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by bm_cricket
Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update
Replies: 17
Views: 5589

Re: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update

Oh boy. I just looked into the cost for the fat wheels and they cost MORE than the electric motors. Hm. There must be a cheaper way to do this. :-(
by bm_cricket
Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update
Replies: 17
Views: 5589

Re: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update

Thanks both of you! I think you helped me make up my mind (not my check book...) about improved tires. Right now I'm considering replacing all three wheels with in-hub electric motors (I've found some for around $80 each without spokes and wheels) and then I can attach them to some BIG fat tire bicy...
by bm_cricket
Sat Sep 12, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update
Replies: 17
Views: 5589

Re: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update

Admiral Fukkit wrote:I did indeed drive up 4:30 several times, usually to and from Elliot's. One of those times I was delivering hot pizza. Yes, you definitely should have stopped me and come along to Elliot's!
Darn! I was at Elliot's daily. It was better next year. :-)
by bm_cricket
Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update
Replies: 17
Views: 5589

Re: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update

I'm always amazed at how many people ask if I just store the Land Yacht nearby at the Ranch, or suggest I store it in Reno. These people are CLUELESS about what it takes to put a working MV on the playa! They think we just turn these things on and go, then put them away and come back next year turn...
by bm_cricket
Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update
Replies: 17
Views: 5589

Re: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update

With that much weight it may be hard to find a motor with enough capacity that won't be a power hog. I don't know of any hub motors for that load. I would look for something that could haul 2000 pounds for a margin of error. I'm still dusting off my boots and cleaning my ears... and already plannin...
by bm_cricket
Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update
Replies: 17
Views: 5589

Re: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update

Which motor did you use? I used a single wheelchair motor, and even when pushing almost 500 pounds on my little cart, the motor would barely get warm. My issue was unloading the cart only to find that the one tire and tube I forgot to bring a replacement for was flat. Half day fighting that damn do...
by bm_cricket
Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update
Replies: 17
Views: 5589

Fruit Fly Art Car, Status Update

This year, with the assistance of a great many friends, family, and fellow Burners, I dragged my first art car to the playa. Here is a blow-by-blow of the experience. Wednesday, decorations are done. It's an art car! Wednesday, load it into the truck with 5 people helping. Thursday, Drive to BRC. No...
by bm_cricket
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: GPS tracking and transponder for MV
Replies: 12
Views: 1450

Re: GPS tracking and transponder for MV

Yup. It is a Garmin Rino 650. This radio allows one to see where their friends (who also have a Rino 650) are located. It is a bit pricey. Other Garmin's that cost less may also have this capability. But, if time is short and money is not, this might be the way to go. I always try to lock my trike ...
by bm_cricket
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: GPS tracking and transponder for MV
Replies: 12
Views: 1450

Re: GPS tracking and transponder for MV

apavlin wrote:And some of the amateur walkie-talkies have APRS and GPS built into them, so they can point the real-time direction and distance to your vehicle's tracker as you are walking towards it.
I have a lot of learning to do....
by bm_cricket
Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: GPS tracking and transponder for MV
Replies: 12
Views: 1450

Re: GPS tracking and transponder for MV

GreyCoyote wrote: Woe to the asswipe who swiped your bike. This would pinpoint him to with a few feet. :mrgreen:
That sounds wonderful! If someone actually did try stealing it I just imagine showing up in camp with a hand full of black rock rangers (or maybe a BLM) and saying "hi". :evil:
by bm_cricket
Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: GPS tracking and transponder for MV
Replies: 12
Views: 1450

Re: GPS tracking and transponder for MV

The only solution to 2 is satellite or an amateur radio license. It turns out I found a solution to problem 2... for next year. There is a product being designed and scheduled for release in Fall that builds a small peer-to-peer network of antennas that let cell phones send SMS to each other. There...
by bm_cricket
Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: GPS tracking and transponder for MV
Replies: 12
Views: 1450

GPS tracking and transponder for MV

Hi all, I'm bringing an electric tricycle this year. I'll lock it in camp and when I'm not riding it. Has anyone found a good and simple tool for GPS tracking of where you go plus something that can link into very very intermittent cellular signals or peer to peer networks at Burning Man? There are ...
by bm_cricket
Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric tricycle motor
Replies: 69
Views: 5104

Re: Electric tricycle motor

As an old school and so on burner let me confess that nothing has worked yes I have brought electric scooters, electric trikes it is up to you the scooter got playafried the trike was extra electric motor scary weird and years ago the segue disappeared I am walking unless you have another idea xoA....
by bm_cricket
Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric tricycle motor
Replies: 69
Views: 5104

Re: Electric tricycle motor

Oh, a side note and additional question: Can I use a 24v sealed lead acid battery charger to charge two 12v "flooded cell" batteries wired correctly for 24v? In other terms, can I use my 6A charger that came with the wheel chair I harvested for this project and charge two cheap car batteries when I'...
by bm_cricket
Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric tricycle motor
Replies: 69
Views: 5104

Re: Electric tricycle motor

I'm just checking in on the status of my tricycle. It works! Thanks to Elliot's help (and help from a friend of his who lives in Santa Cruz) the bike runs on pedal power. It's geared super super super easy so it's easy to ride at 1mph by pedal power even up a small hill! The electric wheel chair mot...
by bm_cricket
Sun May 03, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: DIY Trailer/Custom Trailer
Replies: 3
Views: 1160

Re: DIY Trailer/Custom Trailer

"Toy Hauler" is probably the term to search. I'd try "custom toy hauler" or "Home made toy hauler" Thanks! In a really round about way, that helped me find the key part of my search. I want to make something like this, but home made and more playa-appropriate: http://www.ortenfresh.de/uk/vorratsfah...
by bm_cricket
Sun May 03, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: DIY Trailer/Custom Trailer
Replies: 3
Views: 1160

DIY Trailer/Custom Trailer

I have a problem. I have these grand plans and so little storage space! I also have a major Burning Man addiction! I already have plans for 2016. :-/ So, here's what I'm contemplating: Building a "custom" trailer from a ~6,000lb flat bed or enclosed trailer and building it up so it triples as storag...
by bm_cricket
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:55 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tiny gas generator
Replies: 43
Views: 4691

Re: Tiny gas generator

One thing you could do is put some beefy motors on there, but just limit the electrical power to whatever the dmv spec is. In case of "emergency", you can flip a switch to add an extra bank of batteries. :D I've pretty much done that.. I have 4 big deep cycle batteries with a big switch selecting e...
by bm_cricket
Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tiny gas generator
Replies: 43
Views: 4691

Re: Tiny gas generator

Naaawww -- That's thing is too heavy -- and plus two passengers -- for pedaling all the time. The two wheelchair motors need to be operational. You are allowed 1 horsepower = 750 Watts electric power as assist to pedals. I don't know what that wheelchair was rated, but it might say on the motors. T...
by bm_cricket
Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tiny gas generator
Replies: 43
Views: 4691

Re: Tiny gas generator

maladroit wrote:It's a trike and shouldn't need a DMV permit anyway, as long you DO have some pedals that still function.
Exaaaactly. And Elliot is pretty convincing on the pedal power thing.
by bm_cricket
Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tiny gas generator
Replies: 43
Views: 4691

Re: Tiny gas generator

Yeah, pedal powered seems like the best choice. If you want to make that thing electric it would probably be best to just take out that mechanical drivetrain and put electric hubs on the rear and/or front wheels. This is my first year applying for a DMV permit so I like the pedal powered idea more ...
by bm_cricket
Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tiny gas generator
Replies: 43
Views: 4691

Re: Tiny gas generator

Elliot wrote:Cricket is collabboborating with a certain unnamed individual at an undisclosed location in Clearlake on pedal-powered emergency propulsion. Buwahahahahahahah!
Elliot wins. :-)

His plans seem so simple, given what is already on the bike. I'll share pictures when it is ready. :-)
by bm_cricket
Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tiny gas generator
Replies: 43
Views: 4691

Re: Tiny gas generator

Elliot wrote:Wasn't that thing intended for pedal-power in the first place?
It absolutely, 150% is intended for pedal power... But so far I've made no progress on the pedal power front. :-(
by bm_cricket
Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tiny gas generator
Replies: 43
Views: 4691

Re: Tiny gas generator

GreyCoyote wrote:Hey: is this based on a golf cart frame?
It's all built on this thing: https://eplaya.burningman.org/viewtopic ... 1&start=30
by bm_cricket
Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tiny gas generator
Replies: 43
Views: 4691

Re: Tiny gas generator

I've got a great idea. Why don't you use a generator to run some big floodlight, pointed at some solar panels to charge the batteries? Maybe those batteries could power a fan that blows at a windmill that turns the wheels... Great idea! But is it sustainable? I don't do things that aren't sustainab...
by bm_cricket
Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tiny gas generator
Replies: 43
Views: 4691

Re: Tiny gas generator

Am I the only one who thinks it's... unnecessarily complicated to use a gas engine to drive a generator to run an electric motor? I mean, it works for ships and trains, but.. I don't want to listen to a gas engine all day. I think the batteries will last for at least 5 hours of driving and I think ...
by bm_cricket
Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:50 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tiny gas generator
Replies: 43
Views: 4691

Re: Tiny gas generator

Thanks everyone!!! I've thought about getting a little Honda EU1000 type generator because it would be "useful the rest of the year" but then I remembered I will never actually use it. I've got a EU3000 model and I only use it at Burning Man. Having a smaller one sounds great but for close to $1,000...
by bm_cricket
Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Tiny gas generator
Replies: 43
Views: 4691

Tiny gas generator

Hi all! I've decided that I'm going to apply for a DMV permit this year! I've done some math and I'm fairly sure everything will run fine. One tiny little issue with my plan is this: I need more power. I've got two 24v 13.2A (maximum draw under worst case work load) motors. I've got four 12v 86Ah AG...
by bm_cricket
Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: RV generators
Replies: 25
Views: 2577

Re: RV generators

.....I cut the extra tab off them so they can be used in both. The reason is that I can keep greater commonality between things and need less individual parts. Yes some times the "wrong" plug is used , just let me explain it...... While I see how this works for you I don't think it's the best thing...
by bm_cricket
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Good sound buffer for generators?
Replies: 61
Views: 9864

Re: Good sound buffer for generators?

Greetings, all. I hope some of you might have already worked on this problem and can offer advice to a noob.... Welcome! Thanks for making the effort with your generator. I've usually been impressed by how quiet RV mounted generators are compared to their cheap contractor brothers, but every little...

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