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Old 02-04-2013, 07:30 PM
00.Ranger.XLT 00.Ranger.XLT is offline
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Anyone in the upstate area selling a flareside topper? Ive been looking everywhere and cant find one
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:17 PM
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update, purchased a topper thanks guys for the prompting! i got mine repainted it with free spray that was a few months ago. Added an oem 3rd break light to it. am gonna add led rope light inside and wire the cargo lights in the break light to that switch too. It's a leer crown. no leaks no key had to add new hydraulic. have 80 bucks involved.

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Old 03-03-2013, 09:17 PM
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Yay for LED rope lights!
My original setup, one 5m strand cut and placed over all 4 windows



Then I put shelves in and hung them underneath there.





Have you considered using a setup with a mercury switch? I rigged mine so the light turns on when the glass is opened. Has a manual override so I can turn it off with the glass open and on with the glass closed

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Old 03-05-2013, 08:32 AM
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How do you have your tool chest fitted?

Also I love the set up.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:33 AM
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That's a little elaborate for me. I plan on running them in the dome of my cap and have a switch in the cab. i have a federal signal switch box that operates all my toys, one switch will be for the cap. i do like your setup, but it would not work for me.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:28 AM
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I have my lights ran off a switch in my shell that runs from a fuse box. I can also turn the camper shell light on from the cab as well.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:10 AM
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Looks good. i ran a 4 gauge wire from the batt to behind the glove box where i have my aux fuse panel. it run my extras. i used a fed signal switch box for most of the toys. 6 switches all fused, and the number 1 switch has a built in relay for my aux front lights.

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:16 AM
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Very nice. It's always nice to see different DIY set ups.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:40 PM
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That's a little elaborate for me. I plan on running them in the dome of my cap and have a switch in the cab. i have a federal signal switch box that operates all my toys, one switch will be for the cap. i do like your setup, but it would not work for me.
Oh yes its an overly complicated mess I know lol
I had it working and then I tore it down when I redid all my accessory wiring and have been in the dark ever since. Mainly cuz of winter but I'm having a hard time getting everything back together. Very frustrating.

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How do you have your tool chest fitted?

Also I love the set up.
My toolboxes are held up using two 1/4-20 bolts through the back wall of the chest and the inside bed lip. The "tool" chest is probably ~30-40lbs and despite rough roads, potholes, bumps, trails, and having all the drawers hanging out when parked on a hill, the chest has not budged an inch nor have the holes deformed

And thank you very much! Your truck has actually been a huge inspiration to me. I always loved what you did with your truck, and especially the utility of yoour camper shell. The only reason I put tool chests in is because you had one.

My original "set up" was an ugly tote and a toolbox. The cooler was just cargo in this pic



The I saw yours and I knew I could do better than a tote.
Now I have the chests, shelves, speakers, lights, a 12VDC outlet, tailgate vise, and gear monted and strapped all over the place. Still working on getting the electronics up and running tho.











I have a switch panel in the cab and a switch box in the cap to control everything.

For the LED lights, normal operation is opening the glass turns the lights on via mercury tily switch. In series with this are two "override" switches; one in the cab and one in the cap. This allows me to turn the light off if I have the glass open during the day, or I can turn it off from in the cab if I'm driving over rough ground and the mercuy switch is jittery.

Secondary operation is two "manual" switches wired up like a hallway switch. Then I can turn the lights on while the glass is closed, whether its from in the cab to view my cargo, or in the cap if I'm camping.

Don't have any pictures of the current switch box in the cap but here's the switch panel and the terminal block that feeds all the switches in the cab. (low current, they're mostly just signal voltage switches for relays under the hood). Only have one switch installed so far for my bumper lights...







And since you seem like a really laid back guy I thought you'd get a kick out of my most recent project

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Old 03-06-2013, 10:48 AM
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No way! Man I never thought about that. Usually when I pitch the hammock I run it off the yakima rack to a tree or burry a 4x4 in the same at the beach. But this gives me a good reason to buy a high lift jack on top of my other reasons.

Completely stealing that idea. Loving everything else going on in the shell too.

Also where did you get that plate for your toggles? I made mine but that one is sharp
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:27 PM
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No way! Man I never thought about that. Usually when I pitch the hammock I run it off the yakima rack to a tree or burry a 4x4 in the same at the beach. But this gives me a good reason to buy a high lift jack on top of my other reasons.

Completely stealing that idea. Loving everything else going on in the shell too.

Also where did you get that plate for your toggles? I made mine but that one is sharp
haha I should have known you'd be one to pitch a hammock off your truck. Mine wasn't long enough to hang down from the roof rack so I just attached to the tailgate latch. And yes, the hi-lift has "a million and one uses". I like to think this is the "and one"
Next time I'll probably take the tailgate off to give myself some headroom and weigh down that board.

Steal away, and thanks again! I can't wait for warm weather so I can finally put the electronics back together. I miss my lights 'n sound back there! I'm thinking of stealing your roof-mounted table idea, but I'm torn between that and tacking up a Coca Cola flag. I just need something to cover up the ugly ugly fiberglass.

And I made my switch plate at work

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Old 03-06-2013, 02:43 PM
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hey dennis, that's funny you liked tyler's storage setup and decided to upgrade what you had, because i did the same thing after seeing you're updated storage setup, lol.

only mine's on a smaller scale, but i went from a giant ugly tote to a couple of my old toolboxes and one small clean tote for my spare change of cloths, winter gear and spare blanket. everything fits up in front of the wheelwells and leaves most of the bed open, and i love it! now i just wanna set up some LED lighting back there and i'll be set!
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:46 PM
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haha I should have known you'd be one to pitch a hammock off your truck. Mine wasn't long enough to hang down from the roof rack so I just attached to the tailgate latch. And yes, the hi-lift has "a million and one uses". I like to think this is the "and one"
Next time I'll probably take the tailgate off to give myself some headroom and weigh down that board.

Steal away, and thanks again! I can't wait for warm weather so I can finally put the electronics back together. I miss my lights 'n sound back there! I'm thinking of stealing your roof-mounted table idea, but I'm torn between that and tacking up a Coca Cola flag. I just need something to cover up the ugly ugly fiberglass.

And I made my switch plate at work
Ah man that's pretty sweet. Yeah I wanna get one but just have a million projects and a dual battery system is my next target.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:21 PM
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hey dennis, that's funny you liked tyler's storage setup and decided to upgrade what you had, because i did the same thing after seeing you're updated storage setup, lol.

only mine's on a smaller scale, but i went from a giant ugly tote to a couple of my old toolboxes and one small clean tote for my spare change of cloths, winter gear and spare blanket. everything fits up in front of the wheelwells and leaves most of the bed open, and i love it! now i just wanna set up some LED lighting back there and i'll be set!
My storage inspired by tyler inspried you?

INSPIRACEPTION!!!

haha thats awesome tho, the forum is working! And definitely put some lighting back there. My setup is a real PITA with all the switches and extra accessories and I had to pull everything apart and run dozens of wires all over the place. I even made a wire diagrams to try and help me:


But if you just do a basic on/off swtch in the back its simple enough, and the reuslt is so cool

And here's another nifty idea thats camper shell related for all you roof rack guys:


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Old 03-06-2013, 04:26 PM
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First of all... Your right, haha just pull your tail light off and ground out on a piece of metal there, then run your hot wire. Keep it simple.

Second I wanna know more! That set up under your fairing is awesome.
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