Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wires

Day 29

Soldering Wires vs Crimping

9:17am:
After messing around with joining the wires in our solar electric system, I've decided to use soldering joints instead of crimping joints.

I've been viewing YouTube videos for soldering heavy gauge wire. These YouTube videos instructed me how to avoid problems with soldering.

One great tip that I learned was how to hold the 10 gauge wire that I am joining together during soldering. Use a single long strand of the wire and wrap the strand around the two ends just before soldering.

This method really works good and keeps the two ends together while I'm doing the soldering.



2:02pm:
24 Hour Fitness
I'd like to share with you, my exercise method with 24 Hour's machines:
➜ Using the maximum weight that I am able to lift on a machine, I do all the reps that I am able to do until I fail.
➜ Reduce one number [Weight] on that machine, and again do all the reps that I am able to do until I fail.
➜ Reduce the number by one again, and do a last set on that machine again until I fail once more.

Then, go on to the next machine.

24 Hour's machines exercise all of my muscles [ie: shoulders, arms, abdomen, etc].

I even do an exercise with my forearms. This forearm exercise, in my opinion, eliminates the occurrence of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome!! 



2:45pm:
Blogging from Denny's
I went to eat at Dickey's Barbecue Pit. However, Dickey's is closed. So are ALL the other restaurants near me. However, Denny's is open.

I am Blogging to you from Denny's. I ordered pot roast. Pretty good, too! I was not able to finish my pot roast, so I'm taking it with me. Got some extra gravy to take with me too!


6:17pm:
Struggling in the dark
For some reason, I did something late this afternoon. And, when I think about what I did, for the life of me, I cannot figure out why I did it?!

Our solar electrical system was working. Far from perfect, but functional. Then I decided to change out a 20 amp plug/receptacle which connects the Renogy Rover solar battery controller to Scampy's electric panel. Also, the big Interstate battery located inside TrĂ¡nsito runs thru this 20 amp plug/receptacle.

I looked at where the Sun was in the sky. The Sun was low. Very low. "I can make it", I told myself. But if I did not make it, we would have NO ELECTRIC POWER INSIDE SCAMPY!!

After awhile, it was getting pretty dark. I set out some of the bright LED lights that I had magnets Gorilla Glued to the back. Wow! That was better.

I had to strip the insulation off a wire. And, in doing that I poked the razor from a box cutter into the tip of my left thumb. It was bleeding a little. I went inside Scampy and put a bandage over my thumb.

But, I already had a bandage on the tip of my right thumb. I had to use some electric tape. But with both thumbs kinda useless because of the bandages, I was having a hard time getting the electric tape unrolled.

At that point, I was sorta losing it! I shouted a few bad words. I threw the tools that I was using around, instead of putting those tools where they belonged.

Yadda, yadda, yadda!

Anyway, about 3-hours after sunset, I returned to MsScampy and Blogged this tale of woe to you! Have mercy on me?




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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Kelly's RV

Day 28

Kelly to Look at Twayler

6:40am:
This afternoon, Kelly, the owner of Kelly's RV is coming to take a look at Twayler. It could be that I will make a deal with Kelly to sell Twayler by consignment.

To make Twayler presentable, all my stuff that still is inside Twayler will be moved out this morning. Also, I will clean and wax Twayler's floor.

PS: Kelly's RV is only a mile away from Lone Wolf RV Park.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Scampy's electric power

Day 27

Electric Configuration

7:52am:
Today we are planning to clean up the Scampy Team's electric power system.
Up until now, we have left cable lengths deliberately long in order to make sure that a cable does not wind up being short by a change of equipment location.

Now, the locations are determined. Today we will:
➜ Adjust cable lengths to suit.
➜ Install inline fuses into all cables in order to protect equipment.
➜ Install plugs into each cable end so that equipment may be easily disconnected and reconnected.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Rework

Day 26


Reworking Scampy's 
Tongue Weldments

6:56am:
We are here early at High Desert Metal Works, which opens at 7am. We are hoping that owner, Vince, gets on our job first thing.

You may recall that I erred in the placement of the weldments that secure our propane tanks and house battery. When our propane tank cover arrived, it would not fit properly because there was not enough room between Scampy's front end and the propane tanks.

High Desert is going to move the weldments to make that room.

Owner Vince watching our installation


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Low bid

Day 25

Received a Nibble for Twayler

9:13am:
We received a low ball nibble bid for MsTwayler. $18K to $19K range. We have not accepted. And we did not counter bid because the bid is too low.

Waiting for a new offer from this nibbler!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Twayler

Day 24

Negotiating Tactic

7:50am
Yesterday afternoon, I was on the phone with The Truck Stop, the RV dealer recommended for selling Twayler [Possibly a consignment sale].

The guy wanted to know how much I wanted for Twayler. Then began negotiating with me by knocking stuff about Twayler.

That's OK with me. Let him knock away! I just let him talk. Anything he says does not change anything. The guy is going to phone later today in order to negotiate some more.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Battery stuff

Day 23

35 Amp-Hours
Does Not Cut it!

6:57am:
Scampy had an Interstate Deep Cycle Battery on her tongue. This battery weighs 50 lbs. This battery has a 96 amp-hour rating

We have replaced the Interstate, with a Mighty Max Deep Cycle Battery that weighs 23 lbs. This battery has a 35 amp-hour rating.

We did this change in order to give mounting space on Scampy's tongue for our new dual propane setup. Also, to remove 27 lbs from Scampy's tongue. We did not know how the Mighty Max would do on-the-job. So, a couple of days ago, we took Scampy off of Lone Wolf's shore power.

Last nite, the 2nd day off shore power, the Mighty Max voltage fell below
10 volts! In other words, Mighty Max became So Sorry Max!

We awoke to the sound of our Propane Detector going off. But, the Propane Detector went off because of the low voltage, not for propane. So, we went outside and plugged back into Lone Wolf's shore power again.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cooking

Day 22

Belgian Waffles

7:47am:
One of the things that was shipped to us the other day, is a Belgian Waffle iron made by Nordic Ware. This is a very good looking waffle maker! This morning, we're putting this Nordic Ware iron to the test.

We have always been wild about Belgian Waffles. Back in 2011, we made a video about Belgian Waffles!

 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Huge tweak

Day 21

Scampy's New Door Lock

8:16am:
Yesterday afternoon, we received several things that we ordered online. One of these thing is a new lock for Scampy's door.

The lock provided by Scamp Trailer, in my opinion, is a pitiful device. The worst thing about this door lock, is that the latching mechanism sometimes allows the door to swing open while Scampy is moving down the road! That happened just yesterday. Another driver waved at us and pointed to Scampy. When we looked, the door was open!

I found this lock online after doing a Google search for "Scamp trailer door lock." This search directed me to Scamp Owners International forum.

I found quite a bit of discussion in the forum about replacing the lock.

TriMark #060-0251 Door Lock


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

24 Hour Fitness

Day 20

Going to the Gym

7:26am:
I've been having such a good time with my Scampy projects, that I've been neglecting going to 24 Hour Fitness. I gotta live my life in balance!

So, this morning I'm heading over to 24 Hour. The club is only 11 minutes away, for goodness sakes!