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Welcome to the forum Rod and your set-up is sweet! Talk about traveling in style! Keep the photos coming! I like the inverter as I have a 600W unit in my 5-wide. Is that a pure sine wave model? Love the pirate! )
Nice work! Looks like you've done your homework!
Wow, very impressive, you've been busy! I'm glad to know you can install the roof rack and that it comes with instructions. I think that's going to be my next project.
Rod, so glad you are doing all this stuff and using the camper..We will have to start looking for another in spring...have fun on all of your adventures!
Cindy and Bill
Nice mods and I like that chrome receptacle, very cool! ^:)^
I agree..... I had Little Guy build a stretched frame for me so that I could install the tool box and that would allow added length to compenate for the turning/backing issue you note above. A good weld shop should be able to fab up an extended tongue for you and if they take their time you'll never know they were there. I had some weld work done on my bike rack while I was out west (Florence, AZ) and the guy was a real journeyman and did a top shelf job for me. I can't even tell he was there!
It took me a day to respond to your upgrades cuz it took that long to get my jaw off the ground. I especially like how you moved the propane regulator, but I would worry about dirt and etc getting up in the connector... why not run the line forward to a small permanent tank on the tongue?
I don't have an exact answer to your question, but here is how I plug in my ARB at the campsite. I have a quick disconnect behind the driver's side tire (the battery is in the galley on the other side of the wall). I wired an ARB 15' wiring kit with a quick disconnect on one end and a 12V socket on the other end. I take the 12V socket under the rear window of the Escape and plug the 12V plug from the ARB into it. I have absolutely no problems powering the ARB with the 100 ah AGM battery in the campsite, when plugged into shore power. I have powered the ARB overnight in the garage with the 100 ah AGM battery.
According to this Amazon link, it draws 0.87 amp per hour from a 12V source on a 90 degree day. Since I am connected directly to the battery, as long as the battery is being charged by the converter or a solar panel, I should be able to maintain the battery charge. When I am connected to shore power, the battery is a solid 13.0V when I disconnect from the shore power, meaning the shore power and converter are maintaining the battery charge.