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    Re: CarterKraft TQ290 mod thread

    First couple of pics.

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    Re: CarterKraft TQ290 mod thread

    We're getting loaded up for a week in Arkansas and the Level-enuf worked very smoothly to get stabilized and level in the front of the driveway.

    It's s 3 point leveling system with 4 points of stabilization for a total of 7 points of ground contact. BAL ended up releasing a similar system about the time I was brainstorming this so I got some good vibes it would work well.

    I ran a 6ga welding lead to the fuel station area. It was powered from the generator 6 ga starter feed cable on a 50 amp bussman circuit breaker. I ran the trailer/Ford backup camera cable and a spare 16ga wire to later be used to switch a relay for backup lights along with the welding lead. This job ended up being one of the most difficult and strenous going up and over the axles but inside the underbelly, it was very dirty and will get degreased the next wash cycle. I think the majority of filth is from the 2 transmission failures from the previous tow vehicle.

    With the + cable ran I mounted the 2 500amp winch contactors. 500 amp contactor is extremely overkill for a 30 amp motor circuit however the price $16ea and the form factor and overkill factor seem like the perfect use of the part.

    I connected the power cable and a short negative cable from a cleaned spot on the frame. I then connected the RH and LH jacks to the contactors. I used MC4 connectors for the jack to extension harness connections. These are easy to use, easy to switch the leads to reverse direction in the event of a contactor failure and are waterproof. The cables ended with 5/16 ring terminals to attach to the contactor.

    With the high current cabling complete I started on the control station. I bought a valtera fresh water port plate. I cut out the port and vent pipe and installed a fabricated plate with 2 spdt switches, one for each jack. I also added a arming on/off switch for the controls. This panel is locking and I am not sure if I like that yet, I might change it to a cam lock thumb knob.

    The jacks themselves are 7k lb x 15" stroke electric jacks. They are from a class A Levellegs system that was removed because one of the 10k lb jacks and controller failed.

    These jacks are super long and that posted a problem. I shortened the inner and outer tubes 4" but kept the stroke the same. Under normal circumstances I won't use anyware near the 15" of travel. I was able to buy some of the OEM brackets to mount on the frame but I had to cutoff and re attach a new set of "keys" that orient the jacks and support the load in the brackets.

    Drilling the frame wasn't the best but it actually was much easier than I imagined. 4 1/2" bolts per side with 2 holes below the frame rail requiring the brackets to be notched around the lower flange of the I beam. I made some 2x8x 1/4 straps to connect the lower mounts and welded a piece of 1.5x angle iron accross the frame to tie both sides together.

    To level the rig you park as normal then raise the tongue .5 to 1 bubble high in the front with the tongue jack. Then lower the rear jacks and after establishing a level attitude right to left raise the rear until the trailer is level. It was a piece of cake last night and required very little labor to deploy. No more chock devices, backing up on wood blocks etc. Very simple system compared to levelup etc. but still gets the job done.

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    Re: CarterKraft TQ290 mod thread

    That's awesome. Love it
    Nice job !!!

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    Re: CarterKraft TQ290 mod thread

    We made it to lake Ouachita State park no problem.
    The level-e-nuff system worked excellently on a slightly off level site right to left but decently sloped front to rear. This type of sight usually causes me problems because the front or rear stabilizer jacks can't reach the ground. With the rear electric Jack's being so close the rear tires that isn't a problem. And the unhook and level setup time was the fastest and easiest to date.
    The wife even says "are you done?", "Really?".

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    Re: CarterKraft TQ290 mod thread

    Quote Originally Posted by CarterKraft View Post
    This model Torque has zero wall mounted electrical outlets. That seems to be pretty normal as the wall construction doesn't lend itself to accepting the internal wiring.

    My wife has to have scentsy smell good things plugged in at all times. So this was unacceptable to only have one outlet in the whole trailer that would accept it.

    Using WireMold I made a track down out of the rear storage shelf to house a plug. I don't have any finished pictures for some reason but I'll get one.
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    One of the best mods I have done, should come from the factory this way IMO.
    The famous TimK tent in the vent mod.
    How does this affect if any when the second garage AC is connected through ducts to the main ac?

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    Re: CarterKraft TQ290 mod thread

    Good Job. Glad it worked well.



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    Re: CarterKraft TQ290 mod thread

    Quote Originally Posted by EGarey View Post
    How does this affect if any when the second garage AC is connected through ducts to the main ac?
    Not sure. I don't have a garage AC unit so my duct into the garage is my only duct into the garage. Not sure yet what is inside the rear vent housing as after doing the timk mod I just have not needed increased capacity of a second AC unit. I would like one for redundancy and backup but it hasn't made it to the mod list yet.

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    Boondocking prep

    4x 100w of HQST solar panels
    Victron Smart Solar 100/30 MPPT solar charge controller
    1500w GO WISE pure sine wave inverter connected to shore power 30 amp inlet on a 15 amp outlet of the inverter. This allows the ATS to continue to source power from generator to inverter. (no cables for the wife/kids to connect/disconnect)
    2x GC2 6V Duracell batteries
    8 ga cable from charge controller to roof
    10 ga cables from panel MC4 to MC4 branch connectors
    6 ga cable from charge controller to buss bar
    2/0 cables from battery to buss bar fused with a 300amp Blue Sea/Eaton CBBF terminal fuse
    Bayite 100A battery monitor (to be replaced with 300+ amp monitor yet to be named)

    Solar performance was outstanding in Silverton Colorado last week. We had not a care in the world in regards to power. Used the generator for coffee a couple mornings and vacuum cleaner as needed with all other AC loads on the inverter.
    This will allow allot of camping spot options were scared to use before.

    Solar panels installed to allow up to 90 tilt to either side of the trailer but not front to rear.
    GC2 batteries installed on the tongue. I hope to build a lithium pack in the next couple of years of either prismatic format (aka CALB, Winston etc.) or 18650 style. Lithium is cost prohibitive at the moment.
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    Re: CarterKraft TQ290 mod thread

    Looks similar to mine. 2/180 watt panels that I can tilt, same controller, 3 grp 31 AGM batteries (already had 2 less than a year old so I wasnít going to replace with 6v pieces and canít afford lithium). Only a 1000 watt inverter I had purchased prior that powers the TV if we want. Everything thing else we use is 12v/propane. Suits our needs. The converter has been turned off since installing solar a year ago. Use the 2000w Honda if the DW wants to use her hair dryer


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    Re: CarterKraft TQ290 mod thread

    Quote Originally Posted by travelin2 View Post
    Looks similar to mine. 2/180 watt panels that I can tilt, same controller, 3 grp 31 AGM batteries (already had 2 less than a year old so I wasnít going to replace with 6v pieces and canít afford lithium). Only a 1000 watt inverter I had purchased prior that powers the TV if we want. Everything thing else we use is 12v/propane. Suits our needs. The converter has been turned off since installing solar a year ago. Use the 2000w Honda if the DW wants to use her hair dryer


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    Yes exactly! I am going to run the converter on shore power for storage to try and keep the batteries in Float in my storage building but other than that will be off and might give us back some 30amp headroom for those less than ideal rv parks with shady power.
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