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1. John Caliri, Carthage, North Carolina
Bumper Swing-Out Compressor Refrigerator Rack
2003 Toyota Tundra
2008 Northstar MC600
We bought our 2008 Northstar MC600 pop-up camper a couple months ago. The MC600 is a very small and light weight pop-up camper, which we needed for our 2008 Toyota Tundra.
We have an IndelB DC compressor refrigerator that we have used for the past several years. I love the convenience and easy of use of the compressor refrigerator.
The limitation of the MC600 is interior space. The IndelB refrigerator took up the entire hallway. I wanted to use the refrigerator, but I did not want o lose the interior space.
I have been a life long Jeep driver. I recently sold my last Jeep (Ha Ha! If you’re a Jeeper, you know what I mean). Among the scrap pile of leftover Jeep modification parts, I had an older rear bumper, and a spare tire carrier swing-out from Big Daddy Off-Road. These were essential to my planned modification.
First, I cut off the mounting points from the bumper and welded a piece of 2-inch square tube to the front of the bumper. The welded square tube is located right in the center; directly in front of the 2-inch receiver from the bumper part of the swing-out. This then fits into the 2-inch receiver of the truck and is secured with a hitch pin.
Second, I welded a 2.5-inch square tube to the swing-out part of the assembly. This acts as the receiver for the platform that hold the refrigerator.
Third, I found a platform frame at Tractor Supply designed to fit into a 2-inch receiver. The best part of this step was that the framework was in the clearance section at Tractor Supply for $10.
Next it needed a plywood platform attached to it. I cut a piece of exterior 3/4-inch plywood to fit the platform and the refrigerator. Then I painted and mounted it. The platform slides into the square 2.5-inch receiver on the swing out and is secured by a bolt.
A few years ago I picked up a mounting kit for a Yeti Cooler. The kit is just some screws, brackets and cinch straps. I found the kit at an off-road gathering in a vendor’s clearance box for $20. The kit will hold the IndelB refrigerator to the platform.
I had already modified this particular swing-out to carry a bike rack and, with the addition of some additional tubing, I can still use it to carry our bikes.
For powering the refrigerator, I added a fused Blue Sea System 12-volt receptacle to the rear bumper. This is powered by the truck battery. We use this connection while underway. While in camp I have a fused 12-volt receptacle connected directly to the house battery on the camper. This allows us to leave the truck battery fresh for starting duties, instead of draining it down at camp.
We have one trip under our belt with this modification. We camped for ten days and 1,791 miles in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. During this adventure, the modification met our entire objective. The bumper swing-out allows us to swing the platform and refrigerator assembly (and bikes) out of the doorway. The electrical set up ensures that the truck battery will be ready for starting when needed.
The bumper part of the assembly also makes for a great step into the camper. It is good for short stops when we are not going to use our scissor steps.