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Old 09-13-2013, 02:55 PM   #547
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Spot Light Performance.
Dark rainy day. Here's how the spot lights brightens the couch cozy corner.


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On this rainy day working on installing a wireless rear view camera on the trailer. Plan to locate the wireless modules at the front of the trailer and the rear of the Honda to improve reception.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:13 PM   #548
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Tyredog sensors

If you follow this thread you know we have temperature and pressure sensors on our trailer and rear tires of our Honda CRV. Since we have heard a lot of trailer tire concerns we decided monitoring the tires would be useful.

We have discovered that the trailer tires run cooler than the Honda's rear tires. As well we have yet to have any trailer tire problems. Maybe it's the watched pot never boils story....

This year one of our tire sensors failed. We ordered a replacement from the company and it arrived promptly. The clever monitor had a learn mode and found the new sensor and properly assigned it to the display. Still happy with the product.

I admit to not knowing if these are necessary or if they will allow us to detect a failing situation but I'm a person who likes information.
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Old 09-28-2013, 12:29 PM   #549
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Cabinet Locks
Installed a Philp-It cabinet lock. In our Scamp it requires drilling a hole in the front of the fiberglass.

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Old 09-29-2013, 03:35 AM   #550
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I have heard great things about these Phlip-It latches and have just received ours in the mail. Phil, the owner of the company that makes these, was very friendly and helpful. I plan to install them over the next few weeks...

Norm - any other tips for installing them, or is it very straight forward?

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Old 09-29-2013, 07:20 AM   #551
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Phlip-It Installation

Andrew,

I have 26 drawers and cabinets. I am not doing all of them. Some never open or have light items that can never force the drawer or cabinet door open. I have focused on those that have opened and have heavy items behind them.

The first time of doing anything is always a learning experience. First all my Cabinet doors are home made and thinner than the standard Scamp doors. You need to be sure not to drill the back of the door's screw hole thru the front of the cabinet door. I put a piece of tape on the drill bit like a flag to give me an idea of the depth of the hole. I'm sure there are drill stops available but I don't have one.

It was not possible for me to mount the latches at the bottom of the overhead cabinet doors so I mounted them on the side. You have to pay attention and make sure the screw hole is inside the cabinet opening or the screwhead will prevent the cabinet door from closing. Once the latch is mounted, you use it as a guide for the latching screw.

On a couple of occasions I moved the back of the door latch to get it right. You get no second chance with the front of the cabinet latching screw.

The front of the cabinet screw is the difficult part, at least in the fiberglass version. Dave who found this solution has an all wood, Scamp Deluxe. The suggestion is to use a 3/32nds drill for both screws. For the non-wood, fiberglass, I used a larger drill 7/64ths and even a 1/8th. The screw has to go into its shoulder and this is difficult to do in fiberglass and more difficult to do with out chipping. In the areas where the fiberglass cabinets is thin, i.e. like the middle of the overhed cabinets, it's not too bad getting the screws in. If it feels like it's binding stop, you can shear theses screws off. In these conditions I back the screw out and ream it or use a different screw.

Brian's suggestion of using stainless screws or the square head screws is a good one. I used one Canadain square head screw. ( I call them Canadian screws because it's the primary screw available in Canada and I buy some on every trip.) The difficulty is where you're installing a screw near a corner, the glass tends to be thicker. My toughest one was the utensil draw with the screw located at top center above the draw top.

The screw has to go far enough in so the drawer does not move when latched, usually about an 1/8th of an inch from the cabinet face. Make sure you have a good screwdriver for the brass screws that solidly sits in the head.

I haven't tried it but I considered lubricating the fiberglass screws with a little silicone spray. Fiberglass makes a verygood lock nut and these screws will not loosen. I have four more to do and will try lubing them.

Hope this helps
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:49 PM   #552
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Cabinet Latch Update

The Philp It Cabinet Locks require putting a brass screw in the fiberglass fronts of the cabinet. After doing a dozen I found that a 9/64th inch drill bit allows the brass screws to go in easier and without chipping while still holding.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:28 PM   #553
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I wish they made them in nickel or something.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:15 PM   #554
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Trailer Tongue Weigh In
The trailer's loaded for the road. Tongue weighs 185 lbs. Ginny will probably add another 10 just before we leave, her clothes go at the front.

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Food Storage Containers

We use 3 sizes of containers that nest. I made a tilted holder for all of them. My continuous attempt at organization.

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Old 10-12-2013, 02:13 PM   #556
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Camera.
We started our trip and the Scamp's rear camera works great, making for a dramatically more comfortable drive.

It occasionally partially breaks up but nothing significant.

A great $50 addition.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:06 PM   #557
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Camera.
We started our trip and the Scamp's rear camera works great, making for a dramatically more comfortable drive.

It occasionally partially breaks up but nothing significant.

A great $50 addition.
I'd love to see a picture or two of your camera setup when you have a minute. I'm a nervous passenger and I can imagine how much more comfortable the driver would be if I could just relax. ;0)
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Steve and Rosemary,

I'll post pictures in the morning of our camera set up. Basically it consists of three parts. In the corner of the rear window is the camera, on the side away from the screen. I understand the camera is water proof but..... we decided to have it inside.

It has a wireless transmitter as a seperate module. It can be mounted right near the camera however we mounted our's near the Scamp's front window to shorten the wireless communication distance. I really should have tested it at mounting it near the rear window and did not. The transmitter is connected to the camera by a cable (bought seperately).

The thrid part is the display it sets on the top of our dash under the mirror. Below it is the wireless receiver.

The wireless receiver and the wireless transmitter are each the size of a box of tic tacks.

The hardest part of the installation is connecting the various elements to 12 volt power. FOrtunately nothing uses much power. In the trailer I connected the power wires to nearby lights. In the car I took power from the brake controller wires.

Pictures in the morning.

We noticed while driving into bright sun the display looked a little washed out. Fortunately it has a brightness control which resolved the issue.

Ginny is a vigilant passenger as well. I only make a lane change after notifying her an usually only with her permission. Age encourages teamwork. Safe travels.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:16 PM   #559
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Steve and Rosemary.

Here are the pictures of our camera setup I promised last night.

Display sits dash center. The receiver is tywrapped to the column below.

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Rear camera also can mount on licence plate. This is our rear window.


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Transmitter in our front window

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Display with vehicle behind us at stop light. Each line represents 7-8 feet placing this vehicle 21-25 feet or so behind us. It would normally be invisible with out extended mirrors.

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Old 10-14-2013, 01:21 PM   #560
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Norm: Couple of questions on your rear camera:
1. What brand is it(where did you find it)?
2. Is it always on, or just when backing? Most of the rear cameras I have seen are not for constant use.
(I did not go all through this thread-just back a few pages. So if I missed the info, I apologize)
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