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Old 11-24-2010, 07:59 PM   #393
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Power planning

The replacement Progressive Dynamics panel arrived today; the 1st one came in smashed up but VintageSupply came through great! But more interestingly a co-worker imports LED products and got some samples in for me to look at. Because I plan to use these strips under cabinets, in cabinets and in humid environments they seem just the ticket. Waterproof, super lightweight, very low power consumption, extremely high tech in appearance dimmable and they mount with 3M tape or tiny brackets. I chose the 1 meter length in bright white for my little test given that the lighting will always be indirect. I took the first shot in an otherwise dark room so I suspect that 4 of these bad boys would light up project Streamn like a, um, Roman candle if need be...
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:20 PM   #394
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I have read on the forums that the spray on foam will not hold up because of the bouncing down the road. The stuff will turn to mush with the bouncing and viberating that goes on.

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Old 11-28-2010, 04:13 PM   #395
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I haven't used any spray on foam for pretty much that reason and the exothermic property of some spray stuff too. To date I've used pink insulation board in the floor, pink fiberglass batts, and some foil double bubble foil. The eaves guard stuff is more like a bituminous adhesive sheet that seals itself up when pierced.

Today I got to work on some interior patches; ran a 120V line to the trailer; hooked up the test strip LED; ran a small heater (which got it nice and toasty fast) and rewired the umbilical area after installing a large patch panel to tidy up the front.

I used the tip from n2batr, thanks Ed, and sanded down the deadbolt to fit the vintagesupply door latch pockets and built a Lexan stand-off for the door latch pocket so the door is held more securely.

Not exactly the most exciting of tasks but now I'm ready to start the bathroom building extravaganza...
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:43 AM   #396
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I have read on the forums that the spray on foam will not hold up because of the bouncing down the road. The stuff will turn to mush with the bouncing and viberating that goes on.
I'm not sure that's a problem these days. The newer foam remains flexible where the old stuff cured up and got hard. It would be great to know for sure.

When I put the solid exterior foam sheets under the Safari floor this coming spring, I intend to seal the edges to the frame using the spray foam. I guess time will tell, but who takes the time to take down the belly pan just to look?

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Old 12-04-2010, 05:23 AM   #397
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ICYNENE MD-R-200

This stuff is working great for me so far.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:15 PM   #398
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The LED's certainly appear bright. Do you know if the strips come in different lengths and are they available commercially? If so where?
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:54 AM   #399
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Very Nice!

This is a great thread, thanks for sharing your project. Now its time to steal some of your ideas!
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:14 AM   #400
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Jim, I bought this strip through a work colleague; James Rafferty; his company, StreamLine Customs has all kinds of crazy LED products. He brought some flexible waterproof LED strips for motorcycle and car use in to work one day and it just got me curious. As far as I can tell, if I can think of it he can get it, even to the extent of having them built with different connectors etc. James' number is 403 710 5484 or James@StreamlineCustoms.ca He's almost got me convinced to try the multicolor remote control units so I may ask to borrow one and see how it looks when I have some of the interior installed.
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:38 PM   #401
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Induction Cooktop

It's been Uber slow on the project for the last 4 weeks but I just picked up a whole shwack of 1" square 3/32" wall 6063 anodized tube to build the bathroom framing so it's time to get to work and see if it all works. (It seems overkill and I'm sure 3/4" sq 1/16" wall would be better but this was a good deal).

On another topic I had decided to run a smallish two burner propane cooktop and probably still will but I received a Berghoff Induction cooktop and it's got me thinking. Dangerous I know but I was wondering if many people used such devices on the road. It says its output is 1600W maximum so I was curious whether I could safely use it with a small Honda generator like the eu2000i Companion model? It has a built in fan but it looks like it could be set into the countertop as long as I had some good cool air venting from below to keep it cooled. The info claims that it's a very efficient cooking method and the concept of stacking say three pots and have them all cook evenly is very intriguing. Anyhow, has anyone tried one at all?

Cat included for scale.
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Old 01-08-2011, 02:56 PM   #402
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For purposes of scale, is that a 6 lb cat or an 18 lb cat? Inquiring minds that have owned many cats (or have been owned by them) over the years, want to know...

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I'm going to have to say Texas is about 12 lbs, he was 17 lbs then had a stay at the GF's parents this year and it was like a cat fat camp, his brother, Thomas, went from 18 down to a slender 10 ish.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:00 AM   #404
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My wife's cats are something like 22 lbs and 18 lbs, I need to send them to your gf's parents' house too.

Personally, I love having the oven and cooktop run off propane. I like boondocking and down here in the summer, the A/C is using all the juice my Honda 3000 can provide. Obviously your climate is different, and your needs will likely be different too.

But even in cooler weather, I've enjoyed boondocking with the gas appliances and not using any AC electricity at all. Just depends on how you want to use it.

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I've checked out portable induction cooktops fairly extensively to complement my gas, but I'm not quite ready to pull the trigger on one of those yet. One thing to consider with induction is your pots/pans. If a magnet is attracted your pot, induction heating will work. Otherwise, not so much.

There are many cool things about induction. Heat control is fast and responsive, both when preheating, adjusting during cooking, and when turning it off. It does not behave at all like electric cooktops with their slow heat up and slow cooldown. The amount of wasted heat to the surrounding air is SO much less than gas, it's a pleasure to cook in the heat of summer.

Faster cooking, cooler, with greater precision, lower airconditioning bills, easier cleaning, safer, etc. Even the pot handles don't become hot the way gas cooktops often transfer heat to the entire cookware. No need to use potholders when picking up the pot!

What I would really like is both gas and induction as an option.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:38 AM   #406
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Truck, It looks like the battery will be under the sofa. Where does your shore power come in, and where are you placing your converter?

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