Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Day Camps




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! ๐Ÿ˜€


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:




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19 comments:

  1. George, dear husband has the same problem with the stabilizer jacks; his back was killing him trying to get those jacks down manually. After a suggestion from another RVer, we bought a battery powered drill specifically for our camper with the right size attachment to fit the screw (or whatever you call it) on the jacks for lowering them, and the jacks were up and down in no time flat with little effort. You just have to remember not to over torque the jacks when using the drill.

    Dee
    Summerville, SC

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    1. Hi Dee,

      Thank you sooooo much for this comment/suggestion. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Tioga George


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    2. George, also keep in Scampy a little squirt can of WD-40 oil to loosen up things on Scampy that has not been used or exercised in quite a while. (Gee, I wish there was WD-40 for humans; I would use it every day!!)

      Dee

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    3. Wow, Dee!

      You must be a mind reader because I bought a can of
      WD-40 just this afternoon for Scampy. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Tioga George

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    4. George, that's great! Well, did you also see some in the store for humans? With cold weather coming, I need some in the morning for my aching joints. Ha!!

      Dee

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    5. I think what you really need is a cordless impact wrench, not a cordless drill. Impact wrenches attach to sockets. Just need to determine the size of the socket that fits the jacks' drive screw. I was very successful using an impact wrench. Wishing you the best.

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  2. I was just going to say that I had heard of using a drill for raising the jacks, neat. I gather you have one group 27 battery. One 100 watt solar panel ought to keep that charged. You say it tows good right now. Proof of the pudding so to speak is when you get it all loaded up with your stuff. Maybe weigh it too? Have fun.

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    1. Hi David,

      Thank you! It will be interesting to see how much or if the battery's condition improves using this trickle charge technique.

      We will Blog to you about how towing goes for us. Good or bad.

      Tioga George

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  3. I think Fit needs an opportunity to shine.

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  4. "On the road again" Congratulations Tioga George.

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    1. Hi Sheila,

      Isn't this just the greatest thing? I am sooooo jazzed by what is happening!

      Tioga George


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  5. George, so glad to see you having that "out of the cage" feeling again.

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    1. Hi Nancy and Joe,

      Isn't that a fantastic thing?

      "Out of the Cage!" I like that!

      Tioga George


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  6. George, You stated the the tires slipped when staring up. My guess is that the weight of the trailer tongue has taken some weight off the front tires. This would not be good especially driving on wet roads.

    On most vehicles, a weight distributing hitch would solve the problem. I don't know if that type of hitch can be used on your setup.

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    1. Hi Raymond,

      Thank you for your advice.

      At this point, I really do not know if there is a problem with Scampy's tongue weight. I will need more towing time.

      Tioga George

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  7. I agree with Raymond. To make Fit tow best, you need quite a bit of tongue weight on the hitch. The problem with all that weight on the tongue is that you will lose some traction by "unweighting" the front drive wheels in certain situations...dirt, sand or wet roads.

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    1. Hi U,

      Thank you for commenting.

      I'm unable to address your comment at this time. I'll need more time towing Scampy.

      Tioga George


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    2. Also keep in mind whether the Fit currently has city tires. A bit more aggressive tires might make some differences.

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