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  1. DIYs and Modifications
    Was the end result worth the time and cost of fabricating this winch carrier bumper vs. buying the Aluminess or Van Compass offerings? The cost of the metal and some new tools I purchased pushed the cost to build it above what I would have spent to buy one new. When you add in the time, it...
  2. DIYs and Modifications
    I have seen several sources state that winches can draw 400+ amps. That checks out: Assuming a 12,000 lb. winch - 6.5 HP motor uses almost 5k watts. - on a 12 volt circuit - that is approximately 415 amps. A 2 gauge copper wire can only handle 130 amps. But winches come with 2 ga. wire. In...
  3. Camper Vans and Conversions
    In this series of episodes I visited Backwoods Adventure Mods in Springdale, Arkansas. They make some good stuff and I was able to learn about the crew and owners. This was the first stop on the tour and I spent a few days there before heading on to Houston. Episode 1: Meeting Backwoods...
  4. Ford Transit General Discussion
    It's been well discussed that there is no factory tow hook on a Transit, but has anyone ended up stuck with no tow hook and had to improvise? How have others handled this situation? We found the van's limit and had trouble getting up a rocky hill. In a pinch I loosened the front lower bumper...
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