Dual Battery Install

Most people ask why would you want a dual battery in your rig. Simple answer is the 2nd battery can be used to “jumpstart” the primary battery. It can also be used to power all the always on accessories you have on your rig like my HAM Radio, CB, Fridge, and one of my dual USB ports.

The 2nd Battery is a deep cycle battery. Deep cycle batteries are better suited to power accessories.

I went with the National Luna Battery Manager Kit. It is one of the more popular options. Not the cheapest but has a good track record. When you start the vehicle the system charges only the primary battery for the 1st 5 minutes. It then kicks over and starts to charge the auxiliary battery. No intervention in required on your part. If you attempt to start the car and your main battery is dead a simple press of a button inside your vehicle pairs the batteries. You should then be able to start your engine.

The Install:
With a huge helping hand from my friend Don Grey the install was a success. Don had to build a custom platform for my purchased battery box. The battery is installed on the passenger side over the wheel well. Since this is not level you have to build something to level the box. Don did a great job. Something I could have never built myself since it required welding and customizing parts. The National Luna install is really easy. Once complete I simply had to build one new positive cable for my fuse block to run to the auxiliary battery. Once again Don saved the day an built one. If you want to purchase custom cables I recommend trying this company. Pricing is very reasonable.

A few pictures for your viewing pleasure.

 

 

 

Sears Diehard Platinum PM-1 Marine Battery

 

HAM Radio and Fuse Block Install

Just a quick write up on my install. First of thanks to Don aka Wikid for helping me get everything set up. I could not have done it with his help. I installed a Kenwood TM-D710A Radio and a Blue Sea Fuse Block to power all of my non-Toyota accessories. In the process I removedContinue Reading

M416 Information and Resources

PDF Manual - http://www.ih8mud.com/tech/pdf/trailer/m416.pdf Other Builds: http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/16632-M-416-Build - Great pics and mods http://offroadtrailer.blogspot.com http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/62953-JP90-s-M416-budget-off-road-camper-build/page2 Nice Build Thread: (Tailgate Mod) http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/100259-FlashHole-s-M416-trailer-Build Battery Setup: http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/81115-Matts-M416-build/page2?highlight=M416+Battery Side Table Idea - http://forum.ih8mud.com/trailer-tech/319054-wompsers-m416-trailer-build-4.html Tires: Lighting: Accessories: Jerry Cans: http://www.jerrycan.com/ Tongue Box for battery and electrical items instead of Jerry Cans (Mount on Back??) – http://www.harborfreight.com/steel-trailer-tongue-box-65439.html From Home Depot

Additional Dual USB Port for FJ

Here is a very simple mod for the FJ. Add a 2nd USB charging port. I decided to install my in the center console. This is very easy to do. You simply remove the gear shift knobs and then pull up on the console from the rear. You can then slide it towards the backContinue Reading

FJ iPad Dash Mount

I highly recommend mounts from RAM. They are sturdy and I have never had an issue with the many I have owned through the years. This install requires you to drill two holes into the right side of your dash by the radio. Some cringe at doing this but after researching many options I foundContinue Reading

Using Topo maps while Four Wheeling

We all know I love gadgets. So my latest focus is on GPS Tracking and guidance using my iPhone/iPad with topo map software. Here’s a thread I have created on AZFJ.org. I will put more detailed information here as time permits. If you want to see the iPad mount I installed see this post. Goals:Continue Reading

New Rig

Stock 2011 FJ Cruiser: Purchase with only 10,250 miles on it. Pics are from my first 4 wheeling class near Saguaro Lake, AZ. Modifications to come budget and time permitting…..

Boy do I need to update this web site!

So the last update was almost 3 years ago! Well the Smart Car is gone and now we have a Toyota FJ Cruiser. I will leave the Smart Car stuff up and add an FJ Section. I know the internet will be happy right? I am going to try to put a few hours intoContinue Reading

Time for an update!

Time for an update! Well not really. We are so busy doing other stuff but I just felt compelled to write something. We got a new dog this fall and had to put Babe down a couple of months ago. What a great dog she was and we were lucky to have her for 13Continue Reading

Slovenia!

We just got back form a great trip in Slovenia. We spent just under a week there. We flew into Vienna and out of Amsterdam (via Vienna) to get home. Slovenia is a great place. Small, friendly people and you can still travel on a budget. It is called “little Europe” because they have aContinue Reading