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do you speak another language other than English? also what are the laws like concerning taking your truck into other countries/ continents? do you have to pass their inspection standards (if they even have them)
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Very interesting build. Wish I had a good reason to do one like this.
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Wait a sec, do you really live in Gilbert AZ?? Thats where I live...
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do you speak another language other than English? also what are the laws like concerning taking your truck into other countries/ continents? do you have to pass their inspection standards (if they even have them)
I speak Spanglish. Right now I'm learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone(very good by the way, just expensive). I plan on learning basic French and German too, but not with Rosetta Stone.

Every country is different when it comes to bringing in a foreign vehicle. The main thing you need is a carnet (pronounced carne) from AAA of Canada (CAA). Its basically a "i won't sell the truck in your country" document. You put 50% of your vehicles value down (pay to CAA for Americans). CAA issues you a carnet. Every time you cross a border, in and out, you need a stamp in your carne. If you miss one it will be hell trying to get in or out of the next country. Once you return you get your USA customs re-entry stamp. Then you send off the carnet to CAA and you get your money back, minus the service fee ($200 or so). Thats the biggest one. Some countries require you to get a temporary import on the vehicle, mainland Mexico requires this. Other countries require you file the the local police. There's all kinds of things that could be required, and unfortunately its the vehicle owners responsibility to know. Average border crossings take 4 hours. Oh, then there's the personal stuff...passports and vistas. So, in short this is the hardest part of traveling the world. Second it shipping.


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Very interesting build. Wish I had a good reason to do one like this.
Thanks. You don't really need a good reason to do anything. Just go for it!
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For latching the swing gate closed I used a cam latch. Same thing everyone uses for this. I found mine at Graingers for $20.




I opted to weld the main latching portion onto the swing gate. I also paced it on an angle so the force would pull into the support evenly.
This also puts the handle higher and keeps anything from flipping it open on the trail.

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I decided to create a shelf that folds down from the rear bumper. Since I'll be cooking outside, this extra space will come in handy. First I pickup some hinges and stainless steel cable.




Then I measure the area needed for the shelf and cut a piece of sheet steel.




I notch the ends and bend all the edges 90 degrees.




Next I mockup where the hinges should go for weight distribution then drill holes.

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^Wow, that fee alone would seriously discourage me from taking my vehicle to other countries.
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The corners get welded and cleaned up.




Small reinforcing strips are welded across the bottom side inline with the hinges.




After cooling I bolt the hinges in pace, square the shelf up on the bumper then weld the other portion of the hinge in place.




To hold the shelf in a level position I use the stainless steel cable. A small bolt is welded on the upper tubing on the swing gate. Another bolt is added at the shelf's far corners.

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For securing the shelf when stored away I pickup some small cam latches.




I need a pace for the latches to grab on to, so I weld on a small piece of steel above the shelf.




Another little piece is welded vertical giving the latch an edge to grab on to.




Two of these are created then the latch body is screwed into place.

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Once completed, I take the shelf apart to be sand blasted.




After cleaning a quick paint job is applied.




The steel cable connections are backed with two washers and two nuts. This allows the cable to move a little when opening the closing the shelf.




Strips of foam are added where the shelf will hit. This is to stop any rattling.

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Very functional addition I must say. Nice Work, Again...

EDIT - Still adding stuff huh hahha
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Once the paint is dry everything gets reassembled.










Now I have a nice wrap around cook area and work space.

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nice! wish i have the skills of metal fab that you do.. haha
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Great idea. Nice work!!
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This truck is getting better (more functional) by the day!
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thats bad *** dude
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lol u need to keep us updated on ur trip. and the plans u got for each country? got an idea of the route ur taing or is a plan as u go thing?

cause i would definetly love to see ur truck while ur crossing costa rica lol!

nice idea on the shelf. damn if i had 1/3rd ur skills ....
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lol u need to keep us updated on ur trip. and the plans u got for each country? got an idea of the route ur taing or is a plan as u go thing?

cause i would definetly love to see ur truck while ur crossing costa rica lol!
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yeah i saw taht. but it doesent tell the rout inside the countries... that was what i was talking about. and i sure would love to see the truck in person... prolly the only chance to ever meet a truck from RF lol
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that topper is amazing!! i love it i love the truck need a co pilot ;P
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yeah i saw taht. but it doesent tell the rout inside the countries... that was what i was talking about. and i sure would love to see the truck in person... prolly the only chance to ever meet a truck from RF lol
I'm keeping my public itinerary and route inside the countries vague. Mostly since I will be going solo on the trip, I don't want thieves waiting for me to pull through their town. Much easier to evade them if they don't even know I'll be there. That and my website stats show people from over 40 countries have been checking out my site, including Iraq. That's not to say I don't want to meet up with people. I do, though I prefer to do that through email or PM's. So shoot me an email and I can tell you where I'll be going through.
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you should patent that idea, that is handy to have
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More updates.


To further support the swing gate I build an upper hinge. Starting with a scrap piece of the same diameter inner tubing, I insert it into the top of the hinge.




Next I mark the right side tail gait latch holes and length onto a piece of strap steel.




I then drill the holes, cut to length, clean up the edges and install.




An angle is cut onto the remaining strap steel and tack welded between the hinge and bolt plate.

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Now I trim off the excess strap steel and full weld up.




After the upper hinge is reinstalled I add an angled brace.




Both sides are fully welded.




To finish off the top I weld on a domed cap.

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A few minutes with the grinder cleans the rough edges, then I sand blast clean.




Then I give it a quick paint then install.

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Adding the additional shelf space led me to create a special mount for my stove. First I mockup the position of the stove at the swing gate's rear.




I use more of the smaller diameter tubing that slides into the end of the lower support. The tube is bent to the back of the stove.




Next I cut some square tubing that will slide into the stove.




The square tubing and a cap get welded on.

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