Thread: Barn Door for JK factory hardtops

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    I made a mount for the spigot.



    I could have mounted the spigot right in the countertop but doing it the way I did allows it to come apart with no tools to make it easy to store.

    Next I'll install the sink panel in the Trail Kitchen and test the entire setup in the Jeep, but I've got to get the kitchen back first - I lent it to the company to give the engineers an example to use for their production engineering. I should have it back in about 10 days.

    I'm also working on sourcing quick disconnects for the hoses, and finding a hose that's a little more flexible than the clear vinyl hose I've been using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailBadger View Post
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    My suggestion of the molle panel located above the battery would give a mounting location for the all those dials & LED readouts and plug ins...
    Following up on this suggestion, here are two images to show the size of the Powertank mount relative to the existing components in the Jeep. The red dashed line is at the top of the battery box.



    A quick and crude photo-edit:



    There is a small bit of the Powertank Molle panel above the battery box, but anything mounted there would prevent removing the cover of the battery box.

    Seems like a no-go.
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    Scherb.

    You've done well with limited & crude images which I presented to you. However, you're taking for granted that the molle bracket can't me moved or relocated. In the images of the molle panel mounted on the sports bar, it shows the panel mounted on the inside of the sport bar rails.. one can invert these mounting hardware and place the molle panel on the outside of the sports bar as this would place the working LED readout in more of a relative and accessible location.



    Even though I threw an image of your LED read out onto the Molle panel, it could be turned horizontal as to accommodate for the addition of any plugs there after. Otherwise you've proved to me that this setup can & will work to suit our needs, even though you may have doubts. Also, because of the safari hard top design, one can mount another power bank which could then be accessible from outside the vehicle via the louver rear windows. Again don't view the picture for or how it's been mounted to the sports bar as supplied by the Powertank image. This molle panel can be repositioned inside & outside the sports bar, flipped upside down etc. Even incorporate two panels into one area for multiple mounting locations.
    Last edited by TrailBadger; 12-30-2017 at 01:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailBadger View Post
    Scherb.

    You've done well with limited & crude images which I presented to you. However, you're taking for granted that the molle bracket can't me moved or relocated. In the images of the molle panel mounted on the sports bar, it shows the panel mounted on the inside of the sport bar rails.. one can invert these mounting hardware and place the molle panel on the outside of the sports bar as this would place the working LED readout in more of a relative and accessible location.



    Even though I threw an image of your LED read out onto the Molle panel, it could be turned horizontal as to accommodate for the addition of any plugs there after. Otherwise you've proved to me that this setup can & will work to suit our needs, even though you may have doubts. Also, because of the safari hard top design, one can mount another power bank which could then be accessible from outside the vehicle via the louver rear windows. Again don't view the picture for or how it's been mounted to the sports bar as supplied by the Powertank image. This molle panel can be repositioned inside & outside the sports bar, flipped upside down etc. Even incorporate two panels into one area for multiple mounting locations.



    Even if the Powertank product could be cut and modified to work, it doesn't make sense to me to cut and modify a $130 product to replace mounting solutions that cost a dollar or two. Or to design something that requires restricting the side window when it isn't necessary.

    If you don't like my current mounting location for the power panel there are several other locations it could be mounted out of the way and those mounting solutions also each cost a dollar or two. I'll probably make a prototype of one or more of them in the process of testing the full kitchen.

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    Scherb.

    Merely suggesting an idea or product which was already designed, but don't limit yourself to what you see on line or in person. The manufactures suggests that these molle panels are customizable, which leave this area wide open for personal options and mounting locations. Flipping, turning or rotating this current molle panel allows for multiple panels to be mounted at the same sports bar location. In this image I've flipped the molle panel so that it was mounted on top of the sports bar. (not recommenced for those who have soft tops)



    I see your point and this is what makes us all different, one selected to pay a few pennies to create something, while another keeps the after market products active & alive by the use of those preexisting products, but put to use in a different way.

    GL with your project.

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    Someone over in my trailer thread mentioned the idea of using my TrailTop components on an M1101 trailer, so I just had to draw a trailer concept for them, and of course I added an appropriately painted Safari Cab. Just had to share it here...

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    A final piece of the sink plumbing - quick disconnects so the sink and water source can be removed, and also so other accessories like the hose nozzle can be quickly swapped in place. I found some very nice ones that are very affordable, and they've got a shutoff feature so water won't leak when they're disconnected. I'll be contacting the manufacturer on Tuesday to get some samples coming my way.

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    The sample quick disconnects for the Trail Kitchen water connections have arrived. In this photo a female shutoff connector is at the top, a female open connector is in the middle, and a male open barb connector is at the bottom. They fit 3/8" I.D. hose, which is what the pump connections are and what the sink connection is, so everything is compatible.



    I put shutoff connectors on the output and inputs of the pump and I'm using open barbs on the water source and the sink. I think a shutoff connector isn't needed on the sink, when you remove the sink you can just let that hose drain on the ground (or down the sink drain). Same with the water source, when you're pulling the Rotopax or Rubican to fill it the short piece of hose in the cap will go with the container and not need to be sealed. If this works out differently in practice, all of the connectors can be the shutoff variety, it's just a small cost difference.

    This video shows the Rotopax water source connection and the output connection for the sink and hose.



    I'd like to find a more flexible hose than the clear vinyl I've been using for testing. Maybe I'll find something in the RV surplus outlets I'll be stopping by next week during my trip to Indiana.
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    Looks great Jeff - can you tell us the name of the company that makes the quick disconnect fittings? I'm thinking I should add one to my plumbing on the AEV rear bumper water tank if they make a T-junction with a shutoff feature!




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