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idtanker's Build - 2013 Power Wagon - "Bertha"

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:56 am
by idtanker
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Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:22 pm
by idtanker
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Bought her in Sept. 2017, an Arizona truck. I hope to do some amazing things with her once the warranty runs out. Between this forum and the actual facebook pages dealing with PWs, I have learned alot, and hope to continue learning!

So far...testing the waters mods...

JHD Lighting sideview mirror mod
Added USB outlets to the back seat areas...left and right...
Volant CAI
American racing wheels with Mastercraft MXTs 35×12.5×17 tires

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:15 pm
by idtanker
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The day I picked her up.

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:22 pm
by w2dodge
:cash: congrats..

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:22 pm
by ghaugo
Sweet truck. Welcome to the club! You are going to have fun. Thanks for your service. I spent my time at Ft. Carson in an M1A1 back in the day.

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:30 am
by idtanker
w2dodge wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:22 pm
:cash: congrats..
Thanks!...Its good to be here!

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:34 am
by idtanker
ghaugo wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:22 pm
Sweet truck. Welcome to the club! You are going to have fun. Thanks for your service. I spent my time at Ft. Carson in an M1A1 back in the day.
M1A1s, M1A1 heavies and M1A2s as well as A2 Bradleys and up, Deployed 2x as a Tanker and ended up in Humvees.... :wtf:

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:06 pm
by coder
Welcome, congrats on the new to you Power Wagon! Does everything function properly, winch, lockers, sway-bar disconnect, etc? What are your initial impressions thus far?

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:41 pm
by idtanker
coder wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:06 pm
Welcome, congrats on the new to you Power Wagon! Does everything function properly, winch, lockers, sway-bar disconnect, etc? What are your initial impressions thus far?
So far so good, everything seems to work as advertised, the previous owner took good care of her. It initially had 21,000 miles on it, and I have put another 12,000 since September 17.

Used the winch to pull a little 2wd patriot out of the southern Idaho mud, winch pulled it out with no issues, except having to keep rpms up. My first winching, so lesson learned.

I got her before hunting season last year, so off we go to near the Oregon border, about a 3 hour drive from Boise, and a 21ft toyhauler with my 2 quads. ( For reference, I used my 03 H2 for this run in previous years, burned half a tank for the trip, 6.0 vortec) It pulls like a champ....figure 4750lbs of trailer and add 1200lbs of quads, gear, and water...not heavy, but not bad. I come out using just under half a tank, and since ive drawn cow elk and turkey, ill be heading that way again this year. It snowed early last season, so, for fun I locked it up and used the disconnect for the swaybar to climb into a few areas I havent been before...everything worked perfectly.

All in all, I am glad my wife talked me into getting this beast, and hope to learn even more!

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:45 pm
by idtanker
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Added 2 inch recievers this evening

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:56 pm
by idtanker
Added some hooks

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:57 pm
by idtanker
idtanker wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:56 pm
Added some hooks, hope to use this as a base for my removable brush/grill guard.

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:17 am
by BoldAdventure
More Boise people!

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:46 am
by Bill2014
I assume you bolted the receivers to the mounting plate that the factory rings were bolted to? If so, beware, that factory mount is not as strong as you might hope. They will likely bend and deform if you use one of your hooks as a sole recovery point.

If you beefed up the factory ring mount, please share what you did. :wink:

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:17 pm
by idtanker
Bill2014 wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:46 am
I assume you bolted the receivers to the mounting plate that the factory rings were bolted to? If so, beware, that factory mount is not as strong as you might hope. They will likely bend and deform if you use one of your hooks as a sole recovery point.

If you beefed up the factory ring mount, please share what you did. :wink:
Thanks for the tip, no, I did not beef them up, but...now I know and have another project, besides, I dont think I want to use them as a sole recovery point, but as an additional. Appreciate the feedback!

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:19 pm
by idtanker
BoldAdventure wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:17 am
More Boise people!
Hell yeah!...I have found we hide out on alot of the FB pages as well...gotta love Idaho!

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:16 pm
by idtanker
Added new shackle mounts and 32 ton shackles, along with a Warn epic winch hook. Thinking of making one for the rear as well.

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:33 pm
by idtanker
idtanker wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:22 pm
mirrors.jpgUSB.jpgBought her in Sept. 2017, an Arizona truck. I hope to do some amazing things with her once the warranty runs out. Between this forum and the actual facebook pages dealing with PWs, I have learned alot, and hope to continue learning!

So far...testing the waters mods...

JHD Lighting sideview mirror mod
Added USB outlets to the back seat areas...left and right...
Volant CAI
American racing wheels with Mastercraft MXTs 35×12.5×17 tires
Molle seatback covers

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:58 am
by idtanker
Goofing around at work....while the bosses are away...

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:32 pm
by Low_Sky
idtanker wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:16 pm
Added new shackle mounts and 32 ton shackles, along with a Warn epic winch hook. Thinking of making one for the rear as well.
Is there some big picture reason you did this? Looks like putting adapter adapters on your adapter to me.

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:05 am
by TankerZak
idtanker wrote:
ghaugo wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:22 pm
Sweet truck. Welcome to the club! You are going to have fun. Thanks for your service. I spent my time at Ft. Carson in an M1A1 back in the day.
M1A1s, M1A1 heavies and M1A2s as well as A2 Bradleys and up, Deployed 2x as a Tanker and ended up in Humvees.... :wtf:
Hah!!! More Tankers!! M1A1 Heavy, M1A1 AIMS, Ft Hood, Korea, and Germany.

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Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:21 pm
by idtanker
Low_Sky wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:32 pm
idtanker wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:16 pm
Added new shackle mounts and 32 ton shackles, along with a Warn epic winch hook. Thinking of making one for the rear as well.
Is there some big picture reason you did this? Looks like putting adapter adapters on your adapter to me.
Rubicon belongs to a fellow Instructor, not sure his setup, but he is dying to get his pavement princess to MOAB. He and his wife are jeep fans, and he has dine all the work himself, at least I think he has. Please dont ask if he has experience in these things, im pretty sure its "oooooh look at that!"....and it ends up on the jeep.

Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:24 pm
by idtanker
Low_Sky wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:32 pm
idtanker wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:16 pm
Added new shackle mounts and 32 ton shackles, along with a Warn epic winch hook. Thinking of making one for the rear as well.
Is there some big picture reason you did this? Looks like putting adapter adapters on your adapter to me.
Rubicon belongs to a fellow Instructor, not sure his setup, but he is dying to get his pavement princess to MOAB. He and his wife are jeep fans, and he has dine all the work himself, at least I think he has. Please dont ask if he has experience in these things, im pretty sure its "oooooh look at that!"....and it ends up on the jeep.

As for Bertha, I was just playing around...the ramp is really for boresighting the Tanks, and well, one thing led to another....

Re:

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:52 pm
by idtanker
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TankerZak wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:05 am
idtanker wrote:
ghaugo wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:22 pm
Sweet truck. Welcome to the club! You are going to have fun. Thanks for your service. I spent my time at Ft. Carson in an M1A1 back in the day.
M1A1s, M1A1 heavies and M1A2s as well as A2 Bradleys and up, Deployed 2x as a Tanker and ended up in Humvees.... :wtf:
Hah!!! More Tankers!! M1A1 Heavy, M1A1 AIMS, Ft Hood, Korea, and Germany.

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Re: "Bertha"...my 2013

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:06 am
by Low_Sky
idtanker wrote:
Low_Sky wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:32 pm
idtanker wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:16 pm
Added new shackle mounts and 32 ton shackles, along with a Warn epic winch hook. Thinking of making one for the rear as well.
Is there some big picture reason you did this? Looks like putting adapter adapters on your adapter to me.
Rubicon belongs to a fellow Instructor, not sure his setup, but he is dying to get his pavement princess to MOAB. He and his wife are jeep fans, and he has dine all the work himself, at least I think he has. Please dont ask if he has experience in these things, im pretty sure its "oooooh look at that!"....and it ends up on the jeep.

As for Bertha, I was just playing around...the ramp is really for boresighting the Tanks, and well, one thing led to another....
Never seen a steel plumb and sync ramp (we had concrete ramps at Hood), but I was asking about the frame horn to hitch receiver to hitch adapter to shackle setup.


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