Sunday, August 26, 2018

Honda Day

11:14 am:
We have named this day, Honda Day! Without solar, we have only our Honda generator as our source of electric power!

Some things have happened lately which caused our deep cycle battery to be pretty close to completely discharged:
#1. Scampy being in the Lake RV shop with some of her lights on for a whole week.
#2. The Renogy solar battery charge controller going down.

Last nite, both Mac Air and Little iPhone came close to running out of juice! Right now Little Honda Generator is on-the-job of charging up Scamp's deep cycle battery.

We are sooooo happy to have Little Honda onboard!


12:28 pm:
Duplex Outlet Box
We are building a small duplex outlet box which will be located under Scampy's rear window. Duplex boxes sold in hardware stores are so ugly and deep! 

The box that we will build will be:
3-5/8" wide
4-3/4" high
1" deep

This box is to be constructed from 1/4" plywood and painted white. This box will house the duplex receptacle which will be the terminal for the cable from Scampy's deep cycle battery.

Plugged into this duplex receptacle will be the CyberPower outlet device in the pic below.




3:59 pm:
Work Shop
We have set up a workshop inside Scampy for the production of the
Duplex Outlet Box. Outside it's kinda cold, cloudy and rainy. Much better indoors!

What a great and fantastic time for me this is!

Workshop Scampy, Inc.


8:28 pm:
Secure Strike Plate w/Machine Screws
This entry in George's to-do notebook has been hanging fire for months!
It got knocked off this afternoon. At long last!

The strike plate had been secured with sheet metal screws. These sheet metal screws did the job, but the look of them bothered George.

Seemingly a short task. It actually took over 4-hours to complete! But, as you may know about that George guy, he keeps charging on, and on! And never quits!

There is still some clean-up work to 
do in the area around the strike plate.


Note: Are you wondering what happened to the Duplex Outlet Box job? That job got postponed to tomorrow.



11:20 pm:
Honda Generator Ran Out Of Gas!
We were very surprised when the Honda generator stopped running! Checking the gas tank found that the Honda ran-out-of-gas in about four hours!

In the morning we intend to check the Honda manual in order to learn if running out of gas in this amount of time is within acceptable limits.

We carry a 2-gallon plastic can of fuel for these situations.

BTW, we would be living in the dark if the Honda generator was not a member of the Scampy Team and charging our Deep Cycle Battery!


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15 comments:

  1. George, since you did not keep the window air conditioner you ordered, have you decided to install a different kind of a/c?
    When you get back to that project, that is-

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    1. Hi R,

      Yes. I am planning to use the:
      Dometic Brisk II Air 13,500 BTU Rooftop Air Conditioner.

      Click [Here] to view the website for this A/C.

      George

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  2. When you have Scampy plugged into the Honda generator, the battery charger is automatically turned on to charge the battery. The load of the charger along with the load of the heater should be enough to overload the Honda.

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    1. Hi JC,

      I believe that you are correct when the Honda Eu1000i is plugged into Scampy and is charging the battery and trying to operate the 700 watt heater at the same time.

      However, I also attempted to connect the Honda Eu1000i directly to the 700 watt heater and the Honda overloaded.

      George

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  3. I did not have good results with my Dometic, went back to a Coleman. It has been working swell for the past 12yrs..The Dometic never worked properly.
    Best of luck to you..
    Upriver

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    1. David, I'm curious as to the reason your Dometic did not work properly. We have had our Hi-Lo camper since 2009 with a 13,500 BTU Dometic air conditioner with heat strip; it cools about a 21' by 8' area very well. Was your Dometic attempting to cool a camper with an area larger than mine? With my fingers crossed, I must say ours works very well. When we do use the A/C in extreme heat, we pull into an RV Park with good 30 amp service and wait out the heat wave. We hate hauling around a generator.

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    2. Hey Dee..It was computer controlled and would barely cool at all. My wife almost died in triple digit heat at Hell's Gate state park. I took an all day jet boat ride and came back to her passed out.
      I had to purchase a window unit to get us back home to Washington.
      I then took it back to Camping World Burlington. I had all the big shots sit in our 27' Winnebago and see how they liked the high temps..They didn't.
      Traded it back for a 15,000 Coleman installed.
      It has worked swell, sadly my wife passed away from Alzheimers 4.5 yrs ago.
      I'm glad you've had good fortune with yours, I've read of other complaints, so I figured I'd share my experience with our pal George.

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  4. Glad you decided to keep the Honda. Here a cut and paste on fuel economy of that genny.
    "Fuel efficient - runs up to 7.1 hr on 0.6 gal. of fuel
    Thanks to our exclusive Eco Throttle System, the EU1000i offers great fuel efficiency. It runs 3.2 to 7.1 hours on a single tank, depending on the load."

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    1. Hi Bob,

      I did not Blog about keeping the Honda before the time of your comment.

      However, later in the day I did Blog about trading the Honda Eu1000i for a Predator 2000.

      George

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  5. Hi George. I run my Honda eu2000i upwards of 8 hours on 1 FULL tank while powering my air conditioner non stop and on board battery charger. I emphasize FULL tank. I fill upto about 1 inch to top of neck. this give a bit more run time. according to Honda website you should get 3.8 to 8.3 hours run time depending on load demand.
    Ray
    Annapolis Md U.S.A

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    1. Hi Ray,

      I may have NOT completely filled the gas tank.

      George

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  6. I must have missed the news about your A/C. Why are you not using the original A/C you ordered? Just curious

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    1. Hi Linda,

      I may have not Blogged about the reason for not using the Frigidaire window air conditioner.

      What happened was, when I went to the shop selected to install the Frigidaire A/C, the shop owner convinced me that it was cheaper and much better to select a Dometic roof air conditioner instead of the Fridgidaire.

      George

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  7. George a Honda EU1000 is the model I remember you having will run 3.2 hr @ rated load, 7.1 hrs @ 1/4 load it only holds .6 gallons of fuel. It would not run the AC unit listed above.

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    1. Hi Joe,

      Yes. I believe that you are correct.

      Thank you,
      George

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