been a bit busy over the last few weeks planning and this weekend getting things done
like usual I like to do things a bit different to the norm, and I have lived without a dual battery or draw system for the past 8 years
stubborn or just not convinced of the benefits.
nothing like a desert trip where you need some fuel and a esky just won't do to get you moving on projects.
I had drawers and rear wheel carriers in my 105 series cruiser and they were great, but also had limitations to usable space.
so having a few years and a bit of experience behind me I went on the look for something that fitted MY use
came to the conclusion of something removable was the primary goal, a place to put some stuff (dual battery, protected wiring, compressor and tank, and other bits and bobs.
liked the look of something like this accessible through the ARB side canopy window- which I have replaced and have maxtrax mounted
the side up high in a canopy is really wasted space
so what could I do to combine all these ideas.
So commission a Slide out unit- buy some slides that are removable
slide is 1000x1000 and fits the fridge (60lt evakool fiberglass dual zone and a large storage box)
Yet still fit 120lts of Gerry cans across the headboard- over the axle
still not decided whether to get a tray tank from brown davis or just use the jerries when required.....
anyway designed and built it to take into account either option.
so place all the stuff in the rear and measure
basic design/ layout
tray in 100mm sides 2.5 alloy pretty strong- yet light
Along the way need to drop the spare tyre- look around as I had stuffed the factory wheel winder bar- as the winch mechanism don't like turning with mud and dust and chain links twisted.....
found that a 25mm square bar will work in a pinch
- shove it in tight.
find a socket that fits and down the tyre goes....
also found time to nutsert the snorkel down tight, it had been driving me nuts for years the plastic "nut" had pulled through the hole..... had to improvise the nutsert a little to make it shorter as there is not a lot of room in the pillar.
working out angles, heights and locations was time consuming
frame and tray done
more to go......
couldn't get the spare tyre to fit on the opposite sidewall and get everything to fit..... not much in it but didn't go.
wiring done today- paid professional
I had done most of the work, but could never get my redarc 1225 to work, so paid the professionals to tell me that the unit was stuffed (internal fault)
so I paid someone to do the wiring, really a check, confirm that I was correct and the unit that I had paid $600 for didn't work- I have stuffed around trying to get it to work off the alternator or solar for the past 18 months- reckon that it may have had a hand in stuffing the previous battery as well......
so a new 1225 (as I had the wiring for that unit) and paid for a relay to autochange for the solar input......$^&$W^*Y%
but getting there
switch above the tailgate for the compressor, outlet will be external near the numberplate
open the rear window hit the switch
Still have to build a sidewall and shelf unit, but that may have to wait until after the simpson trip
oh and I fabed up a proper tyre lowerer with a wheel nut matching the size of the alloy rims using solid rod and a tent peg as the pin. I'm not dodgey enough to rely on the square box section, although it was a close thing