Bird Hunting Truck Build - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-07-2017, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Bird Hunting Truck Build

Well now that I've started ordering and making some changes to the truck, I felt it was time to make my own thread. I currently have a more or less stock 2016 Canyon All Terrain. I got a smoking deal on the truck because I got an employee from my wife's grandfather.

I have kind of set myself on a mission to prove to my buddies a mid size truck is better for the bird hunting we do. I primarily hunt ruffed grouse and woodcock. Most locations we go are narrow old logging trails. All my buddies full size trucks struggle to get down the narrow paths. The counter argument is the midsize trucks can't hold all the gear. So I want to prove them wrong.

The truck as it sits has just weather tech mats and Carhartt seat covers.



So here is what I have ordered and what is getting installed over the next month:

-RC leveling kit and body lift combo
-ARE Overland Truck Cap but custom made with extra head room
-Truck Vault All Weather Edition
-Wilco Solo swinging tire carrier
-BF Goodrich KM2 Mud Terrain 265/70/17
-Rhino Rack Pioneer Roof Rack

The festivities kicked off with the installation of the truck vault. The truck vault is waterproof. It was rained on non stop for 48 hours like crazy, and no water got in. Really happy with the purchase.





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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-07-2017, 10:42 PM
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That's pretty sweet! I was thinking about building something like this but it'd be impossible to make it water tight. I might have to look into this.
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That's pretty sweet! I was thinking about building something like this but it'd be impossible to make it water tight. I might have to look into this.

Thanks. The truck vaults are pretty pricey. That's the downside. The only thing I found comparable was the decked system. They are about 1k bucks. The issue is they haven't released them for the Canyon/Colorado yet. They told me this summer or early fall. They also aren't as secure from a theft standpoint.
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This should turn out nice.
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Looks awesome
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Just had my leveling kit and body lift installed. I went with 275/70/17 KO2 AT. I'm thinking I might need to lift the rear an inch once my truck cap gets installed. Between the cap and truck vault, I think the weight might make it sag.

Not really getting any rubbing unless I'm really pulling the wheel tight. It sounds like it's coming from the back right of the driver side wheel well.

Just finished washing the truck.



Before the install



After being installed



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Looks awesome. What level and what body lift?

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Looks awesome. What level and what body lift?

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It's a Rough Country 2" level and 1.25" body lift
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Love the vault, but you're missing a couple things for the hunting trip
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Love the vault, but you're missing a couple things for the hunting trip


Haha. No joke, I tried to buy a series III Land Rover that was a guys bird hunting and big game hunting truck used in Africa. It had elephant skin seats with a turret hole in the roof to shoot dove from. It was wild. I didn't think anyone else would bid on it. I lost out by $100 bucks.

From October 1st- February 28 I pretty much live out of my truck with 3 dogs. That series III would have sucked in the winter.
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I like the setup for bird hunting


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I bought a 2017 23 foot Flying Cloud Airstream in a spur of the moment kind of thing. Never towed anything in my life beyond a dump cart on a lawn tractor. I'll be trailering a 23 foot trailer from NJ to NH on 4th of July weekend. God help me!

I'm frantically trying to prepare the truck. In preparation for picking it up, I had to install clear view towing mirrors. Not a terrible project but not a whole lot of fun. Definitely changes the look of the truck.
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I bought a 2017 23 foot Flying Cloud Airstream in a spur of the moment kind of thing. Never towed anything in my life beyond a dump cart on a lawn tractor. I'll be trailering a 23 foot trailer from NJ to NH on 4th of July weekend. God help me!

I'm frantically trying to prepare the truck. In preparation for picking it up, I had to install clear view towing mirrors. Not a terrible project but not a whole lot of fun. Definitely changes the look of the truck.
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Hey! Just noticed no pics with the cap in here?
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I had to install clear view towing mirrors. Not a terrible project but not a whole lot of fun. Definitely changes the look of the truck.
I can't find any Clear View products made for the Colorado. Do you have a model # or source?

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I can't find any Clear View products made for the Colorado. Do you have a model # or source?



Thanks,

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They are an Australian company that makes them for the Holden. Just email them from the site below about ordering them for your truck. They are active on the forum. They run for about $500 US. Took them about 4 days to get to me from Australia. Really happy with the overall experience with them.

http://clearviewmirrors.com.au/13482/COLORADO-2012/
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Posh!

Hey! Just noticed no pics with the cap in here?


It is an on going saga that I'm hoping to have a conclusion to shortly. Bottom line- ARE sucks as a company and I will never order another product from them because of their customer service.

The closest comparison I can make is HK in the gun world. They don't care about the consumer. HK would put you on an infinite phone loop if you weren't military buyer. ARE has no contact with customers and makes you go through the dealer. When they tell the dealer F off, the dealer can only do so much to make the customer happy.
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