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Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 08-10-2019, 08:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,875
Posted By semievolved
i have an inverter but it's on a separate circuit...

i have an inverter but it's on a separate circuit straight off the charge controller and i only turn it on when i need it.


for sure there's always 12v at the frig but there's no current running...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 08-10-2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,875
Posted By semievolved
hmmm, that is interesting and sounds good. mine...

hmmm, that is interesting and sounds good. mine is the standard issue intellipower 9130. it does not have an on/off switch. i believe it is energized when plugged into shore power, no?
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 08-10-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,875
Posted By semievolved
thank you jon, for your thoughtful answer. i am...

thank you jon, for your thoughtful answer. i am thinking along these lines as well. my measurement of the available solar power is misleading because not all that power actually makes it into the...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 08-10-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,875
Posted By semievolved
jon and jim i agree with both of you that the...

jon and jim i agree with both of you that the dometic 12v option is very inefficient and not very effective either. it should however cool as well as the propane or 120v which are also not very...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 08-10-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,875
Posted By semievolved
but why? the frig only pulls around 120W? why...

but why? the frig only pulls around 120W? why does that run the battery down when your solar power input is well above that?
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 08-10-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,875
Posted By semievolved
where's the power going?

hi, i have a 2013 scamp with a 200w solar system i installed. works fine but i have one perplexing problem. with plenty of power available through the solar system (180W as measured by my in-line...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-21-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,485
Posted By semievolved
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RLgGGB_McW0 ...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RLgGGB_McW0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4pN4DVPOcY[/QUOTE]

I watched part of the second video and, unless i misheard him, he gave some info i totally disagree...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-21-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,485
Posted By semievolved
The batteries were $110/each with tax and I...

The batteries were $110/each with tax and I bought them from a guy that is local to me but also sells the batteries on eBay. His seller name is "sir-watson".
...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-20-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 561
Posted By semievolved
thanks John, i should have mentioned i am using a...

thanks John, i should have mentioned i am using a sunsaver 15 mppt charge controller. so i was taking in a full 220w at the time. however, you did get me thinking along the lines of how much actual...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-20-2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,485
Posted By semievolved
if you don't mind sharing the info, i'm curious...

if you don't mind sharing the info, i'm curious what the batteries set you back and where you got them?
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-20-2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 561
Posted By semievolved
strange battery behavior trying to run 12v frig on solar

quick and dirty:
have solar panel that turns out 220W
2 6v 225Ah deep cell batteries

was in direct sun so i tried turning the 12v frig on. immediately batteries started going down. only think i...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 04-06-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,324
Posted By semievolved
sounds like this has been handled well, my 2...

sounds like this has been handled well, my 2 cents. i used a 2010 V6 Toyo Taco for towing our Scamp for several years and switched to a Chevy Colorado Diesel in 2017. The 4.0L Toyo has lots more HP...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-13-2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,928
Posted By semievolved
That makes sense and would work to safeguard one...

That makes sense and would work to safeguard one battery but then you don't really have 220Ah available for system use. When isolated, you'd have a 110Ah system for one purpose and a 110Ah system for...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-13-2019, 02:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,928
Posted By semievolved
hmmmmm

I'm struggling to understand how with two 12V batteries wired in parallel, a drain on one managed to leave the other intact? And, of course your calculation of 2 x 220Ah 6v batteries in series would...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 09-10-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,673
Posted By semievolved
This is a good discussion and i agree with the...

This is a good discussion and i agree with the recommendations to get a good charge controller and make sure to keep water over the plates. Although i've never had an AGM they also seem to be a good...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-27-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,679
Posted By semievolved
oops, meant "kicked out" not "licked...

oops, meant "kicked out" not "licked out"
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-27-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,679
Posted By semievolved
Sounds like the original poster has moved away...

Sounds like the original poster has moved away from the Suby Ascent which I personally think is a good decision. FWIW, I called Subaru dealer and asked about the torque figures on the Ascent. I asked...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-15-2018, 07:05 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,679
Posted By semievolved
it would be nice to hear the auto engineers and...

it would be nice to hear the auto engineers and marketing dept discuss tow ratings. typically, a rating would be the max and i would think you'd want to do that sparingly. in the toyos I've had...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-14-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,679
Posted By semievolved
It's nice you had sunch a good experience but...

It's nice you had sunch a good experience but towing an 1,100 lb trailer is a different animal from what she is proposing which will probably be pushing 3000 pounds. And, no offense, but IMP 5,000 is...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 07-12-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,004
Posted By semievolved
Mine has a small triangular piece of stiff...

Mine has a small triangular piece of stiff plastic along that corner but no metal bar. How would that bar prevent the problem? Mine is similar to the other poster who said no matter what seal he puts...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 07-12-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,004
Posted By semievolved
thank you for clarifying that.

thank you for clarifying that.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 07-12-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,004
Posted By semievolved
the other thing i think is preferable on the...

the other thing i think is preferable on the casita is the door. on the casita, the door has a rectangle, non curved shape that mates with a flat on the trailer. on the scamp, the door is curved to...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 07-12-2018, 07:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,004
Posted By semievolved
We found that all these trailers lacked...

We found that all these trailers lacked counterspace (including Escape and Oliver). We chose Scamp largely because with the small frig, it had good counter space and also because we couldn't get a...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-07-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,661
Posted By semievolved
if u r getting new vehicle, highly recommend...

if u r getting new vehicle, highly recommend chevy Colorado duramax diesel 2.8l. i was using 2010 toyo taco 4 liter to tow our scamp and the Colorado blows it away. over 5 week trip in mountains...
Forum: General Chat 07-07-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,712
Posted By semievolved
you wouldn't get the full hard body protection of...

you wouldn't get the full hard body protection of a trailer but at least it would be in the back of a truck with hard sides up a good 5' or so i think.
Forum: General Chat 07-07-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,712
Posted By semievolved
fwiw, we have 16 scamp now but used a 1978 4...

fwiw, we have 16 scamp now but used a 1978 4 wheel fleet slide in pop up for years. listed empty weight was 720 lbs. i think if you special ordered one as just tje shell or found an old one and...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-28-2017, 02:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 794
Posted By semievolved
Thanks everybody, looks like my problem got...

Thanks everybody, looks like my problem got solved - the guy sold the bigfoot to someone else! I'm back to going with a Scamp 19, if I can find a good one. Different set of problems wit the Scamp but...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-28-2017, 08:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 794
Posted By semievolved
I found a good thread here about replacing...

I found a good thread here about replacing Bigfoot axles but they were for trailers and all I need to confirm is that the trailers are same as the 5th wheel. I am relieved to hear they seem to be...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-28-2017, 07:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 794
Posted By semievolved
oopsies, i just assumed finding a hitch wouldn't...

oopsies, i just assumed finding a hitch wouldn't be a problem, i guess i'll add that to the "issues" list. i'll let you know what i find out although it sounds like you've already done the looking.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-28-2017, 06:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 794
Posted By semievolved
truck compatibility and axle swap for bigfoot 5th wheel

Apologies in advance because I saw some excellent posts on compatibility yesterday but can't find them to save myself today.

Am purchasing late 80s Bigfoot 5th wheel single axle and wondering what...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-20-2015, 08:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,171
Posted By semievolved
I forgot about this thread! I got a standard bar...

I forgot about this thread! I got a standard bar with the least drop I could, I think it's called a 2" drop. With enough air in the truck shocks to keep the truck level, I find the trailer to be...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 11-23-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,033
Posted By semievolved
Door from cutout panel

I hope this works to show the door made from the removed fiberglass piece and the cedar shelving I put in, which smells nice and will hopefully keep the moths out.

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Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 11-23-2013, 04:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,033
Posted By semievolved
ooops, i didn't mean to post that yet, i was...

ooops, i didn't mean to post that yet, i was trying to copy a picture in and my fat fingers hit the wrong key!

looks like i have to have pix posted somewhere before i can link to them here so i...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 11-23-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By semievolved
Hey Scampers, to make the lower door I used the...

Hey Scampers, to make the lower door I used the fiberglass piece I cut out to open up the closet and put a wood trim around it.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 10-24-2013, 09:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,174
Posted By semievolved
Thanks everybody, this site is a wonderful...

Thanks everybody, this site is a wonderful resource!

Carol, i was suspicious of our tank size because our old RV (ancient Fleet slide-in pop-up camper had a 10 gal tank and it seemed that the...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 10-24-2013, 07:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,174
Posted By semievolved
Sorry for confusion

The need to remove interior stuff was for the potential water tank relocation, not the closet mod, sorry to confuse people. I was referring to the need to remove the fiberglass enclosure surrounding...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 10-23-2013, 11:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,174
Posted By semievolved
Carol - I'll buy your extra rivets! I was...

Carol - I'll buy your extra rivets!

I was wondering about the structural issue. The main wasted space in ours is the entry closet where the whole bottom half is inaccessible and really unusable...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 10-23-2013, 09:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,174
Posted By semievolved
Steve - thanks much for that answer. I was...

Steve - thanks much for that answer. I was afraid that's how they worked. So, is there a good place to get a bunch of those rivets that you know of and are there typical lengths that are used? It...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 10-23-2013, 09:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,174
Posted By semievolved
Simple question about rivets and nuts

Hi, we just bought a 16' scamp and there are a number of changes I plan to make but some of them require removal of the fiberglass interior parts.

I cannot figure out how to remove the nuts from...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 08-01-2013, 08:18 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,989
Posted By semievolved
You might want to check if your jeep is already...

You might want to check if your jeep is already wired for a 7pin connector. Seems like most vehicles that are purchased with a tow package are already set up for it. My Tacoma had a wiring harness...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-17-2013, 08:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,623
Posted By semievolved
agreed

agree with what you write here. but the basic issue was not so much about power generation, which clearly is a function of how much oxygen can be burned. brian b-p had issues with the author's...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-16-2013, 09:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,623
Posted By semievolved
thank you Brain B-P for clarifying

now we know, that among those contributing to this thread, only brian b-p understands the principles of internal combustion engines and that the authors of the original article were all wrong about...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-04-2013, 11:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,623
Posted By semievolved
exhausing?

please clarify if it is gasoline exhausting or diesel exhausting.

thanks for that explanatory section, Brian, it was great!
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-03-2013, 08:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,623
Posted By semievolved
Smile ok, nuff said

Well Brian,

It's good we can agree at least that this is not really going anywhere. In closing though, I disagree with your assertion that the article contained misinformation and implore you to...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-03-2013, 05:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,623
Posted By semievolved
stroke is torque, baby!

Brian, the summary you make above is correct. 2-stroke (gasoline) engines are high revving, short stroke, low torque that get their power from their high speeds. Diesels are on the other end of the...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-03-2013, 08:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,623
Posted By semievolved
Brian, I don't agree with you about torque. ...

Brian, I don't agree with you about torque. Stroke is an absolutely key factor in the equation. If you have 2 engines with identical displacement but one has a short stroke (larger piston...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-16-2013, 04:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,171
Posted By semievolved
I think you were right though, a zero rise would...

I think you were right though, a zero rise would be just about right. Honestly, it'll be close enough with a 2" drop, 3/4" rise mount. I can use the air shocks to fine tune the height anyway.

I...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-16-2013, 06:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,171
Posted By semievolved
Good concept but in typical Harbor Freight form...

Good concept but in typical Harbor Freight form they made it so cheap that the balls rust ans the fit is bad (according to the reviews). I just broke a 5" bench vise from HF on a chore that my old...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-15-2013, 08:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,171
Posted By semievolved
now that i think about it, i suppose i could just...

now that i think about it, i suppose i could just buy some 2" stock and then drill holes for the pin and the ball. the thought of drilling a 1" hole through 2" of steel isn't appealing though and i...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-15-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,171
Posted By semievolved
you were ahead of your time, i see those...

you were ahead of your time, i see those multi-ball set ups a lot now but i never remember seeing them until the last few years.

i can weld a little but definitely lousy at it and i'd never trust...
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