I live up on the west coast of BC, but I grew up about 4 hours inland in the semi-arid interior (a few pages back for 4 pics).
Camping has always meant leaving the city with everyone else trying to get away on Friday night and getting to the site after dark to set up so I can be on the water at first light. Then I break camp late Sunday afternoon and miss the evening hatch.
Serviced campsites are a rarity here unless you go to one of the big commercial campgrounds and the timing means that, unless I skip out of work early, I'm getting there in dying light. I don't know how many times I've set up a tent in the headlights - I'm sure I could do it total darkness by now, lol.
A trailer means, not only do I roll in, level it, and call it done...but I can probably even make those last few casts of the day.
Anyway, enough rambling....I GOTTA get back to building soon
Until I do, I'm plugging away on some of the little stuff. I posted this in another thread, but this is the roof vent that came off the camper I scrapped out. I don't think I've seen one that's made from aluminum rather than plastic. If you recall, the original incarnation of the roof was a pronounced curve from side to side so I needed a horizontal plane to mount the vent to, henge the foam curb. Like a skylight in a house, it will also keep water out so long as the joint between it and the roof is sound. I will be incorporating it into the roof glass, so leaking should never be a problem (bears and frozen turkeys notwithstanding
Vents are great and all, but I wanted a way to be able to take advantage of that cool shady air under the trailer that the dogs enjoy when the temps get into the 30s (high 80s) in the peak of summer. A while ago I was scrapping out an old projection TV. There are a few of them around still and for many people they're no longer worth the cost of bulbs and light engines, so you can get dead ones for free if you bring a friend to help haul them away (they're big but not heavy, being mostly air space).
There are several pancake (PC) cooling fans but the main fan is a two speed squirrel cage that puts out some pretty respectable CFMs. Here's the one I've got:
There's also a large optically precise mirror inside the carcass as well...
I formed a plug for a diffuser out of foam, laid it up with glass, and sanded out the foam with a Dremel:
I need to make a vane to help direct the air to the end and glue it in, then I will most likely make a hardwood vent to trim out the front.
I figure I'll duct the air through a vertical piece of 3" ABS up from the wheel well up into either the dinette seatbox (curbside) or galley cabinet (street side). I haven't decided yet whether to use a SPDT switch for two-speed operation or a rheostat for speed control....probably the latter.