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    Portable Solar Controller

    My buddy is going camping for 6 days and wanted to try solar so I made this plug&play set up for him. He'll take one of my 330W (70V) panels with it.
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    Water Storage

    Something to keep in mind if you don't drain the water tank out or what I see most often all the water can't drain out of a vehicle. https://nypost.com/2018/12/03/water-on-airplanes-is-basically-e-coli-soup/
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    Ditch crossing

    Was out hiking some old FSR roads and found some sites that haven't been use in a few years. Looks like all that has gone in there is a snowmobile as there some blowdown and 2-3yo Brich growing on the road. Will have to get a truck an 35' trailer across 2 ditches. Departure angle on the...
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    Hydraulic Winch

    Wondering who might be running a hydraulic winch and how the pump is driven. Anyone using a belt drive?
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    Iridium ZOLEO

    I've been looking for satellite communication to add/replace a Montana 680. The Garmin 66i is appealing but I've a hard time convincing myself the $$$ are worth it to carry one device and the plans that don't suit heavy summer use and no use in winter. Today a dealer told me that Iridium has...
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    Camper for the Cold

    Our 35' trailer provides allot of room to move around during the short winter days. We've done temps below 0F with everything (battery/ water system) working. At 20F the thermal transfer of the alum wall framing and windows becomes an issue....condensation then ice. There's allot of (see...
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    Infrared Firepit Refletor

    This is a reflector that I've had about 6 years. Each panel is .063"x12"x48" aluminum.The hinges are aluminum with 1/8" all aluminum rivets. It folds to 3/4"x12 1/2"x48". Aluminum reflects 99% of the infrared (heat) waves. It also acts like a chimney drawing the smoke towards the back...
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    LiFeBlue Heated Lithium to -4F

    https://www.lifebluebattery.com/rv-boat-low-temperature-lithium-ion-batteries/index.html
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    12VDC Fridge/Freezer Temps

    How cold do the 12V (ARB, Dometic, Engle) units get? Does anyone keeps track of the fridge/freezer temps when in use.
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    Four Way Titing Solar Panel Mount

    This mount for our solar panels. The hinge pins are removable.
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    Solved - Separate Signal (Yellow), Brake and Tail/Marker Lights on Trailer

    On our trailer I installed yellow signal lights along the sides and at the back (like a tour bus) using a Curt 2 to 3 wire converter. It worked great until we bought a new F350 and found out that Ford's PWM (pulse width modulation) would not trigger the Curt Converter. The signal lights would...
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    Separate turn signals and brake lights on trailer.

    After seeing the side signal lights on the 40' buses we wanted to have signal lights along the side of our 35' trailer. Using a Curt 56196 we separated the signal lights and brake lights then added signal lights above each marker light on both sides of the trailer. Everything works great when...
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    Considering a F550 with singles

    For a few reasons we've been thinking about buying a new F550 to replace our F350 SRW that is used to pull a 5th wheel trailer. In the winter the 2,500lbs pin weight over the back axle makes the SRW a great tow vehicle in the snow. We can pull the trailer through 12" deep snow and there is...
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