Tag: Campervan

  • Nerd Post – Controlling Refrigerator Fans with a Microcontroller

    Nerd Post – Controlling Refrigerator Fans with a Microcontroller

    No travel on this post. Just nerd stuff. 🙂 We’ve been mucking around with the refrigerator since the campervan was new. Coachmen didn’t vent the fridge properly and issued a service bulletin to correct the venting. My glorious dealer claimed to have fixed the issue. I discovered that not only did the dealer do a…

  • Someone Lost Their Forty

    Someone Lost Their Forty

    A hundred-twenty years ago lumber was big in Minnesota. The forests in Michigan and Wisconsin were used up. Demand was not used up. Minnesota was next in line. In an era where the natural resources existed to exploit rather than enjoy, most of the valuable trees in Minnesota were logged out and sent down river…

  • Scope Creep – Rebuilding the Rear Cargo Area

    What started out as a solar project ended up as a carpentry, upholstery and sewing project. Scope creep, for sure. We haven’t been camping in a couple of months and don’t have any big trips planned until fall, so now is a good time to creep the scope. Coachmen did a great job of hiding…

  • Rooftop Solar – Magnetic Mount

    A year ago I bought a couple of portable solar panels, thinking that they would be useful for charging the batteries in cases where we camp more than a couple days in one spot. At the time, running the engine didn’t charge the batteries very quickly and running the generator was (and is) far too…

  • Prototypes …

    When I’m building stuff that doesn’t quite turn out right, I have a ready-made excuse: “It’s just a prototype … if it doesn’t work, we can throw it away and start over.” So here’s my latest round of not-quite-right prototypes. New table: The campervan came with a tiny, near useless 12″ x 28″ table and…