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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Fri May 27, 2016 3:25 am

If you check out the history on the web site you'll find they started by doing the homemade PVC jobs and some others. It seems they found them all lacking.

I'm sure this one has it's issues as well. I think the biggest one is probably keeping the aluminum from cooling the hot water off at night. I've already figured for my uses I'll probably try to make some sort of an insulated jacket to keep it warm when it's not in the sun.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby BigSwede » Fri May 27, 2016 8:44 am

Cool. Now all I need is a roof rack to attach it to.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:12 pm

New toy arrived today! I got my Road shower. This will work on Red Beans or the Camper. Now I will have a hot shower when I camp in remote spots. Solar heated. I want to eventually make up an Insulated cover for it. Something to wrap it with at night.

Seems to be well made and I like the design. For the price It's not hardly worth trying to make one up yourself once you've seen it.

Sitting on some packing foam.
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Brass valve, shraeder valve to add some pressure if you want, and a place to lock a cable to.
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Fill cap with 20 lb release valve. Adjustable hose sprayer.
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The bottom. 4 SS carriage bolts slide in this track. 1 on either side of a rack bar. Then 2 curved pieces of metal go under the rack bar on the bolts and add lock washers and SS locnuts.
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I sat it on the roof rack on Red Beans just for a look see. I would probably move a bike rack inboard some and place it there if using it.
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Gives a nice idea of the size compared to a bike rack.
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Once cleaned with a little bleach these are safe for potable water. Hot water for dish washing ect. And you can drink out of it if not too warm. It holds 5 gallons.

I think I'm going to like it. Now I can leave my little Solar Shower bag at home! :D
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby Hack » Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:42 am

Mark, you are certainly going the comfort route with the camper, the refrigerator and now hot water. Can A/C be far behind?
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:53 pm

I already have not one but 2 generators. Both are a little big for travel use though.

The Fridge came in today. So far I like it. Same foot print as my old steel belted Coleman cooler but a little taller. Pretty much the same interior volume. But no ice taking up room.

Eventually the idea is to add solar to the camper to run it self contained indefinitely at the beach ect. No more ice runs!
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby Van » Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:39 pm

All the amenities of home. :D

Let us know how you like the fridge. I'll be driving by that store next month and will have to stop in and see what they have on the "scratch and dent" floor.

A present the wife got really impressed me... one of those Yeti cups. She fills it with ice in the morning (5am), leaves it in her car during the day (90+ degrees) and when she gets off around 3pm, there's still ice in the cup. :D
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:41 pm

Will do Van. I'll probably turn it on this evening. It's supposed to sit for 24 hours after shipping before being turned on. Gotta let the coolant settle I guess. I'll use it on 120vac 1st and get it cold loaded with water bottles and such. Then I'll hook it up to a pair of Optima blue tops and see how long it runs on them before dropping to 12.2 volts without charging.

I did a test fit in the Spacer. I think I'll be carrying it there. This keeps weight forward. I should be able to reach through the pass through back window from the camper and reach it from the truck. I would have to put it in empty. Kind of a squeeze past the seat back. No back doors on these early trucks. But it fits well and there is room on either side for a reasonable sized day pack ect. The plan is to install it in the truck but wire it to the camper battery.

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Not a bad match with the interior.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:44 am

It;s been running in the Hot garage all evening. 1/2 full of cold sodas and water. It took about 2-3 hours on AC to cool from high 70's to 36*. Very quiet running. Once it got cold I switched it to economy mode. It's even quieter that way. Hardly even coming on at all now.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:48 am

Hack wrote:Mark, you are certainly going the comfort route with the camper, the refrigerator and now hot water. Can A/C be far behind?


Duh 1st time I read this I though AC =Shore power! No AC. I actually have a Coleman RV unit on the car trailer I could use. But way to heavy. We have a couple of small personal fans we use if needed. Last year at the beach with summer temps in the hot sun heat wasn't an issue in the camper. As long as there is a breeze anyway.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby hessmess » Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:32 pm

Hey Mark,
I finally went camping for a couple of days with the cot tent and pad. Slept like a rock! Thank you for the good information. I did not want to get up in the morning, way comfortable.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:28 am

Glad it worked out. I have used mine for everything from a quick overnighter to week long trips in campgrounds surrounded by big RV's. It's pretty much my standard place to sleep these days. Several folks have bought them after camping with me and seeing how easy they are. I hope you continue to enjoy yours.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:05 pm

The 1/2 full fridge has been plugged to AC power in the garage for several days now. It's been working fine and staying cold. Set to 34* it maintains a displayed 34*-36*. I think real temp is slightly higher.

So I got to thinking and said, "Why make a 12 v test hookup? Just put the batteries in the camper. Then plug the fridge into one of the lighter sockets and test it that way." So I did. 2 older (Made in USA) Optima blue top marine deep cycle batteries. Both charged to 12.75 v. Once hooked together in parallel and allowed to sit a while the meter read 12.62. Normal full for these batteries.

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I took the 1/2 full fridge and placed it on the ledge in the camper. Even 1/2 full of sodas and water bottles this thing is much lighter than my ice filled old Coleman steel belted cooler. I set the cut off switch on high. Which means anything over 12.4 should fire it up and it shouldn't kick off till down in the 11's per the manual. I Plugged it in and soon got an E1 error. Not enough voltage! So I unplugged the cord from the fridge and checked the fridge end with a meter. 12.61 volts. HUH! So I changed the switch to the med cutoff position. It's been running fine in the ECO mode ever since.

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I think this is just a calibration issue. The thermometer seems to be at least a few degrees optimistic. Set to around 32* nothing is freezing but the stuff is cold. I'll check it in the morning and see what the battery voltage is then. I'll keep an eye on it. I want to see if it will last the weekend without charging on these batteries. They are pretty tolerant of deep discharge. These are the trolling motor batteries from my boat. They are old and get beat up a lot. But just keep coming back for more.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby MarcusInMD » Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:14 pm

Those are some nice additions to the camper Mark! Once you have a fridge no more ice is great!!!
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:11 pm

It's been almost 24 hrs. The outside temps are in the high '80s and the camper is mostly in the shade. The fridge is set for 34*. Batteries are reading 12.49 v!
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby reran » Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:27 pm

squatch wrote:It's been almost 24 hrs. The outside temps are in the high '80s and the camper is mostly in the shade. The fridge is set for 34*. Batteries are reading 12.49 v!


Sounds like a success! Gonna be bringing ice cream and sorbet to Uwharrie? 8)
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:15 pm

URE is easy. The sites have electric. I'm thinking on top of meadow knob in GWNF! :lol:
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:36 pm

The temps today are around 90* and humid. The camper has been closed up and in the sun most of the day. It's warm inside. The fridge is running fine and has not kicked off due to voltage drop. I checked the batteries and my meter said 12.04 volts. The fridge has now been running on the batteries for pretty much the equivalent of a typical weekend trip without issues. And without charging of any sort. I'm satisfied. That was exactly what I wanted to know. I have now hooked up my 10 amp deep cycle charger to the batteries and left the fridge hooked up. The charger shows a little less than 1/2 a charge on the gauge. I'll keep track and see how long it takes to get back to full charge.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby hessmess » Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:43 pm

I like the auto shutoff feature, just in case. I bought a much cheaper version years ago when I was traveling to Oregon. I left it in the car for an entire day running. I was worried that the car would not start but it did. Mine did not have the auto off feature. Bought it at a truckstop for about 50 bucks. It gave up the ghost long ago but I did get a bunch of use out of it.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:25 pm

That was probably a thermo plate cooler. Different design. Fine for keeping drinks cool on the road. Glad your didn't leave you stranded.

These have a compressor just like your fridge at home. Just a super efficient one. You can actually set the temp control for well below 0* and freeze stuff.

Getting stranded shouldn't be a problem. This is mainly for the camper. The plan is to have at least 100 amp hours worth of battery just in the camper. The camper already has a battery isolater in it. this allows the truck to charge the camper but the camper can't draw down the truck battery. When all is done with the truck I just plug the camper into a jack in the bed when I install it. Then the truck will charge both camper and truck batteries while driving. The camper is also prewired to the roof for a solar panel. I'll probably start off with a self contained portable unit like this. That will mostly be for extended stays at the beach where the truck doesn't get driven much.
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The calibration seems to be off on the auto shut off. It didn't even allow 2 full batteries to start the fridge on the highest setting. The med setting worked fine but I was down to almost 12 volts. That's close to all a battery has. It should have shut off at about 12.2 volts on the highest setting. I wasn't going to draw the batteries lower than 12 to see where the med setting shut it off. I'll probably call Truckfridge about that tomorrow.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby BigSwede » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:49 pm

My Engel fridge doesn't have a low voltage cutoff, but I just carry one of those little lithium jump starters as backup.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:04 pm

I've been reading that a lot of folks with fridges in SUVs use a Goal Zero or similar battery pack. They plug that into the lighter and then the fridge into that. When stopped they just unplug the Goal Zero from the truck and run the fridge off that until they start the truck again. The Engel's are supposed to be very nice as well.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby Azneonguy » Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:28 pm

Hey Squatch

Nice set up.

On your solar stuff I enjoy reading this guys blog.

He actually uses the stuff and is a grumpy old guy like me so I can related :D :D

https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/

might give you a few ideas...hope it helps...
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:13 pm

Thanks. I'm real familiar with that blog. Just reread it the other day. I have ordered some on sale solar panels. 1) 160 watt for camper roof and 3) 60 watt to make a portable unit. I'll probably order the Trimetric monitor, sc2030 controller, 500 amp shunt, and battery temp sensor later today. That's the stuff Bob recommends. Also popular with the camper folks on WTW forum. All wiring that not factory installed in the camper will be 6 + 8 gauge marine cable.

I need to have a setup to run the fridge and charge batteries by early September.
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby Azneonguy » Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:34 pm

WTW that's weight watchers stock ticker ...lol dont ask how i know...lol

Laugh when I see it but i know or hope your talking Wander the West Forums... :lol: :lol:
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Re: Expo and camping tools and toys.

Postby squatch » Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:40 pm

Yep Wander the West.

I ordered my charge controller and monitor and related today.
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