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      05-16-2019 09:15 AM #101
      Quote Originally Posted by pawa_k2001 View Post
      Now I just need to figure out how to build a shower and toilet, not going to be part of this worlds slave labor..
      Don't worry guys, I've got this one.


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      05-16-2019 09:43 AM #102
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      05-16-2019 10:52 AM #103
      Quote Originally Posted by pawa_k2001 View Post
      Now I just need to figure out how to build a shower and toilet, not going to be part of this worlds slave labor..
      Dude. I solved this problem a few posts back. Get a trailer hitch and a bumper dumper!

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      05-16-2019 11:00 AM #104
      I don't have any personal experience with it, but I know of people using this with good success:



      https://www.nemoequipment.com/product/helio-shower/

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      05-16-2019 03:13 PM #105
      What happens if you meet the girl of your dreams on this trip? Tell her to take Greyhound to the next location

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      05-16-2019 03:22 PM #106
      Quote Originally Posted by HI SPEED View Post
      What happens if you meet the girl of your dreams on this trip? Tell her to take Greyhound to the next location
      LOL. Even vig had a solution for this with his Previa.

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      05-16-2019 03:24 PM #107
      I have much to learn from vig, will need to go read that thread soon for more ideas.

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      05-16-2019 03:39 PM #108
      Quote Originally Posted by pawa_k2001 View Post
      I have much to learn from vig, will need to go read that thread soon for more ideas.
      No doubt we all do.

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      05-16-2019 06:18 PM #109
      Quote Originally Posted by pawa_k2001 View Post
      Built the supporting frames and threw a few things in just to see how it would look/feel. The front part will be on a hinge so I can use that area for storage and I still need to buy thin carpet to cover the whole floor.
      Shag would be way more comfy.

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      05-20-2019 09:47 AM #110
      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.





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      05-20-2019 10:22 AM #111
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      This is too cool. Well done

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      05-30-2019 07:55 AM #112
      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.

      (cellphone pictures)









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      06-10-2019 08:34 AM #113
      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.









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      06-10-2019 08:38 AM #114
      Damn dude! Nice work! 15 hours though...ugh.

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      06-10-2019 09:00 AM #115
      wow I didn't realize that was the water pump with that small belt drive. nice work, looking forward to some pictures of the road trip.
      welcome to the layer cake

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      06-10-2019 10:30 AM #116
      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      Damn dude! Nice work! 15 hours though...ugh.
      Yea, it is definitely time consuming. I don't have specialty tools so I just use picks, brushes, chemicals to clean the valves. I would like to see the valves after an indy/dealership job, do they clean them to be perfect or just good enough?

      Quote Originally Posted by n0rdicalex. View Post
      wow I didn't realize that was the water pump with that small belt drive. nice work, looking forward to some pictures of the road trip.
      Thanks. Wanted to do this a couple of weeks before I leave just so I can test the car. Leaving either June 29th or July 1st.

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      06-10-2019 10:41 AM #117
      Quote Originally Posted by pawa_k2001 View Post
      Yea, it is definitely time consuming. I don't have specialty tools so I just use picks, brushes, chemicals to clean the valves. I would like to see the valves after an indy/dealership job, do they clean them to be perfect or just good enough?
      With picks and some off the shelf solvent they wouldn't get it much better than you, yours looks good

      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.

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      06-24-2019 08:39 AM #118
      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.


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      06-30-2019 12:53 AM #119
      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.







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      06-30-2019 01:23 AM #120
      Have fun and be safe
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      06-30-2019 06:02 AM #121
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      Have fun and be safe
      x2

      Look forward to pics!

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      06-30-2019 07:43 AM #122
      Quote Originally Posted by pawa_k2001 View Post
      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.
      excellent execution. do you have pics of how you secured the velco on the net fabric? i need this, im currently using the net socks that slides on top of the entire upper portion of the window and having the net inside the door frame would allow me to add the window vent guards for rain.

      Quote Originally Posted by pawa_k2001 View Post
      ...and its impossible to live off of snacks, I need to get a camping stove so I can cook some food.
      i know you already started on your current trip but may be of consideration later during colder excursions, mini-propane cooking systems with valve control like the jetboil minimo and msr windburner. there are also tons of other alternatives, you can go smaller than those (more bare bones-may not have valve/simmer control) or even larger (still under a 1 lb "coleman tank"). the best part of the mini propane heating systems is that you can enjoy your coffee/food in less than 5 minutes.

      https://www.switchbacktravel.com/bes...packing-stoves
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      https://www.rei.com/product/876918/j...cooking-system

    24. 06-30-2019 09:37 AM #123
      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.
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      06-30-2019 11:25 PM #124
      Quote Originally Posted by Smooremin View Post
      Have fun and be safe
      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      x2

      Look forward to pics!
      Thanks

      Quote Originally Posted by O_loung1 View Post
      excellent execution. do you have pics of how you secured the velco on the net fabric? i need this, im currently using the net socks that slides on top of the entire upper portion of the window and having the net inside the door frame would allow me to add the window vent guards for rain.
      I will try get some pictures soon, I usually write at a Starbucks are night so its hard to snap a clear picture.

      Quote Originally Posted by ordpetegti View Post
      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.
      Thanks! I have a 87 944 Turbo, once its done I would seriously want to take it on a roadtrip(nothing this long).

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      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..)





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      07-01-2019 12:23 AM #125
      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.

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