Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Drifter's Wagon Continues Its Build...

Got the windows cut in and all the insulation placed; as well as the plywood belly pan. (Which will be undercoated)

Waiting on some small parts from Amazon to get the wiring lined out.

I've chosen to go a Sam's Club option for batteries. Picked up a pair of 230 amp hour 6 volts. Sam's Club will allow me easy access all over the place if/when I need replacement. 

I want 4 batteries but finances just won't allow it right now, so just the first pair. Chances are, with my light use in this little rig... two will be plenty. So it's a bit of experiment as well, but not much. I've only had two on the Lakota for a year with little issue, and those are about 15 amps smaller I believe.

The road is calling pretty loud now... cursing at me really. Like; "What are you waiting on fool? You think youth will return? Load up your whining ass and let's go!!" 😎  

Still waiting on the title and registration work to wend it's way through the mail...

Much work left on this new "micro" house... 

The completion of this work and my full return to the road cannot come too soon.

- Brian

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Couple More Steps Along the Road.

Took advantage of the nice weather today and got the 270 watt Kyocera Solar panel I stripped back off the Lakota mounted on the Drifter's Wagon.

Decided to run the cables right through the roof and seal 'em down tight, along with a big puddle of caulking around each foot of the solar panel.

Even if the mount screws failed__that caulk ain't gonna let the panel go anywhere.

The roof vent is kinda close but no option there to catch the roof bows for mounting. I'll only have to point the nose North when I set a camp so as to eliminate any worries of shadowing the panel... so no worries at all.

Now I'm waiting on the two little windows I ordered to arrive so I can get them cut in.

With the windows in place I'll be able to move on to insulating. 

This "Hardside Tent" will be livable in no time 😉

This next gypsy season is gonna be a sweet one. Minimalist Biker Camp in miles  and miles of far country for my boots...

... and miles and miles of knees in the wind on winding ribbons of Asphalt.

- Brian

Monday, December 4, 2017

All the Work to Get Small...

Progress is coming along real slow. Turned out the liner panels of the drifter wagon I'm building up were put in with some sorry sort of nail!

So rather than screws coming out easily, they had to be removed with a pry bar... which does/did a lot of damage to the plywood... not sure how much will have to be's out now so__progress.

Finally located the small windows I want to use and getting them ordered. I can't proceed with insulating the rig until those are cut in so been vanishing some cabinets while I wait on window arrival.

Still need a third cabinet. That'll be 1 pantry. 1 kitchen misc. Hardware and 1 linen. (A very few Blankets, towels etc)

The only other thing done is the solar equipment I put on the Lakota has been removed. It now waits installation on the drifter wagon... been too windy and getting worse the past few days...

The credit union that was holding the title on the bike finally got its act together. It should be to me today or tomorrow__finally! Only took a month! Yeah... shiny performance.

One slow step at a time progress... but it's moving.

- Brian