Originally Posted by COLCRD
I know I am dredging up and old thread, but I am about to take delivery of a CRD with QL. I am looking at solving the fridge/drawers/2nd battery problem. Not being a big fan of re-inventing wheels, would you have any details on your install that I could see? I have a unit from my old Patrol that I was thinking of converting. Just need to understand how to make it work in the GC
I guess you've trawled around while waiting for delivery - like most of us had.....
When I first measured up the floor footprint of the WK2 I thought it wouldn't be such a big deal to modify my old unit that I had built and used in 4 previous Patrols....turned out not to be so easy - the big influence was the rear doors on the Patrol were almost vertical and the rear door on the Jeep slopes inward and takes up much of the room. The rear opening shape is different as well.
In the end I pretty much cut my old module up and rebuilt it - had I started from scratch I may have finished up with an entirely different beast.
Anyway - biggest issue you will face is how to fasten your module down - the hold down points in the back are simply 1x10g self tapper in each and entirely unsuitable. I ended up using the spare tyre fixing bolt and a turnbuckle to the underside of my module. The base of my module has locating strips that match the spare tyre cover hole and locate the module horizontally.
I leave the spare in place, and to completely unload the module from the back takes about 10 minutes to strip down and lift out. I keep fingers crossed if I run good rubber that won't let me down.
I use a 30a DC/DC charger mounted on top of the second battery to manage the charge.
Check out here for other ideas
Ideas for fitting out a GC ? - AUSJEEPOFFROAD.COM - AJOR
and maybe chase up Scarps over there for alternatives.
I guess the biggest difference from the Patrol is that now I take out the module when not going away - this means I get the space back for golf clubs etc when home and I don't cart all the weight around when its not being used. This concept influenced how I modified my module and how it is fixed in place. Anyway - we've clocked up 14000k of towing the van and more than happy with how it all works - no rattles or squeaks and that is a pass as far as i am concerned.