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Friday, December 3, 2010

SAM IN DETAIL

SAM - READY TO WALK and ROLL ...NOTE REAR-VIEW MIRRORS ON POSTS.
SAMs BUTANE STOVE ON OPERATING TABLE (20 w SOLAR PANEL) AND "CHAIR",,,POTS, UTENSILS, ETC. SIT IN STOVE'S OPEN BOX - ABOVE...ON SAMs LEFT SIDE IS MOUNTED THE UMBRELLA AND HIKING STICK (to fend off dogs, etc.). A PISTOL-TYPE FLARE GUN IS ON BOARD FOR EMERGENCIES (Grizzly attack, etc.); AS WELL AS A FIRE EXTINGUISHER AND PEPPER SPRAY.


SAM WITH COMPUTER ON FORWARD SOLAR PANEL..."CHAIR" BELOW...COMPUTER HAS 12v DC PLUG TO OBTAIN POWER FROM AUXILIARY BATTERY (Cigarette Lighter), AS WELL AS 120v AC PLUG (SAM has a 12v to 120v "inverter" which is located above the primary 36v motor controller. This Inverter can feed off any passing 12v vehicle, affording 36v charging from 120v power source(s) ).


SAMs ELECTRICAL CONTROL STATION FOR SOLAR-PANEL CHARGING POINTS OF INDIVIDUAL BATTERIES : GREEN = 8ah 36v; RED = 12AH 36v...SOLAR PANEL CONTROLLERS ARE IN BOXES FORWARD...CIGARETTE LIGHTER RECEPTACLE IS ON RIGHT (12v POWER FOR AUXILIARY ACCESSORIES - COMPUTER, GPS, CAMERA, FLASHLIGHT, etc.)...HANDLE IN FRONT IS FRONT WHEEL CALIPER BRAKE ACTUATOR MOUNTED ON STROLLER PRIMARY HANDLE.


SAMs 36v BATTERY TO CONTROLLER CONNECTORS. 8ah IS GREEN. 12ah IS RED. BLACK CONTROLLER BOX - CENTER - HAS A TOGGLE "ON" "OFF" SWITCH FOR QUICK DISCONNECT OF ALL POWER TO THROTTLE AND MOTOR...NOT EXACTLY A "DEAD-MAN" SWITCH, BUT CLOSE...AC-DC VOLTMETER IS IN CLEAR PLASTIC BAG (USED TO MONITOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM STATUS),,,PLATE LOWER CENTER IS MOUNT FOR (very large) GOLF UMBRELLA GIVING RAIN / SUN PROTECTION WHILE WALKING.


SAMs THROTTLE...LIGHTED PORTION COMES AS PART OF THE DRIVE MOTOR CONTROLLER...THUMB SWITCH "ME" ADDED FOR PRECISE SPEED CONTROL...SPEED IS CONTROLLABLE FROM "0" TO "15 MILES PER HOUR"...SIMPLY BY TWISTING THE KNOB. QUICK DISCONNECT IS AT 36v CONNECTORS AT "MEs" RIGHT HAND. NORMAL WALKING SPEED IS 4 MPH.


SAMs CONTROL STATION...LOWER HANDLE IS BASIC "STROLLER"...ALL ELSE IS ADDED BY "ME"; BATTERY AND SOLAR PANEL CONTROLLERS; AUX. HANDLE ABOVE WITH MOTOR THROTTLE TO THE LEFT.


SAMs REAR...WHERE "ME" WALKS AND OPERATES SAMs SYSTEMS UNDERWAY...TOOL/FOOD BOX IS ORANGE; BIG TENT BAG IS WITH YELLOW BOTTOM; UNDER IS STORAGE FOR BUTANE BOTTLES AND ADDITIONAL FOOD.


SAMs INTERNAL STORAGE...8ah 36v BATTERY PACK IS FORWARD. 12ah 36v BATTERY PACK IS BEHIND...TOOL & UTENSILS BOX IS BETWEEN...LOTS OF STORAGE SPACE FOR CLOTHING, FOOD, ETC ABOVE THE BOXES.


SAM WITH STORAGE COMPARTMENT OPENED...NOTE GALLON WATER BOTTLES FLANKING FRONT DRIVE WHEEL


SAM WITH 20 WATT SOLAR PANEL OPEN FOR ACCESS TO INTERNAL STORAGE. NOTE BUTANE STOVE CONTAINER CARRIED "UNDER" 20 WATT PANEL. TOOL/FOOD BOX WITH SAILING CUSHION BECOMES THE CHAIR.


SAM READY TO ROLL..Blanket under White Panel...Protective Cover in Orange Bag...Telescoping Poles for Cover above "SAM & ME". The small wheel is reversible; i.e., is lifted out of platform and inserted from below, lifting front Electric Drive drive wheel 1" off the the ground and together with identical wheel on left side of SAM, gives a backup system for supporting and driving SAMs front end.


SAM READY TO ROLL...Air Mattress is behind white panel. NOTE GREEN TUBE ALONG SOLAR PANELS...THIS IS THE NAUGAHYDE SOLAR PANEL COVER ROLLED UP OUT OF THE WAY...ALLOWING FULL DIRECT SUNLIGHT TO THE PANELS...COVER QUICK SNAPS INTO POSITION TO COVER AND PROTECT THE SOLAR PANELS WHEN NOT IN USE.


SAM has experienced a year-long metamorphosis.

These pics show SAM as She stands today, ready to Roll.
Protective Cover will be shown shortly ... apologize; totally forgot it.

2 comments:

Bob said...

Incredible Bruce!

How are the rear wheel bushings holding up?

Bruce said...

Hi, Bob...Inspected them closely...wiped them clean...WD-40 applied to both Rear and the Front Hub Motor bearing...SAM pushes just like a baby carriage...no harm done. After one year on the road they got kinda grubby...