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Evan White


Hello! I am Evan White.
I am a Mobile Developer who is enthusiastic about doing good work. I also love running, travel, and learning.

  • NameEvan White
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  • NameEvan White
  • BirthdayJuly 1982
  • AddressVancouver, WA, United States
  • Phone+1 (607) 301 0201
  • Emailkindasimple@gmail.com
  • Websitekindasimplesolutions.com
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Hi, My name is Evan

I have working in native mobile development space writing javascript and .NET applications. I have been a developer at Microsoft shops for 12 years being a generalist across the web and mobile stack. I'm motivated to use best practices, collaborate, and improve.


Mobile Developer2014 - Present

Mocaworks, LLC

Developing cross-platform Javascript/HTML5 Cordova application for mobile access to learning management service.

Windows Mobile Developer2010 - 2013


Developing Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. Managing software requirements, administering source control repositories, and configuring and maintaining build machines.

ASP.NET Web Developer2007-2010

Sikorsky Global Helicopters

Create and maintain web applications that improve existing business processes supporting Lean manufacturing using MS SQL Server, MS Access, ASP.NET and Microsoft Excel. Provide ad-hoc data analysis and continual improvement of IT process and service. Participated in SAP ERP implementation.


LC Consulting Services

Created and administered classic ASP websites driven by MySQL and MS Access databases. Designed, tested, and maintained software for engineering applications. Produced MFC applications, libraries, and websites.

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Data analysis in R, Machine Learning, Mobile Robot Control Systems


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Elmira College

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Monroe Community College

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Union College

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01 May 2014 Filed under life, teardrop

Teardrop Trailer

I'm moving to Oregon shortly, and have some things that I need to carry in tow. The price to rent a UHaul trailer for the trip was over $500 so I thought I would just buy a trailer instead. Looking on CraigsList, I found this homemade teardrop trailer.

It has less room than a 5x8 utility trailer but I can sleep in it, and with a little wiring, have electrical hookups too. That may come in handy when I arrive in Portland with no place to go--I can find a campsite!

The best thing about the trailer is that the cabin has a really cool paint job. There is a good amount of room for such a small trailer.

Work In Progress

There are two major issues with the trailer. The wiring isn't complete and the galley hasn't been enclosed. That means no lights and leaks so there is some major work to do before I head west.

Trailer Lights

The electrical system for the lights wasn't properly grounded and the lights weren't working. I don't know much about electrical systems so I took to the youtubes and learned what I needed to know. I find that the electrical system in cars and RVs is set up so that the return path for electricity is the chassis ground through the body of the trailer.

Each of the sections of my frame was fully insulated from its factory paint coat, so to ground the frame I had to run wires between each of the sections of the frame (front and sides). There was also a layer of paint where the rear lights was bolted to the frame so I scraped the paint off establish ground. The side running lights aren't connected to the circuit so I had to tap lines.

Cabin Wiring

Lucky for me I was left with some electrical components. There is a 110 VAC outlet installed in the passenger side wall, to hookup to shore power.

and both a GFCI and a 12 VDC outlet in the cabin.

These aren't connected though. I need to do some wiring to connect to a terminal strip (or better) a fuse box for DC, and at junction box for the GCFI outlet (preferrably behind a breaker).

There is an inline fuse that I can use as a master fuse, a terminal strip, and a 120VAC to 13.5VAC component that is either a transformer or a relay switch--I'm not sure which.

I already own an inverter for my car which I have never used. It is pretty low capacity at 360 watts, but I would only use it occasionally.

There are lines running on either side to the side porch lights and lines that run up to the front where the battery box will be mounted.

The trailer does come with two deep cycle 12V batteries in this makeshift battery box that I will have to mount to the frame. Each battery is rated for 32 A.H. @ 20 hours of discharge, so using them all day (20 hours) would give me 38 Watts to play with if I'm using it all day without recharging, and I guess 19 Watts if I only discharge to 50% d.o.d.

So my tasks for the DC electrical system include:

  • Mounting the battery box
  • Connect the Battery Bank
  • Connect the battery wires to the terminal strip
  • Connect the lights to the terminal strip
  • Connect the 12 VDC outlet to the terminal strip
  • Connect an inverter
  • Connect a charger to float charge the batteries

Source: toddsteardropblog.com

The chance to plug into shore power gives me power flexibility but makes things much more complex. I can introduce a relay, charger, or voltage regulator to add support for 110 devices like a TV or computer and save or charge batteries. To do this in a way that is safe for myself and my electronics gets expensive I will probably just add a breaker and run wire to the GFCI outlet that is already installed, but I'm still considering my options.

I found an RV Wiring Guide that explains the basics of an electrical system quite well, and electrical diagrams for fully featured RV systems for inspiration.

Source: rv-dreams.com

Source: overlandtrailer.com

Stuff I might need

Inverter/Chargers: Getting 120VAC from the 12VDC battery bank and charging batteries when connected to Shore Power. Pure side wave inverters are less likely to fry your electrical. 3-4 stage chargers charge faster, more completely, & extend the battery life.
Relay Switch: Shut out battery bank when 120VAC is connected
AC Breaker/DC fuse box: Hub for electrical components
Voltage Regulator: Avoid spikes in voltage

  • Romex Cable (#14 @ 15 amps #12 @ 20 amps)