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Taking a Tacoma around the world, need advice

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Round the world, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. Jul 9, 2020 at 10:45 PM
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    Round the world

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    Realized one of the two solar panels wasn’t charging. After a bit of back and forth trying to figure it out with the with Overland Solar they sent me a new panel. They said this was their first failure. They’re a great small company based out of Boise, ID
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    Why me...that’s the bad news but the good news is that I’ve learned a lot about my solar/lithium battery/charge controller system. It looks like the installer that I hired to build my camper setup didn’t support the semi flexible panels and they bent to much possibly causing the failure. They also didn’t install VHB tape between the bolts holding the panels down onto the aluminum Z metal. The Z metal is bolted onto Yakima roof rack tracks installed at the Four Wheel Camper factory
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    So now’s my chance to do it right. I didn’t want to have the panels bonded directly to the camper roof for several reasons, 1) panels are more efficient when cooler, 2) they’re a lot easier to take off, 3) the air gap keeps the camper cooler as well.

    Here I’m mounting the Z metal with the VHB tape on the upside down panel. I also changed the wiring from being soldered to using MC 4 connectors; they’re foolproof
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    The nice thing about the Overland Solar panels are they are designed and built to be mounted directly on a sailboat’s roof and walked on! Not many panels can do that they’re built tough and have a grippy surface similar to a golf ball; wouldn’t want to slide off and see your boat keep sailing

    Here’s the specs, this is the underside
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    At the truck’s current location, from 6 pm until 9 am, the panels are shaded and the battery provides camper power and typically uses about 22 amp-hours or 300 watts of electricity. In 2 1/2 hours (9:00 am to 11:30) of sun, the battery is fully charged. Don’t need to run the truck to keep the battery charged
     
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  2. Jul 10, 2020 at 9:25 AM
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    Next project is finish mounting my 12 gallon grey water tank underneath the flatbed
     
  3. Jul 10, 2020 at 10:18 AM
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    So I forgot to ask, are you shipping your truck soon?
    Zim
     
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  4. Jul 10, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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    I have been following this Australian guy that moved to Yokon Canada and he took his jeep around the world. I believe his channel on YouTube is called The Road chose me, very informative...worth watching for pointers...maybe you already know of him.
     
  5. Jul 10, 2020 at 10:26 AM
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  6. Jul 10, 2020 at 12:10 PM
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    Long story short, we will be shipping around the 1st of November to England as my wife's work has asked her to work part-time the month of October while she trains her replacement.

    But our house is scheduled to close and therefore we will be homeless starting in a month. So we're planning on traveling around the Western US until then working remotely part-time. Working in Missoula Montana right now, beautiful country, want to move here afterwards
     
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  7. Jul 10, 2020 at 12:12 PM
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    Yeah! Dan Grec of The Road Chose Me is my hero. Met him at the Overland Expo in 2019
     
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  8. Jul 10, 2020 at 12:12 PM
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    Seems like a nice guy, I love watching his adventures...plus he talks about gear and cost and yes...a genuine decent guy.
     
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  11. Jul 10, 2020 at 9:32 PM
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    Ah yes the Patriot Trailer guys! That’s some fun that they have! Thanks for turning me on to their show
     
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  12. Jul 11, 2020 at 5:34 PM
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    Outstanding. I've shipped a car/truck back and forth 6 times, and I don't think it was ever easy. Especially going to Sardinia. Germany was not bad. Good luck on the adventure. Please put up a link where we can follow you. I'll subscribe from there.
    Thanks
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  13. Jul 11, 2020 at 6:16 PM
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    Thanks Zim. Ah oh, here comes some questions... When was the last time you shipped? Did you put them in a container or RoRo? I was thinking of RoRo (Roll on, Roll off)i do have some gear like the solar panels, front bumper, winch that a determined person could swipe. Is it safe to leave on the harder stuff to remove? Do you have a recommendation as to a expeditor and shipping company? Haven’t checking shipping companies since March to see if they’re still in business

    We’d like to leave earlier but only England is accepting people from the US. From what we can find out France is not letting US citizens in at all, even if they done a quarantine in the UK.

    My wife isn’t going to be happy because it’s not ready for the general public but our website is www.roguewanderers.com. There you can see us. I do have a build blog there but it’s really just a consolidation of this site. We’re not very active cause the trip is so far away it seems. But we’ll be more active once we hit the road next month, even if it only stories about our travels around the US.
     
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  14. Jul 11, 2020 at 6:25 PM
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    I don't have answers on the companies as I was Military. I think almost everything goes in a container, which is outstanding. It's sealed, and from what I have heard, never screwed with.
    They do a detailed inspection at the release point. I never saw where the vehicle went after the inspection. You have to do a list of materials, equipment, accessories attached. Dents, scratches, paint chips, and anything else must be documented or you will never get paid if it shows up missing. Italians are horrible for stealing from the military. Germans are good. I'd talk to some other folks who ship civilian vehicles. Just be prepared to document everything down to the last screw...lol. I'll show you a inspection sheet if I can find it.
    Zim
     
  15. Jul 11, 2020 at 6:39 PM
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    Thanks! Last time we checked shipping via RoRo from Newark to Liverpool was the cheapest. Was thinking that that route would be reasonably safe from petty theft. Our challenge with the standard 20’ container is that we’re about 3” too tall, I’ve even tried lowering the tire’s air pressure down to 14lbs and only lost an inch of sidewall! Must be the load E sidewalls doing their job too well
     
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  16. Jul 11, 2020 at 6:41 PM
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    Okay, you ready for this? Ahahahahahahahaha
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    and here I am, after climbing a massive rock on the island of Caprara.

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  17. Jul 11, 2020 at 6:44 PM
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    Haha! Now that’s some detail. They didn’t want to make any claims with them
     
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  18. Jul 11, 2020 at 6:45 PM
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    Yeah, it's CYA for sure. I've been paid thousands for stolen, broke, missing stuff. They don't want to pay, and neither do I. LOL
    Zim
     
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  19. Jul 11, 2020 at 6:48 PM
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    Low rider tires. Find some crappy 15" 6x4.5?????? wheels, find some old 15 tires and rock those. Maybe come up with some room. Or, deflate the tires, block it, and inflate at receiving.
    Zim
     
  20. Jul 11, 2020 at 6:51 PM
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    How much more for a high cube container? It would get you am extra foot of height
     

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