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I went a little nuts with the wiring on my trailer (not a SoCal, but same difference here). I originally went with a flexible solar panel but later decided on a 100 watt folding panel I could place where the sun was. This has worked out better for me at keeping the battery charged with solar.

For battery monitoring I looked very closely at the Pico One but it was still a very new unit at the time. I ended up going with a Blue Sea Systems SOC. Not nearly as nice. I wired in a single shunt at the battery to track whether or not I was discharging/charging the battery from all sources. I also wired in one of the extra voltmeters to my solar controller output to monitor that aspect. Works really well. The Pico One has some really neat options like support for multiple shunts and it's display and smart phone app make it really cool. However, the Blue Sea Systems unit did everything I really needed and all the other electrical upgrades on my trailer have been Blue Sea so that's the way I went.

For charging my trailer came with a Progressive Dynamics 4045 which was more than sufficient when attached to 120 volt AC. I'm using an EP Solar MPPT Solar Controller for solar and a Redarc BCDC-1220 for DC to DC for charging from the tow vehicle. I had discovered my 2016 GMC Canyon's intelligent charging system dropped the voltage so much when the truck battery was charged that the trailer battery simply wouldn't get above about 80% charge without the DC to DC charger.

I toyed with the idea of an inverter but never pulled the trigger. After a year I've had no need for it so it probably isn't happening at this point.

-Curtiss
any chance either of you have any more feedback on the Simarine?
 
So... What's the most technical trail everyone has taken their Socal teardrop across? I don't mean to take the trailer nearby and use as a base camp, but I really mean across.

For me, it's the Mojave Road, but other then the drop into the Watson Wash, it wasn't really technical at all.

I'm considering if a "north rim of the grand canyon" type trip is feasible with our Krawler 459.
 

frq flyr

Observer
Took my teardrop, family of 5, and 2-dogs, to Toroweap last Christmas. There were a few technical sections toward the end of the trail.
 

Shower Pouch

New member
All, I'm looking to replace the two glass windows on my Socal TD. I want to replace them with a double pane window. Or something a little more heat and cool resistant from the elements. Has any changed out the windows before? If yes, what brand and are there any watch outs that you would like to share? Thanks.
 

outback_mick

New member
My wife and I are looking to join the SoCal tribe/family/cult. If anyone has a 5x9' or smaller that they'd like to find a new home for, let me know via PM. Cheers!
 

Keith Starr

Inmate #2558516
All, I'm looking to replace the two glass windows on my Socal TD. I want to replace them with a double pane window. Or something a little more heat and cool resistant from the elements. Has any changed out the windows before? If yes, what brand and are there any watch outs that you would like to share? Thanks.
Can't speak to an actual double pane window but this is my solution. A 100% blackout "fabric" (less fabric-y and more rubbery/wipes-off-with-a-damp-cloth material), attaches with velcro all around. White external color to block heat. Similar to the "fabric" on a Four Wheel Camper window. Way better than the curtains I used to use.

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4runnerteq

Explorer
Can't speak to an actual double pane window but this is my solution. A 100% blackout "fabric" (less fabric-y and more rubbery/wipes-off-with-a-damp-cloth material), attaches with velcro all around. White external color to block heat. Similar to the "fabric" on a Four Wheel Camper window. Way better than the curtains I used to use.

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Glad to see someone with these. Ive been looking at them myself for ours
 

Keith Starr

Inmate #2558516
Glad to see someone with these. Ive been looking at them myself for ours
I'm really happy with them. Ordered a "custom" RV kit here: https://blackoutez.com/RV-Window-Cover

Width: 20.25"
Length: 18.375"
Radius: 3.5"

Not the cheapest but easier than trying to source all the materials. I'm thinking about ordering a 16" square to cover the Fantastic Fan, that thing lets a ton of light in...and sometimes I just wanna pretend it's not 7am yet! Lol
 

4runnerteq

Explorer
I'm really happy with them. Ordered a "custom" RV kit here: https://blackoutez.com/RV-Window-Cover

Width: 20.25"
Length: 18.375"
Radius: 3.5"

Not the cheapest but easier than trying to source all the materials. I'm thinking about ordering a 16" square to cover the Fantastic Fan, that thing lets a ton of light in...and sometimes I just wanna pretend it's not 7am yet! Lol
That's where I was looking. Thanks for the measurements
 
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