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    Love my trailer, hate my tent. Anyone have a Bundutop?

    Hey guys, my wife, son and I are on a month long adventure with our Turtleback trailer with CVT Denali summit extended RTT (SEE SIG FOR BUILD THRED). We love the trailer, but hate the clamshell tent design. This is our second one (first was mounted on a Jeep) and we like the room, but dread tear...
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    Attaching remote panels in series (24v) to a controller with a constantly mounted 12v panel

    My trailer has a 50w panel mounted on the tongue box to keep the batteries healthy when not in use. However, while camping I have 2 folding Renogy 100w panels that hook to the same solar controller via a mounted SAE plug. I'd like to wire my remote panels in series to take advanage of the 24v...
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    Jockey wheel without parking break?

    I'd really like to add a XO Jockey wheel to my Turtleback as the tongue is heavier than I can comfortably lift. However, I'm honestly afraid of the trailer getting away from me since it doesn't have a parking brake I can throw if I need to stop it Anyone ever have a bad experience with a...
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    RTT power 12v/USB etc. what have you done?

    Here is what I've done in my RTT on my turtleback. Enjoyed the project, anyone else done anything similar?? My roof rack on my Turtleback lifts 18", this shows the rack in the up position. a 3/4" bulkhead fitting with a 3/4" cable gland keep the tent floor water tight. I can't run a...
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    Truck to trailer charging recommendations

    I've building an expo trailer and it is equipped with 2 G31 odysseys, my tow vehicle is equipped with 2 G34 odysseys. I currently have a solar charger installed along with a shore power battery charger, other than the small battery for the emergency breakaway that connects to the 7 pin I don't...
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    Proposed wiring for trailer

    Hey guys, as usual I'm hoping I can bounce my trailers proposed wiring diagram off you guys before I start wiring it up. I think I've come up with a reasonable layout and I believe the wiring should be straight forward, but anytime I can get a second set of eyes I'm very thankful. Please let me...
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    2 batteries, a dual shore power charger, and one BMS shunt...

    Hello to all the electrical gurus out there. I am a simpleton who needs some advice. I'm currently working on the 12v/110v wiring for my trailer (HERE and I can't figure out how to wire up the following items.) Victron BMV-712 w/ Shunt Powermania M230 Dual shore power battery charger Dual...
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    Propex heater ducting with PVC, thoughts?

    I'm going to be permanently installing my propex 2211 under my roof top tent and I'm thinking about using 2” schedule 40 PVC as ducting instead of the metal ducting it came with as I don't have enough length and it'll likely just get crushed. The propex puts out air around 190*F, well...
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    Passing cables from tongue box into trailer when there is a small gap present

    Normally, I'd be thinking of a PVC bulkhead connector with plenty of silicone, but my trailer has a 3-5mm gap between the tongue box and the front of the main cabin body so I'm not sure if there is a better solution. I need to pass a number of cables through while keeping it water tight. I'd...
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    AC/DC Inverter size vs. Efficiency

    I'm currently building my camping trailer and I've purchased a Xantrex 2000w pure SW inverter to power the 110v electrical system. I've always used smaller inverters for other projects and that got me to wondering. Do larger inverters utilize more 12v electricity to operate? Does an inverters...
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    Toby the Turtleback Trailer Build Thread

    When I found this 2015 Turtleback Utility model for sale on Expedition Portal, I knew it was the perfect platform for me to build off of. I contacted the seller, negotiated a wonderful deal and drove 36 hours round trip to North Carolina to pick it up. I'm the 3rd owner of the trailer and have...
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    Recommended wheel adapters 5x5-6x5.5 for a trailer

    I've just purchased a trailer with 5x5 hubs, I'd like to run matching wheels with my 4Runner. Can anyone recommend a wheel adapter, I've located some but I want to make sure it's a quality product since so much is riding on it... Thanks!
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    question about dual battery compatibility

    I'm currently running my factory lead acid starter battery and a PC1400 odyssey group 25 house battery. I've only had this combo for about a month and would now like to replace my starter battery with another odyssey. However, I've ready many times the batteries should match. Would I be better...
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    5th Gen 4Runner Electrical Management System/Dual Battery

    I wanted to share a project I've been working on for a few weeks. It's not quite finished yet, but it's to a place where I'm comfortable sharing. Things left to do include replacing the starter battery with a group 35 odyssey and getting 4x 50w Renogy Eclipse panels mounted in series to a slide...
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    Blue Sea ML-ACR Contra Switch, worth hooking up?

    This may seem like a stupid question, but I just finished installing my second battery and blue sea ML-ACR in my 4runner. I didn't install the supplied contra switch because I can't think of a time when it would be a benefit to isolate the batteries or combine them via a remote switch. Honestly...
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    Adding a pull out table under a fridge slide or drop slide

    Spent Sunday modifying my Easy Slide 150 fridge drop slide to house a pull out table underneath it similar to the Tembo Tusk drop slide. Just wanted to share the results. First I cut the front of the Easy Slide off. cut a few pieces of 1.5x1.5" 1/8" steel angle I order a piece of 10 gauge...
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    Anyone using both lead acid and lithium (battle born) through d250s b2b charger?

    I'm pretty set on the CTEK d250s and maybe a Smartness to charge the lithium battery faster. I would like to keep my factory starting battery and add a battle born lithium house battery. Battle Born says the d250s is perfect for their lithium and built in BMS. Anyone see any issues combining...
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    CTEK D250s, when is the smartpass really needed?

    I'm planning my 12v build out in my 4R. I plan on utilizing a D250s, dual batteries under the hood, 1 100w solar panel mounted full time to the roof rack and a CTEK shore charger. This fall I hope to tie the system into a Conqueror 490 extreme trailer using a rear Anderson plug. I'm using the...
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    Can an ARB fridge stay plugged into 12v while running on 110v?

    If I have my ARB hard wired to a 12v fuse block and I also plug it into 110V at the same time will it hurt anything? Do I need to unplug the 12v cord?
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    Painting seat backs and seat bottoms with bedliner, anyone done it?

    My GSD rides in the flipped forward back seat area of my 5th gen 4R. I've made a great and stable platform for her and found a nice fitting mat. Only thing left is to cover the seat backs and bottoms to keep her hair from getting stuck. I've had canvas back liners in my JKU, they were ok, I'm...
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