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  1. Interstate = Johnson Controls. Unless you can...

    Interstate = Johnson Controls.
    Unless you can get then REEEAALLY cheap, I agree there are better options. They need a good bit of nurturing if they are to last any length of time it seems. Though...
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    Agreed, you would need probably a minimum of...

    Agreed, you would need probably a minimum of 1200W of solar, and about 800Ah of battery bank to be able to use it reliably for any decent length of time (say 8 hours out of every 24-hour period)....
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    You say that like as if that's a bad thing. lol ...

    You say that like as if that's a bad thing. lol

    For one thing, there is no so-called "skip" on the frequency bands that these radios operate on... So even if 2M and/or 70cm did get handed over to...
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    A welder makes all the difference in the world when it comes to prepping a lesser-supported vehicle.
    I built a Bronco II for my travels because it fits my needs far better than the usual...
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    Weight was something I kept in mind building my...

    Weight was something I kept in mind building my BII also.

    The bumpers I built from a combination of 1x2", 2x2", 2x3" and 2x4" rectangle tubing, all .120-wall (they are lighter than the OEM ones,...
  6. You may be right (portable vs window unit). I...

    You may be right (portable vs window unit).

    I think I'd still rather have something mounted through the wall of a camper, RV, etc. instead of something to have to lug around though.

    So I would...
  7. I think that as long as you can hit 100% charge...

    I think that as long as you can hit 100% charge on your batteries at least every couple weeks, they should last a good long while (I do have batteries over 10 years old that often don't get a 100%...
  8. Unless there's something I'm missing, that's only...

    Unless there's something I'm missing, that's only a little over half as efficient as a good EnergyStar household-type unit is. :confused:

    36A @ 12V is 432 watts to produce an output of 3250 BTU....
  9. Thread: Added guages

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    ^^ I fully agree, trans temp is a good thing to...

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    I fully agree, trans temp is a good thing to keep tabs on especially with an automatic. Low-speed offroad use (crawling especially) can generate plenty of heat in a trans.

    I added a voltmeter...
  10. A Cobra 18 would probably be OK on a cig-lighter...

    A Cobra 18 would probably be OK on a cig-lighter plug, though it's output performance might be reduced slightly (it's primarily SSB radios that can't be operated reliably from a cig-lighter socket). ...
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    Yep, oiled gauze air cleaners are bad news for...

    Yep, oiled gauze air cleaners are bad news for EFI engines.

    I used to run one myself and after a few years the problems began to mount. My MAF was fine, but it did get caked in dirt which I had to...
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    lol A new type of freon isn't "a bit" of change...

    lol
    A new type of freon isn't "a bit" of change in the technology?
    Apparently your idea of "negligible" is much different than mine then (and probably that of most people who try to run anything...
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    Somehow they have been pushing those EER numbers...

    Somehow they have been pushing those EER numbers higher... I seem to remember reading something about a switch away from R-22 freon to R-410 or something around that number also.

    Edit:
    It's...
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    I have a 6000 BTU Frigidaire that I bought around...

    I have a 6000 BTU Frigidaire that I bought around '07 that is rated 4.9 amps @ 115V (so about 563 watts). Scaling that down should equate to a touch under 470 watts for a 5000 BTU unit (which I...
  15. I've never had any trouble with coaxial cable...

    I've never had any trouble with coaxial cable runs that are parallel (or even bundled together) with other wires. As long as it's good quality cable (95% or better shield), and the shields are...
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    I've tested my 43qt Edgestar under controlled...

    I've tested my 43qt Edgestar under controlled conditions and found it's power consumption to be well within the average for similar-size fridges. You are correct about the power cord & socket...
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    I knew a guy years ago who did that exactly to a...

    I knew a guy years ago who did that exactly to a Cobra 148-GTL :Wow1:
    He ran into some issues with the power dropping out due to the resistance of the wiring going all the way out to the on-off...
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    I think the '91-'01 Ford Explorer (Mazda Navajo)...

    I think the '91-'01 Ford Explorer (Mazda Navajo) can be added to that list... Like the Bronco, parts are everywhere. Also like the Bronco, they have very nice interiors and a comfortable ride, And...
  19. ^^ Clearly another someone with obvious...

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    Clearly another someone with obvious deeply-ingrained hatred of Ford's TTB.

    It's interesting how the mere mention of this suspension can provoke such virulent emotions from some people....
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    Edgestar 43 here. Coming up on 5 years now and...

    Edgestar 43 here. Coming up on 5 years now and it's been great.
    Search 'Edgestar mods' or something similar, there's been a good amount of discussion on these fridges here.
    ...
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    Hear hear... I have two that are very close...

    Hear hear... I have two that are very close relatives to the Explorer (a Ranger and a Bronco II).
    I wouldn't trade either one of them for anything else similar, even starting over again (at most I'd...
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    Depends on what & how much stuff you bring, and...

    Depends on what & how much stuff you bring, and how long your typical trip is.

    I have a 43 qt Edgestar fridge that's been sufficient room for two people for 10-14 days... It does take a bit of...
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    I'm not seeing anything from the OP implying that...

    I'm not seeing anything from the OP implying that he was going to stick his magnetic mount antenna to his roof rack... :confused:

    He stated he currently HAD a magnet mount antenna, and was...
  24. If the mount is screwed directly into the metal...

    If the mount is screwed directly into the metal and is solid, I'm not sure that a ground wire to it would improve things much. A continuity check should reveal if there's an issue though (wiggle the...
  25. I'm with AlbanyTom. If it does provide any...

    I'm with AlbanyTom. If it does provide any improvement over your little FRS radios, it certainly won't be by much.

    I've said it elsewhere... There are numerous options available for quick removal...
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