October 5-7, 2018 – Las Padres National Forest

Well, the summer has swiftly gone by, and the MOG had been resting quietly in it’s warehouse garage, but we needed to get out and take a small roadtrip.

So on Friday October 5th, when I came home from work, the MOG was all packed and we headed up into the Las Padres National Forest in California.

Our plan was to camp the first night at Reyes Peak, a mountaintop campground at 7,000 feet.  The drive up there was uneventful, but pretty intense as the roads were very twisty, and we drove the majority of it in the dark and fog…  When we arrived at around 8:30pm, it was cold and dark, and the clouds were being blown though the tall pines.

We found a flat place to park and climbed into the living area of the MOG, had dinner, and went to sleep listening to the wind howling outside.

The next morning, we found ourselves here.

We had tea and coffee and went for a walk, but it was pretty cold outside.

We decided to head back down the ridge we drove up the night before.

This road didn’t seem so bad in the daytime, but it was quite a different experience the night before.

We stopped along the way to take pictures.

There were some great views along the way.

Eventually we were on the lower terrain and headed to Bitter Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Along the way we stopped here to have lunch.

After an hour or so we were back on the road…

We wanted to see condors!

Unfortunately the Wildlife Management area was closed, nor did we see any condors flying around in the skies above.

I had found some remote places to camp and had them plugged into the GPS, so we followed the route and found ourselves on some narrow roads like this.

Which lead us to a campsite.

We took a walk to a nearby overlook, and were rewarded with a pretty spectacular view.

It was getting to be late afternoon, so we pulled out the chairs and basked in the last rays of sunlight.

Once the sun set, we retired into the living area of the MOG, watched a movie, and looked out the window as dusk enveloped us.

A warm dinner and some red wine were a nice way to end the day.

The next morning we woke up, started the MOG and drove home. It was uneventful, and we were home by 10:30am.

All and all a good road trip, and it was good to have a little #moglife back in our lives…

 

 

 

 

Summertime MOG house

Just a quick update on the MOG.

The summer sun and heat has been concerning me, so I worked a deal to keep the MOG in a climate controled warehouse.

Sleep well MOG.

Rooftop Crane Cover

A couple of weeks ago I had a cover made for the spare tire that is on the roof of the MOG.

Now I figured I should also make a cover for the winch that is on the crane that is used to hoist the 600 pound tire.

I took some measurements, and drew up a design.

I took my design to Fernando at AAA Upholstery and he made a cover out of the same material that we made for the tire.

So here’s the winch.

And here’s the winch with it’s new cover.

It all looks pretty good on top of the truck now.

Bigger mudflaps

The new 365/80 R20 tires that we put on the MOG are wider than the tires that were on it before, so I figured it was time to install wider mud flaps.

The old ones were not very functional anymore.

So I found some new mudflaps that were 20″ wide.  A perfect match to the width of the fender.

But first I added an aluminum bar at the bottom to keep them rigid, and so I could add an eyelet.

Here you can see the new mud flaps versus the old one.

I also added an eyelet to the rear fender.

The mud flap is held on with a solid metal bar and six stainless steel bolts making it very secure.

See? Perfect width.

I added the chain to prevent the mud flap making contact with the tire and getting sucked up into the fender.

The new mud flaps look much better and are way more functional.

 

Trailer hitch and folding wood rack

One of the things I wanted to do was install a 2″ receiver hitch so I could tow a trailer with a couple of motorcycles on it.

So while the MOG was at 88844Motor, we fabricated a trailer hitch, and bolted it directly to the frame of the back of the MOG.

It came out really nicely and is really solid.  It’s rated up to about 2000 pounds.

So now I can attach any 2″ style hitch…

Or in this case, a really nice folding wood rack that I had made.

And what’s really nice it that is folds up to match the angle of the back of the MOG.

Now we can bring lots of firewood with us for our evening campfires!

 

Spare tire cover

It had been bothering me that the spare tire is up on top of the MOG baking in the sun and ageing prematurely. Remember, that’s a $1500 tire getting intense UV all day everyday.

So I found a local upolstery place that was willing to make a heavy vinyl spare tire cover.

We climbed up on top of the MOG and took some measurements, and came up with a plan…

A day later the cover was done.

Before.

After.

We even had a seam / velcro flap added for the crane cable.

Happy MOG!

I’d like to thank Fernando at AAA Upolstery in Camarillo, CA. He’s a very nice guy who does high quality work.

Bringing the MOG Home (again)

So just recently I took a new job that required me to relocate about 70 miles away.  The actual move took place at the beginning on June, but the MOG has been at the garage getting various things fixed and modified. The shop that was doing all the work has been nice enough to look after the MOG for the past few months while they worked on it, but now needed the space back. So I rented a car and drove to the town the garage is in, dropped off the car and walked to the garage. And there was the escape MOG waiting for me.

It was so good to see it again!

It’s a cutie and needs a bath.

 

NATO 12 Pin to 4 flat – trailer electrical connection

One of the things I’d like to be able to with the escapemog will be tow a trailer with some motorcycles on it.

On the back of the MOG there is a connection for military trailers.

This is called a NATO 12 pin connection.

But my Kendon trailer uses what is know as a 4 pin flat connector.

After an extensive internet search I found this!  It’s a NATO 12 pin to flat 4 pin cable!

It plugs into the back of the MOG.

And now I can get the lights on the trailer to work!

Next step.  Install at 2″ receiver hitch…

 

Bonnet Badge installation

A few weeks ago I stripped all the old paint off the Bonnet Badge I found in Europe. I then repainted it and made it look better.

Now I had to mount it back in the original location on the right front grill.

Time to drill holes. My friend Eddy at 88844Motor helped with the project.

Attach with two rivets.

A touch of spray paint.

And we’re looking good!

Much better.

 

Getting the propane system working

When the MOG was imported to the US, the propane system had to be drained and emptied for transport on the RORO (roll on, roll off) ship.

So the truck has not had a working stove, oven, or outdoor stove since I had had it.

Also, all the fittings to the propane system are European, so you can’t just get the underbelly propane tanks filled.

Even if you have the adapter, some stations will not fill the tank if they can’t see the identifying markings on the tank itself, identifying the date the cylinder was manufactured or last recertified.

So the other option is to change over the fittings on the rear internal propane line, which is also European.  (It’s easier said than done…)

So here’s the rear propane line and the closet for the tank in the rear storage compartment.

This the the European pressure regulator and the tank fitting.

It’s an 8mm left hand thread male adapter that goes to the hose.

What I needed to do was connect a US propane tank fitting and pressure regulator to the main propane line.

So got a US Propane tank hose and pressure regulator used for gas grills.

In the picture below, the European tank connector is on the right, and the US tank fitting is on the left.

So went to to a hydraulic repair store with all my parts and explained what I was trying to do.

After several variations and combinations, we came up with something that would work.

I installed the new US propane line into the MOGs propane system.

The next problem was figuring out what all the valves did.

So this is the main tank ball valve for the tank that is under the belly of the MOG.  We need that off.

Then these ball valves open and close the lines to the stove, oven, and rear external kitchen.

Anyway, after trying various combinations…

Success!

I can now make my morning coffee inside the MOG.