PatriotX

Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2022
Threads
1
Messages
10
Reaction score
25
Location
Midwest/Great Lakes
Vehicle(s)
2022 4xe
Hi folks,

I refuse to call this a ‘build’ since I didn’t build anything. ;)

The original plan was to secure a 4xe with Tow Package and build an off-road trailer. Unable to find one in a reasonable time, the focus shifted to a RTT after seeing a member‘s tent-equipped 4xe here, and a nicely-equipped 4xe [sans tow] dropped in my lap.

The Rhino Rack Backbone system was chosen for the combination of excellent engineering and great strength-to-weight for carrying the heavy Tuff Stuff Alpha Stealth aluminum hard-side RTT.

An Optima yellow-top replaced the Stellantis Crapshoot battery, as a failure in the woods would be sub-optimal.

A cargo tray and rear rollbar bags were added for first aid and lighting/electronics/comms storage.

A 5lb propane and Rotopax 2gal spare fuel got strapped to spare.

A 1000w inverter [2000w peak] was added, along with fuses on both ends, to take advantage of the large propulsion battery.

A 2” receiver hitch from Mopar was added, no wIring - strictly for e-bike rack.

Since this heavyweight was sagging a bit after bike rack, a set of 1000# helper airbags were placed in rear springs. They stay at about 10-15 psi with just the tent, 25-30 with full load and bikes. It‘s the best bang-for-buck mod yet. Check out location of Schrader valve…

1-C136-F50-6797-4-DA0-8332-00923-D18-D3-C7.jpg

4-AA7-D3-A8-2288-43-E9-89-D9-2-C6-E3-D237-CDD.jpg

F42-C0-FAB-4-F88-4-C5-F-A5-FA-DE834-E0-BB4-F6.jpg

56497968-192-D-4-AFB-AF58-7-BB5-B95-FAA80.jpg

0503428-C-B376-4-BA0-801-F-136-C8523-CE76.jpg

D628-A17-B-ADBE-49-DD-8-E3-B-D64-D4-ECB48-CF.jpg

5-ABE631-C-B831-463-A-95-C3-CBB21-F7678-F7.jpg

5-A4271-C8-0801-490-E-99-C9-403-C2082-A0-D2.jpg

F42941-D1-F814-4-E0-E-8354-3602-A630-F98-D.jpg


I’m using bins and bags as “modules” for different needs, such as kitchen, hot water, recovery, tools, potable water, and Air Conditioning.

52248-B5-D-8-A2-B-44-F6-A6-FD-5-F17107-D42-EA.jpg

D9-B09-FF3-10-B2-448-E-A874-7-C756-DFAB9-B5.jpg


Thanks for looking, and any comments are helpful.

I, for one, welcome our new Electric Overlords.

 

Rangemaster

Well-Known Member
First Name
Brian
Joined
Oct 20, 2020
Threads
16
Messages
683
Reaction score
1,190
Location
Nevada
Vehicle(s)
2020 JL Rubicon Diesel
Build Thread
Link
Occupation
Business Owner
Hi folks,

I refuse to call this a ‘build’ since I didn’t build anything. ;)

The original plan was to secure a 4xe with Tow Package and build an off-road trailer. Unable to find one in a reasonable time, the focus shifted to a RTT after seeing a member‘s tent-equipped 4xe here, and a nicely-equipped 4xe [sans tow] dropped in my lap.

The Rhino Rack Backbone system was chosen for the combination of excellent engineering and great strength-to-weight for carrying the heavy Tuff Stuff Alpha Stealth aluminum hard-side RTT.

An Optima yellow-top replaced the Stellantis Crapshoot battery, as a failure in the woods would be sub-optimal.

A cargo tray and rear rollbar bags were added for first aid and lighting/electronics/comms storage.

A 5lb propane and Rotopax 2gal spare fuel got strapped to spare.

A 1000w inverter [2000w peak] was added, along with fuses on both ends, to take advantage of the large propulsion battery.

A 2” receiver hitch from Mopar was added, no wIring - strictly for e-bike rack.

Since this heavyweight was sagging a bit after bike rack, a set of 1000# helper airbags were placed in rear springs. They stay at about 10-15 psi with just the tent, 25-30 with full load and bikes. It‘s the best bang-for-buck mod yet. Check out location of Schrader valve…

1-C136-F50-6797-4-DA0-8332-00923-D18-D3-C7.jpg

4-AA7-D3-A8-2288-43-E9-89-D9-2-C6-E3-D237-CDD.jpg

F42-C0-FAB-4-F88-4-C5-F-A5-FA-DE834-E0-BB4-F6.jpg

56497968-192-D-4-AFB-AF58-7-BB5-B95-FAA80.jpg

0503428-C-B376-4-BA0-801-F-136-C8523-CE76.jpg

D628-A17-B-ADBE-49-DD-8-E3-B-D64-D4-ECB48-CF.jpg

5-ABE631-C-B831-463-A-95-C3-CBB21-F7678-F7.jpg

5-A4271-C8-0801-490-E-99-C9-403-C2082-A0-D2.jpg

F42941-D1-F814-4-E0-E-8354-3602-A630-F98-D.jpg


I’m using bins and bags as “modules” for different needs, such as kitchen, hot water, recovery, tools, potable water, and Air Conditioning.

52248-B5-D-8-A2-B-44-F6-A6-FD-5-F17107-D42-EA.jpg

D9-B09-FF3-10-B2-448-E-A874-7-C756-DFAB9-B5.jpg


Thanks for looking, and any comments are helpful.

I, for one, welcome our new Electric Overlords.
Looks great, time to get out and enjoy the back roads and camping. I am still waiting a few parts to complete my setup.
 

DwnSth

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 18, 2020
Threads
25
Messages
195
Reaction score
220
Location
SE Louisiana
Vehicle(s)
2002 TJ : 2021 JLURD
Really clean set-up. I've thought about airbags when we carry our heavy e-bikes but don't want to compromise the springs for off-roading - although I'm not sure if they would be a problem.
What is the mount you're using for the 5lb propane tank on the RSE EZ rack?
 


OP
OP
PatriotX

PatriotX

Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2022
Threads
1
Messages
10
Reaction score
25
Location
Midwest/Great Lakes
Vehicle(s)
2022 4xe
Really clean set-up. I've thought about airbags when we carry our heavy e-bikes but don't want to compromise the springs for off-roading - although I'm not sure if they would be a problem.
What is the mount you're using for the 5lb propane tank on the RSE EZ rack?
Thanks!

The propane mount is from AT Overland, it’s a nice laser-cut piece with good hardware.

The only caveats I read about the airbags were to not run them fully deflated over trails at full extension. 5psi was suggested by the manufacturer as a minimum to keep fully seated at flex.

I have a wheeling/camping trip planned in 3 weeks, will report back.
 
OP
OP
PatriotX

PatriotX

Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2022
Threads
1
Messages
10
Reaction score
25
Location
Midwest/Great Lakes
Vehicle(s)
2022 4xe
Bought one, was looking for a reasonable priced one for a while, thx
I hope you like it. I found my example to be sturdy and well-made, if a bit crude.

The ‘spider’ style bungee it ships with has been very useful for grocery shopping.
 

ToolMan514

Well-Known Member
First Name
Tim
Joined
Mar 2, 2018
Threads
3
Messages
711
Reaction score
1,243
Location
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Vehicle(s)
'18 Rubicon Unlimited
Vehicle Showcase
1
I see you installed the airbag valve in the same place that I did beside the license plate! That worked well for the 2 summers that I used airbags. I needed them to tow, but I was also rock crawling, which was very hard on them. One got pinched and the other was bulged inside the springs. After a Teraflex spring upgrade, I don't need them anymore. Nice "build!"
 

Jerpy

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 17, 2021
Threads
28
Messages
139
Reaction score
221
Location
California
Vehicle(s)
2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe
Looks great — I am digging your set up.

However, it is worth noting that the additional weight and drag of the rooftop tent will significantly reduce any gains in mpg with the 4xe.
 
Last edited:


BXFXJeep

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 13, 2019
Threads
11
Messages
464
Reaction score
363
Location
Toronto, ON
Vehicle(s)
2021 4xe Sahara
I hope you like it. I found my example to be sturdy and well-made, if a bit crude.

The ‘spider’ style bungee it ships with has been very useful for grocery shopping.
Arrived today, looks very nice, and it's already installed, the hardest part of this install is finding black tape.

Big A said it was supposed to arrive sometime between June 16 - 29.
 

Ccameron511

Member
First Name
Christopher
Joined
May 17, 2021
Threads
2
Messages
15
Reaction score
0
Location
San Francisco
Vehicle(s)
Wrangler 4xe
Any idea how many inches are between your cargo mat and the shelf? I want this exact one but I have to fit an 18.5" cooler under it.

Also, how do you like the tire wrap rack?
 
OP
OP
PatriotX

PatriotX

Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2022
Threads
1
Messages
10
Reaction score
25
Location
Midwest/Great Lakes
Vehicle(s)
2022 4xe
Any idea how many inches are between your cargo mat and the shelf? I want this exact one but I have to fit an 18.5" cooler under it.

Also, how do you like the tire wrap rack?
I pulled the shelf yesterday in order to fit a machine in the back. When it goes back in Monday, I’ll measure for you. It sounds close.

I like the simplicity and build quality of the tire mount, and was going to buy a lock for the propane tank and Rotopax, until my buddy correctly pointed out that anyone with a knife can ’liberate’ the entire setup. It‘s a glorified, and unarmored, ratchet strap. ;)
 

Zouave75

New Member
First Name
Erik
Joined
Aug 2, 2021
Threads
0
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
FL
Vehicle(s)
2021 JLU Rubicon
I see you installed the airbag valve in the same place that I did beside the license plate! That worked well for the 2 summers that I used airbags. I needed them to tow, but I was also rock crawling, which was very hard on them. One got pinched and the other was bulged inside the springs. After a Teraflex spring upgrade, I don't need them anymore. Nice "build!"
May I ask what teraflex springs? And did you get all 4? I just put a LOD rear bumper/tire carrier on and I notice the weight.
 

Zouave75

New Member
First Name
Erik
Joined
Aug 2, 2021
Threads
0
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
FL
Vehicle(s)
2021 JLU Rubicon
Since this heavyweight was sagging a bit after bike rack, a set of 1000# helper airbags were placed in rear springs. They stay at about 10-15 psi with just the tent, 25-30 with full load and bikes. It‘s the best bang-for-buck mod yet. Check out location of Schrader valve…
Which bags did you get? Besides Toolman's springs, I would be interested in what they are. Added a new LOD rear bumper/tire carrier and feel the weight in the back more.

 

Jim Marsh Chrysler Jeep
 
Top