load on it. Voltage from the battery looks to be fine, Bao used #4 AWG cable from the battery to the inverter, the run is only 1-2ft. I am thinking it may be a bad inverter. Not sure yet, will have to research further.

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Dual Battery Setup – Sleeping Platform Upgrades

Coming down to the wire. Less than 2 weeks to go till we hit the road! Our entire lives are up on craigslist right now. Everything that can’t fit in the truck, gots to go!

Happy Halloween!

Got the truck back from the guys at AudioMobile. They did a great job putting my ideas into action. Check out all the modifications after the jump. These little touches will go a long way when we’re living in the back of this badboy.

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Sleeping Platform

Not much room for storage in the 4runner so to maximize space we have built a basic sleeping platform. This will also allow us to keep the bed fairly clear for quick camp setup.

4Runner Sleeping Platform

Pretty simple, just 3 6’X2.5″x5.5″ boards, a sheet of plywood, and a piano hinge. Learned a new fact, the 4runner bed is exactly 48″ wide – the exact same width as a sheet of plywood. Accident? I think not. Those Japanese were some crafty dudes.

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Work in progress

Whats up guys, Stayed tuned for our preparation for our trip down the Pan-American highway all the way to the bottom of the Americas. Ushuaia, Argentina.

Pan-American highway

I am new to WordPress so bear with me as the site takes shape. In the meantime check out some of our “Other Trips” on the menubar above.


Decision Made

Took a walk up to the top of Tilden park today to watch the sunset. Weather has been amazing the past few days.

We’ve been hee-hawing back and forth on when to actually get this show on the road. Excuses after excuses keep coming up. We need more money, need more time, need more info, blah blah blah. I have the feeling if we don’t just pull the trigger we may never leave.

We both want to go home to Florida for a week or two to say goodbye to our folks and friends. We were planning on flying to save cash but after crunching some numbers we realized flight+rental car will come out about the same as just driving the 4runner back out east. It will give us a nice ~3500 mile shakedown run while still in the U.S to work out any kinks while we can still speak the language. Plus we can squeeze in a few more of the spectacular US parks on the way.

Decided to give the landlord notice, We’re outta here.

November 1st. We cast off the lines.