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Night Shade: Adventure trailer build thread.

Discussion in 'RV / Trailers / Camping' started by gmanpaint, May 15, 2018.

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  1. RockRanger

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    Good use on using material at hand.
     
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    Good parts use, the seals are special. BTW, nobody makes the hatch seal now, and only Ford had it until they obsoleted it around 2011.
     
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  4. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Wow, no kidding. I will keep an eye out for good ones at the yards! Lol
     
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    Picked out the Dual battery charger I want. REDARC's BCDC charger with dual Isolate, solar charger & Regulator, DC-DC, & low voltage amplifier/regulator from Alt/start battery. These are fan less sealed smart charging units. Waterproof & dust proof, and can be installed in any orientation. Works in sub freezing temps and up to 176F. The higher charge rate with managed voltage will help with battery life. These batteries are very expensive consumables, and I want the longest life span I can get out of one.

    The model used in this product video is for a single Aux (House) battery. I will get the BCDC1240D unit for dual batteries over 200 Ah. It's a larger 40 amp unit.



    Now to save for it.
     
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    So I just finished reading thru your trailer build and....this thing's awesome! Definitely put a lot of thought into it. Makes me want to build one and I don't even have a use for it!!!

    I did want to mention something to you about an issue you brought up about a year ago (half way into this thread) and that was related to a lubricant for the scissor jack on top.
    Try this: https://www.amazon.com/Johnson-Evinrude-OMC-508298-Triple-guard/dp/B001KYH6AW

    This is used in outboard motors mostly on the prop shafts. It is really thick and sticky and doesn't come off easily. I run this on my boat and the same grease is still on the prop shaft after all summer of running the lakes. Might be a good option that won't get wind/rain-blown off, or affected much by extreme heat.

    Keep up the excellent work!
     
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  7. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Well, first off @kmack, congrats on making it through the entire thread. I bet that took some time! Your still kicking, so it didn't kill you at least. :thumbsup: Thanks for the kind words.

    Thanks for the idea on that grease too. I have used that stuff on the Jet ski throttle cable in the past, because of it's water proofing ability, and never even thought of it for these jacks. What my main concern with lubricating that rooftop jack was dripping onto the paint from high heat. It's black, and will be in some hot climates now and then. Since that post was made, I have already bought a couple different lubes for it, but have yet to apply them. DPFE and Silicone sprays made for RV equipment. If those don't hold up, I will test that Johnson/ Evinrude grease on something in the heat, to see if it melts and drips.
     
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    Yeah, it took a couple days! But I had some leisure time here at work... :popcorn:
     
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    Just curious. What is your total project weight so far?
     
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    Haven't officially weighed it yet. Best guess is just under 2k as set up currently. That's including the spare tire, kitchen stocked, Roof top tent, awning, misc gear & accessories, and packed tongue box with batteries. If I stripped it down to just the trailer itself, guessing around 1200 lbs unsprung, and 1500 with axles and wheels.

    It's not a light weight trailer by no means, but it won't fall apart either. It's made to out live me. :D

    Goal is 2500 loaded wet. Time will tell how that goes.
     
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    You have constructed a well built trailer. To be half the weight of your tow vehicle you are doing good.
     
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    Tow rig has been modified to help in towing. Both on road and off. Bigger engine, trans mods, and gear reduction case, along with suspension upgrades.

    It's been quite a project, and not one for somebody who isn't willing to sacrifice a couple of years of time and resources. Lol
     

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