DIY ~ Micro-Lite Cargo-Go Lite Xtreme Trailer [a place for solar components], 05/27

Reclaimed space beneath the front counter.


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Photography ~ Micro-Lite Cargo-Go Lite Xtreme–Scenery seen on the drive home, 05/18

A rear view mirror shot [on the road]; West Virginal Capitol Dome, Charleston; [road WV shots by Olivia] & gas station, Mt. Airy, North Carolina


Twenty-Five hours of driving in two days, with LOTS of beautiful things to see. Thanks to Olivia for capturing pics as I drove.


Photography ~ Mobile Studio–Micro-Lite Cargo-Go Lite Xtreme, 05/18

Picked up my camper/mobile studio this past Friday, 05/18

I have been working since to set it to work for me.

Fargo Quadricycle Update ~ 05/20

Basic Quad:

      • Both generators are installed and working
      • All machining of quad parts are complete
      • Mockup quad fully assembled and ready for weekend testing
      • Early next week, a local powder coater will paint the rear axle cage assembly to match the Catrike Frame painting
      • Late next week, assemble final quad on my frame

      Cage: Note—The cage will not be connected to the rear axle cage assembly because the suspension effect would be lost. Instead Utah Trikes will incorporate the cargo area into the cage itself and support it by the main frame.

        • Planning is complete and all materials ordered
        • Rough Assembly of bottom and rear completed by day’s end
        • Early next week, complete front and top of cage
        • Late Next week, complete cage, including Lexan

        Trailer Hitch: Ashley will make a custom hitch, using a 3/8″x24tpi heim joint to thread on a mount on/in my trailer tongue. The hitch is to be 12″ off the ground. This match up had been one of my concerns [until last night] because, if it does not work, I’ll be forced to resolve before departing. Thanks to Ashley, that concern has been set aside.

        Fargo Grophic Final Fargo Graphic: Early next week, Andie returns to her studio to await a left-side photograph of the Catrike Expedition based quad that will be silhouetted [like the stage coach] to replace the CAD TerraTrike Path you have seen on the artwork. The timing works for Ashley and for me to get to my graphics installer.

        Neck Rest KrispySteve Neck Rest: I have 2 in the mail. I hope to determine which is best for touring comfort. Of course, I have to have the quad and time to evaluate.

        Time is extremely critical here. The exact ship date is still uncertain. Ashley hopes to ship NLT 06/01. I’m hoping for early. The estimated cross-country time is 4 days. That means I could receive it 06/07 [a day earlier] and must get graphics install as well as my accessories and components and be ready to travel with Mr. Giraldo on 06/10. My fall back plan is to delay my departure, travel along, hoping to meet Rafael at Bar Harbor on the 11th or 12th, or elsewhere on the route. Needless to say, the next 24 days will be interesting and exciting. My best-case planning did not happen—no test riding; no trip to Florida, etc. Please stay tuned and lets see how this plays out…

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        Fargo Trailer ~ SMV Emblem Mods ~ Night

          No Flash Direct Flash Bounce Flash
        DiNotte Tail Lights
        Lights off--no flash Lights off--direct flash Lights off--bounce flash
        DiNotte Tail Lights On Lights on--no flash Lights on--direct flash Lights on--bounce flash

        Although I shot the top row with the tail lights off, I would not ride that way. The purpose was to see how the camera recorded the modified SMV Emblem under various lighting conditions. I think the center column gives the best representation of how the emblem will reflect the light beam of a vehicle’s headlight. ISO set to 1000. I trust this shooting will rest well with BROL’s Noodles. Larger images can be seen in my flickr trailer set.

        Daylight photos after this modification

        Nighttime photo before the modification

        Fargo Trailer ~ SMV Emblem Mods

        SMV Emblem Modified SMV Emblem Before
        SMV Emblem with Retro-reflective Tape [modified] SMV Emblem with reflectors [old]

        The camera does not seem to show the modification as well as the naked eye sees them. I removed the plastic reflectors from the SMV triangle as you see it on the left. I then painted the SMV emblem with orange florescent spray paint and used a clear coat to protect it. This results in a brighter, more visible  orange. The unmodified triangle is simple orange plastic. My reading of the standard says the center area is to be florescent. After painting, I placed red retro-reflective tape on the three sides. This tape meets current DOT standards.

        I trust this is an improvement. looking at the left center photo, you can see 2 red dots near the center of and beneath the trailer. That reflection is from a strip of tape i placed beneath the trailer. A similar reflection is also visible in the upper left photo and the left side. Now I wonder what the night shot will look like. I tested last night. There is promise. More important is the emblem reflection of headlight beams. That test was also positive.

        Nighttime photographs after this modification

        4 Points of Lights & Triangle ~ Fargo Trailer

        Trailer night lighting

        Earlier [03/01] I took pictures of the trailer night lighting and posted the collage I created of the photographs taken.

        Night Lighting torn edges

        Four flags and the SMV Emblem [pictured to the left] have been added. The triangle [which meets the ASAE S276.3 Standard] does not meet the more reflective current standard S276.6.

        It is difficult to judge using a camera and flash how drivers will see the triangle. I placed my car at the end of my driveway and find the triangle as reflective as the taillights on our other car. That is, the triangle reflect a car’s headlights better than my camera flash. For now, that is fine. Now that I have the plastic triangle, I can purchase a more reflective decal.

        Reality is, the DiNotte 140L Tail Lights do a powerful job and will be seen, as well as the lights at the top of the flagpoles.

        The SMV triangle says the lights you are approaching are those of a slow moving vehicle.

        I took many pictures, but will rely on this one for the discussion I present here. As TyTrike says: "yup…think you got your rear covered… way to go!"

        Thanks! –jim

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