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.

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Huge News Reveal!!!!

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Hello everyone at this time I can finally confirm that this blog will be moving from http://www.crucibleutdoors.wordpress.com to its own custom domain. The new domain is http://www.crucibleoutdoors.com that is right it has become its own website!!!! I didn’t think that would happen for a fair amount of time, not only has it moved to its own domain it also now has a Facebook page and with in the week will have an Instagram and Twitter account. We started out posting a few videos on YouTube and have grown into something else the YouTube account will remain active and will be an avenue for video reviews for different products as well as some custom builds we have in the works. The website is still being worked on but it will have a store included in it that will give you the option to buy some of the products I review as well as the budget products. I know this wordpress blog has only been up for a little bit but when opportunity knocks you answer that door.

I hope you all will start making the transition to the new location but plan on keeping this page open for the next few weeks maybe even a month or two.

Thanks for checking in, I hope you will continue to go on this journey with me.

Crucible Outdoors.

 

ARB Awning and Room

Hello from Crucible,

I want to take some time today to tell you about the most versatile piece of equipment we have on our rig. That is the ARB Rollout Awning size 2500×2500. This thing was the absolute best decision we have made towards being able to enjoy the world around us. We have used it Camping, shooting, fishing, family parties, and even a couple of parades. It’s so amazing to head out to the lake or desert and have shade anywhere anytime in less than 2 min. Let me tell you about just one the times this Awning saved the day. We had all gotten together for a family BBQ outside, we pulled out all the stops we had the horses out so the kids could ride around in the fields and the four-wheelers running for the adults. Were we were eating you could only see a portion of the field which made a few of the parents nervous not being able to see their kids on the horses or the four-wheeler except for that small amount of the field we could see. So what were the options stay under the tree in the shade and wonder about the kids safety, or move and stand out in the middle of the day sun. NO I pulled my Xterra out in the field and deployed the shade. We moved the tables and chairs over there and continued our day with piece of mind knowing we  could see the whole field.

I honestly can’t begin to explain just how often I use the awning even when I’m not camping for example one day at work we were out working on or 24ft box truck in the middle of a black top paring lot in July, that was absolutely horrible but I pulled the Xterra over unzipped the awning cover and was back to work with plenty of shade to hide in. We now have the room that attaches to it but I would dare say we will more than likely end up just using the awning with out more than with it. The room is pretty awesome to we have made that the party room/ Extra sleeping space more than a few times as well. It’s funny to watch me and a few friends race to see who can set up their sleeping area quicker. They are setting up the standard 2-3 person dome tent and me with the awning room and awning, its no comparison at all I’m done with that thing before they finish putting the first pole into the tent. I’m going to post a few pictures of the awning with and with out the room down below.

I don’t want to take to much of you time today but I just couldn’t wait to start telling you guys about this thing. The money was well worth it. Forgot to mention how much the 2 dogs love to sit under the awning and just hide out from the heat as well.