Jeeper's Chevy Colorado 2.0

Or just add a lithium battery that does nothing but the fridge and is disconnected when the engine isn't running. It will be expensive up front, but it will rebound many many more times and running it dead won't be nearly as costly in the long term.
 

jeeper

Currently without Jeep
Location
So Jo, Ut
Thanks for all the replies guys.. I didn't think anyone would actually care :rofl:

Someday I will go to a dual battery.. but there are a LOT of other projects in line first.
For now I will just leave it on a higher safety setting to preserve my battery, and carry out a days worth of drinks from the house fridge when I leave. They will already be cold, and the fridge will get cold real quick once the truck is running, so it wont be any issue at all.
 

I Lean

Mbryson's hairdresser
Supporting Vendor
Location
Utah
The solar panel on my camper is a game-changer. I absolutely love it, and the worry-free aspect of it. I NEVER plug the thing in anymore, because the battery is always charged and ready. I hooked my Cruiser up to it via jumper cables so the solar panel would keep that battery full also, on a trip where my battery was failing.

I say all that to recommend a solar panel. 😁 Mine is a 100 watt panel with an MPPT controller, but I bet a 50W and PWM controller would do what you need It to. Mount it to your shell and always have a cold fridge and a charged battery.
 

jeeper

Currently without Jeep
Location
So Jo, Ut
The solar panel on my camper is a game-changer. I absolutely love it, and the worry-free aspect of it. I NEVER plug the thing in anymore, because the battery is always charged and ready. I hooked my Cruiser up to it via jumper cables so the solar panel would keep that battery full also, on a trip where my battery was failing.

I say all that to recommend a solar panel. 😁 Mine is a 100 watt panel with an MPPT controller, but I bet a 50W and PWM controller would do what you need It to. Mount it to your shell and always have a cold fridge and a charged battery.

I am one of those snobs that park in the garage. The times I need additional charge is when it is parked, over night, in a garage. I don't think solar would be excellent under those condition.

I would be interested in seeing you set up some time. We tried solar on our trailer, and it was underwhelming. I think we may have had a bad panel or something.
 

I Lean

Mbryson's hairdresser
Supporting Vendor
Location
Utah
I am one of those snobs that park in the garage. The times I need additional charge is when it is parked, over night, in a garage. I don't think solar would be excellent under those condition.

Oh, I thought you said something about being parked all day in the sun. In a garage at night is a bit different. 🤣

I would be interested in seeing you set up some time. We tried solar on our trailer, and it was underwhelming. I think we may have had a bad panel or something.
Sure thing, any time.
 

J-mobzz

Well-Known Member
I am one of those snobs that park in the garage. The times I need additional charge is when it is parked, over night, in a garage. I don't think solar would be excellent under those condition.

I would be interested in seeing you set up some time. We tried solar on our trailer, and it was underwhelming. I think we may have had a bad panel or something.
Why not wire a couple terminals off the battery and poke it through the grill or put in a flush mount plug? Or even just come off the wires for the fridge in back and put a flush mount plug on the shell. It would take 15-20 minutes to install and be hardly noticeable and you could plug it in to like a 2 amp charger when you pull in the garage with little effort.

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jeeper

Currently without Jeep
Location
So Jo, Ut
I need to have a way to use my snow plow in the winter, and I figured I should get planning for it now. I prefer to have a 2" receiver hidden in the bumper. I can then use any sort of tool/hook/winch/plow/ect by simply setting it in. I can buy THIS hitch for super cheap. Easy install. However, it is super low, and looks like a tiny weiner poking out the front. I already have one of those, and don't think the truck should also. So not really an option.
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589 makes the hitch I would be interested in.. HERE, but it is $500. But I like it's hidden factor. But It's $500 for just a receiver.

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The other option I am looking at Is a Warn 'hidden' bumper, HERE. It can be had for as low as $750. That is not a whole lot more than the $500 receiver. My hope would be that there is enough room above the winch for me to be able to weld in my own receiver for the plow, and I would then obviously always have the winch. I like the bar on top as well, and could see some HID round lights in there.
However, If I go cutting and welding on this one, then I will have to repaint or powder coat it again..

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Or the last option is just to build my own receiver again like I did on the last Colorado. I probably have enough metal and paint kicking around to do it for free again.
 

moab_cj5

Premium Member
Supporting Member
Personally I would vote 2 or 4, unless you really want a bumper. Option 3 sounds neat, but you'll likely have hidden costs that could cause that to be significantly more than the other options as you get into it.
 

bryson

RME Resident Ninja
Supporting Member
Location
West Jordan
So your fridge shuts off via voltage cutoff just overnight? Something is wrong with your truck/battery, your wiring, or your fridge.

Keep that poor little fridge FULL all the time, and it'll be much happier. Use water bottles (so you're not tempted to drink it) to take up all the empty space leaving only enough room for your daily Dew(s) and Baby Ruth(s). A full fridge will be much, much more efficient.
 
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