Monday, December 21, 2015
With the Onan generator gone, and the spare tire carrier restored, I have begun planning for how to carry the Honda EU2000i generator in Brunnhilde.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
removed the Onan generator to restore the spare tire to its rightful place. At the time the installation of the Mach 8 Cub air conditioner was the main project. The removal of the Onan generator and all the power conversion components and cabling associating with the Kerstner 12Vdc air conditioner was something that were also necessary to make a well executed conversion. The spare tire carrier restoration was something that can wait.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
We were expecting a very stormy day with big downpours yesterday. The wind did happen but we were spared form the downpours. No rain at all all day, and I took the opportunity to finish the electrical work for the air conditioner.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Sunday, November 8, 2015
I was tired of being held hostage by the Oregon rainy weather. There is almost no end in sight for a true dry day. This morning seeing there is a break from shower and rain, I decided to go for it - raising the Mach 8 Cub air conditioner onto the roof, and fasten it down.
I has been pouring rain here. Early on Halloween day I woke up with a cold sweat because I realize I was a dumb ass. I cover the 15x24" opening with 2 sheets of polyethylene remodeling clear sheet and duct-taped around the raise frame. I didn't think of when the rain water accumulates it becomes a bowl. The weight of a few quarts of water is significant.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
this project head first. It is imtimidating on a project that involve so much no-going-back alterations.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
I have been wanting to take some night photographs of Isolde and Brunnhilde. To do this a tripod and a normal camera is required instead of a smart phone. There is no supplemental lighting used, just very long exposures.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Unzufrieden - is one of the German vocabulary that I recently learnt. I thought I would made it a title of a post. Warum nicht.
With Isolde's electrical system update project close to completion I went shopping but was really an excuse to go got a tide in Isolde.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
I encountered a setback yesterday afternoon.
Monday, October 5, 2015
A few months ago I carried out converting Isolde's inefficient refrigerator to one with a 12V compressor. Because of it an increase of energy storage capacity is needed on the house battery. I replaced the rather inadequate single group 41 with 2 deep cycle batteries. This calls for a substantial overhaul of the electrical system.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
August 14 I sailed the wildest wind this year in the Gorge. We call days like this nuking with liquid smoke. There were dust storms occurring in mid and Eastern Oregon.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
I conduct another round of tests in using the Honda EU2000i generator to power Brunnhilde's Kerstner roof top air conditioner. I want to determine once and for all if it is worth keeping and how reliably the Honda generator can power it, in Eco mode. While I am conducting the test at near sea level, I have to be aware of the reduction of the generator output at higher elevations.
Sure, Brunnhilde loves to lounge around topless. But with increase awareness of harmful sun ray I gifted her a bikini top. That was three years ago and she worn it a lot.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
These are the last parts to complete the convertible auxiliary water tank project.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
This is just a post to capture some dimensions and some of my thoughts of thinking ahead on a few inevitable projects. As always, I want my blog posts to be spontaneous WRT capturing my thoughts.
Friday, June 19, 2015
I was tired of waiting for the Comet parts to arrive from UK. I went ahead to make as much progress on the project by working around the "long poles in the tent" parts.
Friday, June 12, 2015
I have refrained from cutting into the Todd water tank until the key parts arrive and on hands. The most critical decisions are the arrangement of the ports, the plumbing, and the goal of achieving a user-friendly and reliable convertible system.
First thing first. With the void left from the removal of the rear passenger heater I have to first patch up the floor so the deep cycle batteries can sit on a flat surface. I cut a piece of 3/4" plywood scrap that I have.
my Apple WATCH developed a hard hang the second day and stuck at the charging screen; the clock does run; i tried both method to reset to no avail - i sent it back for a full refund; i will buy one when they starts selling in store
bamboo invasion from three neighbors' yard; i have to be very vigilant to remove any shoots and cut off the rhizome i find
i decide to eat one as revenge for my labor
sometimes they sense me as their mom but most of the time they hunker down
thinking of repurposing this good quality s-video cable for use in projects
this other one must have 8 or 10 pair of wires inside
here is the bamboo shoot from my yard
Japanese Tim Cook
this is the current auxiliary battery in Isolde - in the world most miserable battery box which it fits tightly; i have vow this time around i am not going to try putting a (or a set of) battery here; previously I have gone as far as modifying an Optima AGM to fit in there
here is the "cable chase" that all the wiring must fit for the audio system, as well as the new battery system for the coach
now with the new dc refrigerator, the old flame sense blue LED indicator is now defunct; i would find a way to use it
i debugged the Land Rover Discovery no starting problem - traced to the fuel pump that went kaputt
with much reluctance I started tearing into all this work that invested into fitting the Carver furnace and the speakers; i am removing the rear passenger heater to make room for the coach battery (batteries)
these air vents are some of the best design products - they were from Japan
the genius is the design of the flap door that can be rotated about the inner groove, and stay put where you want it as well as the angle of the flap; good design often looks deceivingly simple
the Carver P4 is one of the best propane furnace ever made - much superior to the Propex in that the fan only run as fast as the temperature needs it; and it is whisper quiet
here the corner of the heater box was notch to make room for the woofer's magnet
it was a scorching hot sunny day so i went shopping for a cheap deep cycle battery and plumbing fittings for Brunnhilde's auxiliary water tank project; i planned my trip well and came home with all these
and a jumbo size watermelon fits inside Isolde's new fridge with room to spare
i shopped for plumbing fitting at West Marine, as well as Home Depot, all within the same trip
those OEM hose clamps are very secure so I reuse them
this are the combo fittings that i have to build with off-the-shelf parts i found on the trip
i did it this way for now as i am not too keen to crawl underneath the vehicle to deal with the jungle of water hoses and have coolant douse over my face
here you can see that even without the lid, the battery box is no go as it interferes with the driver side woofer
the battery in the box
i first need to patch the bare floor and address a mean to accommodate this heater cable
here is the second battery without the battery box
it only has a few mm of space behind the speaker magnet
precision battery installation
With this exercise, I was able to ascertain that up to 2 group 24 deep cycle batteries can fit in the bench seat, while preserving my custom furnace installation. While my goal is to achieve the accommodation for 2 group 24 deep cycle batteries, I avoid the temptation to run back to the store and pick up the second one. I want to proceed this project methodically, and this including determining if one battery would suffice. Note that I bought this Interstate battery from Costco and they don't have any A-hr nor reserve capacity. Looking for this at Interstate Battery site is futile because like most TVs Costco sells, they are models specifically made for Costco. I bought it from Costco because it is the one of the biggest bang for the buck at $77 each. I estimate it to be a 55 to 60 A-hr deep-cycle/starting battery that is the mid range of the series sold at Interstate Battery. I am just tire of buying expensive batteries.
In case you say but, a seal AGM battery requires no venting, in fact you should still do make the provision. In the event of overcharge situation a sealed AGM battery will also release hydrogen gas.
I set up a test to gauge the capacity of the Costco group 24 battery. Since the main power consumer is the DC refrigerator, that is the load that I use. The refrigerator consumes slightly less than 3A when the compressor is on. The actual A-hr consumption is the function of the compressor on duty-cycle, which is the function of the ambient temperature, the internal temperature, the insulation (and hence heat gain), and how well you provide the heat dissipation venting for the condenser and the compressor. Actually the list is much longer.
i charge up the battery first and then proceed to do some warm and fussy capacity test
As with the existing auxiliary battery system, I plan to continue using the 3-LED voltage indicator that I modified to serve both battery banks. When I need to know the battery voltage more precisely, I will just pull out my Harborfreight $3 DMM (that I have one in every vehicle) to do that.