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Messages - GrampaKilt

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Campground Reviews / Re: Del Mar Beach, Camp Pendleton, CA
« on: October 05, 2018, 02:07:41 PM »
Beautiful pics of the CL in the alpenglow, if you can call it that at a beach. That spot is worth putting on a visit bucket list. GK

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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: 16TBS sink upgrade
« on: October 03, 2018, 12:39:54 PM »
For renos etc. these Shark Bite shut-offs save time and are leak proof! GK

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Camplite and Bearcat Travel Trailers / Re: Tank Sensors
« on: October 01, 2018, 01:05:54 PM »
Jackson, IMO cleaning in-tank sensors results in ongoing frustration. Install external tank sensor systems like SeeLevel and you will smile every time you think about it, they are that good! GK

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Camplite and Bearcat Travel Trailers / Re: battery upgrade questions
« on: September 30, 2018, 06:12:18 PM »
There may be some readers whose LSWs will not take kindly to spending a couple of C notes on a battery monitor like the Victron. I pushed hard but in the end had to settle for this much cheaper one:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/80V-350A-100A-50A-Waterproof-Digital-LCD-Battery-Voltmeter-Voltage-Meter-Monitor/332761873997?hash=item4d7a273e4d%3Am%3AmxEEj0z_8ERacti4cWgipqQ&var=541887530445

See "Bat Ind" picture in my last post.

If ordered, it will not come with instructions that one needs for setup. I emailed the vendor who responded in a timely fashion with this address for a PDF http://115.28.16.44:81/file/6177.pdf .

Another indicator of an inexpensive product was that the cable to the monitor was only 1 foot long :P! It took a few hours of searching, but I finally found some card reader shielded cable from a local security system install company and spliced it in. Electronically, the product is working well. GK

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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: 16TBS sink upgrade
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:46:37 PM »
Surfsup 1955, I, also, need to shorten my water lines. Although, I have a pex crimper, I mostly use a product called 'Shark Bite' or its knock-offs to make the connection especially in the ubiquitous 'tight' spaces or if only needing to do a couple of lines. GK

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Camplite and Bearcat Travel Trailers / Re: battery upgrade questions
« on: September 29, 2018, 03:25:53 PM »
There are $$ consequences to appreciating this forum, this thread; herein, FWIW, is my inspired effort to install double 6 Volt batteries on the 14DB. It includes an aluminum angle frame* and 2 single battery boxes (NOCO $14 CAD from Amazon at the time). Obviously, a double box or one made out of checker plate aluminum are nicer, but I felt the huge price difference didnít warrant the investment. #4 AWG lines replaced the #8 AWGs back to the Progressive Dynamics (PD4045KV) power center. At the B-, I reworked my old negative disconnect to fit onto the terminal (and get it out of the weather). Attached to that is a shunt rated at 50A for this: Battery Monitor detector 80V 50A Capacity Tester lithium lead-acid 12V 24V from Ebay/Aliexpress. (I have no inverter, and no plans to get one, so the 50A is plenty.) Finally, some scraps of plexiglass were fashioned to make a cover for it all.

At B+, and as recommended by several on this forum for overcurrent protection, a 50A ANL fuse was installed. Not seen in the pics is a PD EMSPT30C Surge Protector.

Costco Canada also carries 6V deep cycles at around $140 CAD. However, I picked up some Trojan T105ís for $180 CAD (now $185) feeling that the increase in AH and their reputation was worth it. https://www.myequipment.ca/listings/view/20455/trojan-t-105-6-volt-deep-cycle-battery-canada

When the great wizard (Merlin) makes a suggestion, it is wise to get 'er done. Hence, the water pump switch is now lighted :D. GK

*Also seen in the pic is the aluminum tube structure needed to raise the propane tanks in order to accommodate the WD bracket.

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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: 16TBS sink upgrade
« on: September 29, 2018, 02:41:12 PM »
Very neat install and faucet surfsup1955! I find the flexible boot very handy for working in tight spaces, well worth the price. For those who want to gain just a bit more space under the sink, one can remove the traditional P-trap and replace it with a waterless trap made by https://hepvo.com/. This same trap is (was?) used under CL showers. GK

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Trip Report/Photos / Re: Trip West 2018
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:42:10 PM »
Thanks for your journey report. The Banff-Jasper Highway is in our backyard, we've probably been over it 50 times, it never gets ordinary. The picture of our former TV (Jetta) and the 14DB was taken at a campsite just south of the Icefields.

Merlin, could you comment on your nifty bug net for the awning? GK

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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Thor buys Hymer
« on: September 18, 2018, 01:17:37 PM »
Actually, I don't think 'they' will mess it up. People buying these largely Mercedes body units expect to pay well into the 6 figures. There's lots of profit to be made without changing anything.

LL competed for market share in an entirely different demographic, generally middle class wage earners like myself. The business model for selling to modern middle class consumers is no surprise, we all buy into it: low production costs, low mark-ups, make money by selling volume. It takes a vision for quality to buck against this zeitgeist. That vision died with LL's sale to Thor. I wonder if any Thor executive had the foresight to see that the LL purchase was a poor fit for the company's culture? GK

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Other Brands of Aluminum Camper / Re: Safari Alto 2114
« on: September 09, 2018, 08:59:40 PM »
Finally saw a Safari Alto 1743 up close and personal in the Okanagan Valley of BC. The finish is amazing, but I still prefer my CL 14DB over this product--more functional space and a dry bath in about the same footprint.

Correction to my first post on this topic. That sprocket behind the tire is not a dynamo, but is the drive of a remote power mover system. GK

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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: HWT Gas Switch Gets 'ON' LED Indicator
« on: September 08, 2018, 11:17:40 PM »
Merlin, you are so wise. The pump switch must be lighted! Thank you for the SeeLevel panel tip. GK

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News and Announcement / Re: Scott Tuttle coming back to the RV Industry.
« on: August 29, 2018, 05:00:19 PM »
FYI-Facebook page referred to is Intech RV Facebook page. GK

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Livin Lite General Discussion / HWT Gas Switch Gets 'ON' LED Indicator
« on: August 24, 2018, 04:03:32 PM »
Itís the dog days of August and slow blogging time, so hereís a rather spurious mod except for the mild OCDerís amongst us!

Along with the installation of a HOTT electric element into the 14DBís HWT tank (Suburban brand), I also swapped out the OEM gas only wall switch plate for the gas/electric. The red LED from the former plate was cut into the new panel and wired to the electric side rocker switch to indicate ĎONí. Over time, it irritated me, and also for the sake of symmetry (OCD talking), that the gas switch did not have an ĎONí LED as well. (Most readers will know that the red LED beside the gas switch indicates that the ignition spark (DSI system) is, well, sparking and when the propane has ignited, the light goes off.)

This mod involved purchasing an illuminated rocker switch in blue (reminds me of propane :) ) and wiring the LED inside it to the DSI circuit and the red LED beside it for gas power ĎONí. This involved taking apart the new rocker switch, disconnecting the LED thread-like wire from internal power and routing it outside the casing. Then, the DSI circuit feed was soldered to the teeny LED wire. For stability and to prevent shorting, the connection was encased in hot glue. (see pic)

Feeling less anxious now! Push down the gas rocker switch, the blue LED comes on for a few seconds only. The red LED stays ĎONí. Quite a pretty display when all the lights are on! GK

Postscript: I can hear some thinking, why didnít GK change out both rocker switches for illuminated ones in the first place? Answer: early onset Old-Timers, I shouldn't wonder...besides, I became obsessed with reusing the OEM plate's red LED :-\

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Older thread, but I would like to add another chair winner. Whether camping, to the beach, kayaking, grandkids games, I only take Helinox "The One" now. Nicely engineered, light and comfy. Helinox knock offs are abundant but not worth buying IMO. GK

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