PNW - Destination Adventure

This is a work in process build thread. I picked up my GFC in September 2018. Work and foreign travel put the buildout on the back burner for a while, but I am back at it.

Truck: 2018 TRD OR DC LB

Phase One Upgrade - 2018

  • ADS Level 3 suspension with
    • Extended travel
    • 700 lb coilovers
    • OME HD Leaf Pack
    • Total Chaos Uniball UCA’s
    • Extended brake lines
  • C4 Fabrication bumpers
    • Rear: Overland Series Rear Bumper System with BSM support, tire/hilift/gas can mounts and table
    • Front: Overland Series Front Bumper Full Size with center and headlight hoops
    • Baja Design lights in front and rear
  • GoFastCamper with grey tubes and black panels
    • Bed sheets

Phase Two Upgrade - 2019

  • Mountain Hatch tailgate cover
  • Solar / Electrical setup
    • 2x Renogy 170 Ah LiFePo4 batteries
    • 4x 100W Renogy Eclipse panels
    • Renogy Rover 40 A MPPT solar charger
    • Renogy 3000W 12V Pure Sine Wave Inverter / Charger
    • Renogy 12V DC to DC On-Board Battery Charger (alternator to solar)
    • Bunch of various sized cables, fuses, circuit breakers, etc
  • Simarine Pico Electrical Monitor System
    • Monitor Tablet
    • 3x SC302T shunt (monitors each of the “inputs”: solar, alternator, and rv hookup)
    • 2x Quadro Shunt and tank module (monitors all of my loads: fridge/freezer, lights, USB, inverter, etc)
    • 6x temperature sensors (inside, outside, battery, fridge, freezer, cab)

-SPOD Bantam to control lights (interior, exterior, running, fridge, other accessories)

  • Dometic 75dzw
  • GoFast Camper ladder for tent

Phase Three Upgrade - Planned 2020

  • Wheels
  • Tires
  • Regear

Currently waiting on:

  • Beef racks
  • V2 tent
  • New GFC seals/upgrade

Currently working on

  • Battery box layout
  • Simarine Pico setup and test
  • Designing an easily removable drawer system out of 8020
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Electrical Setup

Quicks snaps of the first electrical tests. I only had a day or so to through pieces together before I trip so I made something quick and easy to test run the setup. I wanted to see how many hours I could get running basic loads. This setup only included one of the batteries and probably less than 1/8 of the electronics. My new design will be a tier of two stacked boxes for electrical equipment. The inputs and large current monitors will reside in the bottom layer while the smaller loads and fancy gadgetry such as the Simarine Pico and Spod Bantam will reside up top with the low power circuits.

The platform that the Dometic 75dzw rests on will eventually have an easily removable 8020 drawer system on the front side. My goal is to leave the right side more open for the dogs to sleep and extra gear storage when needed.

Fridge with prototype electrical box on the right

Plenty of space to open

Aluminum to hold the fridge in place

Testing the output of the solar panels

Electrical prototype there will be a lot more in both layers soon

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Lights, electrical loads, Spod, etc

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Wheels, tires, regear

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Suspension, bumpers, armor

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Interior

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Trips, photos, updates, etc

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My side hustle supported by the GFC: https://josh-ulrich.com/

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Looks great! Keep us updated on this system. That looks really nice.

And your photography is beautiful as well.

Thank you. I’ll try to keep this post updated. I am hoping to have it full tested and built out by the first part of September. :crossed_fingers:

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Did it work? Locked and unlocked and took off any time constraints!

@BigMikeOfficial Didn’t work. I still can’t edit/update my initial posts at the top of this thread. Instead of the normal pencil icon for editing a post, I am shown a number then a pencil where the number represents the number of times the post has been edited (2 or 3 in this case). When I click the pencil icon it shows a history of my edits, but does not give me opportunity to edit anymore. I am looking for the ability to update my initial posts as a table of contents like people typically do in tacomaworld.

I verified that I can edit newer posts of mine on other threads.

Love the truck so far, looking forward to the updates!

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Thank you, hopefully I get a chance to update the post around the holidays with the first version of my electrical setup. I have all the electrical sources wired and just need to finish up all the lights and accessories.

Interior Led Light Install
I’ll post some detailed pictures after I test it out on a trip this weekend. As for now I attached a link to a video below that shows the functionality (initial video doesn’t have the separately purchased controllers, remote, or my electrical box).

Products
2x LED kit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IQOV13G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1x LED connector kit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Y32YS1C/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2x controller: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S4DQ17J/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1x remote: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SG7NLT8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1x 3m adhesive for connections: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BO913C/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

Install

  1. Measure, cut, and connect three sections of LED strip for the upper tent portion. 2x long side lengths and 1x short width length. I made the mistake of attaching the strips to the roof before connecting them together and testing. This caused me to incorrectly place one strip in relation to the other two, essentially one strip had the 12V pin on the outside while the other two had the 12v pin on the inside. This caused me to have to create a custom connector to flip the wires. I didn’t like this solution because it was a weak failure point so I pulled the incorrect strip and placed a new section to correctly align the 12V pins in the same orientation.
  2. Connect the three strips with 90 degree angle connectors from the kit. Test the continuity of the connectors before attaching to ensure a solid connection because some of them didn’t work out of the box until I reseated the connections. Open the connectors before connecting to the LED strips to provide good points to test with a multimeter to ensure the connection is continuous and complete. This was a pain and took the longest time. Slow is fast in this step.
  3. Use one of the wire connectors from the kit to create a flexible extension cable that will be connected to the provided extension cable that is routed throw the cable hole in the GFC platform. Attach the LED strip, wire connector, and extension cable. Run the extension cable through the lower platform to the truck bed portion.
  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to place the LED strips inside the lower frame (truck bed portion). There is a small overhang lip that runs the length of the lower platform where I placed the LED strips.
  5. Create another wire extension like in step 3 but for the lower portion.
  6. Use the 2 to 1 cable to attach the upper and lower LED strips. Test the functionality using the power supply and remote that came with the LEDs.
  7. Once the LED functionality is verified install the separately purchased controllers to allow for independent control of the two zones, top and bottom. This allows you to turn on one without turning on the other with the separately purchased remote. If you don’t care about independent zone control you can simply use the provided controller and remote that came with the LED strips.
  8. Create the necessary power cables to go from the 2x controllers to whatever power supply you have in your truck. In my case I have a dedicated electrical box that houses my Lithium batteries, solar charger, alternator charger, inverter, SPOD, Pico Simarine, and low voltage fuse block. I used quick disconnect power connectors at each end of the cables to allow me to quickly detach lights and my other electronics from the electrical box so that I can easily remove everything from the truck bed when I need to use it for hauling.

Video Link

Finally had some time to take some pictures after I used 3M moulding tape to adhere the 90 degree connections. Now I just need to wrap up the power connections with some anderson power connectors. The pictures below are the RGB LED strips set to white.

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