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2006 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sport


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grogie

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#21
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.

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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.

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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?

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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?" Smile
2006 Jeep TJ Sport - Build
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grogie

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#22
Today I rehung that back rack over the Snomaster. The rack hung down too low for the fridge, so I removed the front side arms, shortened them by two inches and drilled new holes. Now the fridge just barely clears the rack by a finger! The rack is really nice having for lose stuff, like jackets, etc., so I still wanted to have it.

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For an update on the Snomaster... I ran it off the Bluetop for 25 hours, and it took the battery from 12.6v to 11.4v. Of course, I realize that battery usage will depend on a lot of factors, but that should certainly work to power the fridge overnight while camping.

And I celebrated a successful weekend with an ice cold Yuengling from the Snomaster!

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Scott

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#23
Like the new fridge, maybe one of those day I'll go that route.
Scott Chaney - Owner of Compact Camping Concepts
Home of the DIY Explorer Box and Dinoot trailers, also Tent Topped camping

grogie

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#24
Although I already had an isolator on the auxiliary (Bluetop) battery that I put in the back of my Jeep (which use to be in my trailer), I still needed to hook it up to the main battery, and I also decided to upgrade to National Luma’s split charger kit, which includes another dual-battery isolator and a controller/monitor. This kit comes with everything most guys need, however with having a winch as I do, the instructions recommend to upgrade to larger battery cable, which I used 1/0 AWG 0 gauge.

The instructions indicate that the isolator is typically installed under the hood. I have a Diehard Platinum battery, but without making a serious modification, the only place I could find to mount the isolator was behind the battery, but then to get access to it in the future, I’d have to remove the heavy *** Group 31 battery.

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So, I ended up putting the isolator in the battery box with the auxiliary battery. Which seems to me, like it is a better place so it is not subjected to engine heat, water and dirt/mud. As far as the auxiliary battery, I have it well secured in front of the Snomaster fridge as it fits right behind the passenger seat. The battery cables run through the firewall, and along the side of the tub, all neatly tied down.

The kit’s manual is located here:
http://nationalluna.com/Datasheets/DIY%2...202015.pdf
More info:
http://www.equipt1.com/item/12V-split-ch...face-mount

The only down fall is that the isolator’s solenoid, along with the controller does continue to draw power when the vehicle is turned off. However, the controller itself can be turned off. This can be an issue for vehicles that are parked more often than not, however in my case, I’m already managing power as I’m keeping my Snomaster plugged into to AC power when my Jeep is parked in my garage as I’m using it as a "garage fridge" for ice cold beverages. If my Jeep sits long enough, I’ll either hook up a battery tender or unhook the main.

As far as using the split charger, it works great! I originally did the install two weekends ago and have been using it, but today I did a little refinement and in better tying down the cables and redoing several connections.

So, after my Jeep starts, after several minutes, the isolator opens and allows power to flow to the auxiliary battery to charge it. In this picture, this shows the controller when my Jeep is not running and the condition of both batteries. The monitor also has an alarm that sounds should either battery fall into the red zone. Also, if the main battery were to die, the auxiliary can be used as the start battery.

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In this picture, the controller shows both batteries charging with the vehicle running.

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grogie

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#25
So last October, I ordered two new Odyssey AGM batteries (group 34) from Quadratec. As shown earlier, I had a DieHard P2 (group 31) as my starter, and a Bluetop as my auxiliary battery, which were both showing age. With an upcoming trip to Overland Expo East last November, I decided to get these new batteries. They're identical, except that one (on left) has extra auxiliary terminals, which is what my SnoMaster fridge hooks up to. Also, this battery has more amp hours over the Bluetop.

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Also, I had my friends at Sunfire Off-Road install new Goodyear MT/Rs, which I stepped up a size to 285/75 (33") on Mickey Thompson Classic III 16x8 wheels. I debated trying another tire, but I've been happy and knew what to expect, so I went again with MT/Rs.

As far the new wheels, I again wanted polished aluminum over black. I'm not a fan of red Jeeps with too much black. I'll have to take care of these better then my previous set of wheels. What I had, Eagle alloys, were made in the USA, the polishing was excellent, but unfortunately are no longer made. The Mickey's are made in China, and the polishing is subpar. As far as backspacing, the Mickey's, being 16x8" have more (4.5" vs. 3.25"), so they're more tucked in, which I do like! I'll have to put more effort into keeping these wheels polished.

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Plus, for a more recent picture, here I am camping at last November's Overland Expo East where the fields after heavy rain turned to mud, mud, and then more mud, with below freezing tempatures. Being a small setup, I was placed down along a creek which was one of the best camping spots.

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