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Model T camping equipment

Post by Steve Jelf » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:52 pm

Space for carrying stuff can be a problem with a Model T, especially a runabout.

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I love web chairs. At home. Taking this one off every time I wanted to get something out or put it away got mighty tiresome. So I went to our friend Mr. Google in search of something more convenient.


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The result of the search was this Ozark Trail backpacking chair sold at Walmart for $19.64. It's claimed to hold 250 pounds. That might have been risky in my fat days, but at 100 pounds less it's not a problem.


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The chair makes a package a little under 16" long, easy to stash on the running board or in the trunk. They make a chair that sells for less than half the price, but it makes a much less compact package, three feet long.
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Post by George N Lake Ozark » Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:34 am

Steve, now all you have to do is add leg extensions. Sis has several and although comfortable I have a hard time getting out of them because most are too low to the ground.


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Post by Mark Osterman » Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:18 am

Hey Steve. I’ve been thinking of doing some camping with my wife in our T and realized that the runabout can’t carry enough. So, for the few times we will camp I figured I would replace the turtle deck with a pickup box. It’s only four bolts and about a half an hour to switch them out. Here’s the one on our car.

I recently found another vintage box. The guy want’s $400 if you’re interested. It’s on a trailer right now but he could take it off and only ship the box.
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Post by TRDxB2 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:25 pm

Period correct trailers
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Or sleep in luxury
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Post by DHort » Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:31 pm

If you put an extension on that box that slides out when you park, you can add a canvas top and you have a portable tent like Dean has. He does not have to pull his trailer any more if he does not want to. I do not have a picture but maybe Dean can add one.


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Post by Mark Osterman » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:06 pm

Good tip on a telescopic pickup box. It’s not long enough for me to sleep back there as it is.

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Re: Model T camping equipment

Post by BobD » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:21 pm

Steve, I had one of those backpacking camping chairs and it lasted all of two camping trips. One of the plastic socket pieces that the tubing plugs into broke while I was camping on the way back from the Bakersfield swap meet earlier this year. Once that happens, the chair is rendered useless. I do like how they breakdown into a light compact package. They are surprisingly comfortable as well.

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Post by TRDxB2 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:00 pm

For really long trips
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32 inch tailgate works great .mirror still work.

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Post by George_Akin » Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:01 pm

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This camper did the Park to Park Tour with Dean. Weighs only 400lbs

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Re: Model T camping equipment

Post by DLodge » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:29 pm

Steve Jelf wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:52 pm
Space for carrying stuff can be a problem with a Model T, especially a runabout.

Steve, this thread sent me back in time. In 1972, Anja and I married in Holland, and in 1974 we bought our 1936 Austin Ten Sherborne. In 1976 our daughter was born and in 1977 we decided to move to the U.S. We had already been on several camping tours with the Austin Ten Drivers Club, so we decided to ship the Austin to New York, to fly over and then to start a camping trip in New York that would end in St. Louis. Basically, we left New Rochelle NY on 4th of July weekend and arrived in St. Louis on Labor Day weekend. We decided we would camp except for the times we stayed with friends. We had shipped a tent, all our camping gear, our clothes and luggage, and we set out. In hindsight, I think we had more enthusiasm than common sense, but it worked. Your comment about space was spot on. Instead of one adult alone, we were two adults and a 15-month-old child. The car was a sedan, but smaller than a T.
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The only time we didn't sleep in the tent or with friends was in Moncton, New Brunswick, where it was raining too hard to set up the tent and we stayed in a motel.

After about a week or so, packing and unpacking became automatic. We knew where everything went and were pretty fast at it. (Elisabeth, at 15 months, pretty quickly figured out that we would wake up in the morning, have breakfast, pack our home into the car and go somewhere else. It seemed perfectly normal to her!)

I wish I had better photos of the trip, but these are a couple that indicate what we looked like:

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The trunk lid folded down and became a shelf, on which we had a foot locker, a suitcase, a 2-gal gas can and several miscellaneous containers, the back seat had a "nest" for Elisabeth where she wore a harness and was attached to a vertical seat belt. The rest of the space was for tent, camping gear and other stuff. There was also a roof rack with even more stuff. The trip ended up being 6,500 miles in nine weeks. Highest temperatures were in Virginia at almost 100 degrees and the lowest in Canada at almost freezing.

What I remember is that packing and unpacking became so automatic that it didn't require thought and everything ended up in the same place. What a great summer!

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