Here is an easy mod/upgrade.
June 5, 2020
Our last big trip reminded me of a little problem we had. Well it's not really a problem but more of a irritant. When using our onboard water, every time you open a faucet etc. the water pump starts clattering away in the basement.
It was very irritating at night to try to get a drink of water as the pump is under the bedroom.
I added a pressure buffer to my water system to match what is done for home well systems. At the local big box store, masked, gloved, I bought a 2 gallon regulator tank. It contains an air bladder that is inflated to just below the pump activation pressure. (the initial setting was fine. It was factory set for 25 psi and my water pump activates at 30 psi.)
The tank will hold about a gallon of water with the bladder compressed. This water is used when a faucet etc. is opened instead of needing to run the pump. Eventually the water pressure drops and the water is used up and the the pump will activate normally. It will run after you cut the faucet off, to replenish the water in the tank.
I found a vacant spot in the basement area between the furnace and the hot water heater and under the shower. I tapped into the water distribution lines just after the city water connection. To get to that area, I removed the external shower compartment and added a "T" fitting.
PEX water lines is the only way to go! On the tank, I used a Shark Bite threaded adapter and for everything else I used PEX crimp connectors. Finding enough room to operate the crimping tool was the biggest problem with this little mod.
Note: I was also adding an exterior faucet and had to move the water pump. That is when I discovered that it had been installed incorrectly and the body of the pump was vibrating against some of the wooden framing. You really have to love those factory people!
Tip of the day-using a garden liquid sprayer to fill your large lead wet cell battery bank!
June 2, 2020
--------------------Tip of the day!----------------------------
Using a garden liquid sprayer to fill your large lead wet cell battery bank.
You can use a small garden sprayer for filling your batteries by removing the nozzle tip turning the sprayer into a portable watering hose for your battery's distilled water.
This is a big deal for those that have very large battery banks, and need to fill multiple batteries.
The plus is you can put the tip back on and use the sprayer to spray off the batteries after you clean them with baking soda water.
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Recovered the valances & curtains
May 20, 2020
We took down all the valances & curtains in our 5er and put new, brighter material on them. We also did the seat cushions & headboard. Not hard to do, just a PIA. We like how they look now that we've got them back up. Problem is they now make the walls look dull!
The Covid-19 Thing, idle hands......................
May 17, 2020
This Covid-19 "Stay at home" thing, (What ever that means for a fulltiming "Off-grid" family) has made my creative juices flow.
About two months ago I found this old style headache rack for $50.00 at the local steel recycling yard...... well I bought it and just got to work.
All this you see was done with a 5500 champion generator, 140-amp Lincoln /115-volt welder with 0.35 flux core wire, and several grinders (7.5" & 4.5", ect.)
I still need to weld some to the tread plate, and the "D" rings for tie-downs. Also need to run wiring for lights, and paint, paint, paint, a lot!
By the way, did I mention we are "Off-Grid" 16 miles up a dirt road with no one for miles. This project is for sure a "Mobile Homestead" original!
Starting new solar system
May 9, 2020
Hi All, Hope all is well with you!
I thought I would document the new power system on our 5th wheel as I am starting from scratch. This will be a somewhat extended process waiting for parts, avoiding the heat and not in any hurry due to the virus lockdown.
I started by removing the storage partitions in the basement to check access for installing a Hughes EMS and GoPower transfer switch. I found some unused space and decided to do the battery, inverter, chargers install in the basement rather than the front compartment. I should be able to house all my gear for solar etc. and increase the cargo bay at the same time! The basement is ducted for heat and should be better conditions for our lithium battery bank. This will also leave the front compartment available for large bulky stuff like shade canopies, tables, dead bodies etc..
Here is what it looks like from the factory.
With the walls removed. Blue tape is where walls were.
Approximate location of new walls to be installed. I removed the stock converter/charger as it won't be needed and relocated the 120v outlet out of the way.
The area under the stairs made a great spot to install the Battery bank. I did need to remove a stair support leg but a plywood header will make this stronger than stock.I am going to reconfigure these cells for a 24v battery bank this time. That will make this a 300ah battery @24v
That's all for now. I have more parts coming and will update this thread as progress continues.
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