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post #106 of 132 Old 09-21-2013, 11:33 AM
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I bet at least 50 scorpions have made it their home. Sleep well next trip Marn......


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post #108 of 132 Old 09-22-2013, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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I bet at least 50 scorpions have made it their home. Sleep well next trip Marn......
No scorpions have been seen where the camper lives! It's weird, they tend to be in patches around the city. My boss nor the workers have ever seen one up at the yard

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No scorpions have been seen where the camper lives! It's weird, they tend to be in patches around the city. My boss nor the workers have ever seen one up at the yard
Cause they are all holed up in the camper......

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Okay.


Ill report back.

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post #111 of 132 Old 09-29-2014, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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So i have had the camper out a few times this year.

Pics from Mt. charleston, macks canyon road.




Here's the video from the 2nd trip up there, got engaged to my woman on this trip


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I've heard folks say that when you own a camper or RV, you're fixing something every time you use it. That's true. I had neglected a few things and brought the camper home this weekend to fix a bunch.

The flip over counter top had separated from the frame. This caused the faucet to crack from the weight being dropped on it. I fixed that, and reinforced it. Replaced all the staples with screws and filled in with some liquid nails. The top (with the dark brown trip) had separated from the frame its sitting on (with the handle)


reinforced and repaired


old faucet was cracked.


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the bottom hinge on the door broke off. I drilled out the rivets and used screws to mount it, reinforced with liquid nails.


Reinforced the hinge for the counter top too, both on the frame and on the actual hinge (not shown).


then I went through and used screws to secure a few areas where the plastic frame that the canvas mounts to back to the wooden roof of the camper. some of the staples had pulled out and the canvas was coming away from the roof. All better now.

Also inside there there is a seal in the metal ceiling sheeting, the staples had pulled out so I went through and screwed that back to the roof as well. Unfortunately there is some rot in the plywood roof, water gets in somehow through the top seam and if there is a hard rain when the camper has been stored, I can open it up and theres a small puddle on the front bed from the water. Its not bad and because its so dry here there is no mold, and the roof is still solid.

Anyway, got a whole bunch done to it in preparation for a trip this weekend.

Sure my neighbors loved seeing this all day.


Dropped her off back at our service yard.

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Rolled out to havasu over the weekend and spent a few nights camping on the beach.



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^Nice video and congrats again on the engagement.

And once again cool to see an old popup still living on.


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I've noticed some sort of electrical problem.

Whenever I have the campers lights on, there is some sort of drain on my electrical system. On the trip to havasu, I was driving about 2 hours with my headlights on, when we arrived at the beach the truck would barely stay running at idle. If i let off the gas or shifted it would die. It was slow to crank as well.

I noticed this a while back (last winter) when I hooked it up and if i turned on the lights the trucks idle would drop and it would be unstable. I replaced my battery on the truck (which was indeed in need of replacement and figured that was enough for now. Sort of forgot about it at that point.

After unhooking the trailer in Havasu, I let the truck run for a bit and the ammeter DID show that the battery was taking a charge. I'm not sure how long i had run it with the lights on in the past, though I never noticed any issue with it before that trip this past winter. I'm not sure if there's a short, or some high amount of resistance somewhere or something that is causing this drain, or if maybe my alt is just bad on the jeep? at idle it still puts out 14.whatever volts (at the plug on the alt) but i'm not sure how much amperage it's pushing. When i'm driving with my headlights on, and say my heater, at idle my volt meter only shows like 10.5-11 volts.

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On older vehicles a "good" way to test the alternator is to disconnect the battery while it's running. A good alternator should keep it running without the battery.

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I've noticed some sort of electrical problem.

Whenever I have the campers lights on, there is some sort of drain on my electrical system. On the trip to havasu, I was driving about 2 hours with my headlights on, when we arrived at the beach the truck would barely stay running at idle. If i let off the gas or shifted it would die. It was slow to crank as well.

I noticed this a while back (last winter) when I hooked it up and if i turned on the lights the trucks idle would drop and it would be unstable. I replaced my battery on the truck (which was indeed in need of replacement and figured that was enough for now. Sort of forgot about it at that point.

After unhooking the trailer in Havasu, I let the truck run for a bit and the ammeter DID show that the battery was taking a charge. I'm not sure how long i had run it with the lights on in the past, though I never noticed any issue with it before that trip this past winter. I'm not sure if there's a short, or some high amount of resistance somewhere or something that is causing this drain, or if maybe my alt is just bad on the jeep? at idle it still puts out 14.whatever volts (at the plug on the alt) but i'm not sure how much amperage it's pushing. When i'm driving with my headlights on, and say my heater, at idle my volt meter only shows like 10.5-11 volts.
Sounds like a alternator problem. I would have it checked at an alternator shop or most auto parts stores can check it for you.

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Bad cable connections or alternator.
It's not putting out with a load on it or the charge isn't making it to battery terminal.
I would check cable connections cuz 14.xVolts at idle seems a little high which is indicative of a bad connection.
An alternator usually doesn't like it when the battery is disconnected while running... load spikes. If you need to test it do it on a bench IMO.

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Nothing new here really. The wood grain on one side of the trailer got destroyed by the sun. It had been sitting in the same spot facing west for several months.

I just barely dragged it up from vegas to Reno a few weeks ago with my newer pickup. Towed fine but I haven't so much as opened it since getting here. Been meaning to one of these weekends so I can get it cleaned out and see what else has broken while it hasn't even been used.

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I opened up the camper for the first time in like 9 months to survey the damage. We have had alot of rain lately and there was a little puddle inside and some moisture on one of the mattresses from when i opened it and it dripped lout of the canvas, but nothing terrible. The woodgrain on the side that was facing west while it was parked in the vegas sun for the last 9 months is totally destroyed and the paint is super faded (almost white, you can see where the color is different under the vinyl woodgrain). I peeled off the woodgrain so I can replace it in the next day or two.



I also made some repairs and reinforcements as needed. Beefed up the strength of a bed rail, sunk some more screws into the side wall under the seat to make it so the wall doesnt move when you lean against it, secured a corner of the stove that had disconnected from the counter top, sunk some deeper screws into the front corner to help hold everything together up there, added a screw to a weak part of the door hinge, and pumped a bunch f stuff full of liquid nails to help secure it.

All in all, very successful. The bed rail is now noticeably more secure and visibly less off camber, the beds slide in and out like BUTTER and don't interfere with each other, the side wall at the dining table is much ore study and doesnt flex, and the door clicks shut with zero effort as well.

Just need to replace the wood grain, put a charge on the battery, and refill my spare propane tank and it'll be ready for a little adventure this coming weekend perhaps?

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