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Got all my new lights wired up and mounted so I'm ready to light up my path on night runs.  The 2 amber lights on the bumper will stay mounted permanently, the 6 round spot/flood lights will only be mounted when doing night runs.  I wired the 6 lights with plugs so they are easily removed when not needed, figured it's best this way so there's less likely a chance of damaging them when most of my off roading will be during the day and the lights aren't needed.  The rear 2 are mounted on a bracket that clamps to the trailer hitch, in the pic the bracket isn't clamped all the way, just on there enough for taking a pic.

 

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Now that we're coming into summer and extreme heat hear in AZ I've been thinking of ways to try and keep my rig cool considering it sits on the side of my house in direct sunlight most of the day.  I also noticed the roof puts off a decent amount of heat, even on days that aren't that hot, while out having fun because of the direct sunlight.  After doing some searching around I came across a product called Lanco Ultra Siliconizer roof coating.  I found other roof coatings along with this brand and did research on several different kinds and came to the conclusion this one would be best suited for my needs.   Yesterday I painted one coat, let it dry/cure for 24 hours and painted another coat today.  It's amazing how much of a HUGE difference it makes!  Today when I opened the door I could immediately tell the interior temp was significantly cooler than what I'm used to after a few hours of my rig sitting in direct sunlight.  The side of my hardtop where it's still black (more like faded black) was so hot I couldn't leave my hand on it for more than a few seconds.  When I touched the top outside and inside it was barely warm!  Insulation kits for JKU's start around $250 and go up to well over $300, I spent $30 for a 1 gallon can at Home Depot and about 1.5 hours of my time and I'm good to go.  I still have 3/4 of the 1 gallon left over too.  Now I know it's not exactly pretty to look at but this isn't about looks, it's about functionality.

 

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That's interesting stuff - I'd imagine you can use it on the roof of an RV or trailer too, yeah?

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Yes, it's meant for several different kinds of roofs including sheds, mobile homes, etc. and can be painted on lots of different types of surfaces. 

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