First, I recently removed the Drop Kick Slyders
, and had them coated with Linex. For those of you that have looked at my trailer thread, I really like Linex! About nothing sticks to it and it's held up great. As far as the slyders, they had been powder coated, and then I had applied a spray on bed liner, and then a top black spraypaint. Over the last 8 years, they held up okay, but have gotten chipped, scratched and had a couple of rust spots starting. They do a decent job at catching mud, rocks, etc., from the front tires over ending up on the side of the Jeep, plus my wife uses them as a step. I realize that they drop down and eat clearance, but they're really well built, and being originally designed for stock TJ Rubicon rockers, they do their job.
As far as the Linex, as I mentioned in my trailer build thread, I did not have a good experience with the shop that sprayed it, so I found another shop for these, and they look great!! I should have done this from the start, but back then I didn't know about Linex.
I'll install them back on soon, as they just bolt around the frame with clamps.
Next! Now that I have the rear slide, I wasn't 100% sure that I was going to buy a fridge/freezer, however thanks to a recent bonus from work, I went ahead and ordered the Snomaster 42SS
. It happened to show up this afternoon, and wow... to think... no more ice! I'm use to having a 50 qt. cooler which was always at least half full of ice (and water) and this is equivalent to about a 43 qt. cooler.
Last weekend, I went by where I store my trailer and pulled out the trailer's Bluetop battery box. I honestly didn't use the battery that much. We'd usually charge our iPhones, etc., in the Jeep while on the road, and at night, it was either a campfire or go to bed, so what did I really need the battery for? So, I've added a 12-volt connector to the battery for the fridge, which will for now get strapped down in the back of my Jeep. The battery does have an isolator on it, so I'll run wiring to it so that it can charge while on the road. At this moment, the fridge is running off of the battery as I'm interested to know how long this 50 amp battery will power the fridge?
I'll do a review of the Snomaster later, but overall, very cool! The first two comments that I've received about the fridge were, first from my wife, "Yeah, those $2.50 bags of ice really add up. Totally worth the $1k." And from my neighbor who just returned from a muzzle loader competition shoot, "Glamping is it?"