Cargo Trailer 5x8 Overland Conversion - Cherokee XJ Content

thatsagiven

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Here is a ready to roll shot with the new roof paint, I also bedlined the door sides of the XJ and happy with how it turned out, I might cover it again with color matched paint in future but happy with the black for now. Its way nicer than the beat up sides and no more surface rust. Also Polished the xj's paint and it turned out great, not many BC pinstripes left.
 

thatsagiven

Member
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For anyone interested in the Renogy kits for Solar, the starter kits do come with almost everything you need to get going. I am not fully installed yet. Still deciding how to best mount the panels on the roof.

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Here are the details of the panels if you are interested.



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I have room for 4 in future, and 400w is what the charge controller will take. Might be overkill, but we will see.

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I have read its best to mount solar at a 30degree angle. After some back and fourth in a few groups I am not going to worry about the 30 degrees. My thinking is that I will care more about placement for campsites, comfort etc rather than solar. Most people that rig up adjustable panels don't often use it from what I have been told. So If I mount two on the front they will both be at 10 degrees and granted we get direct sunlight on the roof should charge the battery in a few hours. If I was doing more than just camping It might be a bigger issue.

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Power panel is coming along, the kit comes with tones of wire for my application, I imagine if you are getting one for your larger RV or any small trailer you will be happy.

Haven't finished mounting the panels yet, before I drill more roof holes I want to ensure I have a final placement and am on the fence of mounting some sort of roof rack.
 

thatsagiven

Member
Most recent trip to a local campsite called "Country Maples" It has a large RV side but also nice tent sites we took advantage of.

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New awning brackets made for a much better height for us at almost 6 feet.

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Better shot of the whole site. Lots of people were asking about the trailer (and the XJ). And we saw another homemade squaredrop trailer I had seen from a FB group.

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Great 3 day trip and everything worked out great for the trailer.
 

chet6.7

Explorer
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For anyone interested in the Renogy kits for Solar, the starter kits do come with almost everything you need to get going. I am not fully installed yet. Still deciding how to best mount the panels on the roof.

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Here are the details of the panels if you are interested.



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I have room for 4 in future, and 400w is what the charge controller will take. Might be overkill, but we will see.

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I have read its best to mount solar at a 30degree angle. After some back and fourth in a few groups I am not going to worry about the 30 degrees. My thinking is that I will care more about placement for campsites, comfort etc rather than solar. Most people that rig up adjustable panels don't often use it from what I have been told. So If I mount two on the front they will both be at 10 degrees and granted we get direct sunlight on the roof should charge the battery in a few hours. If I was doing more than just camping It might be a bigger issue.
You could use a portable panel, angled, and in full sun if the trailer is in the shade.
 
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