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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. Aug 2, 2020 at 12:27 PM
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    I hear the internet is full of ‘this mini air conditioner is taking the world by storm’ ads. It’s all I see on my junk pages. Looks like they are all ~9-12” cubes. My guess is they are some kind of water based unit, or the same technology they use for compressor-less refrigerators; like wine fridges.
     
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  2. Aug 2, 2020 at 1:20 PM
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    Cheap cooler, saw, low voltage PC fan, dry ice. Saved me many a nights camping in Florida.
     
  3. Aug 2, 2020 at 8:27 PM
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    I just picked up the TransCool from Australia. A bit more expensive than the desk cube coolers. But it runs in 12v and really has a serious fan. The company has been selling them for at least 10 years - something the Amazon sellers can’t boast.

    It seems to really make a difference here in the desert ( Eastern WA). Will be testing in Southern UT in two weeks! I tried it when we had 110 deg last week. I left the camper closed until sundown. This is the worst case scenario. I popped the top of my wedge camper and fired up the Cooler. The temperature was in the high 70’s in 30 min. I am keeping it!

    https://www.amazon.com/Transcool-Portable-Evaporative-Cooler-motorhome/dp/B07S2JLV8P
     
  4. Aug 2, 2020 at 8:57 PM
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    Great! We’ll be in Moab at the end of August and would love to see what you think. Thanks for the tip
     
  5. Aug 2, 2020 at 9:32 PM
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    For about 6 months I’ve noticed that there’s been an unexplained loss of about 30 amps per day which is about 30% of the battery capacity. After 4 months of removing one wire connection at a time this blind robin finally figured it out.

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    The builder of this truck and camper had installed this wire jumper between these terminal posts. What he had done was to wire the truck battery which is a normal lead acid battery which normally runs around 13+ volts to the terminal on the left and had the camper battery which is a lithium battery which operates around 14+ volts to the post terminal on the right...and then connected the two terminals with the jumper wire I’m holding. While i was trying to understand the wiring system my son suggested that i install wire labels; super helpful!

    Since the two batteries were in a sense wired together they tried their earnest to equalize their voltage, causing the drain. What i don’t know if it damaged the truck battery as the lithium has it’s own software to protect itself.

    With it removed, everything now works perfectly, just in time as this week we head off with the truck to Corvallis, Bend, and La Grande, OR and then points east!
     
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  6. Aug 3, 2020 at 7:38 AM
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    I bought mine from jyimportsus.com. Saved close to $100 from the Amazon price. They were very responsive and helpful.
     
  7. Aug 3, 2020 at 7:59 AM
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    Wow! Thanks!!
     
  8. Aug 4, 2020 at 11:56 AM
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    Interesting that the Amazon seller is JY Imports, who (noted above) sell it on their site for $100 less than their Amazon price.
     
  9. Aug 4, 2020 at 12:35 PM
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    Yeah that is kind of weird. I wonder if that’s how much Bezos charges sellers on the Amazon site, if so no wonder why he made $5 billion last quarter
     
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    I know it might be a bit late but if you're looking for some inspiration on some serious 4X4 off roading there is a Youtube channel called All4Adventures.

    There channel is full of some good tips and tricks not to mention some serious off roading in some of the most remote places in Australia.

    Truck looks awesome by the way. Best of luck to you looks to be a hella lot of fun!
     
  11. Aug 4, 2020 at 2:02 PM
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    Thanks for the good wishes. I’ll check them out, always good to here other people’s thoughts.
     
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    Since we’re getting close to starting I thought I’d let people know our website: www.roguewanderers.com But please realize it’s still a work in-progress with much thanks to our tech-savvy kids. It’s pretty empty but we’ll be adding more as we travel
     
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    As someone that has been through many days and weeks without power after a hurricane I would consider a generator to be essential for many reasons but your call. The Honda's are more expensive but much quieter and fuel efficient. A trip around the world sounds awesome but without a/c or any electricity ughhh I'd be miserable.
     
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    You may want to add your website to your initial post on page 1 of this thread.

    One point about the evaporative cooler mentioned a few posts above. My home is cooled by two evap coolers, and they work very well in low humidity, cooling the house up to 20 degrees F lower than the outside temp. Once it gets above 35% lower performance is noticeable. You may get better results in a smaller, confined space, but it won't work at all in high humidity or rain. Just thought I'd mention this in case you're unfamiliar with them.

    It's been fun following along. Good luck!
     
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  15. Aug 11, 2020 at 8:28 PM
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    Thanks that’s a good idea about putting our website on page one, I’ll also put it in my signature

    Good points on the limits of a evap/swamp cooler
     
  16. Aug 11, 2020 at 8:36 PM
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    If your route includes Montana feel free to reach out. There are tons of amazing places to visit here, it takes a local to pick out the best of the best.

    Happy trails, be safe and keep us updated as best you can. While right now may not be the best time to travel I do envy you...to just pack up and drive away for an adventure with no end or destination in mind is a dream.
     
  17. Aug 11, 2020 at 8:38 PM
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    Definitely being in a house without power stinks; we used to live in a house for a couple of years with power supplied by only a generator (Honda 5000 watt). Don’t worry, we’ll have electricity for the frig, lights, and while driving the truck; 120 volts for charging laptops, toothbrushes, etc. You’re right, not having AC could be a challenge for me, I’m hoping that a fan on my face will allow me to sleep, fingers crossed...
     
  18. Aug 11, 2020 at 8:47 PM
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    Thank you! Darn! Three weeks ago we were in the Whitefish/Columbia Falls area for 5 days, lovely place. We are definitely trying to be cautious about traveling overseas
     
  19. Aug 11, 2020 at 8:50 PM
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    What? You just posted a week ago that you were starting?!?! Oh, well. Sorry to have missed you. If you end up back this way again you'll have to keep me in mind.
     
  20. Aug 11, 2020 at 9:47 PM
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    I was up there on a secret business trip but we are planning on being in the sw corner some time this fall with the truck on our way hopefully east (towards Europe) and not south (wintering in AZ/NM). Be fun to meet up and chat
     
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