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jazzeddie1234

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Opps, disaster. Changing to lithium means disconnecting the setec aux in to prevent the tug charging because I don't trust the circuitry/ charging logic. I bought this 10amp (going on 6 amp) dc dc circuit on ebay. It's a very smart high efficiency design that will take 3 to 30 in and maintain a constant voltage out....with current limit and adjustable LVD. All for $25
IMG_20210412_145613.jpg Then I promptly blew it up by ignoring the prominent warning about not blowing it up. Oh well

IMG_20210420_125403.jpg So I bought this (not the reenforcing grid I carry everywhere) to cheer myself up which meant I had to buy this
IMG_20210420_142408.jpg to supply the wood. $200 bucks,great youtube reviews, and a 5 year replacement warranty! But that meant I had to design some form of firewood holder
IMG_20210429_125208.jpg I bent this up to see if would be strong enough to hold a couple of small logs. Stay tuned...

IMG_20210427_103043.jpgIMG_20210425_223013.jpg Meanwhile the 3d printer is getting a workout. I designed some stacking bins for the really awkward shape cupboards next to the beds. One to go.

Pondering a better solution to my solar shower problem (I hate using gas to heat my shower water). Bought a 5l spray bottle from bunnings, painted it black - except for a strip where I can see the water level), made up some fittings so I can leave it in the sun, insert it in the shower line, turn the shower on and it forces the hot water out! The top cap is also big enough to take my submersible pump if I don't want it full of water after a shower.

IMG_20210426_161152.jpg Perfect. But that's what I said about the last 5 designs

IMG_20210422_135952.jpg Started work on the ute solar panel. Plan is to paint it to match the ute but the very expensive custom blend spray can wouldn't spray so that's on hold until the supplier fixes it.
 
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You really need to get out and away I think, 6 awg from battery to setek, goodness could jump start a loco with that..... Pack up and escape.......I would like to run some heavier feed to pump etc but it's all hidden in the walls...in fact I would like a pump that isn't so damn noisy, I await your pump mod..... :D :D
 

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Haha that's what 4 months in the driveway does. Hopefully back on the road soon and next year we plan to do another lap but take 2+ years this time.

I upgraded the cable from the battery to the setec (was way lighter than 6awg) and that fixed all my voltage drop/flickering light issues
 

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You've inspired me, my solution for the pump and flickering lights will be a run of 6mm or maybe 8B&S but that's overkill I think from battery bus bar to a relay at the pump, not possible to redo the van wiring loom.
 
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I ran a 6b&s straight from the battery, under the floor and up through a hole by the setec. Chopped and reused the existing setec Bat +- ends (spade and a bit of tail) because the 6 gauge is difficult to terminate in a spade. The old cable can stay in place for now.

A friend did the relay idea. Works fine. A direct run to pump won't need a heavy cable because the led flicker is caused by the voltage drop from battery to setec (if that's where your lights are fused)

Also (you probably know this) the relay will draw current all the time the pump is active. So I would get as low a current relay as possible and check it's ok being on continuously
 
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You sure you mean 6 B&S thats nearly as fat as a pencil ? Actually been thinking I might re-do my wiring for TV and STBs as well as pump, discovery time when I get home...Go on a trip and plan new mods seems to be my thing.
 

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High tech this week. The van has a diesel heater mounted under the floor with an outlet in the ensuite and intake in the footwell. All works great but I wanted to blow cool air on hot days so... in the interests of learning how to design 3d stuff... I drew up a tee section to fit in the intake duct
IMG_20210504_193842.jpg The design printed ok - the stuff in the circle is temporary support material to stop the tube sagging while hot.

IMG_20210507_123700.jpg The branch takes a 90mm computer fan that sucks cool air and blows it through the heater and into the van!

IMG_20210507_102150.jpg It needs a filter so I designed a clip over frame to squash a chux cloth on.

Now back to my most unfavorite job ....wheel bearings & brakes
 
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Drover

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A mate used poly pipe in his, it did more than distort when on hot and I don't think any amount of support would have helped it plus it ponged something fierce, the heat in the plumbing can be as much as 50 deg or so.

Would you really get much flow, my heater when on just fan doesn't really do a great job.
 

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Would you really get much flow,
Yeah I have no idea how effective it will be compared to simply opening the windows. I did consider a boat bilge blower as a plan B. My heater fan can be tricked into running without heat and moves a fair amount of air but is noisy

the heat in the plumbing can be as much as 50 deg or so
That's why I put it on the intake side. My heater is too hot to hold a hand over the outlet on full and pvc doesn't stand a chance
 
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I have a fancy dancy thing called a fan, spinning blades chuck out a nice bit of air, if it doesn't push enough then the LRPS gets the AC going.....lol,lol,lol..

I'm glad I don't have a 3D printer, the things I would make and the money I would spend, current hobby sucks enough funds as it is...........I get The Eye quite often.
 
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