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Old 06-26-2003, 04:54 PM   #29
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Orginally posted by JR Holland

Hey, Jana, where's the couch potato watching tv smilie? *All I can find is the smilie who lost the remote. :hiding
Sorry it took so long, JR. <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3efb6b06e2fcbchgtv.GIF/> got the couch potato, but couldn't remember where I was to put it.
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Old 07-05-2003, 11:19 PM   #30
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water tank

:E I spoke earlier of some of the modifications that I made, one being a new water tank and pump. I thought I'd post a photo of the tank as I should have done earlier.<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f07a2105cc84sprayer tank.gif/>

This was a perfect fit under the rear bench, although it took up much of the spece, it gave me 15 gal at up to about a gallon a minute.

It has a pressure sensitive pump that detects the drop in pressure when you open a faucett and starts a pumpin' away. It has even enough pressure to go through my demand water heater and to the sink or shower tap on the outside. Very sturdy tank, well built, and has several good mounting options. I used straps.

All I had to do is to remove the sprayer wand and I had at least 10' of high quality rubber hose to reroute to my sink unit.

I think it is a perfect Scamp addition at a great price.
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Old 07-06-2003, 07:58 AM   #31
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Hi Tom,

It's me again, pestering you for information about your good ideas. I'm interested in your shower set up. Does your hot water heater require shore power? How do you hook up an outside shower to an inside water tank? Any info appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 07-06-2003, 11:24 AM   #32
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Not that difficult

Dear Maggie O....

You're not pestering me.
In one of the above photographs you'll see under the galley a white tall thing. It is an Aquastar 38B LP. It is a demand/tankless water heater. It runs off propane and does not require power of any sort. It will heat water for as long as water flows through it. The moment water flow stops, the burners shut down. A pilot light stays lit waiting for water to flow again.

The output goes up to my sink faucet. It also has a "Tee" and valve that goes to another hose that I drilled a hole through the fiberglass body for. that hose terminates at the body with a garden hose fitting that from the outside I can connect a short line to a shower head with an inline valve that I can shut off the flow with.

The reason I have a valve under the galley for this shower tap and another valve on the shower itself is that I want to have a shutoff right at the shower, and when the shower is not connected I can positively shut off the water so I don't get any accidental flow to this outside tap. I guess it will keep strangers from coming along and taking a long shower too.

The Aquastar heater is a little taller than the inside of my galley so I had to lower the floor in the galley with a wooden box enclosure. That way it didn't stick up through my wooden galley top. The only shorter demand heater is a Paloma. They are no longer made but are available used. I was going to buy one, but ebay people kept bidding them higher than my new Aquastar. Besides parts are available for the Aquastar unlike the Paloma.

My shower curtain is a conduit loop that I connect to my overhead rack shown in other photos above. You can buy a freestanding shower enclosure instead though. You put it up sorta like a tent. I believe Coleman has them.

Other hot shower options are the Zodi and the new llittle coleman thing. Really don't know how well these work.

Anyway, if you see me camping anywhere, just come ask and I'll let you take a shower since you're not a stranger.
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Old 07-06-2003, 05:46 PM   #33
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Thanks for the reply. Your trailer has a lot of great things going on. All very sensible. One things for sure if I see you camping I'll know it's you.
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Old 07-09-2003, 09:38 PM   #34
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Solar finally

I know, it's not enough solar to really run anything, but it was better to put them up than have them sit in a dark corner doing nothing.

Together the three pannels rate an amp and a half, but I'll probably only get a third of that due to their lying horizontally. But that will keep battery topped off during disuse.

Greatest challenge was to fish the wire through the conduit rack and down to the battery.. AND back out. (the hard part)

I may put an old quarter amp 12v computer fan in my roof vent and I should be able to run it indeffinately. Till the battery dies.<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f0cd17477ab4solar2.jpg/>
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Old 07-10-2003, 12:19 AM   #35
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Renovations

Tom;

An absolutely wonderful project and example of patience and skills. My wife and I love your paint job and all the neat mod you have done. We are very interested in one of the demand water heaters you installed. I read all the threads and finally found out the brand and model. Great work and you will love the egg.

Brian and Pat
Trillium 5500 and 1300
Land of the midnight sun, Edmonton
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Old 07-10-2003, 01:30 AM   #36
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It has been fun

Golly, gee Brian,

Thanks for the compliments

You know, none of the demand water heaters are officially approved for RV use. If you do it, make sure you do an extra bang-up good job. Over design everything about it and even if it isn't officially approvable, you'll know it's done safely and right.

I just hope I did it as well as you are going to
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Old 08-07-2003, 12:42 PM   #37
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Roof vent too

The crank that came with my new roof vent / window thingie kept catching tall friends right on the soft spot on tops of heads.

It would have been preferable if they put that soft spot on the back of heads, but they don't listen to me.

So intead I put a propane knob on it. Much lower profile (Higher profile??) and just misses that poorly placed soft spot.
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Old 08-11-2003, 04:25 PM   #38
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final details

Well, probably not FINAL details, but here are some more silly little things.

1 as mentioned before, here is a propane knob in action. Note that you can't really jam your back or head on it? See photo in below post... sorry



Also note that the curtains snap down and tight to frame with snaps to hold in place and block out all light. All Light? All light, and heat. the following picture shows the four layer insulation on the outside of the curtains. The outer layer is really nice fabric with sewn seams that hold the layer of space blanket mylar, vapor barrier, and cotton batting all together. Drops the temp of Skimp in full sun greatly. Allows me to sleep in if I wish. Also holds heat in and out.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f380837ecd27curtainliner.jpg/>

I even put a snap on curtain on the door window. I had to reline the door with new naugahide (picked grey because on sale and hides my dirty finger tips. Mounted a botle opener under window. That way you don't have to rummage inside if you need it. access from inside or outside. Good place too because if the bottle was shaken all suds will just run down the door and outside whether door is open or not.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f38090ca876ddoorliner.jpg/>

Speeking of door... has hit me in butt too many times swinging in the wind. I made a pvc tube with a bungie cord stretched inside. It mounts permanantly to my conduit frame and can then be used to grab doorknob and hold in position. Can give a bit in big gust of wind so is not totally rigid.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f3809b838289doorpost.jpg/>
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Old 08-11-2003, 04:37 PM   #39
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didn't want to overload a post

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Continuing above....
I found that my rolling greywater container (blue plastic thingie) can be held in place during transit by putting table leg through handle...
Hate it when things roll around.

The closet of Lainey's is superior, but I had already done mine by then. It is thin birtch plywood on adjustable rails rivetted to cabinet walls inside. Adjustable..

All homes must have art. Right?
I found a little antique painting in an oval frame that fit between doors of upper cabinet.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f380b0109c56art.jpg/>

The same space on the forward cabinet has an antique match holder. Strike plates are along side of basket. Had to stuff a piece of foam down with matches to hold them in place during transit.

To the outside again.
I painted the chimney in the place where the former stove vent came out.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f380b9ccaa42chimney.jpg/> I had to cut the belly band because it was the perfect place to have my hot water heater flue come out. Flue is caulked with twenty dollar fireproof caulk and flashings. Cover prevents cooties from entering while not in use.

The other screened vent has a computer fan in it to duct out hot air that could possibly build up around water heater there under the galley. It also provides positive air supply to the heater through the lower vent shown below
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f380c4c7ef54ventcover.jpg/>
I put a magnetic stripped piece of clear plastic that serves as a dust cover when in transit. It holds on tight!
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Old 08-11-2003, 04:45 PM   #40
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the other photos

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f381eab24a09shelves.jpg/>


<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f381ef18d9c4matcholder.jpg/>

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f381efc99d04greywater.jpg/>
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:59 PM   #42
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more solar

I found that I can set my solar pathlights up here for recharging.
It is right next to the permanently mounted panels.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f381f790ea7cpathlights.jpg/>

I've now drawn the clapboard horizontal lines, and need to make grey shadows under the lines.

I just haven't solved my highlights and shadows yet.

Thanks for your time
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