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Rig Review - Mojave East - What worked and what didn't?

March 17, 2020

Back from the eastern Mojave, it's time for another look at how the truck performed over the course of the last 5 day's adventures. If you haven't read those - and want to - go right ahead, I'll wait.

The Whole Story


Front ADS Coilover Spherical Bearings Squeaking (Again)

TL;DR - I think I need to replace the spherical bearings again. Already. They are squeaky and I've only put 14K miles on the new set.

Second (House) Battery Seems to be Low

TL;DR - Even with relatively cool days and nights, something was wrong with my house battery. Need to investigate.

Propane Bottle is Leaking

TL;DR - It's time to get a new 1lb propane bottle; the current one has a slow leak through the valve.

Mobilinkd TNC 2 failure (APRS)

TL;DR - My APRS stopped working, because my Mobilinkd TNC 2 died early in the trip.


Removed from previous Rig Reviews

  1. The Swing-Out Table - I still don't have one and the truth of the matter is that I've been getting along fine without by using the tailgate. Adding a table would be a nicety, but would also add weight - even if only a small amount - so for now it's off the list of things to fix on the truck.

Unchanged / Still an issue from previous Rig Reviews

There are some things that have been featured in Rig Reviews that are - as yet - unchanged from when I originally reviewed them. Rather than highlight those things again, I'll simply link to them here.

  1. The Ham Radio Antenna
  2. Oil Leaking from Transfer Case
  3. Relentless Skid Plate Attachment
  4. The Windshield Has Seen Better Days - I plan to wait until summer to fix this, just so winter rocks, sand, etc. don't immediately destroy the new one.


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