2019 Overland Ranger Project

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Hey guys! I never post here and my buddy Rory reminded me that this forum exists lol. I figured a lot of you may get a kick out of the truck I did.

Started with a 2019 Ford Ranger XLT with tech package and e-locker in Feb, and by April it was built for Overland Expo West and just recently finished some more updates and installed 35s.

Loving the truck so far, happy to see everyone else's builds.

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Nice, are you running an extra battery for camping power, and if so are you getting some charge from the starter battery when on the move? I was given the idea that it was a no no on the ranger. Thanks
 

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May have answered my own question, what may be needed is a DC to DC charger. Charge for the Battery rather than the Alt. Nice rig you got, I plan to go with a Alu-cab canopy unit.
 
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Nice, are you running an extra battery for camping power, and if so are you getting some charge from the starter battery when on the move? I was given the idea that it was a no no on the ranger. Thanks
Rich,

I have a GoalZero Yeti400 so I mainly use that as camping power. All the lights are LED so I can run those with virtually no draw on the battery.
 

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Rich,

I have a GoalZero Yeti400 so I mainly use that as camping power. All the lights are LED so I can run those with virtually no draw on the battery.
I also use a Yeti 400 lithium and will be using a bolder briefcase when in camp. 12v outlet in the bed runs the fridge when driving.
 

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Thank you both for your replies
 

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Nice, are you running an extra battery for camping power, and if so are you getting some charge from the starter battery when on the move? I was given the idea that it was a no no on the ranger. Thanks
Why is it a no-no? Are you saying an extra battery will not charge, or the alternator won't/can't handle the draw?
 

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I have been told that the '19 ranger and others it concerns power to the ECM . The normal dual battery switching is not a go for the new electrics. A DC to DC system draws from the main battery to charge the second rather than topping the battery and switching the alt to charge the second battery. Do search on a DC to Dc charge systems for a better explanation.
 

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I have been told that the '19 ranger and others it concerns power to the ECM . The normal dual battery switching is not a go for the new electrics. A DC to DC system draws from the main battery to charge the second rather than topping the battery and switching the alt to charge the second battery. Do search on a DC to Dc charge systems for a better explanation.
I have dual AGMs in my 4Runner and the smart solenoid charges the main before even connecting the aux. battery. I can't see how the draw would compromise the ECM. Maybe I'm missing something.
 

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the issue is that the ranger has a variable output alternator. it only puts out enough voltage to supply what is needed, where as a traditional alternator vehicle will put out 13.5+ volts any time the engine is running. a traditional smart solenoid turns on any time it gets over 13.2-ish volts, which for older vehicles is any time it is running and the battery is fully charged.

the Ranger's variable alternator will not typically put out high enough voltage to switch on a traditional solenoid type battery isolator, so your aux battery won't always get charged.

DC to DC chargers use a completely different technology and don't rely on a higher voltage to trigger a solenoid to connect the aux battery, so supposedly this is what's needed to charge an aux battery setup in the ranger.
 

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the issue is that the ranger has a variable output alternator. it only puts out enough voltage to supply what is needed, where as a traditional alternator vehicle will put out 13.5+ volts any time the engine is running. a traditional smart solenoid turns on any time it gets over 13.2-ish volts, which for older vehicles is any time it is running and the battery is fully charged.

the Ranger's variable alternator will not typically put out high enough voltage to switch on a traditional solenoid type battery isolator, so your aux battery won't always get charged.

DC to DC chargers use a completely different technology and don't rely on a higher voltage to trigger a solenoid to connect the aux battery, so supposedly this is what's needed to charge an aux battery setup in the ranger.
I knew I must be missing something. Thanks for the explanation.
 

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Hey guys! I never post here and my buddy Rory reminded me that this forum exists lol. I figured a lot of you may get a kick out of the truck I did.

Started with a 2019 Ford Ranger XLT with tech package and e-locker in Feb, and by April it was built for Overland Expo West and just recently finished some more updates and installed 35s.

Loving the truck so far, happy to see everyone else's builds.

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What bed rack is that ?
 

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Can you share any pics and insight on the routing of the wires to the roof lights? I have the same rack and lights to install and I am looking for wisdom. Thanks in advance!
 

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I'm starting to get interested in overlanding. My understanding is most people overlanding for significant distances or lengths of time try to keep their electrical reasonably simple if possible. To that end am I right in assuming that you swapped the stock Ranger battery for a high capacity deep cycle battery for some added reliability running winch, air compressor, tools etc?
 
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