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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 11, 2020 at 10:08 PM
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    Your route looks pretty amazing! You're gonna see some cool stuff in South America. Atacama Desert, Patagonia, Iguazu, Machu Picchu. Salta is worth checking out in that North Weastern part of Argentina. I'm interested to hear your take on Venezuela and some of the other more "adventurous" places you are heading. Driving in India and even in urban Thailand for that matter sound both exciting and slightly terrifying. Even just navigating old narrow European roads will be interesting in the Taco! That drive around desolate Australia/Ayers Rock is gonna be unreal! Its a bummer you're skipping both Iceland and NZ they seem so pretty and driveable. I assume its probably just a logistics, time and money thing, maybe get them on a different trip. Anyways the more I look at your trip the more excited I get for you two!

    Also you realize the Walkabout and Etched sections of your blog are in another language right?
     
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  2. Aug 13, 2020 at 7:45 PM
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    Ha! That’s right. My techy son did that. Evidentially when setting up a website developers do that to make sure the site is working correctly. We’ll remove it with our first update. Thanks for noticing
     
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  3. Aug 13, 2020 at 8:01 PM
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    If you're still looking for advice on this, this is a good YouTube channel for that stuff. Lots of good information from someone who has actually driven around the world.

    https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRoadChoseMe
     
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    Congratulations on 'sticky status' :)
     
  5. Aug 13, 2020 at 10:12 PM
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    Whoa! Thank you all. I’m surprised and honored. We’re heading out in the camper for a five night test run tomorrow night in central Oregon, either the Ochoco National Forest or off of Century drive in the Cascades.
     
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  6. Aug 13, 2020 at 10:17 PM
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    Dan’s my hero! Just show one of his Youtube videos regarding the five things that Overlanders overlook. One of them was installing a hidden kill switch, anyone know of one for a 3rd gen??



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    I briefly chatted with him at the 2019 Overland Expo West.
     
  7. Aug 14, 2020 at 8:48 AM
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    Nice!! He doesn't have that many subs so I didn't know if you had seen the channel or knew of him otherwise.

    And I don't know anything about a hidden kill switch for the 3rd gens, I do know that my dad used to have to do this growing up in East Detroit (now Eastpointe). Definitely not a bad idea.
     
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  8. Aug 14, 2020 at 10:47 AM
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    No, i appreciate the thoughts. What I’ve learned at work and even here on Tacomaworld that even if you’re the smartest person in the room, the collective intelligence in the room is far better. There’s amazingly good ideas I’ve picked up here On TW for the truck​
     
  9. Aug 17, 2020 at 8:42 AM
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    Trivia for those interested, not at all technically related.... This language is "lorum ipsum" and is used as a placeholder/ filler for future things. It's vaguely Latin-esque. There are actually lorum ipsum generators out there on the web so you don't have to make it up yourself.
     
  10. Aug 17, 2020 at 7:47 PM
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    Well we finally had our first real wild campsite which was located on the shores of Deer Lake which is near the southwest corner of the Three Sisters Wilderness near Bend, Oregon.
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    Since we got a late start setting up out truck we arrived to the extremely busy area of Century Drive. Basically all of the campsites in the nearby roughly 50 campgrounds were all full. So we pushed up very rough roads and lucked out with this spot. The road down was very twisty
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    One full-size made it down to us but then had to do a 10-point turn to get back up; Very happy to be driving a Taco!
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    Truck is driving fine at 5,000’ in elevation, it’s no speed demon but it handles well on the curves. We’re super happy. The next day we did a great 13 mile gently-sloping loop (Many Lakes trail) hike through the wilderness, we were pooped.

    The 100 amp-hour battery was down to 22% after two days of nearly full shade and temps approaching 90.
     
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    Congrats on the beginning!

    What did you having running off the battery?
     
  12. Aug 18, 2020 at 8:43 AM
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    Thanks!

    Our consumption is a Dometic 85 liter frig that pulls about 43 watts. We also have led lighting and cell phone charging. I've noticed that the frig runs alot when the temperature is above 85. We have 320 watts of solar but that doesn't do much when cloudy or under trees.
     
  13. Aug 18, 2020 at 8:51 AM
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    Working it backwards since I am an analyst. The battery discharged 78 amp hours or about 1,000 watts over a 2-day period. Since the fridge uses 43 watts, that means the fridge probably ran 20 hours over 2 days with the rest being miscellaneous uses.
     
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  14. Aug 18, 2020 at 9:12 AM
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    Like, so many.
    I probably missed this, but did you re-gear?
     
  15. Aug 18, 2020 at 10:03 AM
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    Oh yeah! 5.29s. and yes it definitely worth it/necessary. It's much better all at all speeds.
     
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    That doesn't seem all that different than my 50L CFX. It will pull something like 4A initially and then evens out at 3.6A or so on 12V. Yours probably just runs more from the 60%+ more volume and the freeze side.

    If you have room, throwing a surplus wool blanket or two over the fridge may help. I tend to do that even on fridges with reflective covers. It is surprising to feel how cool it gets under the blanket after an hour or a few.

    Another thing I've done if I'm moving a lot is pre cool a few hours before stopping below my usual target temps, and then set it to nominal when I stop (if I remember lol).
     
  17. Aug 19, 2020 at 5:06 PM
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    Good thoughts, thanks. I’ve heard that the electricity consumption doesn’t change a lot due to frig size.
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    Unfortunately ours is built into the cabinet. But now I’m wondering what coolness setting its set at.

    I forgot that we also are using a Shurflo pump as part of our electrical use, but it shouldn’t be much
     
  18. Aug 19, 2020 at 5:32 PM
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    I pulled mine out and found space down the sides to fill with more insulation. Pulling it out does mean that you have to re tape the reflectex on the backside.
     
  19. Aug 19, 2020 at 5:45 PM
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    Cool. How hard was replacing the reflectex?
     
  20. Aug 19, 2020 at 5:58 PM
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    I think I reused it. You just have to tape it up again. I think you need to caulk the edges too. To protect from water seeping in. The tape I used was foil.
     
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