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Davis_clan

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Posted: 10/17/10 07:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, after only having her for a week and sorting out the electrical, we went out on our first ever maiden voyage with out TC. It was amazing. We drove 4 hours west to the mountains and set up shop late Thursday night. Arrived home 2 hours ago from William A. Switzer Provincial Park.

Only real issues we found with a 25 year old TC were...

- front left Hijacker wouldn't hold pressure (hydraulic) -easy fix.

- no shore power=creative battery charging techniques. Plug 400W inverter into truck outlet, plug charger into that, run truck so as to not kill starter battery, charge house battery. Maintain a close eye on house battery during process and all is well as planned. Talk to DW about future genny purchase for when there's no shore power LOL

- 12K BTU furnace really runs well when it's minus -8C outside, but time to invest in some insulation upgrades found elsewhere in the TCU [emoticon]

- use the outboard propane tank FIRST! Now I have to remove both tanks to fill the inboard tank. durrr! Had 'planned' on using the inboard tank when the outside tank emptied for that very reason. Note to self: Double check which tank is open... But with 3 days of cooking, making coffee, running the reefer and furnace (at night only), we only used one tank to about 90% empty (have to weigh it to find out for certain).

Images of the rig and a couple select random images... 56K beware

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Out the door view
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Glamor shot [emoticon]
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It managed to get cold overnight
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This morning's sunrise
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Can't wait until next month!!! All in all, a great weekend!

On edit: Added park name & link to same.

* This post was edited 11/08/10 07:16pm by Davis_clan *


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Glad you had a good first trip, we just got back from a couple of nights in the cold also. When we were unpacking we found that there was moisture under the matress. This was from condensation and not a leak. Proped matress up and dried quickly. Just a sugestion might check yours. JMHO. And WELCOME TO THE FORUM.


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Posted: 10/17/10 08:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Itchey Feet wrote:

Glad you had a good first trip, we just got back from a couple of nights in the cold also. When we were unpacking we found that there was moisture under the matress. This was from condensation and not a leak. Proped matress up and dried quickly. Just a sugestion might check yours. JMHO. And WELCOME TO THE FORUM.


Appreciate the tip. Moisture inside wasn't too bad except when cooking and sleeping breath. And yeah, as soon as we unpacked the refer we propped the mattress up. Not too damp, but none the less, we propped it up.

And thanks for the welcome [emoticon]

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Posted: 10/17/10 08:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The first of many more enjoyable trips. [emoticon]


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Posted: 10/17/10 10:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice view out the back door. I would say -8 is a good reason to get the generator.


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Posted: 10/17/10 10:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Matho wrote:

Nice view out the back door. I would say -8 is a good reason to get the generator.


It was great to wake up to that every morning indeed.

Almost shot coffee out my nose on the generator comment lol. Either that or only camp in the winter when shore power is available, but yeah, actually pricing them out as we speak. I've been looking at them for over a year now, but the "requirement" was never, um, urgent.

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Posted: 10/18/10 12:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Creative battery charging - no inverter - but woke one night to the frig & sensors BEEPING. It had gotten colder & our furnace had zapped our battery power!

NONE GENERATOR HOURS - hubby had to get up (get dressed, go out in the brrr) AND start up the DIESEL & run it until we could get the batteries charged up enough to limp thru the rest of the nite with the furnace off.

Turns out one of the wires had jiggled a little loose, so we hadn't gotten a FULL charge going down the road. Enough so that the gauge still showed 12 volts BUT not a real deep charge!

Fortunately we were at a park where we were a bit away from the other campers - as I'm sure they wouldn't have appreciated a diesel running in the wee hours [emoticon]

YES GENERATORS ARE WONDERFUL. Once we found the problem the next morning & fired up the genny - no more BEEPING in the night - even with the furnace on [emoticon]

GORGEOUS PICTURES

Thanks for sharing [emoticon]





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The minus 8 degrees listed by the OP from Canada is probably Celsius not F. When posting temps it is a good idea to say which system is being used; -8 degree Celsius = 17.6 degree Fahrenheit


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Glad you had a great and enjoyable trip. That morning sunrise probably made the cold seem a lot less so. 18* is a good low number, especially in an older camper. At least you have two tanks, I only have one.

For the condensation issue, just leave the upper vent cracked ever so slightly but not so much that you can see that it is open. Open it some more along with a window near the stuff. How much for sleeping and how much for cooking is an experiment so play with the amount. You really won't loose much heat but will draw out that hot moist air.

You may want to consider adding a Trimetric as it will let you keep much better tabs on you battery state and consumption.


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Posted: 10/18/10 08:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Actually, battery monitors crept into the conversation over the weekend, for that very reason, more-so during colder weather. We even have a location sorted out for that too.

We did the open the roof vents as well as the stove vent, esp during cooking. The previous owner had a dual 12v fan in the vent over the stove, but hadn't wired anything at all. So I'll be running wires and a switch to that. We'll also be adding shrink plastic to the single pane windows as well as roller blinds (vs. vinyl horizontal blinds)

Aww Clattertruck, -8 without the Celsius sound so much more dramatic though [emoticon] but yes, it's a good point to clarify. Similar to saying the speed limit on the highway there and back was 110. No fuel savings there. Not near 70 mph anyway. Drag is a drag. Still managed around 11.5 mpg, but won't know for certain until I wake up and do some math.

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