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Old 08-27-2016, 08:03 PM   #1
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Inverter, fire putter outter, and level ramps

Did some light work on the trailer.
Since my friends and I are rather.... Prone... to accidents...
And since the trailer came with an expired "BC" fire extinguisher that might weigh in at 3 lb on a good day after a heavy meal...

Replaced it with a 10lb ABC, and installed a 40 man site first aid kit.



Had an 1800w pure sine inverter kicking about for a couple years now, decided it should have a home.

Wired it into the basement, with a 3rd battery dedicated to it.
Wiring is 1gauge, with an AMG style fuse holder @175 amp.
Charge to the 3rd battery is 14 guage with a 10 amp breaker, as I wanted to limit the feed back to house batteries, and charge house first regardless of if through the house converter, or the TV.

Will get changed to an AGM or other sealed unit, I happened to have this crappy one kicking round for function testing.






And for the piece de la resistance, its not often I camp on hard ground, or level, or "accessible" for the size of my unit. Combine that with liking to work with my hands, I built my own levelling ramps.
A trip to the local lumber yard got me a sheet of 3/4" ply, and a few pounds of #8 1-1/4 wood screws.
Combine that with a tube of PL premium construction adhesive in each, and the only way to get these ramps apart is to burn them to ash.



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Your mods are a great job. I special like the ply ramps ready for a Shepard Tank (I'm still a woodman). A lot better than the plastic Anderson Levelers which will disappear in beach sand.
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Your mods are a great job. I special like the ply ramps ready for a Shepard Tank (I'm still a woodman). A lot better than the plastic Anderson Levelers which will disappear in beach sand.
Exactly, impossible to break, levels up 6.5", and is twice the width of the tires (12" x 4' long) so its not sinking in anything. There's a good chance the last 6" will eventually break (one layer of 3/4), but that's no big deal.
Back when I was in the movie industry, they used ramps just like this to level semi trucks.
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Nice ramp idea. If I were making them, I believe I would double the first layers and start out with a 1 1/2 inch bottom for strength.
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Nice ramp idea. If I were making them, I believe I would double the first layers and start out with a 1 1/2 inch bottom for strength.
and have a large STOP block behind the tallest one..
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I figure it will self modify.
Also, I don't need a stop block at all. Its nailing a spot within 6", not a big deal.
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Also everytime you get to a campground with a powder extinguisher (like you have) make sure to tip it upside down and shake it.. if you don't hear/feel the powder moving the bang on it till the powder starts to move.. otherwise when you need it and go to use it only air will come out as the powder will be packed down like cement on the bottom of the fire extinguisher.. this tip from "Mac the Fire Guy" website..
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Also everytime you get to a campground with a powder extinguisher (like you have) make sure to tip it upside down and shake it.. if you don't hear/feel the powder moving the bang on it till the powder starts to move.. otherwise when you need it and go to use it only air will come out as the powder will be packed down like cement on the bottom of the fire extinguisher.. this tip from "Mac the Fire Guy" website..
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Very good tip. I forget that many people don't know about drychem maintenance
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