Westy http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy Life with a house on wheels en-us Copyright 2017 Keith Tanner. All Rights Reserved. keith@miata.net (Keith Tanner) keith@miata.net (Keith Tanner) Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:58:48 -0600 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:58:48 -0600 Keith's RSS generator http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Westy http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/images_sml/RSS.jpg http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy 88 88 We have a fairly big solar panel that's stored inside but easy to deploy. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=57 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=57 It recharges our house battery, allowing us to stay off the grid pretty much indefinitely from an electrical standpoint.
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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:49:08 -0600 Westy
There were some other tweaks as well. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=56 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=56 The grey box is our solar controller. It was wired in in a very obtrusive place before, now it's hidden behind the driver's seat but very accessible. The 120v outlet beside it is new, and it gives me the option to recharge the auxiliary battery directly using a pigtail that's permanently mounted on the battery. That will let us effectively run the fridge (and all the other interior power) off 120v when we're plugged in.
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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:48:55 -0600 Westy
Check out the trippy blue LED. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=55 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=55 Also the new drawer - that's new, bonus storage space that didn't exist before. So the new fridge is colder, has more space inside, uses far less power. Win all around.
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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:48:36 -0600 Westy
Several days later, here's the end result. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=54 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=54 The black fridge has a new face in matching laminate and the trim has been painted to match the original. This poorly lit photo makes the laminate color look like a bad match, but in person it's very good. The door does stick out a bit more, but if you didn't know Westfalias you'd probably think it was stock.
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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:48:21 -0600 Westy
This is the kitchen. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=53 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=53 The center divider needs to move over by about 7/8" to clear the new fridge. Seems simple, but that means complete and utter disassembly. Followed, of course, by new tongue and groove work to move the wall and change the width of the right side drawers. There was some internal rewiring required as well. I reassembled it with extra bracing to make it stronger than original. This is the "before" shot.
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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:48:01 -0600 Westy
There are two sizes of truckfridge. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=52 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=52 I chose the larger of the two because that's how my brain works. This required quite a bit of reworking for some fairly subtle changes. It didn't take long for the van to look fairly derelict.]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:47:45 -0600 Westy Time to do something about the fridge. It's an ammonia-based absorption fridge that can run on 120v, 12v or propane. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=51 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=51 It really only works on 120v or propane, the 12v power consumption is horrendous with minimal cooling. Even on propane, it's more of a cooler than a fridge because it only runs about 40F cooler than ambient. When it's 100F outside, that's not good enough. We often just brought a big ice chest on trips, but that got in the way.
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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:47:28 -0600 Westy
Cruising home. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=50 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=50 We trundled along happily at 60-75 mph the whole way in nice sunny weather, a dramatic difference from our trip out. There were a couple of exciting moments with big unexpected crosswind gusts, but the bus failed to fall over despite Janel's expectations. She also found out how much fun it is to ride waaaay in the back.]]> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:11:06 -0600 Westy Of course, there were s'mores. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=49 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=49 There have to be.
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Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:06:50 -0600 Westy
Lake Powell is an odd place. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=48 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=48 It's a man-made lake, but that understates the massive size of it. It's about 139 miles from one end to the other by boat. It's also surrounded by the red rock walls and canyons we know from Moab. But that's just not a landscape that's supposed to have large bodies of water.
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Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:01:19 -0600 Westy
The next morning was more like it. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=47 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=47 We unloaded the boats, had a massive breakfast and proceeded to simply enjoy ourselves. Janel and I went for a little tour together in the kayaks and we cooked tacos for lunch. At 4 pm. You don't go camping because you want a schedule, do you?]]> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:55:00 -0600 Westy We pulled in a bit late. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=46 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=46 Janel's parents had gone down a few days before, so we just pulled in beside them after being given directions like "turn left at the bathrooms and go past the big tanks". There was mud all over the road from a previous storm. We just left the boats on the roof of the bus and bunked down for the night.]]> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:53:21 -0600 Westy We only went through about 10-15 miles of the storm, but was massive. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=45 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=45 The wind was trying to blow Westy off the road while the rain came in sideways. We just about pulled over to wait it out, but there wasn't any traffic so we just straddled the centerline and powered through. After a very long trip, we came out the other side and found ourselves coming in to Hite, our stop at Lake Powell.]]> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:50:13 -0600 Westy Ka-BOOM! http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=44 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=44 We'd been watching this storm since about Cisco. 90 minutes later, we were heading into the light. It was a seriously active light show. We thought we might scoot around the end. But no.]]> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:47:49 -0600 Westy Time to hit the road again. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=43 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=43 This time, it's an overdue trip to Lake Powell with a couple of sea kayaks borrowed from Brandon and Leigh. It's about a 3.5 hour drive from home...usually. ]]> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:44:07 -0600 Westy A gorgeous sunset to mark the end of the day. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=42 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=42 A gorgeous sunset to mark the end of the day.]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:21:27 -0600 Westy Pancakes made from scratch. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=41 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=41 Sausage. Real maple syrup. Fresh coffee from a French press. Camping is such hardship.
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Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:21:06 -0600 Westy
Keith cooking breakfast. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=40 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=40 Pancakes!]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:19:36 -0600 Westy Janel hanging out in her mobile living room. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=39 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=39 Janel hanging out in her mobile living room.]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:19:17 -0600 Westy Time for another adventure. http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=38 http://www.slowcarfast.com/Westy/diary.php?UID=38 This time, we convoyed out to Pike's Peak to watch the hillclimb. The campsite was at about 11,000'.
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Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:18:49 -0600 Westy