Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Just because it's made in Germany doesn't mean it is good. It is the case with Tatyana's fresh water level sensor. Westfalia has been using a similar sensor for a long time now, ever since the Vanagon Camper. The one in my a few months to 25-year old Vanagon Camper still works but not the one in Tatyana.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I have always loath the cigarette lighter jack. I don't smoke and cigarette lighter jack is only good for it's original design purpose - to light a cigarette. For used as a 12V power outlet they are big, ugly, and do the job poorly. However often did you find the device is not getting power because the spring loaded contact has jarred loose?
Disclaimer - this post is not intended to be an instruction for modifying the DC system in your vehicle. Should you choose to follow what I did, in part or in whole you are solely responsible for any potential risk or damage that occur.
I replaced a number of elements of the sound system except the front speakers. While the Mercedes' factory front speakers with paper cone sound quite poorly, I just assume putting better after market ones would only contribute to marginal improvement. I have been relying on the bigger rear speakers to carry the load by biasing heavily with the "fader" setting towards the back.
The first time I took a shower in Tatyana I was so shocked to see the amount of water leak though the gaps of the bathroom door. When I examine the design of the door closer I realize it was not design to withstand any direct or indirect spray of the shower water. Something has to be done to resolve this. At the mean time I try to avoid spraying water in that direction. To do this in the bathroom with the old toilet you just take the shower sitting on the toilet.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
the Ring Without Words I don't have a heartburn writing a blog without words. Here are some photos to tide you over and keep in suspense. No words after the jump - promise.
Today is the day to find out how well my hill billy engineering of the simplified grey water discharge pipe work. To be tested is the entire design utilize simple household ABS and PVC plumbing part resulting in a much reduced diameter of only 1 1/2" instead of the standard 3" used in American Motorhome. Also to be tested are the glue and mechanical joints I made.