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Old 08-19-2014, 11:02 AM   #29
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I figure if the list-o-projects I have is ever "completed" someone is reading my eulogy. I am getting a bit more selective on what gets on the list.

Roof repair would jump right to the top. Same reason leak repair would in a camper, ignore it and it will only be much worse later.

No reason you can't camp someplace with electric (hydro as you say up north) if the opportunity comes up. Provincial parks I have been to, even those with services have beat the heck out of staying home doing yard work.

Long winter of planning and exploring options if nothing else will increase confidence in eventual choice you hopefully can implement for next season in the spring.
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:27 AM   #30
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Wire it up with wires long enough to both reach your final battery location and the ability to set the battery on the ground. That way you can use the battery when needed and then disconnect it to move it to a storage spot while travelling.

Seems to me that you can camp backpacking without a battery, but need one to sleep in a trailer. It makes absolutely no sense to me.

On edit, wondering if maybe I am too much of a city slicker. Comments that may have offended another member have been deleted. My apologies.
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:35 AM   #31
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I Provincial parks I have been to, even those with services have beat the heck out of staying home doing yard work.
Thats the problem up here in the North not to many Provincial Parks have power sites. But as you say people get by camping in a tents with no power so why not a trailer! I don't use much electrical in the trailer when off the grid for long periods and especially when in low light for solar recharge....often just use a portable lantern for light.
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I guess I won't be using my Boler for even one night of camping.

I'll let it sit at the lake for the winter and you'll probably see it for sale in the spring.
Patience in life is free! There is always next year.
I've been working on my Project Boomerang for more than 3 years. Yes I want to go camping in it soon. Yes I have conflicting demands on my time and money.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:44 PM   #33
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Someone thinks I'm a troll. Roy, I've sent you a PM as that comment upset me.

If someone could delete this thread, that would be great. I'm sorry one thing I said in frustration early in the morning of having my funds cut off could be taken so seriously by some people.

I really do want to learn how to fix my Boler. It goes in for it's safety on Thursday and my fingers are crossed there will be nothing wrong there.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:49 PM   #34
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Just for the record, the "troll" thing upset me too. Why in the world would anybody use that in the context of this thread? I find Morgyn's posts to be of interest and enjoy her sense of humor.

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Old 08-19-2014, 01:01 PM   #35
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I do not understand the troll comment either. Just let it go some people just get up on the wrong side of the bed sometimes. Morgynm we are still here to help you on your adventure. Nice thing about fiberglass eggs they can sit until you get the funds necessary until your dreams are achieved. Enjoy your egg as is it is still better than a tent especially in the rain.
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:07 PM   #36
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Thank you, Frank and Steve. I'll keep my chin up and trucking along.
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:14 PM   #37
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Troll in internet usage means someone that tries to start fights or arguments.

Troll here in Mich. means someone that lives "under the bridge" as in the lower peninsula. And Yoopers (from upper peninsula) do not use it as a compliment.

Don't see how it even applies to any part of this thread?

Having planned to accomplish some improvement and then have "life" get in the way is always a bummer. Constructive comments about how one might use it anyway seem useful. Speculation that someone is a Troll not so much but Roy is not known as a mean person of bad disposition (actually pretty helpful) so it's probably a mis-communication of an idea.
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I've gotten over my morning frustration, went to the gym, talked to my husband, and have been looking at pictures of batteries mounted on trailer tongues.

I think I might be able to work something out without even having to spend a dime. I just need to figure out how to seal the vent holes on the lid of the battery box. I'm assuming that I'd be drilling a hole down low in the box for the cables to go out and that the cables bump outs in the lid could act as vents instead as they slope down?
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Thank you, Frank and Steve. I'll keep my chin up and trucking along.
Don't forget to add the trailer to the back of the truck (no battery needed) I can confirm getting out and camping is a good way to reduce the stress of having to do home repairs and not spend the money doing other things we would rather be spending the money on! LOL know that story all to well!

Re the Troll comment. It had me baffled as well wondered if it was actually directed at another posters comment as the OP's posts and comments certainly did not appear to me to represent the definition of a troll in any way.
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I think I might be able to work something out without even having to spend a dime. I just need to figure out how to seal the vent holes on the lid of the battery box. I'm assuming that I'd be drilling a hole down low in the box for the cables to go out and that the cables bump outs in the lid could act as vents instead as they slope down?
A battery box will have the lid and side designed so that all the wiring comes out of it - usually on the side near the top under the flared out top section. You also do not want to seal up vent holes in a battery box - they are there for a good reason. Canadian Tire sells a vented battery box that would do the job for you for under $15 - you may be able to pick one up at Walmart or a garage sale for less.
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That's the one I bought I think!

Won't the rain get in and fry everything?

Edit: Sorry! Didn't see the link at first. It is the same.
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That's the one I bought I think!

Won't the rain get in and fry everything?

Edit: Sorry! Didn't see the link at first. It is the same.
If its the same one the answer is nope rain will not get into it - trust me I live on the wet coast in a rain forest There are no vents on the very top of it - the venting is done under the top section that sticks out - that is also where you will run all your wiring out of it. The only holes you may need to add to it is on the very bottom - you need to find a way to secure it to the frame of the trailer somehow through the bottom of it before dropping the battery into it and closing up the lid with the web fastener. I know that some folks have said their trailers don't have the battery box secured at all on its own - they just pop the battery in and use the weight of the battery and then put the scrap over it and under it onto the frame. Personally wouldn't go that way as I do a lot of travel of rough roads would be scared of it shifting or falling off completely.

Edit to add: some people just cut slots in the bottom of the box and use hose clamps to secure it to the trailer & I have seem others use a couple of large heavy duty black zip ties as well.
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