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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    I always charge the tool batteries ahead of time. I've had to use the tools on the trail and have yet to have a scenario where they were run long enough to need a recharge. However I do carry the charger with me in the event it is needed and run a 1000W inverter. I have yet to use it to recharge batteries though. I have used it for other things though.

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    Do you have the inverter wired directly to the battery? And what type of things have you powered with it? Does the Jeep need to be running when you use it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by whispike View Post
    Do you have the inverter wired directly to the battery? And what type of things have you powered with it? Does the Jeep need to be running when you use it?


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    Yes. So what I did was ran 4 gauge wire all the way to the back of the Jeep with a circuit breaker at the battery. So I can turn the whole rear system on/off easily. The inverter is wired to that. When the rear system is on, the engine does not need to be running however, if I'm running a coffee pot, I start the engine just to be safe (coffee pot draws like 750 amps or so). I have used that inverter for that small coffee pot, grinders, drills, charging phones/tablets, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighwayTrout View Post
    Sharkey. How long can you run your fridge off the Yeti alone?
    I haven't tried to run it dry, but I have run it for a weekend camping trip with no issues. If I hop in the Jeep to cruise around exploring I typically switch the ARB back over to the Jeep.

    The Yeti is far from a perfect solution. It is heavy and takes up room. My first one actually failed (electronics went bad) on me at the beginning of a 3 day trip with Eddie, Adam, and some other Wayalifers. Fortunately my Jeep battery held up fine for the remainder of the trip or I would have been an unhappy camper...literally.

    Goal Zero was great and they sent me out a new battery. When that didn't fix the issue, they sent me out a new case/electronics. It was the inverter that failed. Also, for some reason the ARB won't run off the Goal Zerio's 12 volt plug. You have to use the 110 on the Yeti. I think that issue is on the ARB side, not the Yeti's.

    Having used it for a couple of years now, I think the better use of money is to buy a good aftermarket battery (like the Odyssey linked in the Wayalife online Amazon shopping links) and, if possible, to run dual batteries. The Goal Zero works great for charging laptops, tools, phones, and for running other smaller draw 12 volt lights and such. I'm just not sure I trust it anymore as the primary way to keep my food cold. I still use it sometimes though as it works well for a base camp power source for the ARB if you are completely unloading the Jeep.
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    Jeep Wheeling Bag

    Overdue for building a dedicated tool bag for wheeling, decided now's the time.

    Have discussed it with friends, reviewed different forums, and collected a bunch of inputs. I've thrown it into an Excel workbook you can download and play with. Filter by category, add/remove items, change prices...it'll give you a Wheeling Bag total, as well as total by category.
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    So, if you're thinking about your own bag, perhaps want some ideas, feel free to retrieve and play with it. System won't let me upload it, so I've made it available via OneDrive, here.

    Cheers!

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    Great thread JeepFan; just finished reading through it. Some great ideas here and also noticed something things I don't carry but probably should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtpedersen View Post

    So, if you're thinking about your own bag, perhaps want some ideas, feel free to retrieve and play with it. System won't let me upload it, so I've made it available via OneDrive, here.

    Cheers!
    This is great, thanks for sharing all the work. My problem is figuring out how to carry the hand tools in a way that I can find them when I need them. I started with a surplus army tool bag and now everything is just thrown in there. Sockets and torque bits jump out of their holders and are loose in the bottom of the bag, etc. There has to be a better way. I’d love to see what everyone is doing to keep a list like this organized.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Williams View Post
    This is great, thanks for sharing all the work. My problem is figuring out how to carry the hand tools in a way that I can find them when I need them. I started with a surplus army tool bag and now everything is just thrown in there. Sockets and torque bits jump out of their holders and are loose in the bottom of the bag, etc. There has to be a better way. I’d love to see what everyone is doing to keep a list like this organized.


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    This is what I have switched to. IMG_1606.JPGIMG_1607.JPG


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    Quote Originally Posted by black pearl View Post
    This is what I have switched to. IMG_1606.JPGIMG_1607.JPG


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    I just got rid of a pair of these! Couldn’t fit the c pillar in with these hanging. All in all though they were very convenient


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    Quote Originally Posted by black pearl View Post
    This is what I have switched to.

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    Thats amazing, I would have never thought of that. I have an aluminum deck aft so I couldn’t use this exactly this way but it gives me some ideas, Thanks


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