Sunday, August 13, 2017


Day 95

Power Sources

How does a Vagabonder-Supreme outfit such as the Scampy RV Team get by when the weather closes in? We are addressing, the electric power issue!

Well, the very first thing that we do, is to have faith in the absolute certainty that we shall be successful in everything that we do! And in this case, what we do when the Sun is hiding behind clouds.

We never do:
★ Doubt
★ Double Mindedness
★ Worry
★ Fear
★ Panic

Electric power is where you find it!

What the heck does that mean, anyway?! "Where you find it..."!! Sounds like nonsense!

It means that there is electric power for us to use, but we have to find where it is hiding from our view.

Does electric power actually hide? Or are you just making that up?
Electric power hides:
➜ Behind the clouds
➜ Inside our Jump Starter

A lot of folks have the mistaken idea that, when it is pretty cloudy, rainy and the sky is kinda black, that solar power vanishes. But, it's really still there. Just diminished, that's all. Still is able to charge Scampy's House Battery!

Fort Hill Public House
We were heading easterly along State Hwy #18, when we spotted a building sign which read:
"Fort Hill Public House now open"

The words, "Public House" grabbed our attention. This place looked like a restaurant. Not a public house?

Tránsito got off at the next ramp, and we headed back to the public house. But the way back got a little meshuggah! We ended up heading to the Fort Hill Public House twice, in order to arrive there once.

There turned out to be a pub AND a restaurant. Separate from each other. The pub was filled with customers. I was the only person in the restaurant. "Grab a seat" the waitress told me. And I sat down.

"Breakfast is over," she told me. I wanted breakfast, so I got up and began to leave. "I wanted breakfast, so I'm leaving" I told her.

"Wait a minute. We can break the rules." So, I seated myself again.

I ordered bacon and eggs, and when the food arrived, the bacon was pretty much uncooked. "Ask the cook to cook the bacon" I told her.

When the breakfast returned, the bacon was cooked. But the bacon was soooooooooooooo greasy. On each table, there was a roll of paper towels. I blotted the grease off the bacon. And, it took about four sheets of towels to blot up the grease.

Do you think the place had paper towels for grease blotting?

BTW. Fort Hill Public House is in the Town of Willamina, Oregon.

Tránsito's electric problem
For the past couple weeks,  Tránsito has had a problem keeping his electric components working after his engine shuts down. 

I am guessing, that there is some kind of battery that keeps a charge on those electric components. And if that charge disappears, none of those components works until electric power is once again applied.

One of the things affected, is starting the engine! I just experienced the problem again a few minutes ago. But this time, I applied juice to Tránsito's engine starting battery for only one-single-second. The starter then turned over?!

The Ford Transit Connect manual, seems to indicate that this problem has something to do with the Anti-Theft system.

Two observations
#1: Drivers 'round here hold the thinking that they, and only they, have the right of way while driving for ALL situations. This leads to the distinct impression, that drivers here are discourteous to the 'nth degree. 

We have observed drivers who have driven off the roadway in order to re-claim what they believed was their stolen right-of way.

#2: Google directions are NOT fault free. Google directions on occasion, gives wrong directions. [ie; Go left at the fork when actually the correct path is go right at the fork]. This says a lot about the immediate future for driverless cars.

Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 155 feet


  1. Fear not mr. George we got you covered on a rainy day cloudy days days you just don't do a damn thing. were your total solution for all your electrical problem. we even let you pick the color pick your length pick your size
    And as a today's special bonus with limited time offer to you your selection comes with free truck shipping included Will even pick up the fuel surcharge
    And if you call within the next 29 minutes we have a special bonus offer for you,,, one free LED flashlight ( One AAA battery not included )
    So call now, our one outsourced Bangladesh Indian operator is standing by waiting for your call order

    1. Ed,

      Whoa! Back the horse up?!

      What does this comment, or the next comment too for that matter, have anything to do with charging MsScampy's house battery?

      Or.......with providing electric power on-the-road?



    2. The one above is a joke George I know you have A sense of humor
      You know like you had a long extension cord following behind you

    3. Ed,

      Thank you for your "sense of humor" compliment!

      Your comment appeasr to be a story you were telling. Certainly in no way, shape or form a joke.

      Click [Here] for the definition of a joke.

      Mister Ed, are you trying to be a naughty boy?



  2. Flash Bulletin
    You see George you're doing it all wrong and you're doing it backwards
    Let me get you turned around and faced in the right direction
    I have 2 1/2 of the perfect solutions for you
    Al,you have to do is have a EV outlet charging port adapter to your battery
    And TESLA has the perfect solution for you

    However if you find that complicated and difficult
    We can give you more power with the solar panel and it doubles as a rain cover
    And it rolls up just like a Tootsie Roll for easy stores get

    And if all else fails how about we ship you an MPPT unit
    To help you better utilize cloudy day charging

    1. Ed,

      I do not get either one of your examples:
      ★ EV outlet charging port adapter to your battery??!
      ★ A V-tent??!!



  3. Also somewhat of a joke
    And EV charging station is where you plug a smart car in for a free charge
    It would be nice if somebody made a adapter to charge a regular standard car or rv battery Pull up for free charge ( I do believe it's out there but I'm not able to find it )
    Also a joke I thought if you had a good new larger solar panel you would reap more benefit on cloudy days
    The last one about the MPPT unit is not a joke
    It would pull A better charge to your batterie then your PWM controller

  4. Tut tut Mr. Ed. Don't mock Super Dawg when he's busy having a public love affair with himself.

    1. MR
      Maybe,, I guess you're right my dry sense of humor doesn't go very far. 👋👋👋. I guess I shouldn't give up my part-time day job At the mortuary👻

    2. Oooh MR,

      Your words of wit do sting!

      But then, your tiny pic appears to be one of a female. Yes? And if so, you would not possess a wit. Or even half a wit!



  5. OK how about this
    Definition of a joke
    A joke is a display of humour in which words are used within a specific and well-defined narrative structure to make people laugh and is not meant to be taken seriously.

    A rookie police officer was out for his first ride in a cruiser with an experienced partner. A call came in telling them to disperse some people who were loitering. The officers drove to the street and observed a small crowd standing on a corner. The rookie rolled down his window and said, "Let's get off the corner people." A few glances, but no one moved, so he barked again, "Let's get off that corner... NOW!" Intimidated, the group of people began to leave, casting puzzled stares in his direction. Proud of his first official act, the young policeman turned to his partner and asked, "Well, how did I do?" Pretty good," chuckled the vet, "especially since this is a bus stop."

    Sorry I couldn't find one about extension cords
    Seeing as how I can't tell jokes and I have to steal it from somebody else thanks Al over in the Bayfield bunch

  6. Good Morning George,
    What was the outcome in MsScampy's left side brake issue?

    1. Linwood,

      I'm taking Scampy to a shop to have that checked out.



  7. If you get a chance watch this video when he takes your brake drum off you may have a better idea of what's up underneath there for your own peace of mind. I would guess it's the magnetic portion of the brake actuator
    For future reference take a good close-up picture of the thickness of the brake shoe