Friday, December 30, 2016

Electricity



Sources Of Electric Power

7:30am - Recently we Blogged about Scampy needing some kind of shore power to keep her deep cycle battery charged. Reader's comments came in offering three suggestions for power.

Here are those three suggestions:


#1 Honda Generator EU1000i 1000 Watt Inverter   1000 watts, 120V
$999
  • Ideal for TV, lights, fans, small power tools and more
  • Super quiet
  • Less than 29 lbs!!
  • Fuel efficient - up to 8.3 hrs on 0.6 gal of gas
  • Inverter - stable power for computers and more

#2 Go Power! Solar Panel GP-PSK-120 120W Portable Folding Kit 
  with 10 Amp Solar Controller
$544
  • Quick and simple setup
  • 120 Watts of power 6.7 ampere DC per hour
  • Built in 10 ampere solar controller
  • 25 year warranty
  • Includes carrying case

Solar Kit Weight 28.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 32.5 x 2.8 x 19.9 inches


#3 Universal UB121000-45978 12v 100AH Deep Cycle AGM Battery 12V 24V 48V(Black)
by Universal Power Group
$159.49 & FREE Shipping
  • UPG #45978 UB121000 12V 100Ah
  • Dimensions: 12.17 inches x 6.61 inches x 9.16 inches. Weight: 63.93 Lbs
  • SLA/AGM maintenance free, spill proof battery
  • Rechargeable battery that can be mounted in any position, resists shocks and vibration
  • 1 Year Warranty
PS: Yesterday, we learned that Scampy's incandescent fixtures could be converted to LED fixtures by simply changing the bulbs! If you would be interested in finding out more, Click [here]. 


11am - My New Camping Style
In yesterday's Blog, there was this thought:

"...it seems to be important to me to create a certain style for this new camping life I am in."

This morning while preparing breakfast, some insight to this came to me. It's extremely subtle:

As much as practical, do everything myself:
  • Prepare my own meals from scratch
  • Clean Scampy and Little Honda myself. No car wash. Clean Scampy using rags and abrasive sponge. Whisk brush with dust pan. This includes Scampy's floor and walls.
Reasoning:
Just as when you go camping, the great joy comes from setting up camp. And doing all the necessary camping chores!

Breakfast: French toast made from Jewish Rye [Butter & 
Strawberry Jam topping], Sausage, Scrambled Egg, Hot Chocolate


1:30pm - Suburban Range Top
Scampy has a gas range manufactured by Suburban. It's a pretty good stove.

Except! In my opinion, nobody at the factory conceived of the idea of "field testing!"

If a company does NOT field test their products, then that company has absolutely no grasp how well that product works when customers use it!

Below are images of two things on my Suburban that were never field tested.

This pic shows a screw that secures the range top.
Notice that this screw goes Down thru the top.
Question: How does a user fasten the top using a screw?
Answer: Fishing around searching for the not visible clip shown in the 2nd pic
The screw should be replaced by a threaded stud coming up!


Screw inserted Downward into threaded clip.
Screw should be inserted UPWARD thru threaded clip!
The upward screw then would be secured by a threaded nut!


Stove top burner with black top permanently affixed?!
Wouldn't it be nice to have this black top removable. For cleaning the pan below? 


Easy fix for stove top screw
6pm - All that was necessary to get the screw to go UP instead of DOWN was to put the screw into the bottom of the clip.

It is sooooo easy to find that screw by moving the stove top around a bit.

A threaded nut will now be used to secure the stove top.

Screw now comes up. Instead of going down! Easy!!

Conclusion:
Companies that do not field test their products must be run by idiots. Because to fail to field test, such companies are shooting themselves in the foot.




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24 comments:

  1. Hello George,

    I was wondering if you could run a charge wire from 'Lil' Honda and use the engine's alternator to charge Scampy's battery?

    I've heard of people running a wire from their motorhomes to charge the battery of their toad while driving.

    Just a thought. I'm not a mechanic, I know just enough to get me in trouble. LOL!

    Mark in Palm Springs

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    1. Uh...I think George has done that already.

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    2. Your burner will come out if you squeeze the three elements together. At least I think it will...mine does on a similar stove.

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  2. Truthsayer, I didn't know. But, I wonder if George is starting the Honda while parked to recharge, not just when driving. The engine of the Honda is a lot quieter than a generator and there is really no additional cost except a small amount of fuel (when considering the solar panel). The AGM battery choice will still need to be charged with the expense of a shore connection or running the Honda. :)

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    1. Hi Mark,

      The reasoning behind a 2nd battery is, that the 1st battery will be good for maybe 5 days. Then the 2nd battery is put into service for another 5 day period.

      Boondocking for 10 days would be good enough!

      Tioga George


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  3. There are better options out there,,,go to Arizona Wind and Solar for info

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    1. Hi Ted,

      I went the Arizona Wind route in 2003.

      It is not bragging when I state that:
      "I was into solar before it became popular."

      Here is a story that I wrote about my solar electric system. Installed in 2003 by myself. Click HERE to view.

      Tioga George


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  4. George had 6 deep cycle batts plus a gennie plus an extensive solar array on Ms Tioga. I think the problem he has here is limited space for all this on Scampy.

    Bill

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    1. Hi Bill,

      Yes! You are correct.

      And thank you for commenting to support me!

      George

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  5. The led lights make a huge difference, as for charging the batteries I would choose the generator and solar if you have the space.

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  6. I am with OAT, solar and the generator when you need it. I would think there would be room to mount at least one solar panel on Scampy's roof. That would save packing and setting up a folding panel.

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  7. Would you need this when stealth camping? I dont think that #1 (setting up the panel) or #2 (noise) would be conducive to stealth camping. Maybe solar mounted on scampy?

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    1. Hi Grace,

      Stealth Camping is only done in cities and towns.

      A solar panel would only be used at Boondock Camps [Out in the forests, etc.].

      Tioga George

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  8. Car/Scampy washing.
    This waterless wash does a super job.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X04JRMU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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  9. I use that Wash and Wax and love it.

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  10. As said earlier, squeeze the elements inward and remove. Reverse the process to replace.

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    1. Hi Bill,

      Squeezing the stove top burner together to remove, is very easy to say. But TO DO is another story. Very hard.

      This stove top is a dumb bell enginering idea. Think about it a bit. Who is going to do that stove top removal? A woman who is cleaning house. Not some mechanic with tools.

      In one single minute, I am able to come up with several better alternatives. Ie; nothing holding down the stove top. Where's it going to go?

      George


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  11. Mr. Rock and Roll, that's you George.
    You just figure it out and you're loving
    every minute of it! Such an inspiration!

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    1. Hi Joan,

      Well..... that's me! I was raised in a machine shop / manufacturing environment.

      Identifying and solving mechanical problems is in my blood. Nearly all the men in my family worked at / or owned a machine shop. I first worked at my Dad's machine shop when I was 9-years old.

      Tioga George

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  12. Maybe it's different from my Magic Chef. The black burners simply come off by the squeeze technique. Wasn't talking about the whole stove top.

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    1. Hi Bill,

      I recognized that your comment concerned itself only with the black burners. However, my Blog posts addressed problems with both the black burner and the range top.

      In order for me to remove the black burner, I had to use 12" long Channel Locks! Then after removal, worked to bend the two ends back so that the burner would go into the range top.

      Now the burner goes into the range top easily, but still holds the burner to the top.

      George

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  13. Maybe we are the idiots for buying. I know my Winnebago is not the Winnebago of a few years ago. Quality control is lacking. Way to many little things I have had to correct.

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    1. Hi Bob,

      You hit the nail-on-the-head!

      For some reason that I cannot fathom, the compulsion to do an excellent job at one's work just does not appear to exist in today's work-a-day world.

      When I began working, quality was drummed into my head. Quality was job #1!!

      Today's workers, just do not give a sh*t! Bad business.

      Tioga George

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