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Old 07-29-2015, 11:51 AM   #687
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FWIW, As I was preparing my Scamp for a trip I noticed my battery was dead. Long story short, my panel has failed. It is a 30 W flexible panel I installed with VHB tape. I purchased in June 2012 from Sunflexsolarhk.com which seems to have disappeared. It has been exposed to the elements day and night since installation. Once I deduced that indeed the panel was the problem I immediately started thinking about heat - the panel was too hot to touch - and I started searching for answers. That led me here. Now I am very concerned that the very sleek and easy VHB installation is shortening the life of these panels.

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Bill and Gordon,

I don't know why my panel failed. I put a virtually identical panel on my son's Scamp shortly after I installed mine, he's had no problems. I don't know why yours or mine failed. I still have my failed panels and this winter may attempt to figure it out.

Here's my most recent purchase.

Semi Flexible Bendable 100W 100 Watt Lightweight Solar Panel 12V Battery Offgrid | eBay

My only comment is that it came with connectors on the wires but no companion connectors. Other suppliers on ebay provide connectors.

It may be temperature but mine have spent time all over the place without a problem until suddenly....
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Old 07-29-2015, 12:25 PM   #688
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A solar panel is made up of many individual cells, seems like the list of places it could break down and have total failure would be pretty short.

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Not my field of expertise but place a short or corrosion can take out the whole panel do not seem plentiful. Both of you are describing total catastrophic failure. Worked then don't work. Might look at the wire attachment point(s) wire does vibrate and I have known small break to not be visible until I tracked it down with meter. Then it was all of a sudden visible. Weird how that works.
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Old 07-29-2015, 01:42 PM   #689
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Roger,

What was most surprising is I have two identical panels and they both failed at the same time or nearly so.
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:14 AM   #690
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Backup Camera

For years now I've used a wireless camera in the rear window of the Scamp in place of extended side mirrors (though I still carry the mirrors in an under Scamp storage compartment).

The camera does the job. I can see people in the cone of blindness behind the trailer and people who are in a sometimes mirror blindspot appear on the display when at the outside corners of the trailer. I see them but the display is not nearly as good as the Odyssey's display.

A member of this forum suggested an alternative. Amazon sells a little wireless hotspot that plugs into your camera and can transmit to an android or apple de ice. You get to use something you have with the benefit of a really good display. I haven't tried it but I did buy one that will be here Monday in time for our Maine trip.


http://www.amazon.com/SunroadWay%C2%...cm_wl_huc_item
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:26 AM   #691
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Backup Camera Hotspot.

I received the wifi hotspot for our trailer's back up camera today mentioned in the previous post. Honestly I was able to hook it to my camera in less than a minute.

All I had to do was plug in the cables into the camera.

I had already down loaded the suggested app available for Android phones, I phones and Ipads but not Chromebooks.

I selected the WIfi Avin Wifi signal and it appeared immediately on my phone. In addition to seeing the camera's output you can record a video of what the camera sees or take a snapshot. Like other images you can zoom in on the image. I did not make a side by side comparison of the image but my phone image looks clearer than the display I added to the car.

I'm actually very pleased.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:45 AM   #692
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Weighing the tongue

we've loaded our trailer for it's trip south. I don't know the weight of the trailer yet, but will by the end of the week. I do know it's the heaviest it's ever been because we've sold our home in NH and have the trailer loaded with stuff.

Ginny says we've managed to condense our 50 years to 4 plastic bins of stuff. Close but not the truth, There's a lot of this and that stuffed every where. We've reverted to a full time bed for the trip to FL, storing a fair amount under the bed dinette, heavy stuff like our emergency food supply.

I weighed the tongue and it only weighs about 5 pounds more than normal, 205 pounds.

Later in the week we'll be taking the trailer to the transfer station and to get the axle weight.

We'll be as loaded as we have ever been and will be driving slower than normal but no dilly dallying expecting to get to FL in a week.
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Old 09-29-2015, 10:53 AM   #693
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Have a safe trip, N&G......
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Thanks Jim. We're going to take it easy as to speed, but will drive more hours than normal.
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Exciting new chapter opening in your lives. Will you two be coming out to the south west this year.? We would love to see you guys again.
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Exciting new chapter opening in your lives. Will you two be coming out to the south west this year.? We would love to see you guys again.
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We should be heading west to see our first Great grandchild but with this springs Newfoundland Caravan I need to get busy organizing the details with Scouter Dave. We haven't formalized plans but some time after the caravan I think we'll leave early from New England next year, head west and than south thru the southwest. We'd love to see you guys again and your always welcome at our place for any amount of time. You can camp in our Escapee park for a week as friends or stay in our place for longer.

I see our FL purchase is going to require a change in our travels, more spring, summer and fall. We've just begun discussing it.
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