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…


I can now make my morning coffee inside the MOG.



New Tires!!!

About a month ago I ordered five new Continental MPT81 tires and had them shipped to my local garage.

They have been busy recently, but we finally got the new tires mounted, balanced and installed.

Wow.  What a difference.  The MOG finally has the OEM sized tires on it and it looks great.

This is what I first saw when I went to the garage.  A huge MOG, hiding in the back of the bay.

But as I walked up to it, it just seems bigger.

The tires are awesome. 43″ tall, 14.5″ wide.

They completely fill the rear fender.

Notice we finally got the drivers side rear wheel painted white?  That was bothering me before.

Here are some pictures of the installation of the new tires.

So yeah.  So much better.


Bonnet Badge restoration

Since the MOG is a former military truck, the original model name badge was removed.

Surprisingly enough, I was able to find a replacement in Europe.  Imagine that, finding original parts for a 31 year old truck.

Here’s what the badge looked like when I received it.

You can see it’s got many layers of paint on it, some of which appears to be done with a brush.

Well that just won’t do.

So I got some industrial strength paint remover and got to work.

I sprayed it and let it sit for ten minutes.

Then started scrubbing with an abrasive pad.

You can see some of the original army green paint under the black paint.

More paint remover and more scrubbing…

Third time, and some polishing.

I then sprayed it with a satin black spray paint.

Much better.  Worthy of the MOG.




New stickers

I have a friend who has the ability to make vinyl stickers so I asked him to make some for the MOG.

Much better!


Repairing holes in the camper unit

The MOG is not a KOA Queen…

This truck has traveled from Europe to Africa, then shipped over to South America and drove up from Ushuaia and after that north, through Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Equador and Colombia, and as a result is has a little wear and tear.

One of the bits of damage were two quarter sized holes in the camper unit.

They had been covered with duct tape, but it was time to get them repaired.

Fortunately, I’m pretty good are fiberglass repair so I got to work.  First I cleaned and prepped the area and got all the old adhesive off.

Then I mixed up some fiberglass body filler.

I filled the holes and sanded down the excess.

I let it dry for about an hour  and then masked off the area so I could paint it.

A few coats of epoxy spraypaint, let it dry for an hour, then remove the tape and paper.

Almost a perfect color match.  Much better than black tape and two holes.


New Starter Motor

As you may remember, we were nearly stranded when the starter motor malfunctioned outside of Roswell New Mexico.

With a bunch of tapping with a heavy wrench, and a bit of luck, we got the engine started and then proceeded to drive for two days without shutting the engine off.

Sometimes the truck would start, and sometimes it wouldn’t.  Obviously that’s unacceptable, so we searched for a new replacement.

It turns out that the only place I could find a replacement 24V started motor was in Poland.  We ordered it, and it took over two months to get it.  The next step was getting the old one out ans putting the new one in.

I’d like to thank Eddie and his guys at 88844MOTOR for his help.  They are located about two miles from my house and work on commercial trucks and semis and really know their stuff.  The them, a Unimog is just another big truck, and they weren’t phased at all.

If you ever need your MOG worked on, give them a call.

88844 motor

780 N Diamond Bar Blvd

Diamond Bar, CA.

Phone: 888-446-6867

Repairing the fridge

When I bought the MOG, I knew the fridge did not work.

I thought it might be an easy repair.  Unfortunately, like most things MOG, it wasn’t.

Apparently the previous owner tried to get it fixed in Columbia (The country) and the results were not successful.

In fact the repair job made things much worse.  The compressor was removed and disassembled. The controller was damaged, and all the refrigerant was released.

Here’s what I was looking at.

The compressor was in a box.

The controller was removed…

It was in pieces…

I thought I could just buy a new fridge, but that wasn’t possible since this model Dometic MDC-90 is not sold in the USA.  Nor can you buy one overseas and have it shipped here, for some reason.

So the search began for replacement parts…

The fridge actually uses very common parts, and over the course of a few months I was able to order them from around the world.  The problem was putting them all back together again.

It turns out the project was beyond my skill set.

But I did some more research, and it turns out this Dometic fridge is very common on sailboats.  So started searching all the sailing forums, and it turns out there is a very skilled Dometic repairman right here in Southern California!  So I called and spoke to Thor, at Thor Faber Marine Service in Huntington Beach.  I explained my problem and was simply told, “No problem, just bring the fridge and your parts.”

I was ecstatic!

Meet Thor…

Two weeks after dropping off the fridge, I got a call back telling me it was fixed and to come by and pick it up.

Amazing.  There are still a few skilled, and honest people in this world…

Thank you Thor!

It only took a few hours to get the fridge reinstalled in the Mog.

So YES!  We have a working fridge again.  Cold beer is now a reality.


If you ever need service on your Dometic fridge, I recommend Thor.

Here’s his contact info:

Thor Faber Marine Service

15271 Notingham Lane, Huntington Beach, CA.  92647

Phone: 562-577-0813