After replacing the busted stabilizer jack, I decided to work on the 12v system on our '84 Scamp
13. When I bought it last year, it didn't really have much of a 12v system, other than a dead battery
and two 12v lights
. There was no charging system at all.
I didn't want the extra weight
on the tongue, so I did away with the battery
. I bought a power pack from Harbor Freight on sale the other day -- 12v outlets, 400w inverter, air compressor, work light
, and jump starter. It can charge from a 12v outlet or 120v AC.
I installed a 12v plug on the Scamp's wiring so I can plug it into thpe power pack under the dinette seat. I also installed a 12v receptacle near one of the AC outlets for charging cell phones, etc. Since the power pack doesn't have nearly the amp hours of a traditional RV battery
, I also upgraded the interior lights
with LED bulbs. At first they didn't work, but I found that both of the light
fixtures were wired backwards -- fine for an incandescent bulb, but not for a diode.
We don't do a lot of dry camping
... In fact, we never have! However, I plan on doing a few walmart stops in the future, so I would like to have the 12v system. Also, I can plug the Scamp's 120v plug into the into the power pack's inveterate outlet. Only 400w, but would work for small loads.
I'm excited to have lights
other than the florescent 120v fixture or my battery powered lamp!