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OK, so, fridge slide is in:



Water tank and water pump are mounted!



And rack is bolted down with 4 3in long big timber lag bolts. This thing isn't going anywhere.



Tomorrow night I tighten up the wiring, and start cleaning out the trailer.

@David H is coming over on Saturday to help me move the tent from the X to the trailer.
 

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Kicking butt and taking no prisoners! Nice work bud!
Well, sometimes it helps to have a hard date that it needs to be ready by.

I definitely will want the tent to be up a little higher, but it's 100% usable in its current form.

I already know there are things that I'll need to add/change in the future. These include:

- purchase and install corner trim
- Adding lights for camp
- Interior lighting
- Build kitchen shelves/storage
- Find a smaller camp stove
- Raise the rack and figure out how to get an awning on there.

But these can be handled as time/money allows.

The wife also mentioned that she wants me to use the X to tow this, and not the truck. Due to trying to not wheel my daily, which I totally understand.

That poses its own set of challenges, as I have to pull the bumper, put the tow hitch on it, wire it for lighting and dc-dc charging, etc. Its totally doable though, and the X shouldn't have much of an issue towing it. Unless we're doing something steep and at high altitude...
 
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Iteration is key ;) You cannot know exactly how something should be best setup until you get it out there and use it. You cannot get out there and use it until you have first created something. I am approaching my truck bed kitchen that way. Hurrying up to get something useable, then use it, then improve it. You are doing a great job and I am enjoying watching your progress! Doing a great job!
 

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Iteration is key ;) You cannot know exactly how something should be best setup until you get it out there and use it. You cannot get out there and use it until you have first created something. I am approaching my truck bed kitchen that way. Hurrying up to get something useable, then use it, then improve it. You are doing a great job and I am enjoying watching your progress! Doing a great job!
This is the way.

I can honestly say that if I were to do this again, I would buy premade doors instead of trying to build my own. I can absolutely make them work, but they're not idea, by any means. I would eventually like to possibly build a teardrop/squaredrop trailer, and the lessons I learned here will certainly translate to that build, but that's not going to be for a while.
 
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Whelp, trailer is ready to be loaded up! I tightened up the wiring so nothing is hanging down. Also vacuumed up all the sawdust.

All that's left to accomplish before the trip is run the harness for the DC charger in the truck, and move the tent from the X to the trailer!
 
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I got the DC charger harness in the tonight. Ran the wires to the bumper, and tracked down an ignition switched 12v source under the hood. I then hooked up the ignition activation wire to the DC charger, and ran the wire through the tongue box. Now all that's left is to make the plug on the trailer side and test it out!
 
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I've officially started loading the trailer! I also decided yesterday to go ahead and purchase some flood lights to mount on it to give us camp lighting. I'm going out run the wires for those tonight, so I can get them wired up tomorrow night. Nothing like a last minute project to get things moving!
 

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I've officially started loading the trailer! I also decided yesterday to go ahead and purchase some flood lights to mount on it to give us camp lighting. I'm going out run the wires for those tonight, so I can get them wired up tomorrow night. Nothing like a last minute project to get things moving!
Those lights will be indispensable
 

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Ugh....

I was out trying to wire up the lights until 11:30 last night, and was unsuccessful.

I'm gonna do a change of plans with how I'm wiring them.

12ga positive and negative going into a junction box with bus bars. Then 22ga (that's what the lights have in them currently) running to each light.

I suspect trying to run 4 lights in series is causing too much voltage drop for them to turn on.

So, no lights on the trailer for this trip. Unless I can figure out a way to get them wired once we get to camp.

:disrelieved:
 

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Ugh....

I was out trying to wire up the lights until 11:30 last night, and was unsuccessful.

I'm gonna do a change of plans with how I'm wiring them.

12ga positive and negative going into a junction box with bus bars. Then 22ga (that's what the lights have in them currently) running to each light.

I suspect trying to run 4 lights in series is causing too much voltage drop for them to turn on.

So, no lights on the trailer for this trip. Unless I can figure out a way to get them wired once we get to camp.

:disrelieved:
We will get them working at camp… I have faith in it.
 
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Took the trailer out for it's maiden voyage this weekend!

Folks, let me introduce you to Groot!!



Overall, the trailer did amazing!! There's definitely changes/adjustments that need to be made.

I was having an issue with the tail lights, where they really only work if my headlights aren't on (which sounds like more of a truck side issue than a trailer issue).

I also need to add a partition between the fridge and water section, and the main storage. I also want to add a waterproof SAE gland to run power up into the tent.

I'm also going to work with @dansun86 over at Talus Expedition Gear to help me build new crossbars that will support both the tent, and mounting the awning.


The water system I have on board works AWESOME!! It's so nice to be able to hit the switch, and open the faucet, and have running water. And we still didn't use all 10.6 gallons in that tank (we had another 5.3gal tank we used for drinking as well).

Solar setup worked well, as did the DC charging. We had 88ah on Saturday morning. I put our 120w solar panel out in less than ideal conditions, and in a few hours, the battery was back up to 100ah.

Things I noticed after the build were that the trailer seems to be PERFECTLY balanced. It tracks beautifully behind the truck. It's also WAY less bouncy after adding the weight of the box, and the gear inside. So, I think I'll just leave the springs as they are. I might think about adding some shocks to it down the road.

We ran into a pretty decent layer of Owyhee mud coming out of there, and I actually ended up drifting the truck and trailer around a corner (it was not on purpose). I just used a little throttle control, and the trailer went exactly where the truck went. I almost looked like I knew what I was doing!!

Anyways, this is the aftermath of our drive out....

 

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Worked on getting all the wiring in place for the lights. Got the power box built, bus bars installed, and the harness built.

Now all that's left is to add ring terminals to the power and ground for the bus bars, and see if it works. Unfortunately, I ran out of time tonight for that.

 
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Tested out the camp lights this morning. They all work! Now I just need to get the box mounted, and the lights back on the brackets, and I'm good to go.

Next up, adding a partition wall between the main storage and the water tank/fridge area.
 
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I think I fixed my tail lights. I decided to see if it was a ground issue. The original lights were grounded to the trailer frame via a self tapping screw by the tongue jack. I originally had a ring terminal on the ground wire for the lights, and grounded it to the harness at that screw as well.

I decided to cut the ring terminals off, and but connect the ground wires to together. Problem solved! Lights are now working as the should be!

Next little project is getting the partition wall built, as well as figuring out how best to get power up to the tent.