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    Best $200 (or less) Tool Kit for College Student?

    I use 3 of the smaller bucket boss rolls in the back of the Jeep. None are “full” but they all fit together ether in the floor cubby and are small enough to slide through the space under the storage tray that I have. I think the best value from these rolls is rattle and clank reduction, as...
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    How to wire electrical

    The “Plug and Play” solution is called a “Trailer wiring junction box”. They use ring terminals to connect the lights, but are generally well labeled and easy to install with decent instructions and color coding.
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    How to wire electrical

    When you say “in-camper” lighting, do you literally mean ambient light for tasks and reading and such? I’ve taken to using LED strip lights. They are extremely simple to wire, can be cut to length, and provide great diffused light.
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    RTT on your 2" hitch or on the ground - the Hitch Tent

    I’m fairly certain that I recall this being discussed here during development. I wouldn’t be excited to take something designed to be bolted together and carried flat and suddenly start hauling it on the vertical edge everywhere. I’m guessing there will be complaints about bolt and hinge...
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    How to wire electrical

    I suspect you will struggle to find a “pro” on the 12V side unless you look at the Marine world. If you are near an Ocean or the Great Lakes it might be a bit easier.
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    How to wire electrical

    I started learning by burning down wiring harnesses in old cars when I was a teenager trying to get better stereos and keep my old junk running. I don’t recommend it! Over the years, I’ve refined a lot of that knowledge by reading everything I possibly can, including a lot of really good info...
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    How to wire electrical

    I strongly recommend that you learn and DIY the electrical. You need to understand it when it fails in the backcountry.
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    Electrical System - won't charge my battery bank above 13.0v

    A little bit more research makes me think that you simply don’t have enough charger for that much battery. 60 amps DC-DC, is about 12% of capacity, or 8 hours to full charge. Maybe 25-30 amps from your solar? You can keep up with basic use, but not get to full charge. An article on the...
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    Material question

    If I wasn’t looking for weather-tight, I would build from 1/2” or 3/8” Baltic birch plywood. I did a lot of comparison between various materials when I started building my chuckbox and various storage boxes and always ended up with wood due to strength vs weight and ease of construction. 3/4”...
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    Material question

    Is your drawer system under a cover or out in the elements?
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    Electrical System - won't charge my battery bank above 13.0v

    This sounds like an interesting puzzle. There are a few questions that come immediately to mind: 1) Where are you right now? (how much sun?) 2) What diagnostic tools and skills do you have? 3) Have you measured the MPPT output while charging only off peak solar? How much voltage is it putting...
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    Best $200 (or less) Tool Kit for College Student?

    LOL. Skinny hands and dexterous fingers is probably one of the main reasons my kids work in cars too! Getting assigned all the difficult work is probably one of the reasons they won’t want to continue when they leave my house.
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    Turtleback Adventure tent material and how to clean it?

    I’ve cleaned RTT canvas with an extremely mild mixture of Lysol and water when I had to deal with a mildew issue. Everything came out pretty nice and so didn’t have any waterproofing issues. I think I mixed it up at like 1/10 of the recommended strength. Smell wasn’t great.
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    Reccomendations for Annex for trailer mounted (low) tent

    My first thought would be to sew a second zipper half partway down the outside of your annex and fold the “extra” material in at the top. If you ever went to a taller rig, the original annex would still be useable. When I faced a similar issue, ultimately, I just built a rack to raise the tent...
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    Best $200 (or less) Tool Kit for College Student?

    I will even take it one step further and state that the scenario was offered, and the questions were asked, in good faith. I met my wife shortly after her college degree was earned and a few months into her career. She had a really poor quality tool set selected by her father. It included a...
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