Sunday, June 14, 2015

Fridge and Water Filtration Mounts

After much research on the pros and cons of on-platform refrigerator/freezer solutions, hardiness, power consumption, ease of use and general satisfaction, I settled upon the ARB product line. While I favored the Engel hardiness and reputation, I was most interested in power consumption and the ARB products appeared to have been designed with this in mind. Because of the amount of time we plan to spend overlanding, I went with the 82 quart solution. It fits nicely onto my Slee installed internal drawer/slider system and uses the secondary battery wiring harness they ran from the engine bay back to rear of the truck. My buddy and I purchased some 1200lb max load tie-downs from Menards, measured and mounted in short order. I had ordered the proper ARB tie-down harness off Amazon it simply didn't show up in a timely manner. So we went with ratchet straps instead. Works. Happy. Moving onto the next project.

At the same time, based upon prior experiences overseas, I anticipate various scenarios including potable, non-potable and no access to water. So after much research on water filtration solutions including TED Talks, Non-Governmental Organization solutions, trips to sporting/hiking stores and the like, I ended up spending a bit more to get a water filtration jerry can from LifeSaver. You can do your own research of course. However, the conversation for me came down to alignment to international and auditable filtered water standards, flowrate, number of uses between filter replacement and particularly, filtration type and efficiency. While I'm not in the situation, and do not have the need, to test the filtration system as the inventor does in the Ted Talk, I'm comfortable taking a chance on this company and technology based upon the research, comparisons and technological approach used by this company.

I knew I didn't want this jerry can mounted outside the platform in the event of theft or damage, and given the side panels of the Slee installed drawer system come up and off for side storage compartments and securely lock into place when done, we were able to mount the jerry can to one of the side panels without any drilling. We did customize a ratchet strap a wee bit as you can see, but overall, fits like a glove. Will have to see how the can itself, as well as, the strapping solution, holds up under road wear. Am pleased. Simple. Clean. Done.

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