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Old 04-03-2021, 01:36 AM #46
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Went outside to a nice surprise sitting out front! Another fridge for us to test out, and we are honestly pretty impressed with this one right out of the box. It gave us some features we were hoping for in some of their other models, I'll give a quick breakdown below. Hopefully these don't seem too advertisementy, not trying to sell them, just giving some honest opinions.



This is the RV45 model, a 45L/47QT model. We like the sleek design of this with an aluminum body compared to many other plastic bodies. Don't believe you can stand on it, but it feels pretty solid. That'll be a fun experiment. It has two latches, that are easily opened even with one hand. While it may not be as quick as a single latch, it feels like the seal is a little bit tighter, so hopefully that'll hold the temperature better when its off. Other than that, spring loaded handles on the side will help get them out of your way and keep a lower profile.


One of the features the TC35 one we have does not have is a built in LED light on the inside. This is huge for us, as the last one we were holding our phone flashlight in one hand, while digging through the fridge with the other. Which brings me to my next feature...


They have two removable baskets on the inside! Another feature that we found to be super helpful for keeping stuff organized and from falling all over when looking for that pack of bacon on the bottom of the fridge. Forgive me, I realized when I packed everything back up that I forgot to take pictures of the inside lol


This one has the display on the end near the bottom leaving the majority of the fridge clean and simple. Some may say its in an odd position, but if you plan to leave it inside the rig on a slide, it'll be right in front of you when you open your trunk. Haven't decided how we feel on this yet. This display is as clear as it gets when it comes to labeling, a different look than the previous 3 button setup.


Headed out soon on another trip and will be doing a real world test on this one and another model, but I will keep the other reviews to a minimum on here. By the time we return from that trip I am hoping my freight delivery will arrive! Parts are slowly trickling in for an onboard air setup and will try to tackle Sunday if everything gets here on time.
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Got a few things taken care of this afternoon. First I decided to do the rear storage space mod, ended up going flawlessly and nothing broke that wasn't supposed to.




To get an idea of the amount of space you have and an idea for those who still keep their oem jack this will fit nicely inside.


By doing this, you can essentially use the space where the jack was as storage. It's easier to get to from the back of the car and is a bit bigger. Don't put anything too small in there as it can fall through. Haven't quite decided what I want to put in here just yet, but for now I fit a folding shovel and some of my tools.


While I had the jack out, and was organizing some of my gear I found that the base of the oem jack fits nicely inside the hi-lift base. Possibly an option for those with lifted runners that do not want to buy a hi-lift. It gives 2-3 inches in height and can maybe help you in a pinch.


Well this was a fun surprise to find. Have no idea how I have never noticed this, and do not recall hitting anything that hard recently. Oh well!


Lastly, I picked up this fire extinguisher bracket and decided to test fit it on the passenger side. Waiting on an extinguisher to put it on for real.
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Ended up stumbling across THIS write up the other day about mouting a smittybilt 2781 inside the engine bay. Well I just happen to have the 2781 and was looking for ways to minimize the amount of stuff inside the rig.

Ordered it a week or so ago and it just got here today! Had some time so I knocked it out.


First, I followed the C4 Fab guide for installing the battery tray and prepping the area for the install. Once it was test fitted in the engine bay, I dropped the compressor down and marked the holes on the base.


I removed the Smittybilt base, and kept all the hardware.


Once the holes were drilled, it was time to paint it. Hit it with some primer and a metallic silver paint.


Bolted down the compressor to the base, keeping the rubber spacers to minimize vibration. If you do not rivnut the battery tray then you will have to pre-assemble before dropping it in. This next part is optional but why not have some more insurance! Once it was bolted down to the base, I attached the top battery tie down, and the bolts are much longer than you need for this, so I measured them, took them off and cut them. Then flipped the bolts so the cut is at the bottom under the tray and the top of the bolt is nice and clean. Leave this loose for now if you are pre-assemblin as it helps to take it off to tighten the bottom of the tray to the vehicle.


Drop it in and follow the C4 guide to finish the install. Pretty straight forward, just got to wiggle it and angle it in to fit. Wiring wise I ran it towards the firewall and across the hood over to the driver side. From there I had wired up a fuse+relay and connected it to my Trigger Controller, so I can turn it on when I am at the back of the car. I haven't decided what to do with the air line yet, I already have a MorrFlate system so I do not need to run it to all 4 corners. I am thinking of extending the line and running it out to the wheel well or out towards the front bumper so I don't have to open my hood at all, simply connect the morrflate to the fitting.


For the time being it will sit here, I most likely will figure out a permanent solution before I even use it like this.
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Started off today with a quick rinse, heading back out camping in two days so no need to spend too much time on it. Been going out so much, this is the first time I washed it since December


Taking the rear tray out next week and replacing it with a drawer system so since it will be bare, I figured I would lay down some basic sound deadening. Originally wasn't going to do it, the noise doesn't bother me, but didn't hurt to add a little. Definitely a quick and sloppy job, but since I was already going this far, I would just lay a quick covering. On the right is the base 80mil butyl layer, and the left is a 180mil foam.


Once the rear carpet and tray were out, my plan was just to apply it to most of the visible areas. Wasn't going to tear everything out to fully cover it.


Never done it before, and took about 20 seconds to skip over the instructions and just went for it. I knew I would need to get back into the holes in the floor for mounting the drawer system so I just roughly cut around them. It isn't pretty, but nobody will ever see it lol




Everything put back together, only takes a few minutes and need the tray back in so it is level to sleep in the back this weekend! Thinking of pulling out the rear wheel well covers and the oem jack cover and throwing some of this stuff in there since I have some leftover, but that will be another time.


From there I turned my attention to my rear swing out. The bumper never included a pin that would lock the swingout when open. After trying 3 different ways to contact shrockworks to see if I could buy one, I gave up and got my own. I picked up this pin from amazon, It was the right size, but the top hole needed to be bored out a sliver for it to fit in. I also drilled a hole in the lower base of the pivot area so I can keep the pin in when it is closed as a backup for the latch. I have had one time where someone opened my latch when my car was outside and since then I have been paranoid that it's going to swing open one day. At least this gives me a little peace of mine, and it will hold the swing arm closed until I can stop and fix it.




Last night I got the fridge I have been looking forward to the most! The SetPower AJ50! This one is probably going to our go to fridge, and most comparable to a Dometic style at 1/3rd of the price. Excited to try this one out this weekend.

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Another trip in the books! This time we were back down in Anza Borrego for a quick weekend.


The whole trip I was anticipating this delivery and I am super excited for this one!


Here they are! Dobinson drawer system with the full wing kit. Tried to make some progress on it earlier before I had to leave, man they don't make these fun to install. Instructions are generic and non vehicle specific, you have to disassemble a majority of the drawers to install and then reinstall. A lot of test fitting and trial and error for the right fitment. Going to spend tomorrow tackling it and hopefully getting it all put together.
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Well, I never want to install one of these ever again. My god the instructions couldn't be more confusing. Even the online vehicle specific instructions are not helpful. I probably took the system out 3-4 times and there are a ton of bolts holding the system together. Thank god for a mini electric bit driver, was a lifesaver.



I had everything mounted in perfectly, made sure the trunk closed, and then when I had everything finished the side panels got pushed out further than before and cause them to hit the trunk. Ripped the whole thing out again and moved it back another inch or so. The hardware they provide is practically useless, although I have a lifetime supply of washers now. Thankfully I had plenty of nuts and bolts and was able to bolt it through the floorboard with my own hardware, rivnuts and bolts.



Their drawer stops caused another major headache because after mounting them, the draws would not latch. They were sticking out just a tad too much and causing the drawer to not fully close. I tried 4 different times, even with just one of the stops in on the drawer it was causing problems. I gave up and just made my own stops.




Finally after a day and a half of headache, it was done. The moment I was looking forward to was to finally put all of my gear inside. Everything I had previously stored in two large bins fit nicely inside with room to spare. They are the perfect height for everything I have and still leaves me room to sleep up on top of it after I build the second part of the sleeping platform.



Quality wise, I am very happy. They are sturdy, smooth, and I am super happy with the way they turned out. There are some things I noticed I disliked right away. First was the non locking drawer slides when fully extended. I knew this when I bought them, but never considered how helpful they really are in use. Second, the side wing kits are nice to have, but they really aren't the best fitting. Looking into the car from the rear, the front pieces on either side are off quite a bit and they leave you some carpet to kind of mimic a proper fit. I found that without anything behind it, as soon as you move it, it will fold in on itself. Not a big deal and maybe will consider finding a fix for it with a simple brace. Up top, not entirely a huge fan of the fitment with the removable piece as its a straight edge on the drawer and a curved corner on the car. Once again, small things but just things to keep in mind. Lastly on the front trim on the top platforms it looks like the edge trim was cut a little short and you have this odd gap where the carpet has already begun the fray. Not the most appealing thing, but hey it'll get beat down over time and that will be the least of my issues.



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I've heard multiple issues experience the same thing with the Dobinson drawers. Doesn't seem like the execution was fully thought through with that system. Also.... did you add that table to your shrockworks bumper?? If so... what table did you use?
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I've heard multiple issues experience the same thing with the Dobinson drawers. Doesn't seem like the execution was fully thought through with that system. Also.... did you add that table to your shrockworks bumper?? If so... what table did you use?
The drawer system is a universal set, and then the wing kit is vehicle specific. So there is going to be some tinkering to get it to mount. Figuring out the right combination of height of the wood support and the spacers/washers needed to securely fasten it is a majority of the work/time.

This video explains it pretty well, and gives a better visual example. He ran into a lot of the same problems/concerns I did, and would recommend anyone considering it to watch it. Note: his is not the correct drawer system so the wing kit does not fit as it normally would which he explains in the beginning.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRTXEIZ-mes

Like I said though, after the installation, I am happy. They are exactly what I wanted and needed in a system. The installation is just a PITA.


Yes, I mounted the table to my rear bumper. It is a front runner drop down tailgate table!
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Was tagged in a post about one of these and after watching one video on it I was sold. Ordered it that night and just got in yesterday, just threw it in earlier this afternoon! I was in the market for a new dash cam after my last one failed me in an accident in my old car.



For those not familiar with them, they are the rear view mirrors that are a camera monitor/screen. On top of that, this is a front and rear facing dash camera. Why might you want one? If you are like me and load up the cargo area often, you lose all your visibility with the mirror. Also having a swing out/ladder I get an obstructed view with an empty cargo area. This gives me a wider point of view, and an unobstructed view out the back. It is also a larger mirror giving a wider view when its off.


It simply straps to your oem mirror, and the left side has an adjustable camera. It has your standard dash cam features: voice activated, photo mode, gps/speed, etc. When you don't want to run the monitor you can turn it off and use it as a normal mirror. It is slightly darker looking as it is not a normal mirror, but it still functions good enough.


Disregard the wiring hanging down, this was during install. Rear camera is small and easy to attach to the center of the rear headliner. I tried connecting it to my rear camera relocation as it was the same plug, but it wouldn't recognize it. I am actually glad I didn't go that route as I prefer this position and now have my rear view camera + this better camera when I go into reverse rather than just one. It has a wide field of view and you can scroll with your finger on the video up or down to adjust the framing.




Hard to capture on my phone, but here is the display! 4K front camera + 1080P rear. You can swipe the mirror to switch between displaying the front camera, rear camera, and then a side by side split screen with both of them. I only run the rear camera display, but just thinking of how the front camera may be useful is maybe on a trail on a steep approach you cant see what is over the ridge, being up a little higher you can sort of see something before you would from the drivers seat? Would have to actually try it, but just an idea.


One of the features that sold me on it was the rear camera at night. The video I watched turned everything behind the car into daytime, and gives so much more visibility. Being able to see someone driving without their headlights, a pedestrian walking behind you in dark clothes, etc. I am a truck driver and spend all hours on the road. I have seen so many distracted drivers, and have learned to be a super defensive driver on the road so it is in my nature to always be looking out. Anything that I can use to prevent an accident, or defend myself in an accident claim is well worth it to me. Going to go outside when the sun goes down and check it out!

So far the only cons I have noticed are that it is a video feed, and therefore suffers from some frame lag. It is not too much of an issue as you can still see way more information and see it earlier than a mirror I feel like. Another issue is some glare during harsh light, I only took a quick drive around the block so I will update when I spend some more time behind the wheel. The nice thing is that you can easily turn it off and use it like a normal mirror if you prefer.

While I was working on that today, FedEx dropped off my new front brakes! Eventually will find the time to get these on. Need to do a maintenance weekend and take care of some routine stuff one of these days.
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Waited a bit for the sun to get out of my way and was able to get some better pictures!



Here is the touchscreen menu, easy to use, pretty good responsiveness and not too clunky. 3 Rows worth of options.



Mirror turned off, functions like a normal mirror.


Rear facing camera. The display is touchscreen and you can scroll up and down to change the viewing angle. It does not physically change the camera position, simply slides the display up or down. It still captures the full video, although obviously due to the size of the mirror it can only display a very widescreen view.


Here is my display scrolled to see lower. The camera wire has a positive wire lead where you can connect it to your reverse light positive wire. When you put it into reverse, it will automatically switch to the rear camera and the furthest downward angle on the display. I did not wire it this way for now, and probably won't end up doing it. Reason being I still have my normal reverse camera relocation kit showing on my headunit display and it gives me a low camera angle. In combination with this higher camera I can get a full ground to sky and also wider field of view. The camera mount is fully adjustable so you can angle it however you need.


A quick swipe on the screen and it will change your view. This is the split screen view. Neat feature, but I will likely hardly ever use


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Had a last minute plan to hit up Big Bear this weekend. Just wanted to get away and relax, so we snagged a cabin and were on our way!

Only spent a few hours exploring this time but still got to see some nice scenery. Finally getting away from the deserts and into some greenery!


About an hour into the trip, I realized my mistake... I left my air tools at home. Got my compressor, but no air hoses Thankfully I remembered I didn't have them before I tried airing down.


Being solo, and without my gear, I kept it easy and just explored some of the fire roads. Would've been nice to air down a little to get a slightly more comfortable ride, but it is what it is.




Out of everything we did, the way home got the coolest photos. The fog was rolling in heavy. Here is the one eyed wonder the bumper always seems to block my other fog, oh well.
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Had been eying these for a while, finally decided to pull the trigger. Install is as easy as it gets with just a few basic tools.





Before..


After...


Don't have any pics of both of them on yet, will try to get out tomorrow to grab some more!
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Took a last minute run up to Santiago with a friend last night. Couldn't have asked for a better view.







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Another day another delivery

Got a few things coming in this week and next. Starting off with some small stuff, new light bar for the roof. I've always liked the slimmer look with single row. Had some condensation build up in my last bar, as well as this one providing both spot and flood. Going to throw this on tomorrow. Also had to get replacement UCA dust caps for my icon arms as the last one vibrated itself loose and got lost on a trail :/ Really wish they were a bit more secure, that or not cost $40 to replace.


Also picked up a set of soft shackles to have on hand.


Also noticed the other night that half of one of my few month oold Baja squadron's went out. Swapped the harness/plug into another line and still the same issue. Reached out to them, and they are going to take care of it under warranty. Have to take it out and send it in.
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