The regret of removing the back panel
Recently, I took off my back panel to shuttle bikes up the dirt roads around Downieville and Mt Hough (RIP, was burnt down a week later in the Dixie fire) & following instructions from GFC’s youtube video I wasn’t able to put it back on.
- snapping the hinge back into place is not easily done
- using a flathead screwdriver that fits perfectly ended up stripping the three silver lightweight aluminum screws.
- Then when storing the removed panel leaned up in the inside of the truck, because the hinge isn’t permanently attached to the panel, the hinge slid out & proceeded to get run over & bent leaving me without a way to re-attach the panel.
I currently have an email chain with GFC to resolve this issue, and they’re currently suggesting I pay ~170 for them to produce another hinge & replacing the stripped screws, saying “i should have put tape on the flathead to prevent stripping,” even though this wasn’t in their video.
From what I heard about newer features when the V1 was released, GFC was all about iterating to get their product right & ensuring customers were stoked about it. I hope the folks consider improving this back panel, as I was pretty hyped about this feature when I found out I was getting the V2 vs V1.
Some suggestions for GFC:
- Update the youtube video on removing the rear panel to advise using tape around your flathead screw drivers
- Change the three flathead screws to be compatible with allen wrench or star wrench to prevent stripping
- Lock the hinge in place versus allowing it to slide all the way out of the back panel when stored vertically when transporting bikes
Anyways, I’ll update with the status as I try to get this fixed and would be awesome to hear for anyone’s experiences / suggestions / feedback.
GFC as a 3 season tent
When I first picked up my V2 Camper in April, I spent the first 2-3 weeks in it in some cold, windy weather. I ended up many nights taking the tent down due & sleeping in the truck bed due to the amount of movement shaking the tent. Also there’s the brutal flapping because the side windows don’t zip all the way around, but that’s something earplugs can solve…
I’ve camped in many 3 or 4 season tents in bad weather, but was frankly pretty disappointed in how the GFC handled in this case. Sure, I’d park facing into the wind, but winds frequently shift overnight.
Has anyone figured out ways to add rigidity / stiffness to their GFCs in more extreme weather while maintaining comfort. I’ve added an additional bungee cord in the inside with very negligible success? With winter coming, I’d be so much more hyped if this GFC was sliiightly better in 4 seasons.