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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

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

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

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

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 :-\

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

Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Front Window Upgrade?
« on: August 16, 2018, 09:29:54 PM »
Enjoyed all the responses. I wonder if Merlin really meant that mirrors should be mounted on the ceiling ;)

In the quest to take the best TT ideas and incorporate them into my 14DB, I've decided to go ahead with the front window project. Besides, I don't want to disappoint John and maybe, I can add yet another mod for Gary M to take on...

A 36"W x 22"H euro style window that matches the front radius has been sourced and it is a stock item. In one of those early mornings when the ol' brain still functions, I thought of a way to horizontally brace (and disguise it) the 2 ribs that will be left floating after cutting the opening.

The only obstacle still remaining was my LSW. She must be going soft...I had a list of excellent reasons ready to argue my case, but after a long sigh, all I heard was "Finish the basement first".
I deserved that. Thus, it will be a few months before I can report back on what it's like to see the light of day and the stars at night though the front curvature of our CL. GK

Ah, remembrances of when the family car was the tow vehicle...

FWIW, last year, Canadians bought about 75,000 F series Fords, most were 150s. They bought 60,000 GMC/Chev pick-ups combined (I bought one of them!). I think Dodge sold about 30K RAMS and all other brands were in the 10K or less range.

I bought a Sierra only because the price (part of a fleet deal) was incredible (OK, I'm very fond of the Sierra Nevada, so the name was appealing...) My son purchased an F150 and I can see why it takes top place. I'll mention one reason. For fuel economy, Ford went with a V6 with turbo while GMC/Chev went with a V8 that backed off to V4 while cruising. We compare mileages. My son's F150 has been under 10L/100km. I might get 12L/100km.

Best wishes on your hunt for a new TV. GK

Livin Lite General Discussion / Front Window Upgrade?
« on: August 12, 2018, 03:22:55 PM »
My CL doesn't let in enough light IMO. Has anyone in LL land ever considered adding or installed a window in the front radius? Attached are 2 pics from other TTs that have incorporated a curved European window. (The brand that LL used before the dark times...) Pros/cons of the idea? GK

Other Brands of Aluminum Camper / Safari Alto 2114
« on: August 10, 2018, 10:01:13 PM »
Safari Alto (SA) of Quebec has just released the their largest travel trailer, almost 21' hitch to bumper and an impressive dry wt. of 2400. This SA unit takes all-aluminum TT finishing to an elite level and, alas, an elite price--basic is $43,000 CAD. Though the interior of my TT looks bush league compared to the SA 2114, I take comfort in knowing that in all other ways, my 14DB (at half the price) is SA's equal. GK


Postscript: SA TT's seem to have caught the eye of electric vehicle (EV) forums. SA literature also seems to take into account that the TV's of the future will be electric. There is one report of a SA TT's solar array providing about 50 kms of extra energy for its electric TV. Also, there's a suspicious dynamo looking attachment behind the TT wheel...

Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: 16TBS sink upgrade
« on: August 09, 2018, 03:03:45 PM »
Gotta love this forum! Tinkeringtechie's Elkay PSR15173 sink find ticks all the boxes for replacing the OEM toy sink. Thumbs up for water filter and soap dispenser idea. GK

Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: 21BHS from an RPOD
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:05:17 PM »
For Canadian CL'ers, Home Depot carries a carpet covered Connect-A-Mat version (grey, 4 pcs) for just under $20. GK

Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: 16TBS sink upgrade
« on: August 01, 2018, 07:47:07 PM »
Hi dlb53151. A couple of comments.

1. No 3 hole version.
2. An off center single lever faucet could be considered avant-garde especially if it was balanced off by a soap dispenser in the other hole 8).
3. IMO, no problem cutting 3 holes in the ledge for your old faucet. It can be done with a dremel tool and metal cutting disk. No need for round holes, just make them square. Sharp edges can be touched up with a file. Tip--masking tape your ledge, draw where your holes will go and cut through the tape. The disks break easily, have about 6 more on hand for this job.

I should clarify, for a good seal, undermount sinks require a solid surface countertop, like quartz or corian. I've seen it done DIY with plastic laminate over a plywood substrate and waterproof glues but it certainly is not my style...

Regards, GK

Camplite and Bearcat Travel Trailers / Re: battery upgrade questions
« on: August 01, 2018, 02:37:46 PM »
I purchased the one in the link below. Liked the round format and the lack of complicated functions. I don't need Bluetooth capability. Perhaps a Victron knock off or made at the same factory? Who knows these days.

Had ordered a Drok, but it couldn't handle heavy gauge wire at the shunt, a good indication it wasn't designed for what I needed it for. GK


Camplite and Bearcat Travel Trailers / Re: battery upgrade questions
« on: August 01, 2018, 01:42:09 PM »
If a battery is healthy, there should little difference between load and at rest, maybe even fully so.
What a learning experience this has been and continues to be! Thanks all for your contributions.

To clarify my quote above. I meant if voltage is measured at the battery. I think GaryM found this to be accurate while boondocking. It's obvious what I really need now is my battery monitor to arrive! GK

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