6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby dirtsailor2003 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:47 am

With summer-fall camp season winding down I decided to pull all the stuff out and reorganize everything. Like with everything as you use something you keep finding places to make improvements. I decided that the carpet I installed is hard to clean. It is nicer that stepping on plywood in bare feet. Everywhere we camp is dirt, sand, mud, etc. So I decided to give the interlocking foam mats a try. I took out the carpet, vacuumed out all the sand and dirt that had collected under it. Shook it out really good, vacuumed it, then used it as a pattern to cut the foam pads to shape. I decided to put the carpet back in for an added layer of insulation I guess. Then I installed the foam pads over the carpet. I have a feeling that eventually I'll put in an engineered wood floor at some point. But for now its the foam pad simulated wood.Looks good, we'll see how it holds up.

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Spare tire mounting seems to pop up all the time. Mine is mounted inside using an E-track tire holder. Keeps the weather off it and in my mind is more secure than being outside.

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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby hankaye » Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:47 pm

dirtsailor2003, Howdy;

Have at least one other that has the foam pad floor. He sorta like it a lot IIRC.
Looks good, just don't put a hot chunk of cast iron on it.

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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby dirtsailor2003 » Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:10 am

hankaye wrote:dirtsailor2003, Howdy;

"just don't put a hot chunk of cast iron on it."

hank


No worried there, hot pans stay outside!
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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby dirtsailor2003 » Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:32 am

Added this little hatch in case I ever want to run a propane hose or other cable like thing into or out of the trailer. Even with the wood stove I occasionally run my Big Buddy and it would be nice to put the propane tank outside.

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Veteran's Day dirt camp

Postby dirtsailor2003 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:06 pm

Tested out the new flooring and it worked fine. Just coming into winter camping season here.Well that's if it ever cools down. Floor worked good. Able to sweep out the messes so that's a plus.

Few photo of dirt camping.

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Brought along my -35 mega bag and it was way too much! Normally this time of year we'd be looking at lows in the 20f's and highs just below 40f. We had lows in the 30's and highs near 70!

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Regardless I fired up the wood stove in the morning and before bed at night. Tested out boiling water on top and it works great for that.

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We had plenty of outdoor fire wood too!

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In the background of this photo you can see my little wood pile for the stove

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We went Spelunking and dirt road exploring and black powder shooting was a good long weekend!

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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby McDave » Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:08 pm

Man, That is some beautiful country. What a treat to camp there in winter, with that kind weather.
Good Times.

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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby PiddleFart » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:49 pm

What size solostove is that, and would you buy it again?

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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby dirtsailor2003 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:57 pm

PiddleFart wrote:What size solostove is that, and would you buy it again?

Thanks, Darin


Hi Darin,

It’s the Bonfire. Yes I’d buy it again. It’s great. I bought it through Kickstarter when they first came out with it. I’ve had it for close to three years now and we use it on every camp trip and at home.

I also have the solostove light, the backpack stove. Use it all the time for cooking and boiling water for coffee and tea when camping.


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6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby dirtsailor2003 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:25 pm

Installed a Power Tank bracket for my 5# propane tank. Took less then 15 minutes. Nice bracket and should hold up.

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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby hankaye » Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:07 pm

dirtsailor, Howdy;

Might want to reduce them a bit. Most is lost to the right side.

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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby dirtsailor2003 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:29 am

hankaye wrote:dirtsailor, Howdy;

Might want to reduce them a bit. Most is lost to the right side.

hank


Not sure what happened there. Tapatalk went mega on the photos! Fixed now.
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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby hankaye » Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:03 pm

dirtsailor, Howdy;

Looks a lot better. Now, about that 5# tank ... ain't that the cutest little thing ... 8) :lol: .

That's a great size for these rigs, got some links ? One for the mount bracket too please.

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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby dirtsailor2003 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:01 am

hankaye wrote:dirtsailor, Howdy;

Looks a lot better. Now, about that 5# tank ... ain't that the cutest little thing ... 8) :lol: .

That's a great size for these rigs, got some links ? One for the mount bracket too please.

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I bought the tank locally from our employee owned BiMart. The tank is a 5# Manchester propane tank. Flame King makes one that is the same and can be found online.

The Bracket is from Power Tanks https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004M9KX52/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby John61CT » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:59 am

Flame King is **not** the same as Manchester, nor Worthington.

Not saying terrible, but the latter are better made
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Re: 6x10 Cargo Mate Challenger

Postby hankaye » Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:43 pm

dirtsailor, Howdy;

Thanks for the link and other info. Always good to see something "new".

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