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Old 12-11-2006, 08:05 AM   #15
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6) That rest stop just before you get to Weed, California gets really windy.

7) Really, really windy.
Been there, done that Can't beat the view tho!

Congrats! As far as the bargman, I bet the former owners miswired his truck by mis interpreting the mirror image, and simply wired the bargman to match his boo boo. He probably didn't have a clue it was wrong.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:26 AM   #16
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The problem with the Bargman wasn't actually wiring. It was easier to plug the one-way plug went into the the one-way-socket upside down than right way up. I sat in a in a Wal-Mart parking lot for a couple hours trying to figure this out . . . then really had to wiggle the connector back and forth to get it in the socket the right way around.

After that, the right signal blinked when I moved the turn indicator lever right, and the left when a left indicator was used . . . and the brakes did not come on full power when I turned the headlights on.

Looking at the socket and connector, they were made to connect the way they wound up; my guess is there was some flashing or somesuch blocking the channel ridge in the socket.

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Old 12-11-2006, 06:24 PM   #17
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Wow... the reason I said it was "almost a mirror image of correctly wired" was that it wasn't quite a mirror across the connector, as you would get by consistently misreading the diagram; it didn't occur to me that the wiring was rotated one-half turn, since plugging them together that way should be impossible!

I would think that while something blocking the groove in the socket would make correct insertion difficult, there would also need to be damage to the ridge on the plug to allow the incorrect insertion. Perhaps some previous owner had a tow vehicle with a socket wired "upside down", and (on the basis the two wrongs make a right) shaved off the ridge to make it work, instead of fixing the socket wiring? Oh well, the Scamp is in better hands now...
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:42 PM   #18
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Nice trailer!

Sorry about your wiring problems.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:05 PM   #19
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SCORE!! We get to see it at the Northern Oregon Gathering in April...right Peter?
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We'll be there!
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Congratulations on a successful search for the "just right for you" FGRV! Ah - wiring ... penance for the fun we'll all have with our trailers, eh? Glad you got home safely and wish you many happy memories as you camp with your 5er. Looking forward to seeing you at the Gathering, too! Take care, L 'n D
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After bringing our 5th wheel home from California three weeks ago and adding two 12v outlets to the dinette/kitchen area (there were none) we made our first two trips in our trailer this week!

Our first trip out was kind of a dry run, parking next to Lynne's sister's house for Christmas Eve, where they have a big family party followed by presents on Christmas morning. We learned a few things: the most important was that that the battery doesn't last the night while running the heater, so replacing the battery was high on our list of priorities before our next trip. The other thing was that the heater fan is a noisy little thing when it suddenly comes on at 3AM.

So after Christmas we replaced the battery and bought a little 110v space heater. We also bought a coffee maker, dishes, household goodies (like plates, bowls, gray/black tank enzyme) and two $99 Walmart specials, a 10" Big Screen Mobile Theater (proving that terms like "big" are very subjective) and a wireless backup camera.

Thursday evening we headed for Vancouver, BC to see the Body Worlds show at Science World. We spent the first night at the Bellingham RV Park (so we could get shore power and run the cube heater -- a well-kept park with nice shower facilities) then continued up to Vancouver, where we docked at Capilano RV Park (near central Vancouver -- not a scenic location but reasonably maintained with ok-ish shower facilities and a pool and a hot tub we didn't use). We visited Body Worlds at Science World (the Telus World of Science) the first day, explored Stanley Park on the second and headed home.

For those fascinated by the the human body and can see art in it and marvel at how it works, Body Worlds is a must-see show. The "exhibits" are donated cadavers that have been preated with plastic resins, had features revealed by sculpting away parts that would otherwise conceal them, and posed in interesting and artistic ways that help you appreciate the marvel that is us. It's also a good way to remind oneself that the choices we make today affect our health and longevity. While probably not for the easily offended or squeamish, those who venture past the ticket counter will be glad they came.

It'll be in Vancouver through the 14th of this month. Pretty much sells out every day, btw. www.BodyWorlds.com.

Oh, and yes, the cube heater got used, the coffee pot got used, I may return the backup camera (the truck cab is too far to get a good, consistent signal), and we never got around to watching TV.

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Thursday evening we headed for Vancouver, BC to see the Body Worlds show at Science World... We visited Body Worlds at Science World (the Telus World of Science) the first day...

For those fascinated by the the human body and can see art in it and marvel at how it works, Body Worlds is a must-see show. The "exhibits" are donated cadavers that have been preated with plastic resins, had features revealed by sculpting away parts that would otherwise conceal them, and posed in interesting and artistic ways that help you appreciate the marvel that is us. It's also a good way to remind oneself that the choices we make today affect our health and longevity. While probably not for the easily offended or squeamish, those who venture past the ticket counter will be glad they came.

It'll be in Vancouver through the 14th of this month. Pretty much sells out every day, btw. www.BodyWorlds.com.
Robert saw this when it was in Las Vegas. He reports that it has helped him in his Massage work to see this exhibit, and he didn't have to pay for an anatomy class in Med school.

I chickened out.
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I am looking forward to more trips with Peter in our new Scamp. These first couple of trips were a dry run for what I really want to do -- spend more time in our country's wonderful national and state parks. I had all but sworn off of camping after many MANY attempts at tent camping over the years. Tent camping just doesn't work for me. Peter suggested that we try a lightweight fiberglass rv instead. With our new Scamp, I am waking up happy and rested in the morning and after these first couple of outtings, I am actually looking forward to camping again! (with the Scamp of course)

Body Worlds was both fascinating and overwhelming. I am glad that we traveled all that way to see it. I also enjoyed seeing Stanley Park again.

--Lynne

p.s. Scamps must be easier to park. Peter was able to park our new Scamp in just a few minutes at each of the RV parks we stayed at. Quite a difference from his first attempt at the Northern Oregon Gathering! It figures . . . only AFTER getting back, we did some parking practice at an empty parking lot down the hill from our house.
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After bringing our 5th wheel home from California three weeks ago and adding two 12v outlets to the dinette/kitchen area (there were none) we made our first two trips in our trailer this week!

Our first trip out was kind of a dry run, parking next to Lynne's sister's house for Christmas Eve, where they have a big family party followed by presents on Christmas morning. We learned a few things: the most important was that that the battery doesn't last the night while running the heater, so replacing the battery was high on our list of priorities before our next trip. The other thing was that the heater fan is a noisy little thing when it suddenly comes on at 3AM.

So after Christmas we replaced the battery and bought a little 110v space heater. We also bought a coffee maker, dishes, household goodies (like plates, bowls, gray/black tank enzyme) and two $99 Walmart specials, a 10" Big Screen Mobile Theater (proving that terms like "big" are very subjective) and a wireless backup camera.

Thursday evening we headed for Vancouver, BC to see the Body Worlds show at Science World. We spent the first night at the Bellingham RV Park (so we could get shore power and run the cube heater -- a well-kept park with nice shower facilities) then continued up to Vancouver, where we docked at Capilano RV Park (near central Vancouver -- not a scenic location but reasonably maintained with ok-ish shower facilities and a pool and a hot tub we didn't use). We visited Body Worlds at Science World (the Telus World of Science) the first day, explored Stanley Park on the second and headed home.

For those fascinated by the the human body and can see art in it and marvel at how it works, Body Worlds is a must-see show. The "exhibits" are donated cadavers that have been preated with plastic resins, had features revealed by sculpting away parts that would otherwise conceal them, and posed in interesting and artistic ways that help you appreciate the marvel that is us. It's also a good way to remind oneself that the choices we make today affect our health and longevity. While probably not for the easily offended or squeamish, those who venture past the ticket counter will be glad they came.

It'll be in Vancouver through the 14th of this month. Pretty much sells out every day, btw. www.BodyWorlds.com.

Oh, and yes, the cube heater got used, the coffee pot got used, I may return the backup camera (the truck cab is too far to get a good, consistent signal), and we never got around to watching TV.

--Peter
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