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Old 04-05-2016, 07:24 PM   #113
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Leak check - water, water everywhere...

Finished most of the electrical systems and re-connecting the old water pump. Leak check this afternoon was a disaster and we had water everywhere. Seems like the main seals on the pump are shot so we'll be replacing that pump, probably the original from 1991 with a new one. Cleaned that mess up and discussed a new pump as well as the connector to the tow vehicle. We'll need to make another trip to Keller's in Somerset for additional parts. Onward!
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:45 AM   #114
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New pump in hand; I'll be installing the new water pump tonight unless we have some major storms. I also have the new 7 pin pig-tail to wire into the main harness and will be connecting that as well.


Next will the Shady Boy, scheduled for later this week...stay tuned.
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:59 PM   #115
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Well, the new pump is installed but I almost ruined the fittings by cross threading the water lines when I tried to connect the fresh water inlet to the pump. Almost, but not quite. We haven't pressure tested the new fittings but I am optimistic.

I have also installed the new 7 pin plug to attach to the tow vehicle and all the lights are working to the new smart charger. I still have to install the 7 pin female plug on the Jeep as our tow vehicle and then add the brake controller but I don't think that'll be too tough considering what we've already gone through to complete the other parts of this electric rework.

I still hope to get the Shady Boy this week.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:53 PM   #116
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Bill & Laura,

WOW. You two are amazing!

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Old 04-13-2016, 07:42 AM   #117
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Projects remaining to be completed

Dean, I've been redirected from the A/C unit to the sliding back window. I'm planning on cutting the lawn tonight and then unboxing the new slider to take a look at the complexity of installing the new window.

I've been studying the A/C install for some time and it seems to be "a little" complicated. My plans are to construct a wooden frame to carry the weight of the A/C unit and use foam panels for insulation in the closet to build the ducting for ventilation.

I also want to get the Shady Boy Awning installed this week because I'm anxious to see that one completed. I'm feeling real good about the electrical stuff that has finally been finished. Watch, now that I've said that, something terrible will happen to smack me back down.
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:07 PM   #118
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Ok, just chatting with Laura and we have the newest idea from the expert source on our work crew: why not mount the A/C unit on drawer slides and slide the entire A/C unit outside to stop against the outer shell of the Scamp while in use and slide back inside while traveling? Then all the exhaust as well as the cool air intake is outside while functioning as it was intended...just seems like a simple solution to the plenum issue. What do you think?
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:44 AM   #119
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1993 Scamp 16' repair and remodel

I believe I've seen that solution on a soft-top tent trailer- I looked at the Quicksilver line from Livin Lite before I landed my Scamp. Aliner and other A-frame folding trailers might do that too, as they lack a flat roof to mount a roof AC.
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:19 PM   #120
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Rear Sliding Window installed

I popped the old plexiglass window out and screwed the new rear slider into place using butyl tape and it fit like a glove. A single strip of tape and the screws seem to set real well with just the smallest amount of tape squeezed out pretty evenly all the way around.

I don't give you a nickle for that old plexiglass window, despite it being almost new. That thing was flimsy and pretty light weight.
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:35 PM   #121
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I also installed the new Shady Boy Awning this afternoon. I thought about it for almost a week trying to decide how to level it without any real good point of reference from which to measure. Finally decided to just eyeball it.

I mounted the first bracket to the Scamp using butyl tape to seal the holes. Once the first bracket was mounted to the Scamp, I attached the awning to the bracket, snug but not tight, having already attached the second bracket to the awning. Once I had the awning attached to the roof by one bracket, I used the second bracket to mark the holes for the second bracket.

After drilling the second set of holes through the Scamp for the second bracket, I carefully pealed the paper backing off the butyl tape and lightly pressed the second bracket into place. I ran inside a pushed the first of three mounting screws through the new holes.

Since I was working alone, I put a crescent wrench onto the nut on the outside of the mount plate and carefully went inside and was able to tighten the stainless 1/4-20 bolts through the stainless lock nut. Repeat for each of the three mounting screws. Once I had them tight, I removed the hex head mount bolts from the Shady Boy and re-set them using Blue Lock Tight into the awning box.

Actually pretty easy, considering everything involved...
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So how many holes total does it require to mount the shady boy? Did you drill through the rat fur interior? Any photos of the inside installation? I'm still thinking seriously about getting one.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:30 PM   #124
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So how many holes total does it require to mount the shady boy? Did you drill through the rat fur interior? Any photos of the inside installation? I'm still thinking seriously about getting one.
Sheryl: We have elephant skin inside our 91' Scamp and I read about the idea of cutting the rat fur/skin and pealing the wall covering back before drilling the holes so they would be hidden behind the wall lining once you let the covering return to the original position. However, I was feeling a little lazy and figured I would rather not be bothered with that fiddly stuff. Laura may have a different opinion later when she sees the results and I could be in more trouble, but, the job's done.

The instructions are a little confusing in a few spots. In the beginning you are instructed to only use one mounting bolt per side. However, it's not clear if they are talking about the mount to the awning box/back or the holes to be drilled through the fiberglass shell. I chose not to follow the instructions and I drilled six holes total, three at a time, and used a generous application of butyl tape to assist in the mounting/sealing of those holes. After I finished tightening all six mount bolts, I trimmed the excess butyl tape away from the brackets that had been squished out to the sides by compression.

I'm very pleased with the results but the instructions to use/set up the awning are worse than the installation instructions and it's nearly impossible to figure out how to install the poles and tie out the support lines. (The lines do not come with ground stakes.)

I really feel good about our purchase and believe that we have the best solution for an awning. I've seen some of the budget awnings that others are using that are free-standing and I've wondered if we made the right decision, but I believe in the long run, the Shady Boy will prove out as well as bringing it's own storage box as another thing I don't have to "load" into the tow vehicle.

We'll be completing another test of the camper very soon and we'll prolly post our results. Stay tuned...
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:45 PM   #125
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7 pin plug on Jeep tow vehicle

I am half way done installing the new seven pin wiring harness on the tow vehicle. THAT was a trick and took me almost three hours. Of course I finished my work for today in the dark because, well, because I don't know when to quit. Laura will tell you that I get an idea in my head and I bull-dog that idea until the idea gives out or I give out: it's a competition thing...

Anyway, I ordered the OEM seven pin kit from Jeep based on the recommendations from the Jeep Wrangler forum where I frequent with my freaky Jeep friends. There are more than a few people using their Jeep Wranglers for towing so there were lots of recommendation about the wiring modification as well as the use of a brake controller. The OEM wiring harness came with all the parts to plug-in-play into the existing wiring harness, including heat-shielded foil wrap on the parts exposed near the exhaust system and other hot parts. The instruction for this installation are pretty bad if you are expecting a lot of help. There are about 16 words included for the over 20 steps to the installation and the instructions are mostly line drawings. A lot of the installation is subjective. An example would be the part that illustrates that after you clear the muffler you are to pull the wiring harness from the back to the front, indicated by an arrow. It would be frustrating for a lot of people. I thrive with this type of instruction and everything turned out exactly perfect. Well, almost,...I still have to pull the wire that connects to the brake controller through the firewall and I can't find the access point since the V6 engine IS SO STINKING HUGE IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. (Oh, that may have been a little frustration showing there...)

So, I have the battery reconnected and the test of the vehicle lights was successful. I still have to mount the seven pin plug on the rear bumper where the four pin plug was mounted but I expect that to only take about 30 minutes. The brake controller won't be delivered until Thursday from Amazon so I should be ready to smack that bad boy in as soon as it arrives. (Yah, right. Big talk since I have to crawl under the dash and I'm over six feet tall in that tiiiiny space.) I remain optimistic that this upgrade will be completed before the end of the week.

That leaves the A/C and Laura and I have discussed using the unit that was in Ziggy when we bought him. I'm gonna plug that thing into the exterior outlet and let it run while I work on the bumper plug and see if the unit will actually cool.

ONWARD!
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:33 PM   #126
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We got lights!

I was able to complete the wiring swap from 4 pin to 7 pin tonight with the installation of the 7 pin connector on the Jeep. I was able to have a successful test and the tail lights as well as the turn signals work as prescribed! Whoo hooo!

However, I can't figure a way to get the blue wire through the firewall for the brake controller, which will arrive tomorrow. I'm on my way over to the WranglerForum.com to check in with the guys/gals that have already completed this task and find out how they connected the controller.
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