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Old 01-12-2021, 06:51 PM   #7081
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I canít say itís needed, but we like the flexibility of remotely knowing the interior temperature, and being able warm or cool the interior, if itís reading colder in winter or warmer in summer than weíd prefer, using furnace or AC. TETO?
But what's the reason?
The AS is empty and you're 6 hours way.

TETO yourself I still don't get it, even in NY it makes no cents.
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Old 01-12-2021, 10:46 PM   #7082
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But what's the reason?

The AS is empty and you're 6 hours way.



TETO yourself I still don't get it, even in NY it makes no cents.

Hi Robert.

It may not make sense for you and thatís fine, and I know I lived a long and happy life without a connected thermostat. Maybe it was the Nest thermostats installed at our house that got us used to the conveniences of remote monitoring and control, and we wanted to carry some of those conveniences over to the Airstream.

As I mentioned, weíre back and forth quiet a bit to this site, sometimes a few times a month. In the dog days of summer, while en route there, we can (and do) remotely start the AC to have the unit fully cooled when we arrive - necessary? no; appreciated by the wife, father-in-law and dog? - yes!

And in late fall and early winter, if Iím only going to be away for a week and the forecast looks mild, I may roll the dice and not fully winterize. If Iím wrong and I see a hard freeze in the local forecast, I can remotely turn on the furnace for the coldest periods to get some hot air into the plumbing and tank areas. (Itís true that, with the OEM model, I could set a schedule for the furnace to come on whenever the cabin gets to, say, 45. But then it -always- goes on at 45 - even on nights when the outside temperature wonít come close to freezing.)

All this cost $275 (the cost of the EasyTouch RV Thermostat); I already had an old, functioning but unsalable (badly cracked) iPhone for the hotspot, and my provider let me add a line to my plan that costs nothing additional as long as it doesnít push us over our gig limits (and using a hotspot for this kind of limited connectivity uses very little data, so that hasnít happened).

The system is not perfect though, and if I lose connection and canít recover it or have other problems, our very kind campground host is a half mile away and seems happy to backstop us.

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Old 01-13-2021, 06:23 AM   #7083
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Hi Robert.

It may not make sense for you and thatís fine, and I know I lived a long and happy life without a connected thermostat. Maybe it was the Nest thermostats installed at our house that got us used to the conveniences of remote monitoring and control, and we wanted to carry some of those conveniences over to the Airstream.

As I mentioned, weíre back and forth quiet a bit to this site, sometimes a few times a month. In the dog days of summer, while en route there, we can (and do) remotely start the AC to have the unit fully cooled when we arrive - necessary? no; appreciated by the wife, father-in-law and dog? - yes!

And in late fall and early winter, if Iím only going to be away for a week and the forecast looks mild, I may roll the dice and not fully winterize. If Iím wrong and I see a hard freeze in the local forecast, I can remotely turn on the furnace for the coldest periods to get some hot air into the plumbing and tank areas. (Itís true that, with the OEM model, I could set a schedule for the furnace to come on whenever the cabin gets to, say, 45. But then it -always- goes on at 45 - even on nights when the outside temperature wonít come close to freezing.)

All this cost $275 (the cost of the EasyTouch RV Thermostat); I already had an old, functioning but unsalable (badly cracked) iPhone for the hotspot, and my provider let me add a line to my plan that costs nothing additional as long as it doesnít push us over our gig limits (and using a hotspot for this kind of limited connectivity uses very little data, so that hasnít happened).

The system is not perfect though, and if I lose connection and canít recover it or have other problems, our very kind campground host is a half mile away and seems happy to backstop us.

Joe
I have thought about this as well. But so far, our lifestyle doesn't justify it. It is definitely a personal thing. Very big benefit if there are pets in play, its hot and you're away for the day.
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Old 01-13-2021, 06:47 AM   #7084
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Hi Robert.

It may not make sense for you and thatís fine, and I know I lived a long and happy life without a connected thermostat. Maybe it was the Nest thermostats installed at our house that got us used to the conveniences of remote monitoring and control, and we wanted to carry some of those conveniences over to the Airstream.

As I mentioned, weíre back and forth quiet a bit to this site, sometimes a few times a month. In the dog days of summer, while en route there, we can (and do) remotely start the AC to have the unit fully cooled when we arrive - necessary? no; appreciated by the wife, father-in-law and dog? - yes!

And in late fall and early winter, if Iím only going to be away for a week and the forecast looks mild, I may roll the dice and not fully winterize. If Iím wrong and I see a hard freeze in the local forecast, I can remotely turn on the furnace for the coldest periods to get some hot air into the plumbing and tank areas. (Itís true that, with the OEM model, I could set a schedule for the furnace to come on whenever the cabin gets to, say, 45. But then it -always- goes on at 45 - even on nights when the outside temperature wonít come close to freezing.)

All this cost $275 (the cost of the EasyTouch RV Thermostat); I already had an old, functioning but unsalable (badly cracked) iPhone for the hotspot, and my provider let me add a line to my plan that costs nothing additional as long as it doesnít push us over our gig limits (and using a hotspot for this kind of limited connectivity uses very little data, so that hasnít happened).

The system is not perfect though, and if I lose connection and canít recover it or have other problems, our very kind campground host is a half mile away and seems happy to backstop us.

Joe
Joe,
Please understand, it's not the thermostat that's the main concern for me. It's the fact that the furnace is running in an empty trailer un-attended.

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Old 01-13-2021, 07:24 AM   #7085
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Joe,

Please understand, it's not the thermostat that's the main concern for me. It's the fact that the furnace is running in an empty trailer un-attended.



Bob





We lost our boat in '16 while in a 'secure' heated storage facility.


Thank you Robert. Your experience and concern will definitely cause us to proceed with greater care.
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Old 01-15-2021, 07:36 PM   #7086
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Old 01-16-2021, 07:42 AM   #7087
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I'm not sure if this truly qualifies for this thread because it is more for me and the truck. I put auxiliary work lights in the bumper for hitching up to the AS and utility trailers after dark. It should also be helpful for working behind the truck when setting up a campsite or backing up.
I put an manual switch on the dashboard. I have been wanting to do this project for quite awhile and finally pushed myself to do it. The toughest part was taking the cut-off wheel to the rear bumper to make the holes.

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Hi Crispy

I like the lights, can you add the part numbers etc to your post.

And did you hook them also to the reverse lamps so they come on automatically if you want them too? And With a Manual over ride if in Park or the truck is off
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Old 01-16-2021, 01:27 PM   #7088
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Old 01-18-2021, 09:04 AM   #7089
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Hi Crispy

I like the lights, can you add the part numbers etc to your post.

And did you hook them also to the reverse lamps so they come on automatically if you want them too? And With a Manual over ride if in Park or the truck is off
There was a request for part numbers for the bumper lights I put on my pickup. At this time I only have the lights switched manually and not tied into truck backup light circuit. If you wanted this tied in with the backup light circuit then you would just need to trigger the relay with the backup light power (12v). If you wanted both manual control and triggered with the backup circuit then I think you would need a different type of relay (5 pin?).

The kit was manufactured by Mictuning.
- Switch, relay, fuse holder and wiring harness
https://mictuning.com/mictuning-led-...lue_p0146.html

- Wire extension - You will have to extend the main kit to reach the rear of the vehicle. You can purchase this or make your own. If you use this kit you will need to wrap up the connectors to make them waterproof and protect the hot wires from touching the truck frame. It may be better to run your own wire in a corrugated wire loom and skip purchasing this part.
https://mictuning.com/16awg-66ft-ext...ack_p0587.html

- Bumper lights - There are a number of different lights on the market. I choose a small footprint to start. If I ever need to change lights the hole in the bumper can always be made bigger.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/20W-LED-Lig...72.m2749.l2648

You could easily put this together yourself if you don't mind finding the bits and pieces and your a bit handy.
- Rocker switch
- fuse holder
- relay with socket
- wire
- connectors
- wire loom
- light pods
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:16 AM   #7090
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There was a request for part numbers for the bumper lights I put on my pickup. At this time I only have the lights switched manually and not tied into truck backup light circuit. If you wanted this tied in with the backup light circuit then you would just need to trigger the relay with the backup light power (12v). If you wanted both manual control and triggered with the backup circuit then I think you would need a different type of relay (5 pin?).

The kit was manufactured by Mictuning.
- Switch, relay, fuse holder and wiring harness
https://mictuning.com/mictuning-led-...lue_p0146.html

- Wire extension - You will have to extend the main kit to reach the rear of the vehicle. You can purchase this or make your own. If you use this kit you will need to wrap up the connectors to make them waterproof and protect the hot wires from touching the truck frame. It may be better to run your own wire in a corrugated wire loom and skip purchasing this part.
https://mictuning.com/16awg-66ft-ext...ack_p0587.html

- Bumper lights - There are a number of different lights on the market. I choose a small footprint to start. If I ever need to change lights the hole in the bumper can always be made bigger.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/20W-LED-Lig...72.m2749.l2648

You could easily put this together yourself if you don't mind finding the bits and pieces and your a bit handy.
- Rocker switch
- fuse holder
- relay with socket
- wire
- connectors
- wire loom
- light pods
Thanks Crispy

Cheers Ultra
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I'm not sure if this truly qualifies for this thread because it is more for me and the truck. I put auxiliary work lights in the bumper for hitching up to the AS and utility trailers after dark.
When I had my Duramax last year there was an active switch and wiring for a pair of rear lights that were completely busted and useless. I purchased a Cibie rear fog lamp from Daniel Stern and wired it to the switch.



It was very useful on an extremely low visibility day in RMNP, but also worked great for unhitching after dark when we arrived late at our campsite, without over-lighting the campground.
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Old 01-19-2021, 05:59 AM   #7092
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Iíve had mine for a few months and although it needs a few tweaks, it is a nice upgrade.
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Old 02-08-2021, 05:59 PM   #7093
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I added a couple of nautical grade instruments to the bulkhead wall of my Airstream today, including a quartz clock and a combination thermometer and hygrometer. I'm quite pleased with the outcome. These instruments are designed for boats, so the mounting system will hold them tightly to my wall, even when towing.
Hi Dennis, sorry to ask you again but in searching Weathershacks website I've been unable to find the clock and thermometer combo you have. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave.
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When parked at home, AS curbside faces more South getting partial sun exposure eventually dulling shiny chrome trim insert. (Newly installed 3yrs ago).

Carefully cut out the dull forward section (just behind guard rubber hold down concealing seam) also removed door section. Cleaned up with isopropyl replacing with new trim from original roll. BAM ! Shiny again and clean butt-ups !

The AS emblem ďhatĒ keeps the colors from also fading !
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Got sick of replacing my interstate lead acids, so on our trip to California -

New 6 volt AGM's in series; new 3 stage charger converter, Victron BMV 712 battery monitor, new Maxim Skylight; roof reseal, metal valve stems (already installed 16 inch wheels and Michelins), and some general repairs (microwave falling out of bracket), screen door wouldn't close. Wash and wax. Also added a Zamp portable solar outlet.

Add to that stuff a set of Boogey lights, all done by Vinnie's Northbay Airstream Repair. Awesome job!
For Christmas a set of the New Zamp Obsidian portable Solar panels at 200 watts. Today a new Zip Dee Awning pull rod arrived, and just ordered a Brabantia clothes drying rack!
Should be ready for our 2 caravans this spring and summer!
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Got sick of replacing my interstate lead acids, so on our trip to California -

New 6 volt AGM's in series; new 3 stage charger converter, Victron BMV 712 battery monitor, new Maxim Skylight; roof reseal, metal valve stems (already installed 16 inch wheels and Michelins), and some general repairs (microwave falling out of bracket), screen door wouldn't close. Wash and wax. Also added a Zamp portable solar outlet.

Add to that stuff a set of Boogey lights, all done by Vinnie's Northbay Airstream Repair. Awesome job!
For Christmas a set of the New Zamp Obsidian portable Solar panels at 200 watts. Today a new Zip Dee Awning pull rod arrived, and just ordered a Brabantia clothes drying rack!
Should be ready for our 2 caravans this spring and summer!


Youíre lucky to have them service your Airstream. I asked about their ceramic coating awhile back and Bryan was supposed to contact me but never did. Iíll have to have someone else that is willing to do that for us.
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