I am traveling with work this week, so no work until the weekend on the Avalair. I can pipe dream though.
We have been trying to layout the requirements for our trailer. What do we actually need in the trailer to make it fun to use and retain the lightweight features of the Avalair.
Do we need to design a black water system? The trailer probably had something at one time, but I am sure it was primitive at best. Due to the modifications of the previous owners, it is hard to tell what actually came from the factory with.
First let's look at the options.
Pros - Easy, cheap, portable and expedites the trailer getting finished.
Cons -Smaller capacity, I have to empty it and it's like squatting on a bucket. This can be a pro if you enjoy this type of thing.
They have came a long way in the last few years in the design of the portable toilets.
|Option 1, not nearly as comfortable, but it does have a nifty carrying handle.|
|Camping World has this one in a 5 gallon capacity for $129. The smaller capacity is a little cheaper, but who wants to empty this twice as much?|
Pelland Enterprises makes these in fiberglass and plastic. They have a ton of sizes and designs. I have an email out to them ,as we speak or as we type I suppose.
Here is an example of one of the the pans shown here.
I have been reading and sketching all sorts of designs for the electrical system. I was looking at sine wave inverters, convertors, 12 Volt deep cycle golf cart batteries etc. What do we really need to survive?
I'm not talking about surviving the Zombie Apocolypse, just a week away from home, going from National Park to National Park. Although, if a Zombie attack should break out in a National Park, we would be covered.
After banging my head on the desk, trying to make heads or tails of all of it, my lovely bride of 21 years asked the question " Why do we need batteries, if we have a generator?" I was dumbfounded. "Well, we need them to run..........the lights.....of course, the lights! Well, actually, those run on 115V so, we really don't need it for that. No wait the water pump!!" So I jump on the web and to my amazement I find a park model water pump made by ShurFlo that is 115V.
If we are in a park, we can use the 115V hook ups.
So, on to generators.
The biggest issue most have with generators is the droning hum that pierces the night air like the screaming child on an airplane. Honda has developed a quiet series portable generator that really lives up to it's name. I am impressed. It's a sizable investment, but think of everything you can use it for. Power outages, camping, tailgating, family reunions. The list is endless. The beauty of this one is that it weighs 46 lbs. and you can actually carry it without pulling a groin muscle. Then you would have to do this type of therapy.
It's for real. Look it up.
|This may be beneficial, even if you don't have a groin injury.|
The Honda EU2000I series is what we are looking at currently.
Another thing I have been pondering is doing away with the old propane fired hot water tank. I have been researching the tankless LPG water heaters and they look like they may be the way to go.
Instant hot water, with a high efficiency and no pilot light to deal with. Plus, it frees up space under the bed for storage. My only concern is will the ShurFlo pump provide the needed pressure and volume to make it work.