We made it through the mountains pulling the Mini!
We were able to climb the big hill into the mountains and then up and down the pass both ways to winter park.
I don’t think there is anywhere we can’t go now.
We’ve always had a problem with the door on the Great Dale. There was no way to latch it open and it would blow around in the wind. I tried a standard RV door latch in the beginning, but the bedroom windows sick out too far. Larry tried a couple of options when he re-skinned it, but gave up in the end.
I finally had an idea and scraped up a prototype using an piece of angled metal with two holes in an existing screw hole at the top and a block of wood. The block of wood had a screw in one side to connect with the angle on the body of the RV and then I cut a diagonal slot in the wood to hold the door. Then I added a handle to make it easy to install and remove and, low and behold, it worked pretty well. It also fell apart pretty quickly.
I was going to make the final wood block in the shape of of the Great Dale, but decided it would be too big and bulky. Then I hit on the idea of making it the shape of the original 1965 Dodge Coronet, and that was perfect.
Here’s the new prototype that I whipped up in an afternoon. It’s working great! I plan on learning some carving in the off season to ad some detail before I finish it to match the screen door.
The Great Dale Swamp Cooler prototype is complete and tested.
This is a modification of a modification of the home depot swamp coolers that people usually build for Burning Man.
I made a couple previously for burning man and learned a lot from my mistakes.
The idea here is that you can get better cooling with more surface area as per this post
The big modification is the storage container and how I feed the water up the pipes. I also added an auto-fill mechanism that will fill the base to a preset level when we’re connected to a water supply.
The next steps will be to add a switch to turn it on and off, build a good looking frame, and then get some way to direct the air.
We happened across this exhibit at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Cleveland History Center
One of the downsides of not having a trailer is transportation when we get to the destination. We have a Mini Cooper with a standard transmission that makes for a great pull-behind dinghy-tow vehicle, so we decided to see if the new torque-monster couls pull it.
We took a test drive to Cherry Creek State Park Campground and the toruqe-monster can pull both vehicles with ease. There’s a small stability issue that may be a problem. We’ll see what happens on further trips this year.
If it does work out, we’ll probably paint the Mini to match the Dale