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  1. DaveInDenver

    Does HP trump range on a loaded EV Pickup?

    I don't think he's suggesting a 4WD truck is at all an ideal daily. But not everyone is in a financial orbit where they can have two vehicles dedicated to two tasks. You know as well as I do that even if you can keep your camping outfit simple and light a good commuter will never be as good as...
  2. DaveInDenver

    Adding 3rd battery, LiFePO4, to AGM dual battery setup

    There's a question with the diode drop to the starting battery. What are you thinking for an ideal diode? One of those N-channel FET controllers? The question I would have is current capability vs cost. As you know, any drop may cause problems with the regulator in the alternator, which will...
  3. DaveInDenver

    Litium batteries for winching

    It's not that lithium can't be used for high current. It most certainly can. The problem is managing them thermally. They need to be kept from going into high temperature runaway and melting down. So you need to find cells for continuous (not just surge) high current and a BMS that will be...
  4. DaveInDenver

    Unobtainum

    Sure, some do it that way. The same pros and cons for it down under as here or anywhere else. Going into the 3rd decade using an WilderNest on my truck, I like being off the ground, too. There's reasons that i still have ground tents on the shelf and not just backpacking trips. Sometimes...
  5. DaveInDenver

    Unobtainum

    Not sure if you're familiar with their technique. That's known as a swag, basically what we'd call a bivy sack or ultralight backpacking tent but on steroids. Just for protection, not much more. They travel all day and when it gets late they find a suitable spot to stop, make dinner, have a...
  6. DaveInDenver

    Noobie radio question

    Seems you found the Radio Reference page. https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Yellowstone_National_Park It's not rocket surgery if you're familiar with the FCC to find their license. It's an itinerant mobile 4W, class is MOI, 20 units. They are not licensed for a repeater, which is...
  7. DaveInDenver

    Gear like MaxTrax maybe cheaper in the long run than this alternative

    The Miwok may strongly disagree. https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/environment/yosemite-national-park-native-american-village-miwuk/ A book on the topic that may be of interest is Conservation Refugees by Mark Dowie. Fact is Muir's SIerra Club continued to vote until 1920 to...
  8. DaveInDenver

    Advice requested:$35K budget, what are you buying and why?

    I'd say an all wheel drive Sienna van for the majority of duty and maybe an old 4x4 to go hunting. I'm not kidding. A Sequoia with 3 rows would be close and obviously more capable stock for 4wd trails. But for normal stuff in Colorado like going skiing the AWD Sienna is going to more than...
  9. DaveInDenver

    Offroad jacks... really?

    The guys who I know with them (or the Harbor Freight knock off) love 'em for gravel driveways. Something you want to bring along for a weekend camping on Forest Service roads? No, of course not. Not over the factory jack, cribbing and maybe a Hi-Lift. I could see a larger full-time camper...
  10. DaveInDenver

    Fs: King 650lb Springs for GX470, Taco, T4R

    I run these same 3"x14"x 650 lb coils on 2.5" FOX IFP shocks on my Tacoma. It's a fine option for carrying more front weight than FOX intended. No issues with the coils hitting their binding (e.g. their block length) before you run into stock bump stops or would worst case bottom the shocks...
  11. DaveInDenver

    Hilux-frame compared to Land Cruiser 200/Ranger

    Be sure to consider frame wall thickness as well as other dimensions when comparing various trucks in markets. For example the Tacoma and Hilux have historically derived from a similar platform but in some markets a Hilux will get a 3,000 kg GVWR. That's around 6,600 lbs. In the U.S. that...
  12. DaveInDenver

    Bike to Base Camp Communications

    How far do you intend to ride from base camp? If don't plan to be more than a few miles dead reckoning from each other satellite comm isn't really necessary and regular two-way radios are free air time. Although an InReach two-way isn't nearly as costly as sat phones so it could work just for...
  13. DaveInDenver

    ARB Prado 120 bull bar on GX470... Kinda fits...

    I don't know if they do for all models but it seems that Australian companies crash test bullbars for vehicles they get there. It's not as simple as just relying on the inertial sensors to trigger on force, there's deployment timing that has to be proven. If all you do is bolt on a completely...
  14. DaveInDenver

    Anyone connect the vehicle GPS antenna to an iPad??

    Cellular capable iPads have GPS built-in while Wi-Fi only ones don't. The Wi-Fi ones can locate themselves but they aren't using GPS. For years Google was reading access point SSIDs and MAC addresses and mapping them into a location database as they drove around taking Street View pictures...
  15. DaveInDenver

    Anyone connect the vehicle GPS antenna to iPad??

    The shark fin is almost certainly just an antenna and very likely GPS is only one of several antennas in it as well as AM/FM, cell data modem, etc). The GPS receiver (e.g. the electronics doing the "decoding" part) is usually in the device it's feeding, behind the dash or elsewhere. Point...
  16. DaveInDenver

    Dometic PLB40 - Short circuit protection was triggered.

    That site is from 2021 and mentions USB-C, which implies it might be a RPi4. The 4B was released summer of 2019 and needs 3A to meet all specs, but 2.5A is the minimum as long as the USB peripherals do not exceed 500mA.
  17. DaveInDenver

    Dometic PLB40 - Short circuit protection was triggered.

    Which Raspberry Pi are you using? The RPi3 needed 2.4A (12.5W) from it's 5V. The RPi4 and 5 are 3A and 5A. The Dometic appears to give you 2.4A per port and total of 4.2A, so you're likely right at the spec limit. It'll depend, too, what you might have the RPi doing and plugged into it.
  18. DaveInDenver

    How is highway driving with a 2024 4runner TRD Off-Road

    So you're saying... An engine that is rated 365 HP@5000 RPM and torque of 420 ft-lb@2500 RPM has more power than one rated 236 HP @ 5200 RPM and 270 ft-lb @ 4000 RPM? An engine that has forced induction continues to make more power at higher elevation? Is water still wet, too? I'll go on a...
  19. DaveInDenver

    How is highway driving with a 2024 4runner TRD Off-Road

    A 2014 Grand Cherokee is unibody independent suspension front and rear, right? I'd think the 4Runner will be more obviously a truck. Not bad for a truck but is going to be obviously less highway friendly. The GX is a luxury truck but still a body-on-frame, solid rear axle truck like the...
  20. DaveInDenver

    I'm looking for new shocks for my 2002 Tacoma

    Yeah, good point, that's true. The TRD OR would have Bilstein. Don't remember the model number, 4600 may very well be right. I didn't see mention that it was a TRD truck so I did make an assumption. Also the TRD would have progressive springs which the base and SR5 would not. It's not...
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