Thursday, October 27, 2016

Scampy stuff




Working With Scampy

9:30am - Things To Do list for Scampy:
  • Buy portable vacuum
  • Install small inverter for computer needs
  • Buy Scampy a little tool kit
  • Install a Solar battery charger/maintainer
  • Research adding motor for Atwood tongue jack
  • Buy eating/cooking ware 

12 Noon - Solar Battery Maintainer
The Solar maintainer in the pic below, is only for keeping this deep cycle battery at a full capacity charge. This charging unit is rated at 5-watts. 

What the 5-watt charge spec means is, that the Little Scampy battery must be at full charge before the Solar Maintainer is hooked up. Because a 5 watt solar panel is unlikely to recharge the deep cycle battery.

A holding device for the solar panel is in the works

1pm - Re-engineering Scampy's tongue jack
We are going to do [this] to Scampy's manual tongue jack!



6:30pm - Powered Tongue Jack!
Below is a pic of our plan to drive Scampy's tongue jack with an electric drill motor.

The guys at the machine shop up on Bear Valley Road, will cut off the jack handle. Then weld on the hex nut and bolt.

I will drive the jack with my drill motor using the 7/16" x 1/4" hex driver shown in the pic.

Adapter assembly for powering Scampy's tongue jack



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14 comments:

  1. A great place to outfit a camper for cookware is a used item store, like Salvation Army or Amvets.

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    1. Hi Jon P,

      And I love to go browsing thru that kind of store!

      George

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  2. The solar panel will add charge to the battery no matter what the initial charge is and will eventually recharge the battery at a rate of about 0.4 amps taking over 200 hours of good daylight charge to get there if you do not discharge it by draining power off it. The battery does not have to be a full power before using the solar panel.
    One big drain on your battery are your indoor lights. You might consider getting LED lights to replace your 12v lights. I bought "GRV T10 921 194 24-5050 SMD LED Bulb lamp Super Bright Warm White AC/DC 12V -28V Pack of 2" at Amazon to replace the acorn lights on my trailer.

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    1. Hi Vance,

      Good info about charging the battery. Thank you!

      Good suggestion on the LED lights too!

      You are operating on all eight cylinders today. 😀


      Tioga George

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  3. The jack idea is excellent. Waiting for your report, George.

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    1. Hi Marilyn,

      Guess what? You will not have to wait very long for our report. Little Scamp is going over to the machine shop in the morning! 😎

      Tioga George


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  4. I assume your car is charging the trailer battery. I would make the cable connecting the two long enough so that the tongue jack motor would run off the car charging system when connecting and disconnecting the trailer. I assume that motor draws a good amount of current. Just a thought.

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    1. Hi David,

      Good suggestion!

      However, we are using a portable battery powered drill motor to drive Scampy's tongue jack.

      Tioga George


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  5. You are making progress soon you be Scampying...

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    1. Hi OAT,

      Yes! Very soon!!

      And all of us are sooooo excited about that!

      Tioga George

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  6. Before you go to slice and Dyson look this up
    This is a better mouse trap
    Another words it would be a lot easier
    3500lbs Lift 12V Electric Truck Trailer Tongue Jack Trailer Camper Adjustable
    Put some oil on the screw portion of the stabilizer jacks you'll see a better improvement

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    1. Hi Mister ed,

      Are you:
      1. Suggesting we buy a replacement jack that is motorized?
      2. Just put some oil on the existing crank jack?
      3. Neither of the above. You are commenting on stabilizer jacks. Not the tongue jack.


      Tioga George


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  7. no need to replace the whole tongue Jack The Cap pops off you remove the crank handle the 12v motor sit down On the gears The motor is clamped to the original Jack no need to replace the whole Jack just the top portion
    On the rear of your trailer you have two stabilizer jacks this look like a scissor jack put oil on the screw portion of the scissor jack makes it much easier To raise and lower

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  8. You might qualify for a new government sponsored solar rebate program.
    Click here and find out if you qualify now!

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