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  1. I can't suggest the best, but what I did for my retirement road trip connect (2013) is build a wood frame of compartments and the battery sits in one. There is a pic, 9th pic down in the link below, the battery sits between the AC and the refrig. I am now thinking to add a second in parallel. I decided to keep all my wiring separate from Ford's (except for the added backup camera). I used the chassis seat belt's mounting hole for grounding my wiring.
  2. I did solar and a small refrig. Mine too I did as a "temporary modification." If I indeed I do make a couple of long trips, that will be it, it all comes out. I have an 8 ft garage door so it pulls right in. The ice maker though is my pride and joy. Pics & some info at:
  3. So far I only viewed on a very overcast day. It'll be a few weeks before using it again. This mirror does at least have a brightness adjustment, so we'll see. Thanks.
  4. One more addition this last weekend. I put in a back up camera, One that has the video display on a center rear view mirror. For now I am keeping the stock radio and a separate GPS unit. The camera comes in a rear license plate lamp housings, has a lamp also. Works well, I think. The lens actually sees the bumper at its ends and directly below sees the ground no more than 1 foot off the bumper.
  5. Excellent welds, very impressive.
  6. Great points and numbers at 300,000km(185k miles:). I put on the hood (bonnet) deflector too. Hoping mine won't see much salt. We'll see. Thanks.
  7. It was said, "IH would dip the Scouts in salt water before painting them." There were very common, predictable locations that they would rust and boy would they. Mine was from Alaska (1977) then CA then out to MD where in 1987 I awoke to the rust. I was not prepared. Anyone seeing problem rust areas on the Connects ? Mine is currently mostly garaged waiting for me to retire. A base model, 4dr manual, 1996 Jeep Cherokee is my daily driver, it has very little rust/almost none, pretty amazing.
  8. Thanks, Plans are to first drive, "The Great River Road" along the Mississippi R. from its MN headwaters. Historically, I am not real keen on long drives, but have never done it on absolutely no schedule, so will do this once retired in 2 yrs, maybe less. Then if that goes OK, the next year I will try for Belize, about 3,000 miles. What I do like is working on the Connect, long drives we'll have to see about. I see your Scout, excellent. I had a '77 Scout II, loved it. Except for the rust it was in great shape :). I sold it a few years ago. I like Uinta's Detour beer (expensive), has a Scout I on the label. I bought it just for the label the first time.
  9. Salsa, she was retired from the race track at age 3, now 4.5 yrs old.
  10. I set out to make a road trip van for me and the dog out of my 2013 FTC, XLT. I plan to take two long road trips (yet to be seen), after which I will restore the van back to its original. I wanted curtains, air conditioner, storage, a decent mattress, refrig, ice maker (it makes a batch of ice in 8mn), solar panel (canoe fits next to it) / deep cycle battery, 30amp plug-in, 120V and 12V plugs, outdoor cooking supplies and pull out awning. The curtains went better than I expected, I sewed them. I could not have sewn without Youtube. The flexible rods are bolted to the existing holes. The only drilled holes are around the Lexan window (holes will be behind original window), it is curved & I could not curve it, so screwed it. A car friend insisted that I get the wheel flares painted to match the car, so I did. Very fun project whether or not I make to Belize.
  11. Thoughts on inverter.

    I put a solar panel on my Connect, that charges its own deep cycle battery. I hooked up a modified sine wave inverter, well that would not run my ice maker, it just buzzed, so I got a pure sine wave inverter and that works well. I also made the pictured rear side window from a sheet of lexan, so I could cut holes in it for an AC vent, wiring to the solar panel and a 30amp plug in.