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Old 07-09-2011, 06:52 PM   #127
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I sure hope that 5200 was a misprint, as it should have been 4200 if you ever want to get it off again.

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Thanks for the tip.

It was 5200. I hope I don't have to get it off and that it produces a permanent seal. The only thing I really knew was that it does seal. The bond line is about a sheet of paper thick and shortly should be black like the rubber.

Fortunately it seemed to come off the window while in the application process.

Thanks for the info I'll go read the data sheet..

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Old 07-09-2011, 06:57 PM   #128
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Bill,

I read the data shet and it looks like this may not have been the correct product for the application.

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Old 07-09-2011, 09:55 PM   #129
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When it first came out I put some on the threads of my hull drain plug on my boat. I had to use a 3" breaker bar to get the plug out and thought I would break the thru hull fitting first.

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I read the data shet and it looks like this may not have been the correct product for the application.

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Old 07-13-2011, 02:18 PM   #130
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Trailer Weigh In

We went to the recycling center today and weighed our trailer and tow vehicle. The total weight was 6380 #s.

The trailer alone weighs 2230 #s not including a hitch weight of about 201 #s. The tongue weight has increased because we added an anti-swaybar. That puts us in the 2400 pound range fully loaded for 9 months of travel, lighter than our max goal of 2500 lbs.

We have a full propane tank and an almost full water tank.

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Old 07-15-2011, 05:51 PM   #131
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Learning From the Road

Now that we've been out three days we learned a couple of little things. We have a drip cup at bellow the end of the coil collection pipe. While driving the collection cup can bounce a little, spilling the 1/4 inch of water that typically collects in a day.

We solved this by cutting a piece of sponge and putting in the bottom of the cup. All water ends up in the sponge. We took two little leftover pieces from the sponge and use them to hold the cup in place.

We have been timing the making and taking down of the dinette/bed. It takes 5 minutes without hurrying. We also top our cushions with a 1.5 inch mattress topper. We have slept very well and find the depth adequate.

We've also decided to add a storage location for our computers. We typically leave them on the couch with a pillow on top. This worked well for travel but it seems we're always moving them around for this or that. If they had a place they wouldn't have to be moved.

We also need a storage location for the big bathroom items. To accomplish this we're adding a tray at the top of the bathroom's front wall for these items.

Definitely decided to add a screen door. They do have bugs in Maine though the temps have generally been cool, it's nice to be able to keep the door open without an invasion. Hope to see some clever screen door solutions at the rally.

Lastly the rear sliding window, when open, allows bugs to get in betwen the two pieces of glass. There needs to be some sort of wiper/stop between the two panes.

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Old 07-15-2011, 11:28 PM   #132
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I'm new here but I just wanted to say that I have enjoyed this thread and the tips on it. Hope you two have a great and safe trip!
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:40 AM   #133
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Lastly the rear sliding window, when open, allows bugs to get in betwen the two pieces of glass. There needs to be some sort of wiper/stop between the two panes.

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This may explain why I seem to continue to find more mosquitoes inside after an overnight. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:24 AM   #134
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Fridge Stuffing

Refrigerator Modification


Our Scamp 16 has a 3 way 1.9 cubic foot Dometic fridge. Before we left for PEI we made two modifications, one we added a cooling fan to blow over the coils and two, we increased the number of shelves from 2 to 4, that is when you count the bottom as a shelf.


The addition of the fan generally keeps the inside of the fridge in the mid to high 30's F when we're plugged in.


The additional shelves really allow us to fill the fridge without packing things on top of each other. We do not use an internal fan within the fridge.


There was some concern that packing it so full would mean some items would not stay cold or get cold. This turns out not to be the case.


We have noticed some change in temperature when we open the door, however if the temperature device is sitting on any cold item, the temperature hardly varies at all. Often when people put a thermometer in their fridge, they are measuring the temperature of the air and not necessarily the temperature of the items.


Our fridge always contain six cans of soda, a bottle of water, a quart of milk, a quart of half and half, a pound of butter, a pound of bacon and a dozen eggs. These items, once chilled provide a lot of thermal capacity, it takes a lot of warm air to raise their temperature. A full air exchange with the inside of the trailer has little effect on the items' temperature.


The temperature gradient from fins to items seems to cool everything down without the need of a cooling fan.


We continuously monitor the temperature inside the fridge, using the Walmart's $10 transmitting thermometer.


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Mosquitos

Sometimes I think they wait outside the door to get in everytime you open it.

However, not in our Scamp 16 but in other rigs I've seen mosquitos come down beside a roof vent crank handle. We also add screening to the inside of all vents like the fridge. We also block the hole that the propane goes thru to the hotwater heater. It only takes one to drive you crazy after lights out.

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:47 AM   #136
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Been following all 10 pages of your posts,,like the on road & mods info very much...keep it going.. Ron
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Sometimes I think they wait outside the door to get in everytime you open it.

However, not in our Scamp 16 but in other rigs I've seen mosquitos come down beside a roof vent crank handle. We also add screening to the inside of all vents like the fridge. We also block the hole that the propane goes thru to the hotwater heater. It only takes one to drive you crazy after lights out.

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I notice a lot of mosquitos hanging around outside the door and suspect they're attracted to the CO2 coming from the fridge vent. Of course that's when I'm running my fridge on propane.

When mosquitos get inside I try to hunt them down with a flyswatter before bed time. I never seem to find all of them. They like to hide behind the curtains.
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I notice a lot of mosquitos hanging around outside the door and suspect they're attracted to the CO2 coming from the fridge vent. Of course that's when I'm running my fridge on propane.

When mosquitos get inside I try to hunt them down with a flyswatter before bed time. I never seem to find all of them. They like to hide behind the curtains.
That's probably a very correct statement. Those mosquito traps use CO2 from propane to attract the mosquitos. Maybe we need to just add the zapper part; we already have the propane. A zapper at both the fridge and water heater.

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I bought this gizmo at Walmart that attracts bugs at night. The light attracts them, and a fan sucks them in. In the morning, you dispose of them. It also acts as our night light.

I have not seen it at Walmart for a couple of years now, but I saw them in Cosco a few weeks ago.

Our FirstUp stops most of them. We prop it open against the door; few bugs seem to find the gap.

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That's probably a very correct statement. Those mosquito traps use CO2 from propane to attract the mosquitos. Maybe we need to just add the zapper part; we already have the propane. A zapper at both the fridge and water heater.

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Good idea Norm. Gotta get me a zapper.
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