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Old 03-20-2017, 07:17 AM   #85
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Got some more time over the weekend to continue. Next up was to do some wiring. I took the main closet door off temporarily for better working access. All the wiring is in the false floor of the closet.

First thing was adding a refrigerator switch. The refrigerator switch is a must because this fridge is 12v DC only - its a compressor type fridge like the semi truck drivers use. I love the fridge vs propane, simple and cold, uses little energy. But when you plug in the camper its always on! There is no way to turn it off besides pulling the fuse. So a switch is necessary to be able to plug in camper at home or wherever without the fridge running all the time.

The fridge wires were coming into the closet at the top of the door, then running down to the fuse panel. This was perfect because that's where I wanted the additional switch. I pulled that wire out and cut it shorter and hooked it to the switch - then ran another wire from the switch to the fuse box. That was pretty simple.

I know the switch doesn't look all that, but I wanted a quality switch. NAPA had 30A heavy duty switches they keep behind the counter. $12 vs the $5 junk on the display. It's worth the extra few bucks to do this right and buy a good switch with good contacts!
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:31 AM   #86
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Last was to install a main battery cut off, and mount the Charge Wizard pendant. The main battery cable was coming in thru the floor and going to a lug on the fuse panel. I disconnected that and ran it up the wall on the other side of the closet door. Installed the switch there, then ran a new wire back down to the same lug on the fuse box. While I was at it I mounted the Charge Wizard pendant. The tided up all the wiring with new wire ties and good to go.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:01 AM   #87
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... First thing was adding a refrigerator switch. The refrigerator switch is a must because this fridge is 12v DC only - its a compressor type fridge like the semi truck drivers use. I love the fridge vs propane, simple and cold, uses little energy. But when you plug in the camper its always on! There is no way to turn it off besides pulling the fuse. So a switch is necessary to be able to plug in camper at home or wherever without the fridge running all the time.
Not sure what your refrigerator is, but our 2010 EggCamper (#083) has a Norcold Model DC0751B (original equipment). As you can see, it has an "OFF" position, so we don't need a separate switch on ours. While the little fridge cools nicely, the compressor is very noisy, and we often prefer using an ice chest versus hearing the noisy compressor kick on and off throughout the night.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:09 AM   #88
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Not sure what your refrigerator is, but our 2010 EggCamper (#083) has a Norcold Model DC0751B (original equipment). As you can see, it has an "OFF" position, so we don't need a separate switch on ours. While the little fridge cools nicely, the compressor is very noisy, and we often prefer using an ice chest versus hearing the noisy compressor kick on and off throughout the night.
Boy that little knob would be nice!! The previous owner did state EggCamper replaced the fridge shortly after they bought it new. Not sure if it went bad or not. It does have similar knob as yours - but its inside the fridge, and all the way to the back!! So I opted to leave it set on the best number and do the switch thing. But that knob on the outside like you have seems like a nice feature!! The fridge is definitely not loud. I'll see if I can find the model number and post back.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:48 PM   #89
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Hi Joe,
...following all your great mods! I have a few questions: how did you remove the decals and what brand wax did you use to polish your Egg? Also, have you had a chance to try out the bike rack, and if so, how is it working out?
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:25 PM   #90
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...following all your great mods! I have a few questions: how did you remove the decals and what brand wax did you use to polish your Egg? Also, have you had a chance to try out the bike rack, and if so, how is it working out?
Hi Letitia!

The decals come right off! It was a cooler day so I hit them with a hair dryer to soften them up. It only took a little bit of heat - no need to blast one spot. Once they softened up (1 -2 minutes) you can get them started with your fingernail and then they peel right off. I think on a hot sunny day no heat would be needed at all. I bet they were all removed in less than an hour. I did notice the warmer the decal, the less residue they left. GooGone took the tiny bits of residue off. I do think the camper looks bare. I think the side decals looked better than bare sides but we couldn't get past the font so off they went. Well, they are off now and no going back....ha!

The wax was a cleaner/wax called Meguiars Mirror Glaze #50. It worked well. I think the camper shined up well because the previous owner kept it covered since new. I hope to be able to but I don't have the shelter so a cover will have to do and I get too lazy to put it on/off. Hopefully it will retain the shine.

The bike rack is still the bolted on bulky contraption thing (post #40). We have not used it yet but it's WAY overkill and will work fine. Its on there very solid. But I still will take it off if the weld shop ever gets to me and can fab up the receiver and bumper (post #47). They are extremely good and priced nice (ma and pa shop), but their wait time is horrible!

I am looking forward to the welded one being done right and selling the bolt on receiver bar. I'm also having the dual 6V battery tray welded on the tongue and a dual propane rack welded between the battery box and the egg shell for future propane tank install.

One awesome thing about the EggCamper is they used a 4" frame! Super stout for a camper of that size and weight. Way overkill - but that's ok!
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:01 PM   #91
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Not sure what your refrigerator is, but our 2010 EggCamper (#083) has a Norcold Model DC0751B (original equipment). As you can see, it has an "OFF" position, so we don't need a separate switch on ours. While the little fridge cools nicely, the compressor is very noisy, and we often prefer using an ice chest versus hearing the noisy compressor kick on and off throughout the night.
Hi Dale,

I looked tonight and I have a 1.7cu ft Norcold NR751BB. It seems pretty quiet, not sure of the differences between it and the original one tho. I do know the knob on the inside way back in the back is dumb.....ha!
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Old 03-23-2017, 08:15 PM   #92
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Next mod was to add a 1/4 turn shut off valve to the toilet supply line. After buying one I found no good way to add it due to lack if space between the toilet and the wall. I didnt want to add it to the line on the other side of the wall because that is in the closet and under a false floor so I didnt want more leak points I couldnt see.

So I thought just carrying a plug would do the trick! With help from members here (THANK YOU) I went and bought a $0.98 plug which is 1/2" NPT Male. All I need to do is throw it in a closet with the spare fuses, etc. If the toilet fails (which I understand can happen) the camping trip is not ruined. I just unscrew the supply line from the toilet, then screw on the plug. I tried this for a test. Its very tight to get back there but it should work just fine!! No shut off valve needed! You can still use the toilet and flush it with the shower head.
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Next is to ditch the 4 year old 12v and throw in dual Trojan T-105 6v batteries. This will now have 225 amp hours which will be a huge improvement on dry camping! I dropped em in the box and hooked em up. That's it! The camper wire is 8 gauge so that is all that is needed for the jumper wire. When I went to solder the lugs to the jumper wire, I saw the lugs had enough room for a lot more wire. I wet ahead and just doubled them up. That was absolutely not necessary at all, but it was a more is better moment.
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Guess I MISSED the info on using a 98 cent plug....dang. But on the other hand, I've got enough PEX tubing, rings, fittings and the crimping tool to redo a whole trailer. Don't you just hate it when the forest and tree thing happens .
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Hi Joe,

I love what you've done modifying your Egg Camper! I wanted to check in to see if you have any leads on an Egg Camper for sale this Spring. I'm 6'7" and just know that my wife and I belong in an Egg Camper. I've checked out all the sites you suggested and have yet to find one. Any help would really be appreciated.

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Guess I MISSED the info on using a 98 cent plug....dang. But on the other hand, I've got enough PEX tubing, rings, fittings and the crimping tool to redo a whole trailer. Don't you just hate it when the forest and tree thing happens .
Tell me about it Dave!! I keep thinking "don't leave it like that, do it right, go buy some crimpers and a brass valve and clamps"!!! Then I have to remind myself that it is right! The ONLY purpose is to stop flow and the cap does this. But it doesn't equate as "job finished" in my head.....haha!

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I love what you've done modifying your Egg Camper! I wanted to check in to see if you have any leads on an Egg Camper for sale this Spring. I'm 6'7" and just know that my wife and I belong in an Egg Camper. I've checked out all the sites you suggested and have yet to find one. Any help would really be appreciated.

Big Daddy
Thanks Dave! I haven't seen any pop up yet but I promise if I do I will let you know asap! I only saw a couple last year all year so they don't pop up often, but one will I'm sure!
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Hey Joe,

I really appreciate your helping me. I'm ready to jump if you hear of anything for me.

Have a great day!

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Hi Joe,

I forgot to mention my email address in case you hear of anything since I don't check your thread everyday. I do check my email everyday at DaveNorton8908@gmail.com.

Thanks again Joe,

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