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    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    The seat may be sprung and no air? The biggest limit to maintaining momentum on our Mog with 200ish hp and at 9500kg was the big gap between 7th and 8th. If I had bought an overdrive it would have been much better (I assume) to be able to have seven and a half. But going from our previous...
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    Charging Both Ways

    I would have thought mains charging big lead acid starters would not be a get out of jail solution at the side of the road? 24 hours to fully recharge? So if possible I would look at splitting them so you can jump yourself? Or, spend lotsa cash and buy a pair of Victrom Buck boosters that can be...
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    Charging Both Ways

    Totally disconnect your house bank, rewire with sufficient jump leads to connect to your truck pair to start. You might just need a short length between two 12v house batteries, then two longer ones to reach the starters/chassis?
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    Dedicated Heating / Hydronics / Diesel heating thread

    Our one careful previous owner Mog camper had a 5KW hydronic Eberspacher which could happily get you past 35degC inside with snow out :) The insulation was a bit rubbish too, single pane roof lights. That was with a calorifier and an air blown heater matrix with four outlets at floor level...
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    Tow Bar vehicle recovery is dangerous!

    I asked ARB about front and rear recovery points for a 150 series Landcruiser/Prado. They said they don't sell a rear one and recommend you use the tow bar.
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    Tablets with WIFI + cellular or WIFI only?

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 8" which has a sim and a removable swappable battery, gps, splashproof etc with pen so the touch screen works in the rain. Trying to use it as a phone is ridiculous unless you have an ear piece and carry it in some sort of bag. It's way too big to sensibly...
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    Best heater for extreme altitude

    Running at full power is one thing, saying that means you should go small is ridiculous. I would go at least 10KW, run full whack maybe with a bowl of water in front of the outlets, then strip off and enjoy your mobile steam room. Fewer visits to the launderette too :)
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    Best soft shackles made in the USA?

    I just received two from Spliceworks via FB which seems a better place to put my cash than ARB. Lifestyle Overland had a chat with him on YT if you wanna go look. But I just bought some 12mm end of line to have a play :)
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    Best soft shackles made in the USA?

    Are there different flavours of of this type of rope or as long as you have 1/2" for a shackle like this you are gtg? I see there are some differences in strand count for instance with Dyneema, but that is maybe getting a bit specialist?
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    Installation for Hydronic heater

    Looks nice :) If you had you clean the burn chamber can you remove it without removing the whole mount?
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    8x8 Man Kat

    Hiya. If you mean a MAN Kat 1 rather than its later versions, the engine being behind the cab means you can't make it into a double cab. As issued it seats three. Four could fit but would be a squeeze and probably get in the way of the gear change even with a kid sitting there. Roughly speaking...
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    Opinions on a headrest mounted IFAK

    This lot also make bags which appear easily navigated, recommended by Andrew St Pierre White at least. Maybe of a size you could velcro it behind the headrest? The home and workplace ones are maybe a better size than the vehicle one I think. https://survivalfirstaidkits.com/
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    Opinions on a headrest mounted IFAK

    Currently out of stock and more than I'd pay but a nice idea Fieldcraft Survival mobility bag. To directly not answer your question :) https://fieldcraftsurvival.com/mobility-gobag-black-gen-3/ You can also get a set of smallish bags attached to a velcro sheet with a hanging loop for the...
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    What battery size would you need to go overlanding in an EV.

    My whole truck roof is solar and theoretically I can't fit that much output on, let alone actual solar production. Some UK Army hobnob was recently quoted as saying EV armoured vehicles were being looked at. Someone worked out to mirror the performance of a Challenger 2 it would need a 35 ton...
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    Sat phones?

    Can I ask if you have the Delorme or Garmin? I found an old Delorme for sale and wondered if that has advantages over the newer Garmins. One difference compared to a sat phone in your Baja story is texts sent in that way allow a group to chat. A sat phone as one on one might very very good if...
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    Sat phones?

    Thanks Neil. Weirdly my wife got immobilised with a warning light on a quiet road only a few miles from home, but we didn't have an OBD2 reader at that point so could have overridden it at that point to get home perhaps. Phone signal at home doesn't exist, nearby is variable.
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    eActros

    The apparent lower running of costs of EVs coming from fewer moving parts would suggest running 24/7 would work better than ICE vehicles. Battery swaps would allow that. Container locks and one big plug would seem simple enough on something truck sized at least. In through the radiator grill to...
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    Sat phones?

    That sounded appealing but reading their website the SMS option seems to just be to send an "I'm ok" message to a predetermined person as part of an occasional test, not actually converse via text?
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    Which type of coordinates do you use?

    Heresy!! Banana all day long. What three words does make it difficult to determine a compass bearing from My Fat Ass to Your Beer Fridge. EU Garmins and guides from what i've seen use WGS84 but others as options in the devices.
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    Sat phones?

    I was looking into an Inreach but read that you are restricted to one message every maybe fifteen minutes roughly speaking? Maybe not officially but that is what the system actually allows so it doesn't get overwhelmed. So one sent every now and again and it's a good thing. Try to converse in an...
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