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Old 08-01-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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Looking for ideas / examples to some small issues

The base camp is great, but over time, some areas are needing attention. Also, looking for improvement items. Please share what you have

1. Rear doors - has anyone come up with a good way of mounting hydraulic lifts to ease opening and help keep the doors open in the wind? Or, other ideas?

2. Cargo netting, both overhead and on the doors. - mine has become "stretched" and sagging. Has anyone come up with an alternative?

3. Cabinet sliding doors - mine are constantly falling out of the track and are like a puzzle to reassemble. Alternatives?

4. Air conditioner - has anyone replaced theirs? Did you go OEM? Or, did you find a better alternative?

5. Generator - Has anyone found good way to mount a gen?

I have searched numerous times, and I believe this could be helpful to all if we could get a "sticky" thread for these kind of items as our base camps age. If you have mods not listed here, please post.

Thanks all!
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:48 PM   #2
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It looks, indeed, like a good start to a BASECAMP mods thread. I recommend contacting the moderators for a title change to the thread to come closer to that desire.

I would also recommend pictures. Those of us who do not own the model may not be, or simply are not familiar with, what is being discussed. The telling details. But there may be experience available where a picture makes things clear.

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Old 08-02-2012, 03:45 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Rednax. How would I go about contacting the moderators? I will get some pictures up tonight.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:56 AM   #4
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1. Rear doors - has anyone come up with a good way of mounting hydraulic lifts to ease opening and help keep the doors open in the wind? Or, other ideas?
Although they're called hydraulic, many are actually pneumatic instead, filled with nitrogen.

Door hold-open devices are common for handicapped access. You might consider something like this:

Residential Automatic Swing Door Operator

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3. Cabinet sliding doors - mine are constantly falling out of the track and are like a puzzle to reassemble. Alternatives?
Most sliding cabinet doors are made a little bit short, so that you can lift them up and pull out the bottom edge in order to remove them. One way to keep them in their tracks is to drill a hole front-to-back near the top edge (top left corner of the left side door, top right corner of the right-side door) and insert a removable pin (a small bolt or machine screw and nut should work well enough). Properly placed, the pin prevents the door from being raised up and coming out of its tracks. Mount so that the nut faces out, and if the bolt is long enough it makes a decent handle for sliding the door, too.
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Old 01-02-2015, 05:33 PM   #5
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Did you find a replacement for the cargo netting? Ours is sagging too...
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:58 AM   #6
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I have some of the same issues. Regarding #4, previous owner replaced A/C. Purchased a Haier unit last year paid $218 and had it installed by dealer. Model # (ESA408M)
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Old 06-07-2015, 12:05 PM   #7
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Netting issues

My sister and I built nets using the existing riveted fabric. I am in it $15 from home depot. Looks great functions better then the originals. Took us about 2 hours.
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I would also like to see this turn into a Basecamp mods thread. Been a while since the Basecamp cult has been communicating.

> We bought bungee cord and re-wove our netting too. This source has good prices, different sizes, and lots of color choices: Paracord Planet® - 100% USA Made 550 Paracord & Hardware

> for the doors, we use adjustable paint roller sticks (2-4 feet), and added rubber feet to the bottoms. They adjust to any ground conditions and serve to hold the doors open in windy conditions.

> a small catalytic propane heater works great and raises the temperature one degree a minute. (Mr. Heater)

> Next job is to make a screen for the back.

> There is so little in a Basecamp that uses electricity that getting an AGM battery and converting the lights to LED may be all you need.
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