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Old 03-05-2007, 09:45 AM   #15
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I suppose there are advantages to having your rig captive. My service was delayed due to the WDH delivery (It came last friday) so I have not felt safe taking it anywhere until it gets the brakes etc checked. Propane too.

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Old 03-05-2007, 10:15 AM   #16
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Good job Gina!! The McMansion interior has been rejuvenated!

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Old 03-05-2007, 11:01 AM   #17
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If your 12v fuse holders take the two-prong push-in fuses which are the norm for auto use now, count yourself lucky. I have the block in the picture below and as I have mentioned before, it is serious malfunctions about to happen.

It could be that someone had the same problem as on mine and decided (probably wisely) to change out the fuse block for a modern one. Mine required serious rework using a drill press, taps, etc. but now is solid.

Before I switched out the converter part (money well spent) I had to shut off the converter before using the sound system. It buzzed badly, and the voltage would take sudden and inexplicable spikes which even destroyed a 12v CF bulb I was trying out. That's history now, but it took a bit of work.

I believe you are right that if you just hit the converter breaker you thereby turn off the charger part and can run things off AC plus battery until the battery runs down.

We probably have two different approaches to the converter idea, since my trailer is always plugged in and also used for overflow housing and I wanted the least fuss and mess with the electrical system (my obsession). It also allows me to keep a little electric heat on to keep things dry and unfrozen as well as the batteries always fully charged.. In my experience the original converter was pretty dumb and would eventually boil out the batteries. I am lagging in solar, but that will come.

If I understand you correctly you do not have the fuse block shown below?
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Old 03-05-2007, 11:41 AM   #18
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Per, no. I have the standard auto pushin types.. Completely different block, and it fits perfectly, no signs of modification.

I am going to bypass the charger and hardwire in a shumacher and minder.

One of these days, I will get around to pulling out the power center. It weighs a ton and that space could be better used for storage.

I know lots of folks swear by them, but I just swear AT them!

Charger charges battery, 12v items run off battery.. low current draw items don't take more than what was put in... yada yada yada....

No convertor needed.
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Old 03-05-2007, 11:43 AM   #19
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ps.. I am not in the mood for designing and building a whole new distribution panel.. so that will have to wait until I am REALLY bored!!!
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Old 03-05-2007, 12:24 PM   #20
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Sounds like a good plan to me, and plenty of people endorse that strategy. One difference is that with a converter you can run 12v stuff all the time as long as you are plugged in and not drain the batteries. Don't know if your scheme will work differently.

When I switched out the converter for an IntelliPower unit I saved a whopping 9 lbs in weight even though it is 45 Amps vs 20 Amps for the stock unit. There was a pretty large transformer in there. The distribution panel, on the other hand, seems OK to me as is.

One ongoing concern I have and something I pay attention to when making mods is that my trailer has significantly greater weight on the streetside wheel than on the curbside one. It does influence me when I muck around with changes.
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Old 03-05-2007, 12:34 PM   #21
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One difference is that with a converter you can run 12v stuff all the time as long as you are plugged in and not drain the batteries.
I could with the 13, and it had no convertor..

see my statement above...

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Charger charges battery, 12v items run off battery.. low current draw items don't take more than what was put in... yada yada yada....
I am not quite sure what folks are using on thier 12v that would run thier batteries down faster than you can charge, unless it's incandecants.

I have replaced ALL my incandescants again with LEDs and cold cathodes, which it what I had in the 13.

I prefer the light. If you look at the pics at the begining of this thread, it's all low current draw stuff. The stock incandescants look pale yellow in comparison. Maybe I am just used to the blue LEDs, but they seem LESS blue in this trailer than the 13. They are newer, so they may have improved them as well.
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Old 03-05-2007, 03:01 PM   #22
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Looks GREAT! Love the personal touches!

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Old 03-05-2007, 06:42 PM   #23
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Here is the "stuff" stuck to the little shelves. The butyl holds stuff tight. Can't ask for more than that!

Yes, those are Space Needles. I have a large collection of them.. too many! Here is a good use for them!

The only problem I have with this arrangement is I can see that before my pans get used, they will need a bit of a rinse before use. The dogs are a little too close for my tastes.. but, theres not a lot to do. They see "bed" and think "mine!"

They don't get into anything, but the proximity is wierd.


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Old 03-06-2007, 04:31 PM   #24
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Ahhh, Gina - 3 cheers for your wonderful decorating ideas! Your new rig looks terrific! Thanx so much for posting these pics. Can't wait to take the 'tour' in July. Take care & have lots of fun on the "Bachelor" outing. L 'n D (currently camped in a great COE park on the Tennessee - Tombigbee waterway near Aberdeen, MS.)
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Gina, It's kinda sad that you sold your old 13' Burro before I got a chance to see it and meet you. You had talked about it so much and shown so many pictures of it that I almost expected it to start writing posts of its own.

So sad. But you're making up for it by turning your new trailer into a whole new character in FiberglassLand. :-)

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Peter, if you run out to I-5 right about now, you can probably see it going over the Marquam bridge!

They drove down from Seattle to get it, and are bring it back home this week.

I have tried to get him to look at this site. I am not sure if he has. Maybe he will bring him to a rally up there sometime

It won't be red.. he plans on repainting it.
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:45 PM   #27
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Hi Gina... man you did a great job on your egg. I sure wish my wife was into my scamp. I pretty much do it all alone while she is in the house. My question to you is this. Do you tow yours with a Wrangler? Just wondering because I tow my 13' Scamp with my Wrangler also. You don't see it very often. Sure makes for a cool set-up going down the road too.

In any case you did a great job and should be really proud... Peace
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Peter, if you run out to I-5 right about now, you can probably see it going over the Marquam bridge!

They drove down from Seattle to get it, and are bring it back home this week.

I have tried to get him to look at this site. I am not sure if he has. Maybe he will bring him to a rally up there sometime

It won't be red.. he plans on repainting it.
Gina, Were they towing it with a white van-type vehicle? If so, I may have seen it yesterday stopped at a grocery near Newport, Oregon. Now I wish I had stopped!

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