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We added a Budget model (from target) whirlpool refrigerator/freezer. I will post the details if it works out.

Initially it drew 6.56 amps (about 75 watts on a 12V inverter, 1 of those amps being the inverter itself.).

It froze water in the freezer part, and the fridge part seems cold (BUT, it is in the low 40s ambient) . It shut off and has not drawn a dime since. I am going to let it go all night. The “Coach” batteries are at 12.5ish now, (19:30) and the inverter is idling. (because the new refrig is not having to refrig much)

I will post again in the AM with the results…

If the coach batts are still above 12V, annnd the inverter hasn’t errored out, I will be VERY happy.

Just another day

I have trouble seeing what WE do as extraordinary. Maybe it is an Alaskan thing. Maybe the things I get to see, and get to do in the last frontier are extraordinary to most. Maybe they have become mundane to us.

this week.

WE did a couple 120 mile (round) trips to Anchorage for some good jobs from some good “buyers” Being what it is (a 24 foot long 9.75 foot tall extended wheelbase van) it gets around great even in tight alleys, downtown, parking lots, etc.

We headed to Soldotna Thursday morning (200 miles one way), to do a circuit cut over and network upgrade for one of our favorite national clients. While we were in Soldotna we were blessed to help out on of our “local” clients with a few pressing issues (install a few extra cameras, and help guide her through “porting” a couple of her phone numbers to AT&T (more on why, later, maybe)

While working the circuit cutover we were able to use the 4G LTE/WiFi hotspot magic of the magic sprinter to provide “out of band” access for the upstream engineers. It worked great and because of it we were able to avoid a costly abort for our client

Now we are back at the home shop and contemplating some reworks of the magic sprinter to make it even more full time friendly.

Ideas we are working

  • Indoor toilet ,and perhaps a “stealth urinal”
  • Outside shower (can wait until warmer weather)
  • More organized storage for clothes
  • Refrigerator
  • Water cooler/heater
  • Change the orientation of the bed, so we can make it a little longer, and provide a desk surface for Tammy
  • TV/Monitor
  • PTZ camera on a retractable mast on the roof
  • Fix and finish a few current design flaws.
  • Better inside organization
  • Space (coach) heater/furnace

Immediate tasks

  1. Back up the magic DAQC. I have written miles of code for the DAQC system, and I have never backed it up. Oops. I was recently writing some code on a similer system for another project, and lost it all after about 30 hours of coding 🙁 that reminded me to back up the code in the sprinter.
  2. Much better inside lighting.


I will try to make this short and sweet. This is dedicated to the guy in the Honda that gave us a shout out and thumbs up in traffic today. YOU know who you are (but I don’t) THANK, YOU! I needed that to get back on track.

SO, what has happened since I posted last?

  1. We had an earthquake. A big one by most standards, BUT, we survived, and hung out in the magic sprinter because it had power, and broadband while the rest of our world didnt.
  2. We listed our house. We are now seriously down the rabbit hole of going “full time”
  3. Somebody reminded me that my business has value, by showing interest in buying the business, (including the sprinter)
  4. I did a bunch of “epiphany awareness” and realized that the things I have built, have value. (house 200k, Sprinter, 50k Dreamweavers 300k) (Checkbook 67.34)
  5. Tammy and I took a whirlwind (work) trip to Soldotna (middle of the night, jaunt through Alaska in February) after a last minute (2 year to late) install of the lightforce light cannon LED’s)
  6. “I will miss the magic sprinter” became a theme of the trip. As always, the journey in the magic sprinter, no matter how arduous, was comfortable, and magical.
  7. On the way home, I got an email from the guy who wants to buy DreamWeavers. I have read enough of it to know he wants DW, but doesnt want to cash me out of the sprinter. (I try NOT to read emails while driving 85 on black ice )
  8. We are home now (safe) I will read the rest of his proposal tomorrow….

Gotta go with what the universe thinks I deserve….


Sorry for the The hundreds of “check us out on Patreon” posts. I was practicing linking all my social media, so I didnt have to post to so many places. Then I stopped posting at all to anything for a while, and the botts took over. (Same way the magic sprinter got kicked off twitter last year) Then I forgot how to turn it off….FIXED!!!!

SO, an update is in order. Stand by for NEWS!