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Old June 17th, 2014, 08:29 PM   #81
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Why not cut out the back bar on the LJ and fab up some motorcycle ramp carrier thingy?

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Old June 17th, 2014, 08:30 PM   #82
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I'm building a power pack to run the 110v plugs inside. I'm enclosing a 35ah SLA battery in an electrical box. I have an SAE lead to use to hook up the charger and I have a switched voltmeter wired up to be able to check the voltage. I'm just waiting for the 800W continuous /1600W peak inverter to come in the mail. I'm going to wire that to the battery and mount it on top of the box. This will be kept in the tongue box and can be used on the road where electrical hookup isn't available. :) It's basically in place of a generator. I know it will only last so long before recharging, but it should do for the basics.
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I'm building a power pack to run the 110v plugs inside. I'm enclosing a 35ah SLA battery in an electrical box. I have an SAE lead to use to hook up the charger and I have a switched voltmeter wired up to be able to check the voltage. I'm just waiting for the 800W continuous /1600W peak inverter to come in the mail. I'm going to wire that to the battery and mount it on top of the box. This will be kept in the tongue box and can be used on the road where electrical hookup isn't available. :) It's basically in place of a generator. I know it will only last so long before recharging, but it should do for the basics.
With some good LED lighting (run from 12v so you don't lose power converting to 120v) and an LP stove, that battery will last a decent amount.
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Look at a progressive dynamics convertor charger. I have one in my trailer. Its top notch. I run everything 12v except my ac.
My heater needs no electrical input, but can use it for the blower. I got a bunch of 2 bulb, 2 switch rv lights on ebay uber cheap.
Soon they will have leds on one side, and normal bulbs on the other. So I can have good light, or led light and use less power.
I can plug into 110v, run off one or two honda 2ks, or run off battery. The 3spd fantastic fan in the ceiling is killer, and it is 12v.
Bought a kenwood and four 6x9s at gibraltar cheap. That trailer rocks! I also h ave an led porch light thats great at night!

I sanded and polyurethaned all the wood inside and out so it would not stain or rot.

I left the one factory light wired to the running lights. It works whenever im hooked to the truck.
handy at night when I need to do something in the trailer quickly on the road.

I hooked up a 3 plug fused 12v source for extra power ports, its amazing what u can buy 12v now days.
It takes power to convert power, use the correct power source all u can.

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I ran my teardrop entirely with 12v. I didnt want the drain of the inverter and most anything I wanted to use could be powered with car chargers.

I simply ran an additional wire from my auto battery back (though the hitch pkug) to the trailer battery to charge while in transport. For plug in power, a cheap Battery Tender was used to top off the battery when needed.

As for charge time, with a deep cycle battery I could run the fan vent and all the lights I wanted (mostly LED with a few being florescent) along with my fridge/freezer for about 4 days before my voltage got low enough I needed to charge up.

Cheap and simple.
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This trailer is already run with electrical for 110v. I didn't really want to run a separate 12v system, so this is what I decided to go with.

There are 12v interior lights on the ceiling with a nice wall switch, that all came from the factory. The only bummer is that they are powered from the taillight wire on the wiring harness and if you want to run them, all the marker/tail lights will be on as well.
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I'm thinking I found a low cost, nice solution for a removable roof rack.

http://www.cargogear.com/infolib.asp...iuroofrackBjpg

It's like a normal thule/yakima style rack, but instead of using rain gutter, it uses a nylon strap. For a car, that goes in between the body and the door. I am thinking I can attach something to the side of the trailer to connect it, like a footman loop:




This setup seems nice also, because it would be easily removable. My trailer will barely fit in my garage and I don't think it would with the rack on it.

Any thoughts?
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Old June 18th, 2014, 10:31 AM   #88
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like a footman loop:




This setup seems nice also, because it would be easily removable. My trailer will barely fit in my garage and I don't think it would with the rack on it.

Any thoughts?
Yep, plenty. *IF* you can find sturdy mounting for the footman loops, I don't think they would pull out, but I believe your hardware securing them would. I used to have a bike rack that attached to the back or my car like that.

You'll be surprised how tight you have to pull the straps, and how often when you're using it.

I'd make something out of strut channel so there would be positive mechanical connection.
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Yep, plenty. *IF* you can find sturdy mounting for the footman loops, I don't think they would pull out, but I believe your hardware securing them would. I used to have a bike rack that attached to the back or my car like that.

You'll be surprised how tight you have to pull the straps, and how often when you're using it.

I'd make something out of strut channel so there would be positive mechanical connection.
Maybe lay a channel of the strut across the trailer that's tied into the trailer studs to attach the strap to? Then it would give you more options for positioning the rack?
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I'm building a power pack to run the 110v plugs inside. I'm enclosing a 35ah SLA battery in an electrical box. I have an SAE lead to use to hook up the charger and I have a switched voltmeter wired up to be able to check the voltage. I'm just waiting for the 800W continuous /1600W peak inverter to come in the mail. I'm going to wire that to the battery and mount it on top of the box. This will be kept in the tongue box and can be used on the road where electrical hookup isn't available. :) It's basically in place of a generator. I know it will only last so long before recharging, but it should do for the basics.
You will be surprised how quickly an inverter will kill that battery. It likely will be worth your time to run the 12v.

Wen I built the expo trailer I included an inverter, and now it is rarely being used with the 12v plugs and wiring I ran. I also mounted a 120v - 12v inverter inside a toolbox and can plug my trailer harness into the toolbox to run all my 12v stuff that is normally ran on the trailer harness.

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For 12v lighting,

Check out the new 12V LED rv interior lamps.

.18 amps and bright.

The common cheapo light (use taillight bulb) are at 1.4 amps per bulb.

If your in the 12v light fixture market.



On inverters, try to find their efficiency rating for comparison.
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I'm thinking I found a low cost, nice solution for a removable roof rack.

http://www.cargogear.com/infolib.asp...iuroofrackBjpg

It's like a normal thule/yakima style rack, but instead of using rain gutter, it uses a nylon strap. For a car, that goes in between the body and the door. I am thinking I can attach something to the side of the trailer to connect it, like a footman loop:




This setup seems nice also, because it would be easily removable. My trailer will barely fit in my garage and I don't think it would with the rack on it.

Any thoughts?

Why not just mount a roof rack to the top and use a normal style?
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what's normal style?
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You will be surprised how quickly an inverter will kill that battery. It likely will be worth your time to run the 12v.

Wen I built the expo trailer I included an inverter, and now it is rarely being used with the 12v plugs and wiring I ran. I also mounted a 120v - 12v inverter inside a toolbox and can plug my trailer harness into the toolbox to run all my 12v stuff that is normally ran on the trailer harness.

I understand what you're saying. I just don't know what I'm going to be running and using, so I'll have to give this program a shot for a while and see what works best for me. I'm still waiting for the big inverter, but I've been running stuff off a 175w inverter that I have laying around and it seems to be working quite well.

Also, I don't know how often I'll be "off the grid" with the trailer anyway. After I figure out some things, then I might do a re-wire. Especially to isolate the interior 12v lights from the tail light circuit.
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I understand what you're saying. I just don't know what I'm going to be running and using, so I'll have to give this program a shot for a while and see what works best for me. I'm still waiting for the big inverter, but I've been running stuff off a 175w inverter that I have laying around and it seems to be working quite well.

Also, I don't know how often I'll be "off the grid" with the trailer anyway. After I figure out some things, then I might do a re-wire. Especially to isolate the interior 12v lights from the tail light circuit.
Chances are they are already isolated. My United enclosed 20' the interior lights are on a different pin than the tail lights so that you can use the interior lights when it is connected to the vehicle with the vehicle lights off.
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