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  1. VERY COOL! I wondered if anyone had done something like this! So the hitch extends and retracts? How big of a deal is it as you move the hitch away from the centerline on the back axles? I guess the further away it is, the more of a lever action there is on the pivot? I'm new to 5th wheels and the needed geometry for hitch placement on the tow vehicle. Has anyone used one of those in-motion sliding hitches as well? The ones made for short bed trucks, I think, where they move on turns to give extra clearance? Not sure how much room they give you but for people running long, may
  2. Thanks for sharing pics and info on how you did it, @Moresmoke and @Scrap And @Scrap that 280 system is one I hadn't heard about before.... this looks very exciting. This is Metri Pack? Here's an overview I found for anyone else who may be interested:
  3. STILL TOO MUCH DIY? HOW ABOUT NEARLY ZERO WIRING!!? This Tekonsha 119251 ZCI Zero Contact Interface Universal ModuLite Kit ($130) uses current sensors on any wiring you can find with the signals you are interested in. You simply provide +12v to the unit and then clip the current sensors on the signal and brake wires, etc. https://amzn.to/3xYjgTE Then take the 4way output and plug it into 7way, run your brake controller and you've done enough to get on the road.... Hopkins 47185 Multi-Tow 4 Flat to 7 Blade and 4 Flat Adapter ($20): https://amzn.to/3uyedHJ So you have a complete wir
  4. Well, I think it's more like there are green apples and red apples and washington and granny smith and more. Lots of options. But the "core" of all of the relay based options is less than $20 in relays, even for the exact same relays used in the Jackalopee. Is the rest worth $180 (with shipping) or $280 with some extra wiring? To me that is a heavy premium. You can get this waterproof version of the relays used in the Jackalopee for $4 each https://www.qualitymobilevideo.com/bu5084.html Donald Trump may crap on a golden toilet but I'm fine with porcelain LOL. They do the same
  5. Looking over my circuit design, there may not be too many crimps to do.... hell this has to be easier than putting together a piece of Ikea furniture LOL! INCOMING CONNECTIONS GROUNDS - Relay terminals #85 for all four relays get tied together with the incoming and outgoing ground RIGHT TURN - Tie the incoming right turn wire to terminal #86 from one relay and #30 on another relay LEFT TURN - Do the same for terminals #86 and #30 for the other two relays and the incoming left turn wire BRAKES - Tie the last two #30 terminals to the incoming brake wire RELAY TO
  6. My soldering is also not great although recently I have been trying to improve. Some also say that solder for a mobile application isn't great while other people swear by it. Like you, I mostly opt for crimping. That's why I would probably end up using relays with pigtail sockets like I previously posted: https://amzn.to/3eRD6Y9 (maybe a waterproof version with waterproof relays) Then I would use marine grade crimp connectors AND marine heat shrink tubing over those. (I'm always afraid that I might puncture the heat shrink on the connectors while crimping.)
  7. @NeverEasy thanks for the reply. It's great to hear from someone who appreciates that diy OR jackalopee are both fine solutions. The experience you had a the 2019 ECR rally is exactly the type of scenario when a DIY option is perfect because sometimes you want to implement a solution right on the spot. I agree with you about being careful with quality of many of different components you can source. I do tend to gravitate toward reputable brands and sellers. On Amazon, if there are a large number of positive reviews -- AND (very important) if the product is sold by one seller only (so
  8. I never said it was a better option. I've said it is an alternative -- one that the HDT community already lists in the FAQ -- that some people will prefer. It seems a lot of people are very passionate about the Jackalopee and I've said again and again.... that's great. I've said it is a lovely product. This will be the third time I've said -- some people may have more time than money and this can work for those people. It's really all anyone needs and will likely be completely sufficient for as long as they own the truck. Most every post has been to tear apart the unimaginable
  9. Is anyone mounting their Jackalopee in a location where they need more than an IP65 rating? Seems unadvisable. An enclosure for these relays is a luxury more than a necessity. The relays could be mounted in a toolbox, drawnbox, or the cab, for example. Most people I would guess have many electrical components mounted in various places and few are probably in IP65 or greater cases. The enclosure I posted does have means for protecting the wiring in the back -- which would be required for the IP65 rating. There are numerous alternatives on Amazon if you are looking for something b
  10. As I said in my opening -- if you have more money than time, then by all means spend away. Those of you who have purchased a truck already done by one of the outfitters will likely fall into this category. If you like the make of the Jackalopee, go ahead and support him. But not everyone is going to have this luxury. Other folks are going a DIY route, and this is a simple way to save a few bucks. Spend that money for things you can't do yourself, or to upgrade some other component that you otherwise would not that would make a bigger difference to your vehicle. "DIY where you can a
  11. I came across a mention of the Jackalopee in another thread and didn't want to hijack that any further about DIY solutions. The Jackalopee appears to have many fans and if you have more money than time, it's probably a great solution. Some of us are trying to DIY build a lot more of our own HDT (I'm still exploring HDT) so I wanted to post some info that may help others trying to save a few bucks to make their own solution. The other benefit of DIY is you can use standard components available EVERYWHERE and if you have any problems, any competent vehicle mechanic with electrical skills
  12. I'm not seeing anyone complaining about failures of the Tekonsha unit in the reviews. They have given it 4.8 out of 5 stars at eTrailer. Some things I read said that you HDT folks were supposed to be more DIY inclined but I'm starting to wonder! For under $20 you could buy the exact same relays Jackalopee uses and it wouldn't be hard to wire them up. I'll sit down and draw out a schematic and post. There is nothing magic about this Jackalopee box. I think these are the same relays as used in the Jackalopee -- Beuler brand. Just $3.59 ea. https://www.qualitymobilevideo.com/bu50
  13. I looked up the Jackalopee -- Seems awfully expensive for a bunch of relays. Doesn't Tekonsha 119130 for $30 do the same thing? You could then get a splice it into the middle of a 7 way round to 7 way blade pigtail and you are done for about $60. Seems like you could do it for even less $$ if you just wired up a 7 way blade socket from the Tekonsha adapter. And I'm guessing there are other adapters out there for even less than the Tekonsha. Etrailer has an article talking about ways to do this. They list 4 different adapters for combining the brake and turn signals....
  14. This unit is REALLY nicely done and sounds like they worked with a coach builder AND volvo to customize it. The paint and body appearance make it feel a lot less imposing as it feels more like a traditional/typical/modern RV Seems pretty clear that they started with a day cab, right?
  15. Came across a few Volvo toterhomes.... This one is an old listing so may no longer be available, but is maybe close to what I'd like. No factory sleeper and still has a fifth wheel. Also has a slideout for extra space. https://www.facebook.com/commerce/listing/561357350881031/?media_id=0&ref=share_attachment This next one is 1999 Volvo with factory sleeper + a box made into a motorhome behind it. Pretty well done. The only thing is once again the factory sleeper really isn't put to good use. There area just a couple bench seats in it. I wonder if they use it as a dinette
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