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Dual Battery set up, Offgrid-engineering, Adventure Ready or ???

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by YOTA 4X4, Feb 27, 2018.

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Which dual battery "off the shelf" system?

  1. Off-Grid Engineering

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  2. Adventure Ready Seattle

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  3. Other (please specify)

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  4. Genesis Offroad

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  1. Jul 12, 2019 at 9:40 AM
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    For the Dometic PLB40 was there an answer on the voltage cut off? Given the positive reviews and since it is made by a fridge maker I’m betting it is not limited like the Goal Zero.
     
  2. Jul 12, 2019 at 4:20 PM
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  3. Jul 12, 2019 at 5:59 PM
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    What’s the question? The plb40 discharges 12.8 natural voltage all the way to zero so it won’t shut down until the battery is drained.

    If it’s plugged into your starting battery when your vehicle is off it’ll pull that down instead and keep the plb full. You want to either unplug it from the main battery when the vehicle is off or have it hooked to a keyed outlet that’s only powered when the ignition is on.

    As far as charging times it accepts 8A so it needs five hours to fully charge from zero but will power a fridge for about two days without any added power. If you’re going to be parked for long periods of time it has a solar input and inputting 8A from a 100W panel will keep it full indefinitely.

    Hope this helps
     
  4. Jul 12, 2019 at 8:52 PM
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    Thanks guys, both very helpful! The 12.8 number is what I was missing but apparently just wasn’t looking hard enough.
     
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  5. Jul 13, 2019 at 8:40 AM
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    Aside from wiring/simplicity, the weight of the dual battery system is actually an issue on these trucks if you use them off-road. I highly recommend to Genesis to consider a re-design of the mounting. Toyota didn't engineer the truck for that weight, so the aftermarket has to be cautious in design and testing. I wouldn't take the time to make this comment if I didn't have factual background information to make the suggestion. I'm attempting to caution others who do a lot of off roading, and simultaneously help with continuous improvements of aftermarket products for this very popular 3rd gen platform.
     
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    What's the issue?
     
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    There is over 100lbs of battery weight constantly torquing on the factory sheet metal where the Genesis 6 nutsert locations are. I have seen these locations crack. Maybe this is a rare case. This truck is not used lightly.
     
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    Gnarly
     
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    I used Optimas in all my Jeeps. At one time they were as good as any out there and then their manufacturing moved south. QC became an issue, especially with the popular red top.
     
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    Nice work. What do you think you have invested in your set up? Seems simple enough and exactly what I need.
     
  11. Aug 12, 2019 at 6:10 PM
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    The largest cost is the Redarc component of the system at $360ish. I’ve added a second 100ah battery now but the cost of the whole system is still sub $900. It could be done for cheaper, but I used good quality stuff. I liked this option because I can transfer it all to a trailer if I ever get around to building one.
     
  12. Aug 12, 2019 at 6:18 PM
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    Thanks. Yeah, I’d really like to do it all myself too not only for cost, but so I know how it works if I have issues. Does the Redarc instructions cover most of what you need to know for an install like this?
     
  13. Aug 12, 2019 at 6:21 PM
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    Yes, I wired it per the instructions. It will also let you know exactly what’s needed for this set up. I think I have a compiled list of everything I used, if you’d like I can PM it to you.
     
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