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Old 02-21-2015, 08:03 PM   #2297
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It might have been somewhere in this thread where I saw the idea of adding a digital readout for the inside temperature of the refrigerator. I found the thermometer with a probe at Amazon. I very carefully cut out a hole in the top trim piece of the refrigerator to flush-mount the display. There was plenty of wire attached to the probe so I went out through the same hole that is used for the incoming wires for the control board and then down the back of the refrigerator and inserted the probe into the hole used for the thermistor (?) wire. It's a nice big display and will be especially useful for when the refrigerator has just been started to be able to see the progress on the temperature without opening the door.
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:50 PM   #2298
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Nice. Looks like original equipment.


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Old 02-21-2015, 09:04 PM   #2299
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That is perfect!! Well done!!
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:37 PM   #2300
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Do you have a link to the item or a model number?


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Old 02-22-2015, 06:44 AM   #2301
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Do you have a link to the item or a model number?
I sure do!

This is the thermometer:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is a hobby set of files:
http://www.amazon.com/SE-File-Diamon...hobby+file+set


I did not buy the file set at Amazon. I didn't know I'd need it until the project started so I got something very similar for just under $4 at my local Lowe's.

There is very little wiggle room for the hole size so my recommendation would be to deliberately cut the hole small and then use the file set to smooth any rough edges and also to make the hole bigger just a little bit at a time. The best way to approach it would be with something like a Dremmel tool to make the initial cut. That's not what I used and I feel like I was very lucky that I didn't screw it up.

My Airstream is just 23' so it does not have the larger refrigerator with the single sidewall vent and roof top vent. Instead, it has two sidewall vents. This made it easier to access the top part of the refrigerator to gain access to the probe wire that I pushed through the hole from the inside that is just behind the plastic trim piece with the control board.

If you have the roof vent and single sidewall vent there will probably be an extra challenge of gaining access to the probe if you approach it the same way I did. One thought I have is to attach some string to a nail or screw or something with some weight to it that will fit through the hole from the inside. Then, push it through with a bent wire hanger until the weight of the nail/screw lets it drop down so you can grab it from the outside sidewall vent.

If that works, you can then tie the inside piece of the string to the probe and gently pull it through. You might even try the same approach to get the probe pulled back through to the inside of the refrigerator cabinet.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:57 AM   #2302
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Do you have a link to the item or a model number?
And now that I've just posted all of that info, I see on the Amazon site this little gem: DROK® Fahrenheit °F Panel Thermometer DC 12V Voltmeter Temp/volt Gauge Green LED Digital Electronic Clock 18B20 Probe - Voltage Testers - Amazon.com

This can be wired directly to the 12v on the back of the refrigerator and it will measure temperature, DC voltage, and displays the time. There is a small button cell battery that maintains the time when the power is off but it's not enough to light up the display.

I think there are advantages and disadvantages to both types of displays. I prefer the LCD display specifically because it does not light up. I like darkness when I sleep and between the refrigerator LED, the clock display on the microwave, the red LED on the Use/Store switch, and the do-dads that I have plugged into the outlet in the upper cabinet it becomes a chore at night to cover some of them up. I must have transparent eyelids.

A disadvantage to the one I bought might be that it is not direct wired to the 12v. Instead, it requires 2 button cell batteries. I suspect they'll last a while and it won't be too hard to pull the plastic trim piece off to gain access to the back of the display to change them when needed. Still, I like the idea of direct wire better.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:31 AM   #2303
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:37 AM   #2304
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Wow!!! That's really good looking work!! Awesome job!! It looks very professional!!!

Is it battery operated? If not how/where did you tie it into electricity??


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I have to say it beats Bose. A bit spendy but I think it's going to be worth it when I've got the Stones cranked up.
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Is it battery operated? If not how/where did you tie it into electricity??


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The LCD display is powered by two small button cell batteries.
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