Viair Heavy Duty On Board Air.

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Hello From Crucible Outdoors, let’s talk about the VIAIR HEAVY DUTY ON BOARD AIR SYSTEM pt# -10005. I installed my Viair system in my Xterra for several reasons: airing down and up on the trail, air tools, as well for future use with air lockers. This thing is awesome it has helped me out in a few situations. For example I was headed out to my friends bachelor party, about 30 min into the drive, Pop!  a tire gave up on holding air. No big deal right? Unless the spare is flat as well, and wouldn’t you know it that is exactly what I was facing. It’s 11:30 at night and I’m sitting off to the side of the freeway trying to solve my predicament. About the time I start getting my tools out to start fixing the problem, a Highway patrol car pulls up to check in on me. I don’t know if they do that all over the country but here in Utah they do. I start talking with the officer and removing my spare tire, He was the first one to notice it was flat. Being a nice guy he started trying to figure out a way to help me get off the road and into the next town. I grabbed the air hose and chuck, plugged it in to the tank, and started going to work. I am not joking but that officer walked back over to me and chuckled, tapped me on the shoulder and said “Man what else do you have in this thing?” Naturally I had to get the air wrench out just to show off a bit more. It wasn’t 5 min later and the Officer came back over and told me he had called off the incident management truck. Telling them I was more equipped to handle the problem than they were.

We have used mine on multiple trail runs in Moab, UT as well as just in the city helping people out. There was one time I was at a gas station and overheard a women asking the attendant if they had a portable air tank or anything to take across the street to her car. Their recommendation was to go buy a new tire and take that over instead. I walked up and volunteered to drive over and fill it up, ended up pulling the nail out and putting a plug to fix the tire. She was incredibly thankful and offered to pay me for my time. To tell you the truth I was just excited to use my compressor. Having this and some of the other things that are on an in my Xterra have really made me actively look for opportunities to help others on the road and I honestly enjoy doing it.

Here are the specs from the Viair website:

VIAIR’s Heavy Duty Onboard Air System is a pre-packaged compressed air solution that provides a faster 33% duty cycle 400C compressor, 2.5 gallon air tank, and all components needed to install a working system capable of inflating tires right out of the box.

Features:
– 2.5 Gallon VIAIR Air Tank
– 400C VIAIR Compressor
– 35ft. Coil Hose with Tire Chuck
– 1/4” Quick Connect Stud (F)
– 1/4” Quick Connect Coupler (F)
– Dash Panel Gauge with ON/OFF Switch
– Pressure Switch with Relay (110 PSI on, 145 PSI off)
– Reducer: 1/8” (F) to 1/4” (M)
– 1/4” 175 PSI Safety Valve
– 1/4” Drain Cock
– (3) 1/4” Compression Fittings
– 20ft. 12-Gauge Wire with Inline Fuse Holder
– 4” Strip of Continuous Grommet Material
– Accessory Airline
– Electrical Connections

Specifications:

– 12-Volt
– Permanent Magnetic Motor
– Duty Cycle: 33% @ 100 PSI
– Max. Working Pressure: 150 PSI
– Max. Amp Draw: 28 Amps
– Ingress Protection Rating: IP67

I love having mine in the rig ready to go for just about anything. However these suckers draw a ton of power. Due to this you absolutely need to have your vehicle running when in use otherwise you will be facing a different issue.

Read more about this system at Amazon and Viair  Website Here

Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator.

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Hell everyone,

Lets talk for a little bit about another piece of equipment we take out on every trip with us. The Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator. I absolutely love this damn thing, I have used it for just about everything from charging the GPS and cameras to charging the laptop for movie night in the mountains. I can not believe just how much this little guy can do, let me tell you about one trip in particular. Me and some friends went out for a four day trip and everyone ended up needing to use the Yeti at some point, we got to our location and started setting up, my one friend needed to blow up 3 air mattresses for his family, well he pulls out his little battery operated air pump and guess what the batteries were dead. He could have sat there and blown them all up by mouth although it would have been hilarious to sit there and watch him the whole time I decided to walk over with the Yeti and a plug in air pump, job was done in a couple minutes saving us all from hearing about it for the rest of the trip. Ok that job was done and it was time to hang out and relax what better way then a movie, after stealing my Yeti back I set it up on a tree stump and plugged in the projector. Once everyone started noticing what was going on at my campsite everyone grabbed their dinners and migrated over, I knew we had about 12 people in our little group but some how we ended up with about 30 people at our campsite. Picture this your driving down a mountain trail looking for a camp site and you notice someone has a movie screen on the side of there tent, it was basically a 8ft wide by 7ft tall screen watching Captain America in the middle of the Uintah Mountains wouldn’t you stop in as well? So in one day we filled up 3 air mattresses, Charged who knows how many cell phones, ran a 2hr movie and still had enough juice to run the lights in the tent when it was bed time. The best part the next morning I set the solar panel out on the hood of the Xterra and went about our day, come that night the Yeti was charged back up and we started the whole thing over again. I bought mine in a package deal that came with a boulder 15w Solar panel. I cant remember the price when I bought mine but the current deal is the Yeti generator and a Nomad 20w solar panel for $387.99. I know that is pricey but think about it you can run an entire campsite with this think and it charges up for free by the sun.

Ok know that you have heard a first hand account for how amazing the Yeti is here is what the Goal Zero website has to say about it.

Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator A plug-and-play, silent, fume-free generator for short outages, garages, events, or wherever you need portable power. The Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator is a gas-free source of portable power to keep lights, phones and laptops powered on through any situation. (It has a 5 star review as well)

Features:

Battery Capacity:150Wh,14Ah(12V). Ideal for: Lights, Phone, Tablet, Laptop, DLSR Camera. Solar Capacity: 20W (18-22V). Recharge: AC,12v,Solar. Weight: 14.5lbs (6.5kg).

Video Review Here.

Something BIG is Coming!!!

Hello everyone that has checked in the past couple days, there is a huge new development with Crucible Outdoors. Please stay tuned of the next couple days, I will continue to post product reviews and other things here until it is time to release the news. Check the YouTube Channel as well I am going to do my best to release the info here and there at the same time but one may get it first.

Crucible Outdoors.

Hello from Crucible

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Hello from Crucible Outdoors. I would like to take a few minutes of your time to introduce myself and to show you that no matter what kind of budget you have or what kind of time you have there is still away for you to get out and live life.

I’ll start off telling you a little about that crazy Nissan Xterra posted in the picture above. I enjoy the outdoors a lot but never had time to pack up and enjoy it like I wanted to. Working 100+ hours every two weeks and having a small budget to get equipment I set out on a journey to build something that I could use in multiple scenarios. First a little about myself I grew up on a farm in Utah, learning from my grandpa that every thing can be improved upon with just some cowboy motivation, a whole lot of creativity and some elbow grease you can make anything you want. Because of that lifestyle, I decided one day that I could figure out a way to be able to go camping on a moments notice and have everything I needed to enjoy and I mean really enjoy being outdoors and still having enough creature comforts to help other people start venturing into the wilderness and opening their minds to the possibilities.

The Rig: I started with a bone stock 2004 Nissan Xterra Xe, from there I started by doing a 2″ body lift, with a 1.5″ poor man suspension lift to go with it $100 total. I am currently running 33 inch Federal Couragia M/T tires on it $800. On the outside I added 6 Cree LED pod lights to help with driving at night in the mountains and on the trails $150. We then added a Mombasa roof top tent that I found used for an amazing deal at $400. It also has a ARB 2500×2500 Awning with attachable room $500. Then came the Champion 10,000 lb winch another good deal at $250 used. That one took a fair amount of modification to get it to fit. On the inside we have a Viair Heavy Duty on Board Air 10005 $295. I decided to build a pull out kitchen that has a Coleman Guide 2 Burner dual fuel stove $100. Next to that is a Velocity Vault gun safe that keeps my pistol close by $60. We also have a Koolatron p25 12 volt cooler $60. I plan on putting in an on board water system when the weather warms up a bit. Total build cost $2,715.00

With all that said we keep enough food, water and camping supplies to be prepared for a 3 day spur of the moment camping trip or survival situation at all times. we also have all the necessities for camping sleeping bags and chairs as well as a number of unnecessary items including a pocket projector and an inflatable couch to relax on, plus 2 parachute hammocks so we can head out from base camp and see the world. All of this just so we can head out at a moments notice and enjoy the small amount of time we have to be in the outdoors. I will post of few links below to our YouTube channel so you can see everything in more detail. I also plan on posting some reviews of our gear here in the next few days.  I hope you will continue to check back in often so I can show you that you can get out and enjoy this wonderful landscape that we get to wake up in every day. My goal is to find more affordable ways for people to get out and live life. Please check out the blog as well as the store and take the first steps to take back your time, you’ve earned it.

Crucible Outdoors.

YouTube Links: Overview of base camp part 1 and 2, (Part 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdWeOUsaGbk , (Part 2)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_e8NIQq-S8.

In trying to keep this somewhat short I will post only those two links.