| 2017 Elantra | 2018 JLU Sport | 2013 C-Max Energi | 2001 BMW 740 iL | 1974 SuperBeetle | 1962 Ford Unibody | The poster formerly known as 200HP4dr
I don't have any personal experience with it, but I know of people using this with good success:
I have much to learn from vig, will need to go read that thread soon for more ideas.
Making this thing comfortable. Covered the plywood with subwoofer enclosure padding, bolted down the frame with automotive 10.9 grade bolts, made the front part foldable by adding a hinge and also added some cabinet locks on the foldable part so it doesn't rattle when its closed. My favorite part is the misquote net so I can have the windows opened if its warm, net is held in by velcro straps on inside of door.
Did my first roadtrip test over the Memorial Day weekend. I was able to try out downhill mountain biking at Snowshow(rented a 8" travel DHMB), then hike Old Rag Mountain and visited/hiked around Harpers Ferry. I can now put down West Virginia as a state I have visited and its definitely a state I want to visit again.
Really happy with the floor I built, no rattles and much more room to sleep and for storage. I did learn that ear plugs are a major help when you are sleeping at a truck stop or a WalMart parking lot and its impossible to live off of snacks, I need to get a camping stove so I can cook some food. GTI will be getting a major service before I head out on my 3 week roadtrip July 1st.
Did the 100k mile maintenance just to make sure I don't have any issues during roadtrip. I was surprised how much carbon buildup I had, I knocked off the carbon off of one valve just to show the difference. Overall took 15 hours to complete all the maintenance. Started the morning with a fancy glass and ended the day with a bottle.
Shops with some better chemicals and time to let it soak can get it a little better than you did but not a ton better.
Soda blasting will get it 95% clean or so and walnut blasting will usually get it looking like a dull version of new.
So how good a shop gets it will really depend on what they are using.
Nice Harper's Ferry pic, we haven't done that hike in a few years despite living right up the road.
T-2 days. Leaving for a month long roadtrip Wednesday morning(26th). Decided to leave a few days earlier so I can watch the Pikes Peak race and hopefully hike some 14ers in Colorado.
Day 1, June 26th: Got together with a few friends/family for breakfast before heading out for my month long trip. By 10am I was on the road and after a long uneventful day I got Omaha, NE by 1:30am(EST). It was a long day and I was ready to sleep as soon as I pulled into the truck stop.
I would never dream of camping in my mk5 2 door gti. However, I
am loving the hell out of this thread.
I used to do long road trips in my 85.5 NA 944. Except for the sleeping set up, I had it packed up pretty close to what you have going on. Road trips in a comfortable car make all the difference.
Keep the updates coming please.
Current: 2006 GTI. Wifes: 2006 rav4 base 2.4.
Project: 2002 530iA Sport. Past: 02 GMC Sierra/85.5 944
89 GMC Vandura 3500/86 Accord /89 MB 420SEL/71 911T Targa/74 914 1.8
Day 2, June 27th: Woke up early and pressed on, first to Cheyenne to pickup some supplies and then to Rocky Mountain National Park. I drove into RMNP around 3pm, I knew that finding a camp spot was impossible. Moraine Park Campground sign showed that the campground was full but I stopped by and to my surprise, there was actually one camping spot available! After setting up my tent I drove up to Bear Lake trailhead and hiking up to Emerald Lake. After the hike, I got a call from a friend that had a problem and he was stuck in Cheyenne.. In 2 hours I was in Cheyenne, helped the friend out, got a free dinner but since it was late and I was tired, I slept in Cheyenne when my tent was setup in Rocky Mountain NP..
(only cellphone pictures for now, need to start using my camera..)
Man that is beautiful. I just did a short roadtrip in Iceland and was blown away but honestly the US has some of the most grand natural beauty also. I may do a domestic roadtrip again before I save up enough to do an international one. It's probably been a decade since I was last in RMNP; in fact I think more like 12 years? Beautiful though, and similar for much of the surrounding area all the way down to Telluride and even parts of New Mexico. Honestly, the entire Rockies from NM up to MT has places of beauty and great hiking and lounging, I really should just plan another trip soon. Looking forward to your next update.