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Old 03-04-2017, 11:46 AM   #441
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Added Rotopax Fuel Can 3-4-2017

Took off one of my 2 gallon Rotopax water jerry cans, and swapped in a 2 gallon fuel can.
Having the two water ones would be nice, but still not enough H2O for a long camping trip, so I will still have to carry water inside the rig.

I figure it might not be a bad idea to carry a little extra fuel, that is about 32 miles worth of fuel if I get low.

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Old 03-19-2017, 11:16 AM   #442
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Relocated Fire Extinguisher And Mounted Fiskars Axe 3-19-2017

Took the fire extinguisher off of my Springtail Solutions rack/table from my rear door, and relocated it to the Springtail Mpac Siderack next to the Powertank.
With it in the other location, I had to take it out of its holder whenever I wanted to put the table down to do any cooking on the rear table.

Also picked up a Fiskars X15 chopping axe at 23.5" long.
I like the axe after watching videos and seeing reviews on it, as it has a wedge shape in the head which helps with splitting firewood.
All set now for campfire wood duties with the small Gerber Bear Grylls hatchet I picked up over the winter for kindling, and the Katanaboy folding saw for sawing up downed limbs/logs.

I had some Quick-Fist mounts from some Four Trek mounts I use to use on the stock roof rack when I had an axe and shovel mounted up there oh so long ago.
I did move the first aid kit to the far right, it was over to the left some before, but I had to move it so the axe would clear.

I was also able to keep the Molle bag on the rear door that holds the two new small backpacking type stoves I just got, a couple of fuel bottles, a small MSR cookpot, and plastic silverware.
The table folds down now with no problems with having to remove anything first like I did before with the fire extinguisher.

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Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe, 23.5-Inch

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Silky KatanaBoy Professional Series, 500mm XL Teeth

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Quickfist mounts bolted to the rack



Fiskar axe all mounted up



Table down with the two stoves, and a few pots on them I picked up over the winter
I often use those inside my home as they are non stick, and very light weight.



Shot with the Gerber hatchet and Katanaboy 500 saw



Another shot of the hatchet and Katanaboy



The Adventure Tool Company Toolroll sure came in handy today



With the Molle bag back in place again on the rack



Fire extinguisher in its new home, only the 4th time it has been relocated, and hopefully the last
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:21 PM   #443
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Eezi-Awn Bat 270 Awning Installed 4-21-2017

Been a month since the last mod.

I have had the Campinglabs awning on my rig since spring of 2008 shortly after I got my Autohome Maggiolina Airlander roof top tent installed.
The awning has been very nice to have, but kind of a PITA to setup on some of the solo trips I have gone on.

Within the past year of so I have seen these 270 degree awnings pop up on forums, and there are a few brands out there.
I am already a fan of Eezi-Awn gear as I have two of their tables I keep in the rig full time which I use one for the chuckbox, the other for dining at.

I bought the awning from Paul May of Equipt Expeditions in Utah, and it had been stored on my living room floor for three plus weeks.
I attempted to install it a few weeks back with the help of a couple that lives next door, but we could not get it aligned up, and quite frankly I am glad we had a snag.
The awning is much heavier than the Campinglabs one, and Paul and BajaRacks had warned me it might bend the BajaRacks awning mounts outwards with the additional weight of this new awning.

Jason the tech at Auburn Off-Road put it on, and indeed it was a little heavy.
But not to worry, him and John the owner of the shop said they could either weld a gusset in there much like you see on a pair of rock sliders, or tie a flat piece of metal stock in there and tie the Eezi-Awn bracket to the horizontal part of the BajaRacks awning bracket together, same as gusseting it.
And it worked!

If I need more stability, I still have the middle BajaRacks awning bracket on the roof rack, but the Eezi-Awn awnings only utilize two positions.
Paul sells the brackets, and if needed, Jason could make up a third piece and tie it in, but we really do not think that will need to be done at this time.
I will keep my eye on it and see how it is holding up.

This awning is such a joy to deploy, as you just walk around the rig with the strap and the awning unfolds for you.
This is a free standing awning, but if rain or wind is expected, it has built in legs you can extend and stake to the ground to make it more stable.
Instead of me making a video of it opening (I may if I get time later) here is a video of Paul May opening the same awning, but his is installed on the right side of the rig instead of the left like mine is.
The make both a left and right hand version, they are not interchangeable from side to side.


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Auburn Car Repair & Offroad

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Stock BajaRacks awning bracket in the middle, and the Eezi-Awn bracket bolted to the one on the left



Closeup of the Eezi-Awn bracket



Modified bracket so it would mate to the BajaRack bracket



Both Eezi-Awn brackets bolted up



You can see the extra metal piece Jason fabbed up that ties the back of the Eezi-Awn bracket, and it goes over the long outer tube of the BajaRack that holds the tent, and it ties into the top and bolts though the BajaRack awning mount



Side shot of the very dirty rig with the new awning all zipped up



Case unzipped, and the canvas hanging down before you grab the strap and go for a walk around the rig to open it up



Awning deployed, no legs down yet, and it seemed pretty stable with a light breeze



I had to remove the Rotopax cans, but the aluminum support arm that goes to the right side cleared the Maxtrax just fine



Look at those nice legs



Another shot from the back side



The strap you grab when you go for a walk around the rig to deploy it has a hook on the end, and it fits just perfect around the BajaRacks right side front leg support that bolts to the roof



Side shot showing the Maxtrax, they rub a bit, I will have to find out if they will wear on the canvas, if so, I will come up with a solution



Rotopax back on, and they clear the canvas



Closeup of the aluminum arm with the name Eezi-Awn on it, and you can see it is much lower than the high point on the Rotopax, and this is why they must come off to deploy the awning

What I am going to do when I get time it to turn the Rotopax mounting plate that is on the ladder 90 and lower it some, and the cans will sit sideways, and a little lower, and I think that will solve the problem so I do not have to remove the cans each time.
I do have to remove the CB antenna, but that is on a quick disconnect mount, and very easy to take off in less than two seconds.

Overall I am very pleased with this new awning.
One thing you have to do is make sure you get the three top strap parts out that help tighten up the canvas when it is rolled up.
Not bad though for my first time deploying it and putting it away.

Stand by for tomorrow, as I have another mod that was done today, and it is for the Renogy 100 watt solar panel that keeps the auxiliary battery charged up since that runs the new National Luna Weekender 50 Twin fridge/freezer.
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:29 AM   #444
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Anderson SB50 Plug & Cable Added To Aux. Battery For Solar Panel Installed 4-21-2017

This was done Friday, but I just got pictures and hooked up the solar panel an hour ago.
The auxiliary battery under the hood is primarily used just to power the new National Luna Weekender 50 Twin fridge/freezer I picked up last fall.
It also supplies power to the comm units in my rig, both CB and ham.

For my Renogy folding solar panel the way I hooked it up before to the auxiliary battery was with the supplied battery clamps like you see on jumper cables which you will see in a few pictures below.
Had to pop the hood for this each time, and I wanted a better setup.
The Renogy kit already came with and Anderson SB50 plug, so I had Battery Stuff make me up a short cable that would go to the battery, and the other end would go to an Anderson plug and be on the outside of the rig so I did not have to pop the hood open.
I also had them make me up an extension cable that would extend the range by about 20'.
They did not however install a 15 amp fuse on the shorter cable, I had to do that myself.

However as I was waiting in the waiting room at Auburn Off-Road getting my new awning installed, I was looking through a copy of 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine from last summer (I had read the article before) I saw a solar panel company called Overland Solar that has the same cable and extensions that come fused.
Wish I had known about them, I would have bought the shorter cable from them already fused, and just got the non fused extension from them too.

The external Anderson SB50 plugged is attached to the side of the ARB Intensity LED light bracket.
It makes for a pretty stealth installation, and is way better than drilling into the bumper.

From testing the setup today in very overcast conditions, I was very impressed how fast it brought up the voltage from 12.3 to 13.4 volts.
When I fire up my rig to drive it, both voltage displays go to about 14 volts, then back down to 13.4 volts when cruising, so I am impressed, I already said that right

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Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase
This one has a newer charge controller than the one I have one mine, and they got away from the Anderson plugs, not good in my opinion, as I prefer the Anderson SB50 A plugs.

Custom Cable 4' 10 Gauge with Rings & SB50 10ga4ringSB
They also made the 20' 10 gauge cable for me with the Anderson SB50A plugs on each end, but you will have to call them to custom order it.

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The Renogy kit comes with a new semi-hardshell case



The old battery clamp cable on the far left I use to use, the new Anderson plug equipped one that connects to the battery in the middle, and the 20' extension on the far right



The charge controller on the rear of the solar panel, and a mugshot of me got in there somehow



Cable attached to the auxiliary battery, and yes, it is a mess of pine needles under there, as I park under trees at home and at work



Anderson SB50 plug attached to the side of the ARB Intensity LED light bracket



Beginning voltage on the auxiliary batter is 12.3 volts



The charge controller needs the date and time set, but it lights up as soon as it detects the auxiliary battery attached, and you can also see a smiley face in the display, all if good, plus the green light for working
Sorry, I could not get a good focus on the display.



Cable plugged into the Anderson SB50 plug on the rig



Solar panel soaking up the rays, and it is highly overcast here this morning, very impressed as you will see in the other voltage picture



About fifteen minutes or so later, the 12.3 volts jumped to 13.4 volts, about the same as when I am driving down the road with the alternator charging up both batteries, I am impressed
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couple of questions
1) what solar panel set up is that?
2) do you run dual batteries?

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Old 04-23-2017, 09:38 AM   #446
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couple of questions
1) what solar panel set up is that?
2) do you run dual batteries?

thx!
The panel should be in the links section of my thread above, unless the forum advertising software is sending people to Ebay again like it was doing a month back

Yes, I run dual batteries.
The main starting battery is only tapped by a few 12v plugs in the rear which I use for the 12v light in my roof top tent, and for some Goal Zero LED lanterns I can hang from an awning, and over to the shower/crapper tent.

But I think I will be powering the lanterns from the 12v ArkPak battery I have in the home for blackouts, or I may use my old Goal Zero Extreme 350 battery.
I would really like to get the new Goal Zero Yetti 400 Lithium, very sweet external battery for camping.

The second battery is only used for the comms and the Fridge.
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Old 04-29-2017, 09:36 AM   #447
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Fridge Monitors, Rotopax, & Awning 4-29-2017

Added two digital fridge monitors to my National Luna Weekender 50 Twin fridge/freezer this morning.
The Engel wireless one I have been using since 2008 is not working properly anymore, and I got away from wireless.
I found these on Amazon a few weeks back, and you can set it for Fahrenheit or Celsius.

Although the fridge has an LED readout on it, I wanted a temp monitor in each section to get a better reading on my temps.

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Digital Refrigerator Freezer Room Thermometer, Max/Min Record Function with Large LCD Display (2 Pack of Black) Digital Refrigerator Freezer Room Thermometer, Max/Min Record Function with Large LCD Display (2 Pack of Black)



I lowered and turned the mount 90 degrees for the two Rotopax cans I carry as I could not deploy my new awning without taking them off.
And the Adventure Tool Company Tool Roll is so handy to have wrenches available to work on the mount.







Compare below in the first picture when the Rotopax were upright, you can clearly see the Eezi-Awn swing arm is lower than the cans, thus why I had to remove the cans to deploy the awning.



Now look at the arm with the Eezi-Awn name on it and see how it sits higher than the Rotopax, thus allowing me to deploy the awning without removing them.
I do have to lift that arm up slightly to clear the top of the Maxtrax, but there is a little flex in the arm, but not enough to have cleared the Rotopax when they were up higher.



In the picture below I have two of the awning legs down, and the rear one is pushing up the canvas enough to clear the top of the Maxtrax when opening the rear door, or just sitting.
This clears the top of them from rubbing on the awnings canvas in case it is windy.
The Alu-Cab 270 awnings actually have a small arm you flip up to lift the canvas higher, but not really needed in my case.



In the final pic is me just relaxing in my new Blue Ridge Chair Works called "The Blue Ridge Chair".
I picked it up about a month back, very comfortable after I was done working for a few hours earlier on the rig.

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Mini Quick Fists & Gerber BG Hatchet Mounted 5-13-2017

I use to keep my Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet in one of the drawers of my cargobox.
After mounting the Fiskars axe awhile back, I thought it would be a good idea to free up some space in the cargobox and mount the little BG hatchet by the Fiskar axe using some Mini Quick Fists.

It turned out pretty good, and now I have easier access to it while camping, or fending off rouge zombies

I have a lot more projects to work on such as installing a new 12v LED light in the roof top tent, mounting up a Trasheroo trash bag on the spare tire, but it looks like rain is before too long.
Next weekend it looks like better weather may make an appearance.
Trying to get a lot of these little things out of the way before camping season is upon us.

Also the owner of Outer Limits Supply announced last week on Instagram that he has a new holder setup for his first aid kits like I have on my rear doors table/rack.
It eliminates having to use the straps that are on it now, and it will not move around as much.
Will be looking into that for sure.

He is showing them at the Overland Expo West this weekend to the lucky people who could make this annual event in Arizona.

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Mini Quick Fist Clamp for mounting tools & equipment 5/8" - 1-3/8" diameter (Pack of 2) Mini Quick Fist Clamp for mounting tools & equipment 5/8" - 1-3/8" diameter (Pack of 2)


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Nice awning work. You don't see a lot of those on the road. Your set up is like a mini trailer all ready to go
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Old 05-25-2017, 04:45 PM   #450
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Nice awning work. You don't see a lot of those on the road. Your set up is like a mini trailer all ready to go
Thanks, it has been a lot of hard work over the years.
Hopefully putting in a new LED lamp and housing in the tent tomorrow to replace the stock light that is in it now.
And testing to see if I can hang my Goal Zero LED lanterns from the awnings arms.
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