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    RTT ramp

    sorry already taken
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    RTT ramp

    Having trouble getting your RTT on top of the car by yourself? Then look no further. Made of the finest 2x4’s and carpet money can buy. I actually picked this up from another member on here a while ago and it worked perfectly for the times I needed to get the tent on by myself. The only...
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    RTT Hard Cover....Failure!

    Have you seen the Bunduflip tent or Ikamper X-cover I think with a few modifications you're almost there. I've thought about making something similar to the version 2 you had. Use the platform as the cover and just have swing down sides (similar to Bunduflip), but on all 4 sides. Have the...
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    Eighteen months in the making... here's the book: Building a Teardrop Trailer: Plans and Methods for Crafting an Heirloom Camper

    I have no intention of building a teardrop trailer anytime soon but I bought the book anyway. Maybe this will motivate me to get started.
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    terminals & crimper recommendation sought

    After years of dealing with crappy crimpers and always wondering if they were done right, I went out and bought this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008EW92LY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I like the ratcheting feature because it somewhat ensures a consistent crimp...
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    Simple, portable solar setup?

    Even if there was a panel that could do that, it's probably have to be low power so as not to overcharge your battery on sunny days. A simple charge controller is only $10, simple to wire up, and would eliminate a lot of issues, so I don't see a reason not to use one.
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    FS: Front Runner Slimline II for GX460 and accessories for sale

    I have the same rack and the wind noise with everything closed isn't that bad. Some noise at highway speeds, but nothing to be concerned about. The shade does help in reducing noise. However, the sunroof becomes unusable at any speed due to the stock wind deflector channeling the air directly...
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    Flashlights advice

    I actually started to like the using the usb chargers vs. an external charger. A lot less weight and bulk to carry when travelling, and a USB cable is so commonplace now you can find chargers everywhere. I'm typically carrying a power pack for other electronics or in a car so finding a USB...
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    Flashlights advice

    The line between want and needs is pretty blurry. People have used a mini-mag light for decades (a whopping 10-15 lumens at best), just like you can drive a car with 60 horsepower that will get you wherever you need to go. But having more power is never a bad thing. The great thing about new...
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    Flashlights advice

    I would not go with any type of CR123 powered equipment, they're still relatively expensive compared to other battery types for the amount of power you get. They have already been surpassed by rechargeable Li-ion for most electronics. About the only good thing about the CR123 is the long shelf...
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    Flashlights advice

    I stopped using flashlights once I started buying headlamps. Headlamps are much more versatile and useful if you use lights a lot. On the high end, probably out of your $50 price range, is Surefire. Yeah they're good, but IMO way overpriced for what you get. If your'e willing to stretch the...
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    Big current needs in bed of Gladiator. Home run, or 2nd battery and gauge concerns......

    I don't doubt the stock alternator can output high power for some length of time, I would be worried about how long will it last doing it. Something designed to handle continuous duty is usually built much differently than something that is only designed to handle peak loads. A car alternator...
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    Big current needs in bed of Gladiator. Home run, or 2nd battery and gauge concerns......

    I have a 160A Leece Neville rated for continuous duty, the problem is the size makes it difficult to fit into an engine compartment without relocating a lot of components that aren't easy to move. On a newer vehicle with a cramped engine compartment it would be like a game of tetris to shoehorn...
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    Big current needs in bed of Gladiator. Home run, or 2nd battery and gauge concerns......

    Looks like most of the businesses that used to make them are no longer around, I can only find some references to them in old articles. I'm guessing the popularity of inverter based generators probably killed demand for them. They were essentially genset heads mounted in the engine compartment...
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    Big current needs in bed of Gladiator. Home run, or 2nd battery and gauge concerns......

    For large loads you might want to look at under hood engine driven generators like what contractors use and downsize the inverter for smaller loads.
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