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Old 02-17-2014, 07:48 PM   #155
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More noise and smoke tonight at Bamtech! Only three more nights before departure 8/.

I wanted a windup underslung spare but didn't get it done. Instead, I mounted this bracket I had laying aroundClick image for larger version

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Also cut off and rewelded the receiver hitch. It was out of level about .0026218 inches, and it bugged me! Now the bike rack is plumb. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-17-2014, 08:05 PM   #156
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Hmmm...

A/C, spare, and-how-many bikes on that rack? That's lookin' like a lot of weight behind the axles, especially since I'm pret-ty, pretty sure you already added a nice new foam mattress back there.

I hereby request- perhaps even demand- that you weigh the tongue before departing, do the two-part weigh at a highway scale along the way, and report back as to how she tows.

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Old 02-17-2014, 09:10 PM   #157
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Well, she towed just fine on the 50-miler to the lake and back yesterday. I intend to permanently ditch the AC, just haven't made time to engineer a solution for that gaping hole.

Truthfully, I WANTED some tail weight to balance the battery, propane, charger, and fridge up front. I don't know if I'll make a scale on the trip, but like I said there's plenty of loose ballast to shift.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:45 AM   #158
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What is suppose to be in that gaping hole is an emergency exit. Just a pane of glass that hinges out, with no screen. I keep asking Joe Thoen, at Trillium / Outback, if he has one. He gets lots that don't have the escape hatch. They are the same as your front one, with out the rock guard. He sells them for ~$100. An easy fix for your AC hole. Delivery to Georgia would likely cost more then $100.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:06 AM   #159
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It looks like there used to be a jalousie in that hole, I can see the spindle for the crank.

For now , I may just rivet a white aluminum panel over the hole. Our biggest dislike is that the AC infringes on the bed space. That, and the fact that it leaks when it rains.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:30 AM   #160
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Makes sense, since your trailer is a 75, and the escape hatch came later. I am going to be near Atlanta late in March. I just called Trillium / Outback. They are checking to see if they have any at the moment. I could buy one, disassemble it and bring you the six panes, the side, and middle pieces and the mechanical linkages. The top and bottom pieces are too long to fit in the luggage. This would allow you to change it back to a jalousie. Let me know if this is of interest to you.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:34 AM   #161
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Heck yeah, I'm interested! May only need the one side anyway.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:46 PM   #162
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Well the roof vent turned out to be a bigger job than I expected. Click image for larger version

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The surround inside was made of 5/4 pressure treated deck boards, and ugly. I needed to get the leak fixed though!

I made a new piece from 3/4 birch ply. Click image for larger version

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We decided to use the vent for a ceiling light as well, using more of the LED tape lights. Expensive, but it's bright in here. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-19-2014, 09:20 AM   #163
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I hereby request- perhaps even demand- that you weigh the tongue before departing, do the two-part weigh at a highway scale along the way, and report back as to how she tows.

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How does one weigh the tongue? Bathroom scale?
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I have used a truck scale to weigh the tongue. I first put the wheels on the scale, to weigh the load there. Then, I backed the trailer up till the just the jack would be on the scale. I uncoupled the trailer and made sure the tongue was at the same height as it was when connected to my van. This is important. The load on the tires should be the same, so any load on the jack is the tongue load.

There are probably better ways, but this is mine.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:03 AM   #165
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Well, you gotta go with what you have. Click image for larger version

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That's 160# at the ball. Lightens up to ~120 with this mess out backClick image for larger version

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Will put toolbox etc under the front bench if necessary.
Meanwhile, had to investigate the absence of trailer left turn signal. Since I just replaced all the trailer wiring (and the brake light works) I know the problem's on the TV side. Sure enough, traced it to this converter hidden behind the interior plastics. Click image for larger version

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Will pick up a new one this evening. Also installed +/~ pair of charge wires direct to the TV battery.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:17 AM   #166
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Well, it towed just fine at 70, the only squirrelly-ness came from the wakes of semi trailers. I don't think there's anything to be done about that, it is what it is...

Weird, we awoke to an interior rainfall this morning. The whole roof was wet with condensation. I guess the Ensolite would help with that?
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:29 AM   #167
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I never got around to fabbing a stand for the solar panel. I had thought an easel would serve, and then I saw this stepstool at wallyworld. Click image for larger version

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I like things that serve more than one purpose anyway. Just twisted up a hook from an old brazing rod, works great!Click image for larger version

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:55 AM   #168
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Step ladder. What a great idea for a multi use item!!
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