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Old 05-08-2002, 05:33 PM   #29
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Brett,

Awesome idea. I have one of those thermometers in my home that I bought @ target. Sure would let me know what's going on inside without opening the refer.

What do you use to seal the opening (that was made bigger) that the senser went through? Silicone?

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My refer has the controls at the bottom on the right side inside the fridge. I pulled the cover off the control box and found where there were wires already run thru the chassis. I was able to push a small phillips screwdriver thru the original putty , push the probe and wire thru and remash the putty to seal up the hole. I also had to remove a rubber boot off the back of the fridge to see the wires/putty. Once I had the probe in the fridge I fed the wire thru a slot in the bottom edge of the control box and just have it sticking out into the fridge. The contol box houses the thermostat for the electric portion of the fridge so I feel that this would be a good place to have the probe. Also by having it on the bottom of the frige like this I wont be catching anything on it.

I also installed a 12 VDC fan in the rear of the fridge to help the natural convection air flow up the vent. I will have to see how it helps on my next trip out.
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One of the best tips yet!!

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I have to agree with Action. This has to be one of the best tips posted on this forum to-date. I have seen many posts on the "other" lists including the old VAC Archive asking about Refer temps and this is the best solution and answer to the question I have seen to-date. This has risen to the top of my must do list. Thanks.

I found this one at JC Whitney and will let you know how it works. $12, Bought 2. I will mount them in a pair together opposite the entry door, on the street side wall and run one outside to get the Outdoor temps. My Refer is on the street side. This way I will see them as soon as I enter the Trailer. I think it will look cool too. (Always a factor, right?)

http://www.jcwhitney.com/product.jht...D=4821&BQ=jcw2

Another one to look at might be this one. It is wireless. If the receiver/display is within a foot of the refer it should? work fine. $29 +SH.

http://www.gadgets4sure.com/cgi-bin/...3581&2D1041459

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Let's take this solution one last step. I have seen lots of wireless thermometers at fairly low prices. Why not mount (with velcro) a wireless sending unit to an inside wall of the refrigerator. The receiving unit usually shows inside temp and remote temp.

Seems to me that this eliminates any concern about wiring. I have a remote outside my home. Next time the Safari's in the drive, I'll try a test. I bet it will work great. If it does, I think I'll buy one for permanent use.

Keep in mind you could move it at your lesure from the refrigerator to the freezer. Allows you the ability to monitor either.

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Old 05-09-2002, 04:19 PM   #33
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Even better idea! Where does one get a wireless unit? Approx cost?

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So I guess I should read before I type!!!!!!!!

Bobby, will that one(from your link) work if it is inside a refer? That is not out in open air.

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Wireless thermometers

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Even better idea! Where does one get a wireless unit? Approx cost?

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I have seen them as low as $30 which covers the main unit and the remote. I bought my current one at Sam's about 3 years ago for $35. I have seen many versions in a mail order catalog called Heartland that hits our house every 60 days or so. I even think they have a web page. Radio Shack has them but I think they are overpriced.

Keep in mind the remote units are weather resistant so any cold and dampness will not harm them.

I'll check for some links and post them.

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Look at my post above. I already posted a link to a wireless unit.

Could not help it. I am into HomeAutomation Gadgets. I have a wireless weather station in my home. Have had it for years. I auto post the data every 15 minutes 24X7.

http:\\www.bobbywright.net\~bobbyw\weather

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Bobby,

I did click the gadget link that you provided. Then I emailed them on the remote thermometer. They came back and said, yeah it's been done in a refer before, however the transmit range is very short. And to set the gauge real close to the refer cause of all of the metal.

Thanks for the link.

Hmmmmm... now if I can get the refer to serve me a cold one while I sit on the gaucho .....

Anyway awesome weather info on your link! Does Willard Scott call you often?

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I did a search on barometers last year when I was in the market for a cable-free barometer/thermometer for hunting season. I purchased an Oregon Scientific BAR888 from www.attitudeweb.com on sale for $59.95 (MSRP $129.95) which came with one wireless remote transmitter showing a temp on it also. The base unit can receive up to 3 wireless remote sensors. These sensors are THR138 cable free remote sensor with LCD (came with unit), THN138 cable free remote without LCD and THC138 cable free remote sensor with waterproof probe. My THR138 was sitting on my tanks for a week in several days of rain and never batted an eye. I had plans to buy a THN138, mount it outside the trailer near the regulator and move the THR138 inside the front area. The base unit stays on the dresser opposite the twin bed curbside. It displays time based on the atomic clock, an alarm, date, pressure trends and forecasts the weather. It also has high/low temp alarm settings. The THN138 might be a candidate for the fridge/freezer. Camping World had this additional sensor for $25.

Also check www.weatherconnection.com for great info on the BAR888 or Brookstone Weather Smart (I think at www.brookstone.com).
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FYI...
Wal-Mart has wireless remote temp devices with atomic clock feature for $22.00 Works every bit as good as my Oregon Scientific unit at home. for half the cost.
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