Doing Day Camps
2am - We've Blogged to you about our camping plan to Boondock in the wilds. Sometimes, we might Dry Camp in a town. Since we most likely will not be doing much RV Park Camping, we will not have hookups.
Scampy has a large deep cycle battery, which should provide enough electric power for our 2-3 day Camps. An Olympian Camco Wave 3 Catalytic Safety Heater is on the way for warmth. FedEX is delivering the Wave 3 on Friday.
So, our plan is to do Day Camps today and tomorrow with Scampy, to find out how everything goes for us.
Yesterday we dropped off Scampy's deep cycle battery at Battery Mart, a local shop which sells and services all manner of batteries. Scampy's deep cycle battery had taken a partial charge during our trip back from Pomona on Monday. The battery needs a full charge in order to bring it up to an excellent condition. The battery will be installed back into Scampy later this morning.
Getting familiar with Scampy
Before we go out on a Day Camp, there are some things that we would like to do. One thing is to obtain a propane tank monitor for Scampy. Then, we want to check out Scampy's gas appliances. The Dometic refrigerator, water heater and furnace.
Scampy has two stabilizing jacks in the rear. Yesterday, we had difficulty raising and lowering those jacks. Both jacks appear to be extremely difficult to manage. Today we will give the Scamp factory a phone call in order to find out what's what with the stabilizer jacks.
Also, we need to register our ownership with the Scamp factory.
Good time, all of this! 😀
12 Noon - Returned from Battery Mart
Scampy's deep cycle battery in acceptable condition. We rate it a B- because three of the six cells were more than 100 lower than the other three cells on a hydrometer test.
It may be possible, over time, to raise the three low cells a bit by keeping this deep cycle battery fully charged. A solar trickle charger was purchased from Battery Mart for this purpose.
Also, a very nice hydrometer too.
Edgar at Battery Mart working on Scampy's Battery
1pm - Bought from Amazon
We much prefer to do our shopping on the net! The selection, price comparisons, reviews are there. We even buy our shoes on the net, for goodness sakes! [Not groceries though.]
Amazon is shipping us (1) pair of Camco Wheel Chocks. Also (1) Astor Propane Tank Level Monitoring Gauge.
3:3pm - First Camp!
Little Honda towed Scampy up to the hills, to the southwest of Lone Wolf RV Park. We travelled on some pretty good dirt roads, in order to get here.
On a dirt road with a grade, we stopped to let a car behind pass. On starting up this hill again, Little Honda's drive tires slipped a bit.
We believe that this slip is a warning. We likely need a 4-WD vehicle.
George, Honda and Scampy at First Camp
Note: About our 3:30pm Blog post. That post may have left you with the impression that, because of Honda's tires slipping, Honda would replaced immediately. That's not going to happen. We want to have more experience with Honda towing.
8:30pm - Day Camp Location Map
During our MsTioga years, we had a practice of posting a "Location Link" which provided a Google Map which showed where we made our Nite Camps.
Now that Scampy is going out camping, we are continuing that practice. Here is that link for this afternoon's Day Camp: