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Old 07-11-2014, 10:58 AM   #15
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Nice work Francois, I did a similar project for my solar panel - store it on the front of the bathroom wall in the Scamp - if that did work I could have used the inside bathroom wall.

I picked up the hardware from a marine supply shop used cord with a clip on one end to secure. Put stainless steel acorn nuts on the hardware on the inside of the bathroom wall where the screws went through.
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material....

it's just a piece of fir molding (3/8" x 1.5")....same stuff I used for the counter extension brace

it rests on a leveling bubble thing that was on the front of the trailer and rests under the lip of the RG at the top end...cut just long enough to put a little bend/tension on the RG....so it stays there with nothing more....and make the RG "stiff" enough that I can use it for a handhold when I'm stepping up on the hitch to put the panel up there

To store it I rest it on the window and close the RG.

I'm going to use it like that for a while and see how it works....I might come up with something more permanent later....but as often happens, this might just be the way it is forever
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:14 PM   #17
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BTW for those in BC looking for Solar panels that are not from Crappy Tire and a more power for less should take a look at the offerings from Windturbine.ca They deliver to the lower mainland. Current sale is 80W for $103 or 100W for $129.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:40 PM   #18
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I know it's not much...because with the panel plugged in (exposed to sun) and only one interior, non-LED, light (there's also a little draw from the fridge controller that is ALWAYS on) the voltage is steady....as soon as I turn on one or two more lights the voltage starts to drop......(I'm certainly no expert but that's telling me I am now in a deficit situation power wise)

So when are you swapping out some bulbs/fixtures for LEDs?Seriously, I just the other night took out a stock light fixture above the rear dinette in my Scamp and replaced it with a LED reading light. I also had a 12V fan plugged into the same circuit in the "TV" power port. When I would turn on the stock (incandescent) light the fan would noticeably slow down. Turn the light off and it would speed back up. I was so amused at the phenomenon that I repeated it several times. With the new (brighter and more usable) LED light there is no noticeable difference in the fan whether the light is on or off. I probably could have taken some measurements, and may still as there is one more of the stock fixtures left in the trailer. It is in the bathroom and I will probably not mess with changing it out as we donít use that light much.
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Hummmmm....

You said: "there is one more of the stock fixtures left in the trailer. It is in the bathroom and I will probably not mess with changing it out as we donít use that light much."

Really? the bathroom in the dark?..I dunno... seems to me that might create way more work, multiple times, than a one time light replacement job



I just finished installing seven....and one of those is in the bathroom....

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You said: "there is one more of the stock fixtures left in the trailer. It is in the bathroom and I will probably not mess with changing it out as we donít use that light much."

Really? the bathroom in the dark?..I dunno... seems to me that might create way more work, multiple times, than a one time light replacement job



I just finished installing seven....and one of those is in the bathroom....
Oh the one in the bathroom still works. It is just that is used to seldom and for short durations so it is not really worth swapping it out. If I do anything I suppose I could at least put a LED bulb in the old fixture. So many Scamp projects, so little time.
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