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    Flexopower Lithium444 Setup Open Discussion/Questions

    The LEDs on my Flexopower used to go down as the charge was used, but now they seem to be stuck at "full power" all the time. As a test I've drawn about 24aH out of the battery and all the LEDs are still on. Very weird.
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    Rear Drawer System with Fridge/Cooler Slide Design Considerations

    If you put the fridge on top of the drawer you will likely want one of those "tilt down" style of mounts so you can get into the fridge, and I'm not personally a fan of those since everything slides around while the fridge is at an angle and it is a pain to put things back in. Our fridge...
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    Has overlanding become elitist ?

    Drat, sounds like I'm going to need to get me some muds and a winch on my Tacoma.
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    Dual battery setup. What auxiliary battery are you running?

    I bought the DieHard Platinum P-4 that is in my 4Runner in 2009, used. It was supposedly 1 year old at that time, which makes it about 11 years old now. This battery seemingly refuses to die (living up to its name) no matter how many times I drain it down past the point where it will start the...
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    SOLD ARB Fridge - 47 liter/50 Quart and accessories, SF Bay Area, California

    Hi Sean, I'm potentially interested if your pending sale doesn't work out. Can you provide some pictures of the fridge? I'm in Mountain View most Wednesdays and could stop by to pick it up.
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    Gazelle Tents

    I think part of the issue is that the rain fly blocks most of the mesh area at the top of the tent, and even with the windows cracked there's not a lot of airflow. Some tents have vents at the bottom for just this reason, and I'm betting that opening the bottom of one or both doors will really...
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    Gazelle Tents

    Has anybody else had condensation issues with their Gazelle? This weekend my wife, daughter, and I camped in our Gazelle and on the first night we apparently didn't open enough windows and wound up with significant condensation on the walls. On the second night we opened all the windows a few...
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    Winch power isolation

    I put a 300A fuse inline with my Warn M8000. This way if the positive wire ends up shorting to the frame the fuse will hopefully blow before the truck burns down. The fuse is installed in a way that allows me to quickly bypass it if needed. Picture is with the cover removed.
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    Bow saw or other for small firewood chores?

    +1 to the Silky BigBoy. I used a Sven Saw for about 15 years, but I didn't like the angle of the grip and the way I tended to bash my knuckles on whatever I was cutting. Another downside of bow style saws is that they limit the diameter of log that you can process based on the height of the...
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    Recovery Bag Recommendations

    But how do you hash tag that on the gram to get potential sponsors to notice? #idontknowwhereigotitbutitworks?
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    LED Shell Lights

    TODO: Link to parts I used. The proper way to dim LEDs is using PWM (pulse width modulation). For fun I hooked up the dimmer to an oscilloscope and confirmed it was using PWM, this photo shows one 4' length of LEDs being driven at about 50% duty cycle. If anybody is really interested in...
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    2010 Tacoma "Are we truck people?" build

    Custom LED shell lights.
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    LED Shell Lights

    A while ago I bought a used shell for my Tacoma and quickly discovered that finding things at night in a dark shell is not a lot of fun so, I decided to add some LED lights. My requirements were reasonable price, a warm color temperature (I really dislike bright white lights in camp), dimmable...
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    ClampTite Tool

    I recently purchased a ClampTite tool (ClampTite) to add some low profile hose clamps to my air hose setup. This is a pretty cool little tool that could be very useful for various types of trail repairs, and in fact I'm thinking of adding it to the tool kit in my truck. I already carry bailing...
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    Help me understand auxiliary electrical systems...

    Generally you run a new wire off the positive battery terminal. The new wire should have a properly sized fuse or circuit breaker located as close to the battery as possible. You can then run that wire to a fuse block (agree that Blue Sea is good quality) that is located either in the engine bay...